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Gwinnett Police Joins Neighborhood Watch Company to Fight Crime

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The Gwinnett County Police Department is partnering with a private neighborhood watch program to deter crime. Under an agreement approved by the Board of Commissioners on May 7, the department will be able to access videos submitted by subscribers of Ring, a doorbell video company that forms online crime watch networks with neighborhood users.

The company will donate 80 Ring Video Doorbell 2s valued at $15,920, which the department will give away and help install. However, residents do not need the Ring security system to be a part of the Ring online crime watch network, called Neighbors. Unlike other social media-type networks, Ring is solely dedicated to crime prevention.

Gwinnett Police Chief Butch Ayers said, “This agreement will allow the Gwinnett County Police Department to engage the community with a tool that can assist in solving crimes, help in reporting suspicious activities, and provide timely notifications by residents of potential problems in their neighborhoods.”

Ring sells doorbells equipped with video cameras triggered by motion. Residents can volunteer those recordings to help police investigate crimes. Police cannot access live stream video and cannot access videos that residents do not submit.

Ring also offers an app that allows users to post on a page with neighbors to alert one another of possible criminal activity. The agreement with Ring allows Gwinnett police to follow those conversations to track burglars and other criminals.

Gwinnett County Police Department will meet with neighborhood groups that are designated COPS communities to discuss the Neighbors crime watch app. Residents of these neighborhoods who download the app will be entered into a raffle to win a doorbell video camera. One Ring doorbell camera will be raffled per COPS community. The Gwinnett County Police Department will help install the device at the winners’ residences at a later date.

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Unity Atlanta Invites Community to Interfaith Sunday

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Unity Atlanta invites the community to Interfaith Sunday on June 30 during the 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. services to hear guest speaker Carl McColman discuss The Fullness of Joy is to Behold God in All.  

McColman, a contemplative writer and spiritual teacher based in Clarkston, Georgia, will share how every heartbeat is a miracle and every heartbeat is a prayer – because every heart is sacred; a portal to the Divine within.

He writes a blog for Patheos and is the co-host of the “Encountering Silence” podcast. McColman’s books include The Big Book of Christian MysticismBefriending SilenceAnswering the Contemplative Call and Invitation to Celtic Wisdom

Unity Atlanta embraces diversity of all forms, including spiritual traditions. To celebrate the multiple paths to God, the church invites interfaith speakers to share the pulpit with Senior Pastor Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks on the fifth Sunday of the month.

Unity Atlanta is located at 3597 Parkway Lane in Peachtree Corners. For more information, call 770-441-0585 or visit unityatl.org.

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Family Field Day

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Grab your family and friends and enjoy a day of fun in the sun at Family Field DaySaturdayJune 15th on the Town Green. Admission to this event is FREE and includes a DJ spinning fun tunes and classic field day games like tug of war and sack races. Field Day participants can also take part in inflatable ax throwing, big foot races and more!

Parking is available within the Town Center – 5200 Town Center Blvd.

Additional parking is available off Davinci Court off Peachtree Corners Circle (3720 Davinci Ct, 3715 Davinci Ct or 2745 Davinci Ct). You’ll cross Peachtree Corners Circle and access the Town Green via a path – look for the signs!

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Live on the Green with Emily Hackett

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Emily Hackett

The Live on the Green series hosts free monthly concerts in the Town Center through October. The summer performances kick off with Emily Hackett on Saturday, June 22.

Hackett, who was raised in Atlanta but has since moved to Nashville to launch her music career, has gained recognition as a country artist through her bold and honest songwriting. In fact, she was recently named one of the 10 “need to know” up-and-coming country artists by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Her unique, fresh take on country music has cemented her place in the new wave of the genre and allowed her to tour with renowned artists like Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and Luke Bryan.

The show will start at 7 p.m., and Farm Burger will be serving up classics like their original Farm Burger and the popular Chicken Burger, along with local craft beer off the back patio. Parking will be available within the Town Center and off Davinci Court off Peachtree Corners Circle.

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and get ready for a night of great music, food and family fun.

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