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Suwanee Briefs: Dyslexia association, school to be featured on HBO2

Special-needs school hosts special viewing of “ Journey Into Dyslexia”

The International Dyslexia Association-Georgia Branch and Sage School are presenting a special viewing of HBO2’s “Journey Into Dyslexia” at 6 p.m. on March 8 at Gateway Church, 3108 McGinnis Ferry Road, Suwanee.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to reserve a seat, visit www.idaga.org.

Speakers at the event include Debra Foster McElhaney, a licensed marriage and family therapist practicing in Atlanta; Patrick Whaley, a successful young entrepreneur with dyslexia; and Dr. Leslie Stuart, a clinical psychologist in private practice who conducts psychological evaluations to assess the learning profiles of individuals with dyslexia.

According to its website, Sage School is “a unique Christian school, dedicated to meet the needs of the student with language based learning differences, including dyslexia, difficulty understanding and/or using spoken language, written language disorders and mathematical disabilities.”

The school is located at 3585 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suite 402, in Suwanee. For more information abut the school, visit www.sageschool.net.

Men sentences to federal prison for tax evasion

A Suwanee man and two co-conspirators were sentenced to federal prison Wednesday for evading taxes and hiring undocumented workers for their wholesale meat business.

Rafael Villarreal Sr., 42, of Suwanee was sentenced to five years in prison and will be deported after serving his term. Co-defendants Rhett and Marcus Maughon, both of Decatur, were sentenced to five years and three years in prison, respectively, as well as 100 hours of community service.

According to information presented in court, the three men ran wholesale meat supplier Atlanta Meat Company from 2001 to 2006, receiving some payments from clients in cash. In turn, all of this cash was not reported and some employees were paid partially or entirely with cash.

The company underpaid its employee withholding taxes and filed fraudulent returns. Many employees paid via cash were illegal immigrants “not authorized to work in this country,” officials said.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Labor.

City looking for Arbor Day volunteers

The City of Suwanee is looking for volunteers for its Arbor Day planting on March 10. Ten dogwood trees will be planted at White Street Park beginning at 9 a.m. The work will be done in an area where a fire pit was built as part of an Eagle Scout project. The city’s public works staff has installed 300 plants at the park, and a 40-foot long arbor.

To volunteer, contact City Planner Dan Robinson at drobinson@suwanee.com or 770-904-3381.

— From staff reports