Lilburn Living Covering Lilburn, Mountain Park & Snellville • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 9 • SEPTEMBER 2018 PRICELESS ISSUE! Gwinnett Graduates 100th Police Academy County law enforcement grows with new class of sworn officers. (Gwinnett County Police Department.) In mid-July Gwinnett celebrated graduation of its 100th Police Academy in a ceremony at the Infinite Energy Fo- rum. Graduates of the new class are part of a multicultural force that includes officers from not only the U.S., but also Jamaica and Rwanda. There’s much noteworthy about this historic addition to the Gwinnett PD. It took place during the County Bicentennial (1818-2018). And the class of 42 new officers was the largest in Gwinnett’s history, helping keep pace with the county’s dramatic growth. Even as Gwinnett grows it is always mindful that it’s an extended family, said County Administrator Glenn Stephens. He pointed out something I hadn’t noticed, that Gwinnett patrol cars have clear, not tinted, windows, stan- dard for many police departments. Gwinnett PD wants people “to see inside our police cars,” he said. “Your fam- ily is Gwinnett County and that’s what y’all are a part of.” Gwinnett Chief A.A. “Butch” Ayers believes that good community policing is vital and that an important basis is integrity. He expressed confidence in the new alumni of Gwinnett Police Academy, saying “we are con- fident that you can rely on your superior training, your superior equipment and our core values to assist you with any situation you may encounter.” And that’s very good for citizens to know and trust. -Dr. Paul Hudson News from the Lilburn Arts Alliance Patty McIntire will be the speaker at the Sept. 12 meeting of the Lilburn Arts Alliance. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she now resides in Stone Moun- tain, and is an active member of the Tucker Arts Guild. Her specialty is working in an abstract way using alcohol ink on tiles, which she will discuss and demonstrate. She has taught classes at the Tucker Arts Guild and won First Place for her painting at ART Station in Stone Mountain. The meeting will be at the Wynne Russell House in Lil- burn, 7 p.m. Guests are always welcome. Photographer Brian Bean will lead a workshop on Outdoor Photography, Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. - noon. Bean is a practicing photographer and a 2010 graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design. Cost for the workshop: • $25/Lilburn Arts Alliance members • $35/non-members • space is limited. • email Andy Triemer at email@example.com to reserve your place. Workshops and meetings are held at the Wynne Russell House, 4685 Wynne Russell Drive NW, Lilburn, GA 30047. Other items of interest to art lovers in the area in- clude an Art Exhibition starting Oct. 19 at the Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Rd, Lawrenceville, a Watercolor Workshop and a Plein Air Outing, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Details will be listed on Facebook at facebook.com/ LilburnArtsAlliance and the Lilburn Arts Alliance web- sitelilburnartsalliance.org .