News for Sunday, May 6, 2007

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A night of giving

OBITUARIES

BROWN, DAVID

David Michael Brown, age 57, passed away on Thursday April 26, 2007 of Cancer at his home in Gwinnett County, Georgia. A native of Florence, South Carolina David was a professional educator with 15 years of experience in secondary and post secondary schools in his native state and Georgia. David graduated from Newberry College in 1972 earning a BA in History. He earned his M.Ed in 1978 at South Carolina State University. David retired from BellSouth Advertising & Publishing in 2002 after holding positions in Marketing, Training and Information Technology. A racing enthusiast David established his own commercial website autospeak.com in 1996 and used that knowledge to author two books Getting E-Smart and Safety First On The Internet. David taught courses based on his books for the University of Georgia at Athens, Lawrenceville and Griffin campuses. He also taught continuing education credit for the Georgia Institute of Real Estate. David joined Lanier Technical College in August of 2004 and was appointed Lead Instructor at the Dawson County Adult Learning Center. In 2006 the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce recognized David as their Citizen of the Year for his outstanding achievements in Adult Literacy. David was a member of Christ The Lord Lutheran Church. Loving and dedicated to his family David is survived by his Wife Pamela, Son Ashton, Mother Louvenia Brown, Brothers Atty Reginald Brown and Billy Brown. He was preceded in death by his Father Reginald C. Brown. A celebration of David's life will be held Sat May, 19th at 7PM at Winfield Hall 3890 Satellite Blvd Duluth, GA. 30096 770 495-8099 winfieldhall.net Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, (770)963-2411.

Birth Announcements

March 21

Caden Russell Bolton was born on March 21, 2007, to Amanda Phillips Bolton and Marcus Russell Bolton of Sugar Hill. He weighed 10 lbs., 10 ozs. and was 22 inches long.

Parkview grad Moore scores first pro goal in Silverbacks' win

ATLANTA - With every goal precious in soccer, scoring the first one often brings good fortune. The Atlanta Silverbacks' third home game was no different as they defeated the Carolina RailHawks 2-0 on Saturday at RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium.

Toll lane plan has its allies

LAWRENCEVILLE - Even if the Braves game to which he was headed was in the second inning, Michael Adkins still wouldn't pay an optional toll on Interstate 85 that might get him to the stadium faster.

Surprise leaders in Ga. money race

President Bush is ineligible to run for a third term next year, thanks to a constitutional amendment adopted after Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in 1944.

Lingering effects

Fonda will premiere 'Georgia Rule' as a fundraiser for G-CAPP

Good Works: Anna Ferguson

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Anna Ferguson at 770-963-9205, ext. 1308, or anna.ferguson@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Government puts us at risk by failing to curb illegal immigration

Well, Virginia Beach folded. In the face of growing anger from its residents, the city announced it will stop its "sanctuary" policy of failing to inform federal authorities about criminal illegal aliens.

Letters to the Editor

U.S. 78 CID provides regular police patrols

A recent letter by Patrick Malone ("Curbing crime is job No.1," To the Editor, April 29) inaccurately suggests that the Evermore (U.S. Highway 78) Community Improvement District does not provide additional police patrols.

In fact, the Evermore CID began providing up to 2,500 additional hours of off-duty Gwinnett County police patrols within months of our formation in May 2003.

A Perfect 100

Barrow commissioners consider issuing bonds

WINDER - Barrow County residents might pay higher taxes to fund a longer airport runway and new industrial park.

Bulldogs' Yang, Hawks' Burger square off at state

Stroke for stroke, they went and slugged it out at the Region 7-AAAAA golf tournament. They will be back at it again on Monday.

ACS Relay sets goal of $2.5M

LAWRENCEVILLE - Nearly 10,000 will pack the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds next weekend for a two day walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Mushrooms and cream make for a luscious pasta dish in 30 minutes

Creamy Four-Mushroom Pasta

Start to finish: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

1⁄2 ounce dried lobster mushrooms

1 cup hot water

8 ounces whole-wheat penne pasta

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried thyme

2 cups sliced white button mushrooms

11⁄2 cups sliced baby portobello mushrooms

4 large shiitake mushroom caps, thinly sliced

1 cup heavy cream

1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Ten minutes before you start cooking, combine the lobster mushrooms and hot water in a small bowl. Set aside.

