Lawrenceville attorney named to IMPACT! board

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville attorney Tracey Mason Blasi has joined the IMPACT! Group's Board of Directors. A graduate of South Gwinnett High School, Blasi specializes in land use and condemnation law.

Blasi received her law degree from Georgia State University College of Law. She is certified as both a mediator and an arbitrator by the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia and the Gwinnett County Bar Association.

Blasi has a long history of involvement in the community. She is a past President of the Rotary Club of Gwinnett and co-founder of United Way's Women's Legacy in Gwinnett. She has served on the board of directors for the Council for Quality Growth, the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Resources and the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia.

The IMPACT! Group, established in 1992, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering quality housing solutions to the residents of greater Atlanta and northeast Georgia.

'Movies Under the Stars' continues at Mall of Georgia

BUFORD - Mall of Georgia has extended its "Movies Under the Stars" series for an additional weekend. This free night of entertainment, sponsored by Gwinnett Medical Center, Georgia Gwinnett College and the Gwinnett Daily Post, features live music and a film screening on a 42-foot screen.

The Ron Johnsons will head up the action at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5, followed by a screening of "Bring It On: Fight to the Finish" at dusk.

Mall of Georgia will also celebrate its 10th anniversary Saturday by hosting special events during Movie Under the Stars. Shoppers can enjoy free giveaways and a sing-a-long of "Happy Birthday" to mark the occasion.

The Mall of Georgia is located at 3333 Buford Drive in Buford. For more information, call 678-482-8788 or visit www.mallofgeorgia.com.

Lawrenceville physician passes board exam

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville physician James Wan, M.D., passed the American Board of Phlebology examination issued by the Vein Clinics of America (VCA). Wan is the practicing physician in VCA's Lawrenceville office. He is one of 13 VCA physicians who recently passed the board certification examination.

Wan is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Mercer University School of Medicine. He trained at the University of South Alabama Medical Center and is also board certified in Internal Medicine. After serving one year as chief medical resident, he began working in the emergency department at U.S.A. Medical Center. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Medical Specialties and the American College of Phlebology.

Ashworth College starts online

Habitat chapter

NORCROSS - Ashworth College has become the first distance education institution to establish an online Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter. The student-led organization focuses on the primary functions of building, fundraising, advocating and educating.

The Ashworth Campus Chapter will align with Habitat for Humanity's North Central Georgia affiliate and operate primarily through online forum and social community groups.

Within the first month of its inception, the Ashworth Campus Chapter recruited more than 25 members.

Local grads honored for public service

ATLANTA - Nateja Diaz-Greene of Hoschton and Elise Lee of Duluth were recognized by Bank of America's Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. Diaz-Greene, a Mill Creek High School graduate, and Lee, a recent graduate of Northview High School, were among 230 high school students honored nationwide.

Diaz-Greene and Lee participated in public service through the metro area nonprofit Hands On Atlanta during their eight-week internship, paid for by the bank's foundation. Hands On Atlanta helps individuals, families and corporate and community groups find flexible volunteer opportunities at more than 400 service organizations and schools.

Bank of America's Neighborhood Excellence Initiative recognizes students for their commitment to improving their communities by providing these internships and inviting honored students to Bank of America Charitable Foundation's week-long Student Leadership Summit.

Bubba Keg looking for best tailgaters

ATLANTA - Bubba Keg, the company behind the Bubba Keg brand of insulated mugs, coolers and the new Bubba Keg Convection Grill, have launched a search for the world's best tailgaters.

The Bubba Keg staff will select 30 "professional" tailgate teams to compete in the Bubba U Competitive Tailgating Series (BCTS). One winning team will be awarded an all expenses paid trip to the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif.

The BCTS Selection Committee will be accepting applications now through Aug. 21. Candidates should e-mail their qualifications to bcts@bubbakeg.com or apply online at www.bubbakeg.com/bcts. Each of the 30 chosen teams will be outfitted with a complete Bubba Keg professional tailgaters' package, including a Bubba Keg Convection Grill.

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