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Mission Statement

The Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance mission is to help
Lawrenceville become a signature city.

Our Goals are to:

  • Provide a communication network among the residents
    who live in the City of Lawrenceville.
  • Provide relevant and timely information about what is
    happening that can impact our quality of life.
  • Provide a unified voice to the city council of local and
    city-wide issues.
  • Focus on QUALITY OF LIFE and sustainability of the city.

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6/3: QOL Code Compliance contact information and sample citation (see below)

6/3: Central Gwinnett Cluster newsletter

6/3: Election information and fees (see below)

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Important upcoming dates:

July 8 - Storm water board, 3:00 pm

July 8 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 pm

July 14 - DDA Special Call meeting, 5:30 pm

July 15 - City Council Special Call meeting, 3:00 pm

July 15 - City Council Work Session, 3:05 pm

July 20 - Planning Commission meeting, 7:00 pm

Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry, Inc
176 Church Street, P.O. Box 1328 
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Linda Freund, Director

Perhaps, like me, you have heard of the Lawrenceville Coop, but are not sure where it is and how to help.  Certainly we all realize many people are in need of assistance, but operating in our own secure worlds, we probably do not meet , nor appreciate how dire the situation is for some.

At this moment, more than 90 homeless people in the Lawrenceville area are receiving assistance , as did as some 4,100 families in 2014.   The need is so great that Linda occasionally gets teary eyed thinking of some situations.  But during the time of my visit, a gentleman was in tears of gratitude for the help his family had received from the Coop.

The Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry is faith based which started in 1995.  More than 400 volunteers donate time to stock and distribute food items, run the office, or conduct interviews.  Assistance is provided to a wide variety of situations, from a one-time utility bill, help with medications, food items, overnight shelter , or even an opportunity to just talk to a caring person . Some people are dealing with a crisis, like the mother with children seeking assistance on the way to the Battered Woman's shelter.  Sometimes a job loss means immediate eviction, and nowhere to go.

But not everyone can qualify.  The individual's means are balanced with the need to determine how critical the request ; but be assured, compassion and understanding are critical to the process.  Each interview starts with a prayer, if acceptable to the applicant .  C omments by the interviewer are recorded in an effort to make every interview a continuation of the last.

The current situation may be the result of a bad decision, but often times circumstances change that is beyond the individual's control. Self-sufficiency is the desired result where possible. 

W hat can an individual or compan y do to help the Coop meet the great need?  Any contribution, from the greatest to the smallest, has a positive effect on the effort.

  • Financial contributions to the Coop, or even cash cards for Kroger or Walmart in $10 increments (cash is not given out)

  • Food items (non- perishable).  Several Church groups and companies have a regular food drive, and individual contributions are appreciated.

  • Time and labor is always appreciated, and never turned down.  Something is going on at the conv erted church building Monday – Saturday.   Volunteers are given instruction, and there is something for anyone to do.

  • Children's books are an item many families would like to have.

  • Clothing is provided to applicants via a 2-year voucher to the Baptist Church Thrift Store.

  • Office Supplies

  • Prayers

The greatest challenge is perhaps the homeless.   The extended stay facilities around Lawrenceville are being used to house people in need, from one day, to several, the resource is becoming scarce due to the gre at need.

Jobs are needed.  If you on an opening, or have a concept of how to build a network with employers, please contact Linda.  Training is a key to getting and holding a job.   Matching the two is a critical part of the effort.   Again, if you have contacts or ideas of how to make connections in this area, please call Linda.

I have only scratched the surface of what the Coop is doing, but I hope you can see that whatever your expertise, abilities, or resources, you can make a difference.

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Gerold Martin
LNA, President




Set and Publish Qualifying Fees for 2015



Notice is hereby given for a municipal election at the Lawrenceville City Hall, 70 South Clayton Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, to elect a Mayor and two (2) members of the City Council.  The Council posts for this election are currently occupied by Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson and Council Members Marie Beiser and Tony Powell.  Candidates must pay to the City a qualifying fee of $288.00 for the office of Mayor or $216.00 for the office of City Council Member.    This notice is given pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 21-2-131.


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Central Gwinnett's Maryanne Grimes named Principal of the Year

By Keith Farner

LAWRENCEVILLE — Even Mom can be surprised.

Central Gwinnett Principal Maryanne Grimes speaks to teachers, staff and district staff on Thursday during a celebration where she was named the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals High School Principal of the Year. (Staff Photo: Keith Farner)

That was the case on Thursday afternoon at Central Gwinnett High when faculty, staff, district officials and CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks met for what Principal Maryanne Grimes figured was a meeting about the school's academy model.

