Community News

Gwinnett Tech, AARP to offer free tax help

Gwinnett Technical College has again partnered with the AARP Foundation to offer free tax assistance and preparation for community members.

Volunteers with AARP Tax-Aide will be on campus from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday’s to Thursday’s and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday’s through April 17th. The event will take place in Building 700 on the second floor. A sign-up sheet will be available at 8 a.m. each day, and it’s usually full by 1 p.m.

Those seeking help should bring all tax forms, a copy of last year’s return, a photo ID and Social Security cards for everyone who will be listed on the return. A blank check will also be required for those who want automatic deposit or withdrawal.

Gwinnett Tech is located at 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. For more information call 770-962-7580.



Join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and conversation.
When: Wednesday, March 21st from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30096
The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers
between police officers and the residents they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your community.

School Bus Safety Video

Gwinnett County Police Department School Bus Traffic Law Safety Video

The following video was created by the Gwinnett County Police Department in conjunction with Gwinnett County Communications.  The objective of the video is to educate the motoring public on the state law regarding when to stop for a school bus loading and unloading children.

To a parent, there is nothing more important than our children.  To keep our children as safe as possible, it is important that the public understand the laws in place to keep them safe when getting on and off the bus. 

As the new school year approaches, expect to see Gwinnett County Police officers enforcing OCGA 40-6-163.

Please use the following link to view the video:

FOG (Fats, Oils & Grease) Prevention Program

What do bacon, ice cream, and peanut butter all have in common? They are more than just tasty treats. They are also sources of fats, oil, and grease, also known as FOG. While fats, oil, and grease add extra flavor to your food, pouring FOG down the drain can leave a real mess in Gwinnett County’s sewer collection system.

FOG creates clogs that can back up sewage into your street, yard, or home and can even send it spilling into a neighborhood stream! Think of it this way––if it can clog arteries in the body, then it will probably clog the sewer pipe. Fortunately, clearing up FOG is as easy as doing a few simple things around the kitchen.

Check out Gwinnett County’s FOG Prevention Program @

Your 2017 JTHOA Board Members

The Jackson’s Township Homeowner’s Association would like to welcome our new Board Members:

Robert Dailey – President

Darlene Thompson – Vice President

Hans Pottinger – Treasurer

Mary Boone – Secretary

Angela McLellan – Board Member at Large

Randall Winn – Board Member at Large

Thank you for your service to our community!

Registration Ordinance Success

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners adopted a new vacant or foreclosed real property registration ordinance. The stated purpose of the ordinance is to “protect neighborhoods and Gwinnett County from deterioration and blight that can be caused by the lack of maintenance of vacant buildings or structures.”

The ordinance defines a vacant structure as real property that has not been lawfully inhabited for at least 60 days and has no evidence of utility usage within the past 60 days, or real property that is partially constructed or incomplete without a valid building permit. Property owners are required to register a property as vacant within 14 days of the property meeting the definition of a vacant real property.

In the case of foreclosed properties, owners have until 90 days after the transfer date to register. However, the registration requirement is waived for deed holders who provide the county with required information within 60 days. Foreclosed property is defined as improved real property held pursuant to a judicial or non-judicial foreclosure. The cost to register a property is $100. Property owners who fail to comply with the provisions of the ordinance can be fined up to $1,000.

The results of the program, Bryan Lacky, director of Gwinnett County’s Planning and Development department said, have been positive.

“I think it has been a success because it’s allowed us to find the responsible party,” he said. “We’re not looking to fine people — that’s not our goal — our goal is to get compliance.”

Addressing issues such as broken windows, uncut grass, downed trees and other property maintenance items result in more attractive properties which are easier to sell, Lackey explained. Getting those properties sold also helps maintain values throughout the affected neighborhoods.

From January 2013 through Oct. 15 of this year, 1,664 vacant structures and 351 foreclosed homes have been registered with the county. The number of registrations, Lackey said, have continued to fall as the economy improves.


Senior Services Information

Gwinnett County Senior Services
Gwinnett County Senior Services provides a variety of programs and services for our seniors, designed to enhance the quality of their lives and maintain their independence. These services also assist the families of seniors with their caregiving duties. To fulfill the needs of Gwinnett County residents, Senior Services offers the following services:

This service assists seniors who are homebound or unable to prepare their own meals. Meals on Wheels delivers frozen, chilled, or hot meals on a regular basis Monday through Friday. The meals are tailored to meet the nutritional needs of seniors. For inquiries about eligibility to receive meals, call 678.377.4150. For information on becoming a Meals on Wheels volunteer, call 678.377.6716.

This service helps to meet life’s basic needs through light housekeeping. For information, call 678.377.4150.

The Respite Program is designed for those with or without dementia. It provides caregivers of seniors a break from caring for their loved ones. For information, call 678.377.4150.

Gwinnett senior activity centers are located in Buford, Lawrenceville, and Norcross. The centers function as community gathering places for adults 60 and older. Seniors participate in daily planned programming activities such as exercise and dance classes, arts and crafts, table games, billiards and day trip excursions. The centers host various guests who perform and entertain or speak about medical, financial, and consumer issues important to seniors. Senior clients also receive hot, balanced lunches Monday through Friday. There are no membership fees but some classes and day trips may have small fees.

Limited transportation is available to seniors who need assistance commuting to and from senior centers, medical appointments, and treatments. Vehicles used to transport seniors are wheelchair accessible. For information, call 678.377.4150.

Can you give some time?

If anyone can help on any Saturday with maintaining the entrances, laying mulch, trimming, planting, general maintenance along highway 120, please contact Hans Pottinger.  He and only a hand-full of other people have been keeping our entrances beautiful for many years.  He can always use some extra helping hands.  Please contact Hans Pottinger if you can give of your time in any way.