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FOOD REVIEW: Gourmandises, Suwanee GA

FOOD REVIEW: Gourmandises, Suwanee GA

Snuggled discreetly at the end of strip mall in Suwanee (ITP folks, please GPS) is a wonderful French bistro known as Gourmandises.

As many Americans, we are unaccustomed to French cooking. I think primarily because of the lack of French restaurants in which we can experience this delight.

Jock Connell Appointed as Interim County Administrator

Jock Connell Appointed as Interim County Administrator

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to appoint Jock Connell as interim county administrator and Atlanta firm Holland & Knight as interim county attorney for six months.

Connell replaces Charley Nix, who was appointed county administrator in November 2008. Bill Blalock, with Gainesville firm Stewart, Melvin & Frost, had been county attorney since 1992.

The county plans to contract with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia for assistance in the search for a new county administrator. The County Attorney position will be put out to bid.

Interim County Administrator Jock Connell retired in 2009 from Gwinnett County, where he was employed for 23 years.

Falcons Captain performs on-field wonders, But also gave back to over 50 Charities in 2010

Falcons Captain performs on-field wonders, But also gave back to over 50 Charities in 2010

Atlanta, GA--  The Falcons have risen up to be Division Leaders and are fully on their way to a deep NFL playoff run.  Jonathan Babineaux, veteran Defensive Tackle, must believe in "paying it forward" and that good things come to those who give back because in 2010 he has given back to over 50 charities in local area.

As of January 2011, Jonathan Babineaux has donated to 51 community and non-profit organizations.  Jon babineaux donated home game tickets and special T-shirts.  Babineaux created his “Babineaux’s Unit” as a means to simply say “Thank You”.  Jonathan purchased approximately $40,000 lower-level tickets and custom-made t-shirts for Atlanta’s non-profit community organizations.

Hall County Commission seeks new County Administrator

Hall County Commission seeks new County Administrator

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has asked County Administrator Charley Nix to resign. The official vote will be taken at the Jan. 6 special called meeting. The search for a new administrator will begin immediately. Former Gwinnett County Administrator Jock Connell will serve as interim administrator starting Jan. 6.

Nix was appointed as County Administrator on November 13, 2008, after serving as interim administrator since July. He was previously Hall County’s Human Resources Director and has more than 30 years of management experience in the private sector.

During his time as administrator, Nix helped steer the county through a stressful economy with a cost-cutting plan that demonstrated unprecedented cooperation among county staff and elected officials. He was instrumental in moving forward with the permitting of Glades Reservoir, which will secure the region’s water needs for the next 50 years.

Get Free Mulch When you Bring your Tree to the Hall County Recycling Center, Jan 10th

Get Free Mulch When you Bring your Tree to the Hall County Recycling Center, Jan 10th

“Bring One for the Chipper” and get some free mulch at the Hall County Recycling Center starting Jan. 10.

Residents may drop off Christmas trees (devoid of decorations) at any of the 13 Hall County compactor sites or the Recycling Center at 1008 Chestnut Street, Gainesville. City of Gainesville residents may leave their trees at curbside. Oakwood city residents may drop off their Christmas trees for recycling on the vacant lot next to the mulch pile on the corner of Allen Street and Railroad Street.

Tree will be chipped into mulch or used as fish habitat. Mulch will be made available to all beginning the week of Jan. 10 at the Hall County Recycling Center. Residents’ vehicles will be loaded free from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday while supply lasts. 

“Bring one for the Chipper” is Georgia's annual Christmas tree recycling program.

Atlanta Falcons Players Shop With Community Children at Oakwood Walmart

Atlanta Falcons Players Shop With Community Children at Oakwood Walmart

ATLANTA, GA– Atlanta Falcons’ veteran linebacker, Mike Peterson and the Mike Peterson Foundation, in conjuction with the Atlanta Falcon linebackers, are hosting an evening of giving back. On Tuesday, December 21 at 7pm at the Wal-Mart Oakwood location, Falcons Linebackers Give Back will pair 15 children with Falcons’ players who will receive a $100 Wal-Mart gift card courtesy of the Mike Peterson Foundation and each participating teammate.

The youth shopping with each player come from various groups and organizations including, the Wednesday’s Child Adoption Program, Rally Foundation and Grove Park Elementary students with whom Mike Peterson Foundation partners.

Mike Peterson will be joined by linebackers Curtis Lofton, Spencer Adkins, Robert James, Sean Weatherspoon, and Stephen Nicholas.

Hall County Offices Closed Dec. 23-27 and 31

Hall County Offices Closed Dec. 23-27 and 31

This is a reminder that Hall County’s administrative offices, courts and community centers will be closed Dec. 23-27 for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holidays and an employee furlough day (Dec. 27). Offices will close on Dec. 31 for the New Year’s Day holiday.

The landfill and compactor sites will be closed only on Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1). The Solid Waste Division will accept post-holiday garbage at compactor sites starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 26. Compactor sites are open Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. The Candler Road Landfill is open from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday). Citations will be issued to those who dump trash at a closed compactor site.