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Gwinnett Gab 6/26/2008

Firefighter teams to face in grill-off

NORCROSS - Four teams from some of the busiest fire stations in Gwinnett County will face off Saturday in a grilling competition.

The grill-off will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BJ's at 6344 Cash Court in Norcross.

The winning team will receive $500 from BJ's Membership Clubs of metro Atlanta to stock their firehouse with food and supplies. BJ's will also donate $1,000 to the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, which helps burn survivors recover and prevents others from experiencing the traumatic injury.

The grill-off will also offer residents a chance to learn basic fire prevention and safety tips for summer grilling. According to the National Fire Protection Association, gas-fueled and charcoal grills cause an average of 4,400 fires each year.

Auction to benefit senior programs

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services is hosting its sixth annual silent auction this evening.

The Friends is a private, nonprofit organization run by volunteers. The group's fundraising efforts have helped fund programs such as Meals on Wheels. Last year's silent auction raised more than $31,000 for Gwinnett's seniors.

The auction will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett at 3100 Club Drive in Lawrenceville. The event will feature items and services donated by local businesses and individuals, as well as big-ticket items such as round-trip airline tickets, weekend getaways and Braves baseball tickets and apparel.

Tickets cost $25 at the door, and the price includes admittance, entertainment, food and beverages, a door prize ticket and participation in the silent and live auction.

Suwanee hosting sci-fi film festival

SUWANEE - Suwanee is hosting a classic sci-fi film festival in historic Old Town this summer.

The first movie, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday at Burnette-Rogers Pavilion on Main Street.

"Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" will be shown on July 26. "Young Frankenstein" and "Oedipus Wrecks" will both be shown on Aug. 23.

The free event is for adult viewers. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Alcohol is prohibited.

Lawrenceville rolls back millage rate

LAWRENCEVILLE - As the result of a rollback in the millage rate, Lawrenceville property owners may expect a slight reduction in their city taxes this fall.

The city council recently set the 2008 tax millage rate at 2.16 mills, a decrease from the 2007 rate of 2.2 mills. On a $250,000 home, this would mean a savings of about $4, according to City Clerk Bob Baroni.

The council is expected to approve a new fiscal year 2008-09 budget in August, Baroni said. Last year's budget totaled $96.8 million.

New tax bills will be sent out Aug. 15 with payments due Oct. 15 and Nov. 15.