Schools get OK for sidewalk improvements

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County commissioners recently awarded a construction contract for school safety and pedestrian safety improvements to the Dickerson Group Inc.

The projects, funded by 2009 special purpose local option sales tax revenue, will provide sidewalk connectivity to two schools.

At Sever Road near Jackson Elementary School, sidewalks will be added from Lake Washington Drive south to existing sidewalks north of Ga. Highway 120/Duluth Highway. This project will also complete the sidewalk connectivity on the east side of Sever Road, from Ga. 120 all the way to North Brown Road and beyond that to Old Peachtree Road.

The construction of sidewalks on West Price Road from Suwanee Dam Road to Level Creek Road will complete connectivity at North Gwinnett High School.

The Dickerson Group was the lowest responsive bidder out of 11 bids received for these projects in the amount of $440,363. Construction is anticipated to be completed by mid-2010.

Duluth resident joins Youth Villages board

DULUTH - Duluth resident Jennifer Queen, director of legal recruitment at McKenna Long & Aldridge, recently joined the Youth Villages board of directors.

Youth Villages is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Youth Villages this year will help more than 15,000 children and families in 10 states and Washington, D.C., through an array of programs, including intensive in-home services, residential treatment, foster care and adoption, transitional living services, mentoring and crisis services.

Queen previously served on the board of directors of Inner Harbour, one of Georgia's largest providers of residential treatment to children and youth with emotional and behavioral problems, and joined the Youth Villages board when the two organizations merged in early September.

CEO appointed to business advisory council

SUWANEE - The University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center Network recently appointed Monique Honaman to its statewide advisory council.

Honaman is the CEO of the ISHR Group in Suwanee.

The Georgia SBDC Network is a public service unit of UGA and a business assistance provider for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Through a network of 17 offices strategically located throughout the state, a range of educational opportunities are provided for small business owners, potential entrepreneurs and community leadership organizations.

The advisory council is made up of individuals from throughout the state who represent small businesses or who have an interest in the problems faced by small businesses. The council provides feedback on programs and services provided to the business community of Georgia, as well as providing fresh perspectives and new ideas.

Kroger activities support Breast Cancer month

ATLANTA - Kroger stores throughout Georgia are participating in several promotions to raise money for breast cancer research during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Kroger's "Giving Hope a Hand" campaign features a storewide sales promotion of popular items, many of which feature exclusive specially marked yellow packaging. This year, 2,000 items including Kellogg's, Kraft, Pepsi, General Mills, Campbell's and Procter & Gamble will be marked with special shelf tags to highlight their participation to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Customers can also purchase $1 pink ribbon icons and $2 pink reusable shopping bags at Kroger stores to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Kroger has also launched a Web site,, where Kroger associates who have survived breast cancer tell their stories and offer encouragement to others dealing with this disease.

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