Miltary News

Army Pvt. Jonathan A. Parra has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky. Parra is the son of Aldaberto Parra of Lawrenceville and Denise Poage of Wilmington, N.C.

After two disappointing seasons with Braves, Hudson pitching like old self

No-decisions in his last two April starts cost Tim Hudson the National League pitcher of the month award. The honor, however, was hardly needed for validation.

Gwinnett Gab

Buford author

to speak at

club's meeting

DULUTH - Members of the Button Gwinnett Society will host author McHoyt Moore on Wednesday.

Finding inspiration in a writer's essay collection

Shelf Life: Rachael Mason

Though I primarily read for entertainment, sometimes I just can't help but be inspired by the books I pick up. For me, Anne Lamott's "Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith" (Riverhead, $24.95) is one of those books.

Richmond off to best start in franchise history

After just two winning seasons in the past 11 years, fans of the Richmond Braves certainly deserved a decent team.

Meadowcreek's Hall keeps 800 to herself

ALBANY - First Brittany Hall defended her state title.

Bannister gets transit study role

Gwinnett's commission chairman could have quite a say in the future of metro Atlanta transportation.

Wine makers target untapped demographic of sports-watching men

Back on Feb. 9 of this year, an article appeared in Yahoo Sports under the headline, "And the sports fans who drink the most wine are ..."

Neighbors wonder what's next for grow houses

LAWRENCEVILLE

•late 2004, a young Cuban couple bought a house in Waterstone Place, a new neighborhood just off Scenic Highway by Moon Road.

Elegant Biltmore Estate, Chimney Rock are must-sees

Asheville stands out as a rare find in North Carolina.

The city bypassed the urban renewal process and retained its own character - full of both edgy energy and Southern charm.

road closures

• Bethany Church Road between Waters Way and 1,000 feet east of Spring Ridge Circle will require intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May for road widening and improvements.

New stores cater to wine novices, wine lovers

For the novice wine drinker, walking into a wine boutique can be a daunting experience. Fruity or mellow? Rich or crisp? Surrounded by bottles of red, white and sparkling, it can be hard to make up your mind - especially if you have no idea where to start.

Enter Ed Ukaonu. As owner of WineStyles in Snellville, Ukaonu delights in pairing people with the right wine.

"I just have such a passion for it," he said. "When I can help someone find a wine they love, it's such a thrill. It's exciting working with people to find that perfect fit and help them understand this world of wine."

Literary Calendar

Best Book Bet

•What: Robert Olmstead, author of "Coal Black Horse," will discuss and sign his work.

When: Tuesday. A reception will be held at 6 p.m., and the discussion begins at 7 p.m.

Eventually, political gridlock on war must be broken

The gap between public opinion and Washington reality has rarely been wider than on the issue of the Iraq War. A clear national mandate is being blocked - for now - by constraints that make sense only in the short-term calculus of politics in this capital city.

Collins Hill blows out field for another state championship

ALBANY - There wasn't any drama. No photo finish. No breathless moment with the teams waiting to hear the final results.

Prep roundup: Providence boys advance to Final Four

AUGUSTA - In just its third year of varsity spring soccer, the Providence boys are headed to the Class AA/A Final Four.

Wedding Announcements

Albanese - Bryant

Lauren Marie Albanese and Eugene Dudley Bryant were married March 10 at the University of Georgia Chapel in Athens. The Rev. Addison Belangia officiated the

ceremony.

Bras have come a long way since they debuted in 1907

Ah, the bra. It's a girl's best friend, and occasional worst enemy. It lifts, separates and supports, but sometimes binds, squeezes and pinches.

For good or bad, this year, the over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder is celebrating a very big anniversary: it's 100 years old. First hitting the market in 1907, the brassiere has come a long way from its initial design of two handkerchiefs sewn together with a piece of ribbon.

Though the bra started out as a nondescript, one-size-fits-all model, in 1935, the cup system was introduced. From there, it snowballed and today, ladies can choose from a near endless array of options.

With or without padding, with or without underwire. Plain colored or striped, polka dots or hearts. Lace or cotton. Sports, strapless, tagless, seamless, front-snap or back.

When wading through the field of brassieres, sometimes, a girl needs a little help. Here's our guide to the best bras on the market today.

