Norcross HS football team honored by city leaders

NORCROSS — The Norcross city hall council chamber was filled to capacity during Monday’s council meeting, with members of the 2013 state championship Norcross High School football team, coaches and parents on hand to receive a proclamation from Mayor Bucky Johnson on behalf of the city.

Johnson presented the framed proclamation to head coach Keith Maloof, congratulating the team’s leader on developing a strong team and ultimately beating rival North Gwinnett High School for the championship title. According to Maloof, the team of boys came back from a season-starting two-loss deficit to battle back and win the state 6-A championship. Maloof gave credit for the outstanding season to his players, other coaches and parents. The head coach, a 16-year veteran at Norcross, was also given a key to the city by Johnson.

“I’m just so proud of everything (the city does) for the high school and for this football team,” Maloof said.

Norcross High School principal Will Bishop was also on hand for the celebration on Monday.

American Red Cross month declared in city

Roz Alford, board member of the American Red Cross, was on hand Monday to receive recognition and an official proclamation from Johnson, declaring March 2014 American Red Cross Month in Norcross.

“The American Red Cross has been helping metropolitan Atlanta for 100 years now,” Johnson said, adding that the organization was on the scene years ago when he and his family experienced a house fire.

New playground in city’s future

Earlier this year, the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District presented a plan to Norcross that will mean a new playground for the city, which will be located on Price Street near the old high school stadium. Through the KaBOOM! community partner project, the CID will pay $9,000 for construction of the playground, and the city agreed Monday to fence the playground and perform long-term maintenance.

“Every playground built through this program is different,” Johnson said. “Ours will be designed by the Norcross community.”

City leaders vote to accept land donation for greenspace

City council members voted Monday to accept a donation of 27 acres for use as greenspace, given to the city by the family of Amanda Scoles. Under the family’s specified terms of the agreement, the city will be responsible for appraisal of the property, and should a trail or boardwalk be built on the land in the future, it is to be named in honor of the family.