Monday, January 7, 2013
In this week's safety column, find out what to do if you're running out of gas with no gas station in sight.
The Scenario It’s late at night and you’re on the last leg of your trip. The gas gauge shows that you have between 1/8 and ¼ of a tank left. No problem—there are plenty of gas stations up ahead, so you continue driving, figuring that you’ll fill up at the exit or two. The Personal Safety Tactic Wondering what a vehicle’s gas level has to do with personal safety? Not a thing, until you run out, or pull off and find that the gas stations are closed. Running out of gas is the worst scenario because you’re stuck alone at the side of the road. You could use your cell phone to call the police, but the possibility also exists that someone could roll up behind you in a decidedly non-police car; a stranded motorist, especially a woman alone at …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The council agrees that something must be done as soon as possible.
In a Dec. 10 work session, city manager Butch Sanders proposed three options concerning the broken pipe in the dam over Johnson Lake, in the Summit Chase subdivision. Residents of the neighborhood, along with concerned Snellville citizens, spoke up at a town hall meeting on Nov. 8. Some expressed the desire for the city to handle the problem, while others balked at the thought of taxpayer money going toward private property. The problem is fairly straightforward -- the internal mechanism is shot, according to city manager Butch Sanders. The matter of who will pay for the repairs is more complicated. In December of 2011, the lake was drained by order of the Summit Chase homeowners association, according to Summit Chase resident Lorry …
Monday, December 10, 2012
After a rash of thefts in Snellville, this column explores personal safety tactics that could keep you and your family from becoming the next victim.
The Scenario Your doorbell rings, and when you go to the door, you see a (pick one): There’s certainly nothing inherently wrong with any of the above, but when an unexpected visitor shows up, it’s always advisable to be cautious. A few months ago, some strange-, and not-so-strange-looking people showed up in a variety of locations around Snellville and Gwinnett County and pulled off a rash of thefts. In these cases, the thefts began with a knock on the door and a seemingly innocent request for the homeowner to come outside and look over, or discuss a landscaping or utility problem. While the homeowner was outside with the visitor, an accomplice or two would enter the house and help themselves to whatever they liked. The Personal Safety …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Snellville Police offer tips on staying safe during the holidays.
The Scenario You’re shopping for that special present that’s going to make this a very memorable Christmas. It’s too big to carry around while you shop for other gifts, so you take it to the car and put it in the trunk, where it will be out of sight and secure. After you finish shopping, you return to your car with a few more gifts—only to find that the trunk has been forced open and the special present is gone. The Personal Safety Tactic According to Sergeant Charles Coates of the Snellville Police Department, “Thieves routinely hang around shopping malls and specialty stores looking for opportunities, and the Christmas shopping season is a prime time for them. Whether you’re visiting different stores in the same mall, or driving from one…
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Dave Emanuel talks about his public service ambitions, Snellville's future and how government should be run.
Fast Facts Name: Dave Emanuel, City Council candidate, Post 1 Age: 65 Years in Snellville: 28 years Education: Rutgers Prepatory School Career: Vice President, Random Technology Elected Office: n/a
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Where were you on September 11, 2001, and what are your thoughts on the tragedy ten years later?
Certain things remain etched in our memories forever – where we were when Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot, what we were doing when John F. Kennedy was killed, and more, recently, what we felt when the Twin Towers were attacked and ultimately leveled. As we approach the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, we give Patch readers the opportunity to share their stories of where they were on that day. We caught up with Dave Emanuel, a city council contender, to share his thoughts on the tragic events, which killed nearly 3,000 people. “I was at work when we heard a radio announcement that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. I thought that it must have been a small private plane, and never dreamed that the towers themselves …