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Charter supports United Way shoebox project

Charter supports United Way shoebox project

ATLANTA -- United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta is holding its annual shoebox project through the first day of May.

To participate in the project, simply wrap a shoebox (make sure the box and lid are wrapped separately) and fill it with new, unopened necessities for local women and children in need. Possible items include toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant and words of encouragement for the families who will receive the boxes.

Those who upload pictures of their decorated shoeboxes to the United Way Facebook page or tweet pictures of them with the hashtag #shoeboxproject will be entered to win two round-trip tickets from Delta Air Lines, according to United Way spokesman David Graves.

This year, five Charter Communications sales and service centers throughout the metro will collect shoeboxes from the public to deliver to the United Way.

Gwinnett County calls on residents, businesses to volunteer

Gwinnett County calls on residents, businesses to volunteer

Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash announced the official launch of a countywide volunteer program, Volunteer Gwinnett, during the annual State of the County address in February and called on residents, businesses, and organizations to get involved.

 

RECIPE | Jennifer Williams' Pear and Prosciutto Ravioli with Pear Sauce

RECIPE | Jennifer Williams' Pear and Prosciutto Ravioli with Pear Sauce

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Jennifer Williams, a student in the Culinary Arts program at Gwinnett Technical College, recently won first place in the 2012 USA Pears Culinary Student Competition at Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, Ore.

Her Pear and Prosciutto Ravioli with Pear Sauce netted Williams a $1,000 scholarship.

Learn how to make Williams' award-winning recipe here.

Pasta
9.5 oz. all-purpose flour
3 large eggs

Pear Sauce
5 oz. Bosc pears, peeled, seeded and rough-chopped
4 oz. Bartlett pears, peeled, seeded and rough-chopped
4 oz. Comice pears, peeled, seeded and rough-chopped
1 tbsp. butter
18 oz. sparkling pear juice
1 tbsp. freshly ground cardamom
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 oz. heavy cream

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

ATLANTA – Powerball has soared to staggering heights. Wednesday’s jackpot has jumped to $250 million after no one matched all the winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing.

One Georgia Lottery player won $10,000 in Saturday’s drawing. The lucky ticket was purchased in Pooler.

The Powerball jackpot has been growing since Dec. 28 and has rolled 12 times.

 Powerball offers two payment options: the $250 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $156 million.

 Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

 As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Public art a (two-time) winner in Suwanee

Public art a (two-time) winner in Suwanee

The City of Suwanee has been recognized twice in recent days for its public arts initiative and particularly for its inaugural Suwanee SculpTour exhibit. On Sunday, January 22, Suwanee was one of six Georgia cities recognized as a Trendsetter by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and Georgia Trend magazine. On Monday, the City was awarded a Community Impact – Community Arts Program Award from ArtWorks! Gwinnett.

The Trendsetter Award was presented during GMA’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta. Suwanee was recognized for bringing together public art and the community in public spaces as part of its economic development efforts. According to GMA, judges determined that the City’s vision and careful planning undertaken in order to accomplish its goals made Suwanee a Trendsetter.

This is Suwanee’s fourth Trendsetter Award.

Nominate your favorite do-gooder for the 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominate your favorite do-gooder for the 11Alive Community Service Awards

ATLANTA -- Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for the hard work that he or she does to make metro Atlanta a better place?

Nominate your favorite philanthropist for the 2012 11Alive Community Service Awards.

For the last 37 years, the 11Alive Community Service Awards have honored some of the most caring, giving, selfless members of the community. A total of 11 people are recognized every year during a televised dinner and awards ceremony.

Each recipient receives $1,000 for the charity of his or her choice.

To nominate someone, visit the 11Alive Community Service Awards website to get all the information. Nominations are due no later than Monday, Jan. 9.