Citizens Police Academy returns

For the ninth straight year, the Suwanee Police Department will offer a Citizens Police Academy, which aims to give residents a better understanding of daily functions, risks and experiences of Suwanee police officers.

More than 300 residents have participated in the eight-week program.

The Academy will address crime scene processing, traffic stops, building searches, crime prevention, and narcotics identification.

The deadline to submit a notarized application is 5 p.m. March 2. Classes will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning on March 20 at the Suwanee Police Department, 373 Buford Highway. Applications are available at www.suwanee.com.The D. Scott Hudgens Center for Skilled Nursing at Suwanee's Annandale Village was recently given a five-star ranking by U.S. News & World Report and garnered the highest ranking of any nursing home in Georgia.

Annandale Village is the only nursing home in Gwinnett County to earn a five-star rating.

"It is an outstanding achievement for Annandale Village to receive top honors, assuring that our residents are receiving the highest level of care," CEO Adam Pomeranz said in a news release. "The five-star rating speaks not only to the quality of clinical care we provide, but to the compassion and commitment of our dedicated staff."

Annandale Village is a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to serving adults with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Typically, residents are 18 years or older and have been diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome or other developmental disability.

U.S. News' evaluation of nursing homes is based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a consumer website run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Nursing homes earned overall ratings of up to five stars, as well as up to five stars in three subcategories: health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of care.-- From staff reports