Natural Wonder

The Wonderbra has a distinct place in brassiere history. Making its U.S. debut in 1994 with the Push-Up Plunge bra, the Wonderbra has been giving women a boost for more than a decade.

Originally created in 1964, the uplifting undergarment features what is referred to as "precision engineering,"according to the Wonderbra Web site. That translates to mean a three-part cup construction, precision-angled back and underwire cups, removable pads, a "gate back" back design for support, and ultra-rigid straps.

Engagement Announcements

Stewart - Holbrook

Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Stewart of Crawfordville announce the engagement of their daughter, Leila Ellington Stewart of Loganville, to William Andrew Holbrook of Buford, son of Jerry Holbrook of Lawrenceville and Betty Crowell of Buford.

Nothing to wine about

Questions aplenty for lane change

If the state is awarded a $74.4 million grant for high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, you may have the choice of driving in them by the end of 2008. The lanes would give drivers the option - for a price - of moving more quickly through traffic on Interstate 85.

Library officials seek input about future branches

LAWRENCEVILLE - The future of Gwinnett's library system is in the hands of its residents.

Republicans pitch 2008 as year of tax reform

ATLANTA - After several years of talking but not acting on tax reform, legislative Republicans are promising to make overhauling Georgia's complex tax code their top priority.

Croce will perform at Duluth's Tavern on the Bridge

Staff Contributor

A.J. Croce is a spontaneous kind of guy. The 35-year-old singer-songwriter from San Diego puts that spontaneity on display every time he performs to packed houses on his tours. Thursday night's show at Duluth's Tavern on the Bridge should be no different.

"I play what I'm feeling at the moment. The rest I leave up to the audience," Croce said from his southern California home in a recent phone interview. "I don't have a set list."

That freewheeling attitude doesn't completely dictate Croce's performance. He has a strategy ready just in case the audience doesn't shout out requests or if he, God forbid, draws a blank.

"Sometimes I need my prepared short list of songs in those situations. It also comes in handy if I've had too much wine before the show," he joked. "But, the performance is better when I'm playing what I'm feeling. That's what makes every show different."

If the last name Croce sounds familiar, that's because it is. Adrian James Croce is the son of the late Jim Croce, who scored a string of hits in the early '70s, including "Time in a Bottle." The elder Croce died in a plane crash when A.J. was a toddler.

Only a few years after that tragedy another one befell the young Croce: He was blinded by a brain tumor at the age of 4. Croce would spend the next six years in darkness. During that time, he discovered the beauty of music, and he mastered the piano by listening to Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder.

A few years after he regained his eyesight, Croce played his first gig at the age of 12: a bat mitzvah. That event led to scores of dates at San Diego nightclubs throughout his teenage years. While most kids were in arcades playing "Pac-Man," Croce was pursuing his musical career, which resulted in his first record deal at 19.

The debut, the self-titled "A.J. Croce," was released to critical and popular acceptance in the jazz community. The album was produced by legendary recording gurus T-Bone Burnett and John Simon.

His next two albums, "That's Me in the Bar" and "Fit To Serve," are strong and deep albums with soul and blues influences.

Despite weather, crowd turns out for Snellville Days

SNELLVILLE - After one of the driest two-month periods in the metro Atlanta's history, one local vendor at the 34th annual Snellville Days festival said there's one sure-fire way to get some rain.

Exercise becomes a vicious cycle

I've recently gotten back into bicycling, which after a 20-year hiatus is a little like saying I've recently gotten back into full-contact kickboxing.

OK, maybe I'm exaggerating, but the soreness is real. Even though I exercise regularly - I run, swim, play basketball - none of that has prepared me for the rigors of cycling. You know what they say about "using different muscles."

Truth is, I'd love to use different muscles. Like maybe Lance Armstrong's.

I used to ride my bike all the time back when I was in college. And no, it wasn't because I had too many moving violations. I rode because I enjoyed it. The fact that you can't be clocked doing 80 in a 35 on a bicycle was merely an added bonus.

I kept on riding even after I got married, somewhat from necessity. Back then, my wife and I had only one car. Three guesses who got to take the car.

Then the kids came along, we bought another car and the bike was relegated to the garage, where it gathered dust for nearly two decades. That is, until this past Christmas, when my kids surprised me by taking my old 10-speed down to the local bike shop to have all its moving parts restored or replaced. Too bad there wasn't any place they could take me to have my moving parts restored or replaced.

