GWINNETT GAB: Force players to promote reading

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Georgia Force will be at the Collins Hill branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library on Wednesday as part of the team’s work to promote children’s interest in reading through the 2011 Summer Reading Program.

Quarterback Brett Elliott and defensive lineman Jeff Littlejohn will be reading to children at 3:30 p.m., with a question-and-answer session to follow.

The Summer Reading Program reached more than 37,000 children in 2010, Library Director Nancy Stanbery-Kellam said.

Mall hosts Girls Night Out

DULUTH — Gwinnett Place Mall is hosting a Girls Night Out on Thursday featuring makeovers, fashion, entertainment, dancing and more.

Participants include Mega Mart, Toni & Guy, Belk, Sleep Number by Select Comfort, Macy’s, Purple Rain, CineMoms, Pampered Chef and Wild Bill’s. The event will also include a silent auction benefiting Simon Youth Foundation and children’s charity Variety of Georgia.

The event is for women ages 20 and up. The first 100 women to check in will receive a swag bag of goodies.

Girls Night Out will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Check in at the mall’s center court.

Conference to help entrepreneurs

NORCROSS — The Women’s Entrepreneurial Showcase, sponsored by the Hopewell City of Hope Community Development Corp. and the city of Norcross, will offer strategic business information, inspiration and networking opportunities to women interested in starting or maintaining a business in uncertain times.

Female business owners from metro Atlanta will share their business secrets and talk about how they overcame challenges to achieve success during the recession.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Norcross Cultural Center at 10 College St. The showcase is free, and lunch will be provided.

Registration is required by Monday. Visit http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=chncpkfab&oeidk=a07e3z1effkeb0d5653.

Suwanee pageant raises over $11K

SUWANEE — The second annual Miss Suwanee benefit pageant raised $11,067 for Relay For Life.

The open pageant crowned 27 queens and two kings. All participants wore blue jeans and white T-shirts, and judging was conducted by Miss America-certified judges.

This year’s Ultimate Grand Miss Suwanee title and crown was captured by 12-year-old Olivia Letlow. She raised $1,300 for the pageant by knocking on doors and asking friends and relatives to sponsor her.

Aili Rose Casey came in second place as Grand Miss Suwanee. The 12-year-old collected $1,065 by knocking on doors an asking for support from her family and friends. She also sold her iPod for $75 to add to her cause.

Resident wins volunteer of year

LAWRENCEVILLE — Partnership Against Domestic Violence celebrated National Volunteer Appreciation Month by saluting its volunteers at Taqueria Del Sol.

Gwinnett resident Gloria Edwards was honored with the Gwinnett Volunteer of the Year award. She has been a PADV volunteer for more than two years and works with the Gwinnett children’s program.

Edwards said she volunteers in honor of her aunt, whom she lost to domestic violence.

“Gloria is incredibly reliable. Everyone at the Gwinnett safe house, especially the kids, look forward to seeing her,” said Cathy Willis Spraetz, PADV president and chief executive officer. “She always has a smile on her face, kind words for the children and an enthusiasm that is infectious.”

Credit Union launches remote deposit feature

NORCROSS — Associated Credit Union has added EZDeposit to its suite of online banking services.

The new service enables home or office users to deposit checks remotely using a scanner. Users have to scan the front and back of their checks, confirm the deposit, and print a transaction receipt for their records.

Associated Credit Union is headquartered in Norcross with 27 branches in metro Atlanta serving more than 151,000 members.

Gwinnett students win art contest

LAWRENCEVILLE — Two winners of the Clean Air Campaign’s 2011 Young Lungs at Work art competition attend schools in Gwinnett County.

Helen Nguyen of Rebecca Minor Elementary was named the first-place winner for her comic strip depicting the health benefits of riding the bus to school with her mother. Chirayu Salgarkar of Simonton Elementary received third place.

More than 200 elementary school students entered the competition. The contest invited students to develop original comic strips to illustrate how pollution from vehicle emissions is harmful to the air we breathe.

Student wins Stock Market Challenge

NORCROSS — For the sixth year, Sanders Financial Management conducted its annual Stock Market Challenge at Norcross High School, with senior Benjamin Cloer taking home a $1,000 college scholarship.

Students participating in the three-month event learned how the global financial system works and were taught how to succeed in business careers in a competitive work force. After nine weeks, the students with the largest portfolio and greatest return was declared the winner.

Cloer said he stuck to volatile low-priced stocks, sold short when they hit highs and covered his position when the stocks dipped.

Sanders Financial Management is a financial advisory and investment management firm based in Norcross.

JROTC cadets clean highway

SUWANEE — Sixteen cadets from North Gwinnett High Air Force Junior ROTC reported for duty at the Suwanee Police Department to pick up litter along Buford Highway.

For years, keeping a mile of the road clean has been a community service project of the JROTC unit. Once each semester, the students don orange vests and pick up trash on both sides of Buford Highway from the police station to McGinnis Ferry Road.

Sugar Hill honors sports league

SUGAR HILL — The Sugar Hill City Council recently issued a proclamation honoring i9 Sports, which offers youth sport leagues, camps and clinics for kids ages 3 to 14.

The proclamation recognized i9 Sports for its ability to build a stronger community through the youth sports and providing a program that focuses on fun, sportsmanship and convenience for all.

In fall 2007, i9 Sports operated its first league, coed flag football, with about 110 players. By fall 2010, the organization had expanded to four sports leagues with 800 players.

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