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Last Week to Vote for Metromix's Best of Atlanta

Last Week to Vote for Metromix's Best of Atlanta

Atlanta, GA--  This week is the last week to vote for your favorite things of Atlanta.  Log on to Atlanta.Metromix.com and vote for your favorite neighborhood bar, restaurant, breakfast joint, etc.

There are 20 categories needing your vote and even if you don't vote, you will learn about new places that you will want to visit!

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EnviroShare seeks Hall County Resident Participants

Hall County, GA--  (submitted by Nikki Young, Hall County PIO) 

Residents have the opportunity to help create a more sustainable future for Hall County by serving on the EnviroShare Citizens Advisory Committee.

EnviroShare is a countywide environmental management system, which is a team-based approach to achieve large-scale environmental improvements. This voluntary network unites local governments, industries, nonprofits and citizens to lessen our impact on the environment, as well as improve operating efficiency and save money.

Those interested in serving on the Citizens Advisory Committee should contact EnviroShare Coordinator Rick Foote at 770-535-8284 at rfoote@hallcounty.org.

New partners are always welcome. The first EnviroShare Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for March 4, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Lanier Charter Career Academy, 2723 Tumbling Creek Road, Gainesville, GA 30504.

Polar Plunge at Lake Lanier to Raise Money for Special Olympics

Polar Plunge at Lake Lanier to Raise Money for Special Olympics

Lake Lanier, GA--  The second annual Polar plunge event will be at the island’s Beach and Water Park in Buford. More than 250 plungers have registered from various agencies and businesses across metro Atlanta.  The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department is one of the many police departments that will be participating in Saturday’s Polar Plunge at Lake Lanier to help raise money for Special Olympics Georgia.

The Polar Plunge is at 2 p.m. and the gates open at 11 a.m. There will be food, music, costume contests, a bounce house, dunking booths and Special Olympics athlete appearances. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics. Lake Lanier is waiving the gate fee for everyone attending the event.

Valentine's Day to Mother's Day: The United Way Shoebox Project

Valentine's Day to Mother's Day:  The United Way Shoebox Project

Atlanta, GA--   The 2011 United Way Shoebox Project is currently underway, and like every year individuals and companies throughout the Atlanta area are filling up empty shoeboxes with much needed toiletries for homeless women and children.  Last year over 80 homeless shelters in the area received more than 15,000 shoeboxes to help fight homelessness.

Ways you can get involved 

  • Encourage your family, friends and co-workers to fill a shoebox with a combination of new, unopened items from the items needed list. To allow for safety inspections, please make sure your box can be opened. 
  • You can host your own shoebox party, and invite friends and neighbors to decorate and fill shoeboxes together.
  • Check online for drop-off locations and to sign up for volunteer opportunities.

Call to Artists for Gainesville's 'Fowl Art Show' submit by March 4th

Call to Artists for Gainesville's 'Fowl Art Show' submit by March 4th

Gainesville, GA--  (submitted by City of Gainesville)  Plans for the Spring Chicken Festival are officially underway now that a Call to Artists has been issued for the Fowl Art Show. Interested artists should prepare an original work measuring 11 x 14 or 14 x 11.  The winning artwork image will be used for promotional material, posters, t-shirts and note cards to promote the Spring Chicken Festival sponsored by Keep Hall Beautiful.

The entry fee is $40.00 and includes a frame for the artist to keep. All entries should be taken to Frames-You-Nique in Gainesville by March 4.  Don Griffin, the coordinator of the Fowl Art Show, says the show is a way to get downtown involved in the official cook-off for the State of Georgia and pay homage to the “un-official” bird of Gainesville. “The artists are encouraged to paint a chicken or rooster in a humorous situation. The judges will be asked to consider the puns as well as the quality of the birds. The art will be on display at Frames-You-Nique beginning March 11 and will be judged the week  of  March 14,” Griffin said.

City of Gainesville Seeks Ideas for a Downtown Revitalization

City of Gainesville Seeks Ideas for a Downtown Revitalization

Gainesville, GA--  Gainvesville City Council and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce are all in support of the city's plan to revamp the downtown square, inlcuding the Georgia Mountains Center.

Officials have opened a Request For Proposals for the anyone who is interested in bidding for the project that would renovate the Center while also adding new flavor to the highly trafficked downtown area.

Proposals are due May 9th, but all who are going to bid need to attend a mandatory pre-proposal meeting on March 8th in the Joint Administration Building on Henry Ward Way.

Normal bids for projects like this should have a description and explanation of the intended project, drawings/recreations of the intended project, cost and budget, and a timeline.

Thunder Taskforce Comes To Gainesville

Thunder Taskforce Comes To Gainesville

On January 27th , the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) has planned to roll out their new task force, THUNDER TASKFORCE. A ninety-day roll-out of the high-visibility THUNDER TASKFORCE is planned to help cops crack down on aggressive drivers around the City of Gainesville and surrounding communities. The GOHS THUNDER TASKFORCE is a specialized traffic enforcement unit designed to help Georgia cities combat their abnormally high occurrences of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities on local high-traffic corridors.

GOHS crash data shows that by August of 2010, Hall County experienced 20 traffic deaths, already exceeding the previous mid-year fatality count by five. At that rate, Hall County is projected to experience another 5 road fatalities by the time 2010’s final crash stats are tabulated.