Nevertheless, in appreciation for the gift, and remembering the fun I once had, I decided to give cycling another go. By and large, it's been a successful experiment. To this day, the only thing that equals the rush of flying down a steep hill on a bicycle is the rush of finding out your deposit cleared the bank before all the checks you wrote.

The only bad thing about cycling is that I can't just hop on my bike and go for an hour's ride. The roads in my part of Gwinnett County are too crowded, and people drive as if they're paying more attention to their cell phones than their surroundings, probably because they're paying more attention to their cell phones than their surroundings.

Fortunately, the county has a number of beautiful parks and other "green spaces" (so called because they cost a lot of green) where I can go for my cycling fix.

It's true that if I want to ride at a park I have to make a special production of it, loading my bike onto the back of my car and driving 10 or 15 minutes each way. But at least in public spaces the exhilaration of riding is heightened by the challenge of trying not to run over dog-walkers, families out for a stroll and small groups of senior citizens marching purposefully in their Stride-Rite shoes.

But avoid them I do, because you never know. Some of them might be kickboxers.

Lawrenceville resident Rob Jenkins is associate professor of English and director of the Writers Institute at Georgia Perimeter College. E-mail him at rjenkinsgdp@yahoo.com.

Sports calendar

Baseball

May 29-June 1: Providence is holding a fundemental skills camp for boys in grades K-6 from 3 to 6 p.m. Cost is $100.

Coastal Slovenian town shows Italian influences

Staff Contributor

From five miles away, I realized this sprawling horizon could be anywhere in Venice: hundreds of sailboats lined against a circular harbor, the dim sound of waves massaging the stone beach, the aroma of fish and salt encouraged by a nippy, but welcoming breeze. But there was one problem: I wasn't in Venice.

Welcome to Piran, Slovenia, an old Mediterranean coastal town, situated on the westernmost part of the Istrian peninsula. Known as the jewel of the Slovenian Coast, Piran was once ruled by the Venetian Republic in the 10th century in exchange for protection from feudal lords.

The Republic's dominance ended centuries ago, but what remain are pockets of Venetian charm, where you can saunter among Venetian architecture, peruse artwork by Venetian artists and experience Venetian-influenced culture.

Make an effort to get to know the neighbors

Know your neighbors. Ask any policeman, vandal or burglar how you can best combat crime in your neighborhood, and most likely that will be the answer.

James Poppham

Mr. James “Harlan” Poppham, age 69, of Sunrise Strip, Carrollton, passed away Friday, May 4, 2007.  He was born August 23, 1937 in Heard County, GA to ...

Fred F. Wood

Fred F. Wood age 82 of Winder died Saturday, May 5, 2007. Funeral Service will be held 2 P.M. Monday, May 7 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral ...

James David Lawler, Jr.

Mr. James David Lawler Jr., of Buford, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Friday, April 27, 2007. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, 770-967-5555 ...

Martha Mullinax

Martha Mullinax, age 78, of Loganville, formerly of College Park, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2007. Funeral arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052 ...

David Michael Brown

David Michael Brown, age 57, passed away on Thursday April 26, 2007 of Cancer at his home in Gwinnett County, Georgia. A native of Florence, South Carolina David was a ...

Frederick C. Childers

Frederick C. Childers, age 89 of Snellville, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest ...

Patrick John Lennon

Patrick John Lennon, age 56, of Snellville, GA, passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2007. He is survived by his Son, Jon Patrick Lennon and Daughter, Juli Anna Lennon, both ...

Laveece Martin

Mrs. Laveece Pirkle Martin, age 82, of Buford, GA, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Victor Martin and parents, Claude ...

Claude Ray Kerlin

Claude Ray Kerlin, age 80 of Snellville, GA, passed away May 4, 2007. He was preceded in death by his son, Bennie Ray Kerlin and is survived by his wife ...

Mark Alan Holliday

Mark Alan Holliday, age 53, of Lawrenceville, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest ...

Alejandro Valdivia

Alejandro Valdivia, age 89 of Duluth, passed away Friday, March 4, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry ...

Katie Mosley

Miss Katie Mosley, age 18, of Pendergrass, GA, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2007. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Mr. Mickey Thompson. She is survived by ...

David A. Thaxton

Mr. David A. Thaxton, age 46, of Buford, GA, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...