Lilburn Living -February 2019

Lilburn Living Covering Lilburn and Mountain Park Volume 29, No. 2 • FEBRUARY 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Gwinnett’s First Hispanic Judge: Part of Growing Diversity, but So Much More Gwinnett State Court Judge Emily Brantley swears in Ramon Alvarado as County Recorder’s Court Judge. His mom YuSun Alverado (center) assists with the ceremony. We reported last month that Gwinnett had started 2019 with the county’s first African American judge, Ronda Colvin-Leary, formerly a Snellville attorney. And in early January of this year diversity contin- ued to grow in Gwinnett with the swearing in of its first Hispanic judge, Ramon Alverado, on the County Recorder’s Court, which handles traffic citations and code ordinance violations. Alverado graduated from the University of Wiscon- sin, College of Law and joined the Georgia Bar in 2005. He’s been a successful criminal defense attorney with an office in Peachtree Corners. His dad is Puerto Rican, and Alverado was raised in Panama. His heritage on his mom’s side is Korean, a first for Gwinnett’s judges. Continued on page 21 Coming Soon in Lilburn: HAWK Pedestrian Signal Crossing at Killian Hill These kinds of signal crossings provide state-of-the-art safety and efficiency and they vary some in design. Pictured is testing in Tucson, AZ, where HAWK road crossing treatments originated in the U.S. As hometowns throughout the Metro grapple with much increased auto traffic, safety for pedestrians has become prioritized as well. To this end Lilburn has determined there will be a new HAWK crosswalk sys- tem installed in the busy stretch of Killian Hill Road near Shelley Lane. HAWK is a semi-acronym for H igh- intensity A ctivated C ross w alk. It’s a traffic control system that provides pedestrians safer passage at cross- walks on busy, high-trafficked streets. A HAWK system is good for automobile drivers as well because it only stops vehicular traffic at selected times when pedestri- ans need it, as detected by HAWK sensors. Continued on page 5