Gwinnett Tech to offer free tax preparation

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Technical College is partnering with AARP Tax-Aide to offer free income tax preparation and tax counseling for community residents and Gwinnett Tech students, faculty and staff.

Volunteers with AARP Tax-Aide will be at the college, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, in the Busbee Center, Building 700, Room 2.108. Assistance will be offered from noon to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 2 to April 15. No assistance will be offered March 17 and 18.

Clients are asked to bring last year's income tax return, proper identification and all necessary documents for this tax year. Electronic filing will be available through this free service at Gwinnett Tech.

For more information about free income tax preparation and tax counseling available at Gwinnett Tech, call 770-962-7580.

Suwanee man recognized for leadership

SUWANEE - Paul Doppel, director of factory liaison and government affairs for Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Advanced Products Division in Suwanee, has been honored by the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute with and award for his leadership as chairman of the AHRI Ductless Equipment Engineering Committee.

The the Richard C. Schulze Award is presented annually and recognizes contributions to the industry.

"We are extremely proud of Paul's achievements," said William Rau, senior vice president and general manager of Mitsubishi Electric HVAC. "His hard work and dedication is an asset to Mitsubishi Electric."

Library board welcomes two new members

LAWRENCEVILLE - Babs Wagoner and Phillip Saxton were appointed to the Gwinnett County Public Library Board of Trustees earlier this month by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.

Wagoner, a 10-year resident of Gwinnett County employed in education for the past eight years, was nominated by Shirley Lasseter, District 1 commissioner.

Saxton, president of MiTowne and a business development consultant with The Platinum Business Group, was nominated by Mike Beaudreau, District 3 commissioner.

"The addition of Babs and Phillip to the Library's Board of Trustees ensures that the organization will continue to benefit from a diversity of knowledge, expertise and community involvement," said library director, Nancy Stanbery-Kellam. "Both Babs and Phillip are going to be great board members because both possess strong leadership skills, a proven track record and a devotion to Gwinnett County."

Phyllis Oxendine was reappointed and nominated by Charles Bannister, county commission chair.

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