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Gwinnett Gab: Braselton leaders confirm national acclaim

Braselton leaders confirm national acclaim

BRASELTON — Braselton has been placed on a prestigious list of recession-resilient growth areas, Mayor Pat Graham said.

Confirming the town's inclusion in the nation's most notable "9 from 2009" by Arkansas-based Gadberry Group, Graham said, "We're ahead of the curve setting a tone for high-quality growth, award-winning infrastructure and essential services without levying a property tax."

The demographic research and location-based services' firm based its annual listing upon Braselton's dramatic change in population and the presence of emerging census blocks such as neighborhoods with less than 10 households in 2000 and more than 100 households in 2009. The census blocks include all of Braselton and stretches into southern Hall, northwestern Barrow and western Jackson counties.

Gadberry Group began announcing notable high-growth areas in 2007. In addition to its analysis of census blocks, the firm uses key demographic variables such as ethnicity, household income, net worth, economic stability, length of residence and age in its national calculations. In all, the firm employed a statistical ranking system in its evaluations of 17,000 census blocks nationwide.

Eight of the nine communities cited by The Gadberry Group are categorized as suburban: Braselton; Atascocita, Texas; Spring Hill, Tenn.; Lincoln, Calif.; Katy, Texas; Wake Forest, N.C.; Mansfield, Texas; Wylie, Texas; and Buckeye, Ariz.

"What a tribute to be on the list as we're the only community in Georgia which meets the criteria for inclusion," Graham said.

Seniors in need of heaters

LAWRENCEVILLE — Electric portable heaters are desperately needed to help keep Gwinnett seniors warm this winter, Gwinnett County Senior Services officials said.

This is the second year Gwinnett County Senior Services and the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services are working together to provide heat assistance to senior citizens through Project AWARE (Added Warmth Assistance for Residences of our Elderly).

Gwinnett County fire stations will be accepting brand new portable electric heaters until Feb. 12 on behalf of Gwinnett Senior Services and Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services. The heaters will be collected from the stations and distributed to seniors in need. A smoke detector and information on fire safety will also be included along with the heaters.

"There are seniors that are dealing with so many issues, especially finances," said Adrienne Noble, Gwinnett Senior Services information and referral specialist. "Project AWARE is helping to keep our seniors warm without hurting their wallets."

For more information on Project AWARE, call Melanie Miller at 770-822-8842 or e-mail melanie.miller@gwinnettcounty.com. To make a monetary donation, visit www.fogcss.com or send a check to Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

Student honored by Georgia Association on Young Children

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Technical College early education student Mary Stoklas has been honored as the Student of the Year by the Georgia Association on Young Children in recognition of her academic and professional accomplishments.

This marks the third time in four years that a Gwinnett Tech student has earned the honor. Gwinnett Tech's early education program, now in just its sixth year, is led by Priscilla Smith, who was honored by GAYC as the Educator of the Year in 2006.

The Georgia Association on Young Children is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes quality early care and education for young children. GAYC is the state affiliate of the Southern Early Childhood Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The national association sets the standards for the early childhood field and accredits child care programs internationally.

Stoklas has also been recognized for excellence at the national level. She is last year's gold medalist in the SkillsUSA national competition in the preschool teaching assistant division. SkillsUSA is held annually to recognize and encourage the achievements of technical education students.

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