As it turned out, they were all there to surprise Grimes and tell her she was named the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals High School Principal of the Year. Affectionately called the “Academy Mom” by the four other principals in Gwinnett who have the academy model, Grimes quickly deflected credit to her staff.

“‘I'm blessed,” she said. “Every day, I get to do what I love, and that's an honor. These kids, here, are amazing, and they inspire me every day to work harder.”

Grimes said the award should be renamed for the “School of the Year” and outlined a list of attributes her staff does to help students, from tutoring, to giving them a jacket. The staff even raised thousands of dollars recently for an assistant principal who recently had a heart transplant.

“Every day they say, ‘What else can I do,'” Grimes said. “These people give and give and give, but they also want excellence in their craft. That's high priority.”

Wilbanks said that for as long as he's known Grimes, and in whatever role she held, she's always been student-centered.

Chris Kimbro, a counselor at Central, said Grimes cares about the child as a whole, academically and personally.

“She really cares about who they are, and who they are becoming,” Kimbro said. “What she said, about it really being for the school, she really means that, and that struck me.”

In the last year, Central has rolled out an academy model and further developed a relationship with the Lawrenceville business community. GASSP executive director Melton Callahan said that leading an academy model made a difference on Grimes' application.

Gwinnett County Public Schools CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks speaks at Central Gwinnett High on Thursday during a celebration where Principal Maryanne Grimes was named the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals High School Principal of the Year. (Staff Photo: Keith Farner)

“I think it helps, rather than the traditional (model), it shows innovation,” Callahan said.

Grimes said she wasn't sure how much the academy model played a factor in her application, but it's making a difference with students, who are engaged in the ownership of the process.

“It's forcing them to look at things differently,” she said. “It's doing exactly what we wanted it to do. It's personalizing learning, and upping the rigor.”

Callahan said Grimes fits a style of principal that leads by example and stands in the line of fire.

“That's great support for the other staff members to know that your boss is going to be up there with you,” he said.

The other finalists for the award were Gene Starr of Appling County High and Kevin Smith of Jefferson High.

The finalists were selected by the GASSP selection committee from a pool of statewide nominees. The criteria for selection includes professional and school excellence, as well as evidence of exemplary work in collaboration, curriculum, instruction and assessment and personalization of the school's work to meet individual student needs.

Each of the finalists also participated in an interview process.

Grimes has been the principal at Central since 2012, and previously was an assistant principal and principal at GIVE Center West. She's worked in Gwinnett County Schools since 1986, and has also served as a teacher and counselor.

Along with Central, she's also worked at Dacula High, McIntosh High and Georgia State University.

Grimes earned a bachelor's degree in special education from Dowling University, and master's and specialist degrees in school counseling, along with certification in educational leadership all from Georgia State.



Recycling Notice:

Attention City Residents: Change in Recycling Program

Published: December 22, 2014

The City's Recycling Program no longer accepts glass. Please dispose of it with your regular garbage.

For recycling service and information, please call HOME SANITATION at (770)554-0455.

Just as a reminder, the City accepts the following products for recycling:

1)   Newspaper, catalogs, phone books, magazines, all paper.

2)   Aluminum, bimetal and tin cans, aluminum pie pans and foil.

3)   Cereal and laundry detergent boxes; six (6) and twelve (12) pack beverage boxes; shoe boxes; cardboard boxes.

4)   All colors of plastic containers including milk jugs and laundry bottles.




Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance

It's Time to Spring into Action! 

According to City of Lawrenceville Councilman Bob Clark , there are a dozen good neighbor practices that promote harmony and pride in our community. These practices keep our neighborhood clean, neat and enhance property values.

Good practices make good neighbors. 

1. Smile and wave to other drivers or pedestrians.

2. Keep speed in the neighborhood under the speed limit of 25 mph.

3. Place trash for pick-up at the top of your driveway on the evening before or day of pickup. Pick up newspapers each morning.

4. Retrieve garbage cans the afternoon of pickup and store out of sight.

5. On a weekly basis, mow and trim around trees, driveway edges, and the street curb.

6. Keep your home and mailbox repaired and painted. Place house number so that it is visible from the street.

7. Park only on hard surfaces in the front of your home and on hard or gravel surfaces to the side or rear of your home.

8. Keep your driveway in good repair.

9. Do not park routinely or overnight on neighborhood streets.

10. Park work trucks at work, no in residential driveways.

11. Keep radio, television, or powered music sounds inside your home or very low outside your home.

12. Store household or yard care equipment and material out of sight.

Good practices make neighborhoods shine.

Interested in being appointed to one of the City's boards or commissions?

A number of citizens have expressed interest in being involved with the planning and operations of the City. If you would like to be considered for a seat on one of the City's boards or commissions, fill out the on-line application here.









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