Duluth Heroes Unmasked

 

We are on a mission to unmask Duluth heroes who have made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic! These heroes have been working hard to help keep our community moving forward and we think they deserve a bit of recognition. Over the month of May we received many nominations and we are excited to highlight four local heroes!

 

Michael Barron is a 5th Grade Teacher at Chesney Elementary and he has gone above and beyond to make sure his students transitioned well into online learning. Not only does he host regular Zoom meeting to help them with whatever they may need but he has also purchased birthday gifts with his own money and hand delivered it to students just to make them feel special. Nominator, Traceylee Butler Tuner said “He is amazing and a very caring Person. He deserves this and so much more. Thank You and God Bless You, Mr. Barron!”

 

Serafima Savitskiy is not only a selfless and determined ICU nurse who never gives up on a patient but she is also a wonderful mother. After immigrating to the USA from Lithuania 25 years ago she has dedicated her life to saving others’ lives. Her nominator, David Savitskiy said “This current pandemic has truly shown how heroic she is rushing to the scene and risking her life every day to help others. There are few people who are more honorable and heroic than her.”

 

Charlie “Chaz” Doerlich has worked tirelessly, unconventionally, and continuously during the COVID-19 Pandemic to keep the doors of the Duluth Food Co-Op open and operational for the families in need of food and supplies throughout the City of Duluth. He has lead his team to implement new practices that have allowed them to service more clients in need. His nominator Shenee Holloway stated “He’s a fellow Duluth Kiwanian, and I personally believe he has been an awesome blessing in our community!”

 

Jaime Stepic is the owner of Spool School in downtown Duluth and she immediately jumped into action as the pandemic escalated by put her crafting know-how to use in both making and hosting a drop-off location for home mask-makers. Her nominator, Dustin Grau, noted “she started a Facebook group to help organize the community and share information on how others can help make and contribute to the cause for PPE to medical workers.” This group has grown to over 100 members that have networked to donated thousands of masks and ear saves to local groups and health care professionals in need.

 

Additionally, we are so proud of the local businesses and organizations that are stepping up to support their community during this challenging time as well!

Crave Pie, Simply Done Donuts, Maple Street Biscuit Company, First Baptist Duluth and The Korean American Restaurant Association, Southeast USA have given back to first responders and students by providing meals and delicious treats! Groups that have received donations from include: Duluth Police Department, Gwinnett Medical Center, the Gwinnett County Fire Department, Children’s Hospital, East Side Medical, students of B.B. Harris Elementary School, Hands of Christ Duluth Co-o.

Other Duluth businesses that gave back include Good Word Brewing & Public House who partnered with Meals by Grace opened their doors as a soup kitchen to those in need and SKA Academy of Art and Design who partnered with Together We Can Foundation to setup free food and supply stations for the community.

A Message From Duluth Chief of Police Randy Belcher

The following message is on behalf of Chief Belcher and the City of Duluth Police Department.

We are saddened and angered by the events surrounding the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It is unfathomable not only that a police officer would do that, but that any human being would do that to another human being, while others stood by and did nothing. We realize that there is a tremendous amount of hurt, fear and anger out in the community. We are angry and hurting with you. The video which captured Mr. Floyd being murdered was unconscionable and horrible. Our condolences go out to the Floyd family.

Here, at the Duluth Police Department, we do not tolerate police brutality, injustice, discrimination, or racism of any kind. Duluth is home to a very diverse population. We continually train on and openly discuss race, racial issues, ethics, integrity, and professionalism. This training has been conducted at our agency for many years. The officers at our police department chose this profession because they wanted to serve others, keep people safe, and do some good in the world. Our officers are by no means perfect, but they serve with honor in what I feel, is still an honorable profession.

We have heard of some planned protests in the area. We support people’s rights to free speech and peaceful protest, however, any violence or lawlessness will not be tolerated. The safety of our citizens is a top priority for us. That being said, we would like to encourage anyone who is planning to organize a peaceful protest or demonstration here in our city to communicate with us so that we can make sure we are able to protect your rights, and maintain the safety of all involved.

I believe that the greatest strength of Duluth is its people. The people who live or operate their businesses here in Duluth care about their community, and they care about each other. I believe that it takes a partnership between police and citizens, with open lines of communication, to keep our community safe and to create an environment where people can live without fear. We value the support of our citizens and we are willing to partner with the community in any way we can to encourage and continue these positive relationships, especially during these challenging times.

Thank you to our citizens for your continued support, and thank you for making Duluth the great city that it is.

Your Chief,
Randy Belcher

A Message From Mayor Nancy Harris

The City of Duluth is aware of peaceful protests scheduled to take place on Friday, June 5 from 2:30-6:30pm in Downtown Duluth and we wanted to take this opportunity to let our community know that we stand up with you against systemic racism. We know that members of our diverse community are hurting. We understand that to end the oppression of our African-American population we must unite as a singular force to take action and we will continue to do so throughout all levels of our local government.

We pride ourselves on having a well-trained police force to protect our citizens while showing compassion to people of all races. Our police force has training and protocols in place to ensure that all interactions with those that reside in and visit our community are conducted with professionalism and respect. Now more than ever, we will continue to put an emphasis on building strong and sustainable relationships between our law enforcement officers and citizens/visitors.

Duluth Chief of Police Randy Belcher released a statement stating: “I believe that the greatest strength of Duluth is its people.  The people who live or operate their businesses here in Duluth care about their community, and they care about each other.  I believe that it takes a partnership between police and citizens, with open lines of communication, to keep our community safe and to create an environment where people can live without fear.  We value the support of our citizens and we are willing to partner with the community in any way we can to encourage and continue these positive relationships, especially during these challenging times.”

We want you to be confident that the Constitutional rights of every person that lives, works or plays in our City is protected.

We see you. We hear you. We support you.

Sincerely,

Mayor Nancy Harris

Duluth Heroes Unmasked

We are on a mission to unmask Duluth heroes who have made an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic and we need your help! These heroes have been working hard to help keep our community moving forward and we think they deserve a bit of recognition.

Heroes comes in all forms including (but not limited to) healthcare workers on the frontline, first responders, small businesses using creativity and ingenuity to meet urgent needs, everyday citizens spreading positivity and teachers who are going above and beyond to inspire their students through digital learning.

Help us share their stories by nominating your favorite hero(es) through the linked form below by May 22, 2020. Four heroes will be selected to receive a $25 gift card to a local business. If you have any questions, please send an email to events@duluthga.net.

Nomination Application: https://www.eventeny.com/events/vendor/?id=1065

Duluth Shines Virtual Talent Competition

To help bring spark joy and creativity during this time, the City of Duluth is excited to announce the very first Duluth Shines virtual talent competition!

This competition is open to amateur participants of all ages. There will be two rounds with the first round being judged by Mayor Nancy Harris, Eddie Owen of Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theater and Jordan Sasser from season 15 of American Idol. In the second and final round you, the audience, will choose the winner! Winner(s) will receive a $50 gift card to a local business.

All applications must be submitted by end day on May 1, 2020. The contestants that make it to the final round will be notified by May 8, 2020 and the winner will be chosen via Facebook Live on May 13, 2020.

“We think this is a great way for our community to stay connected from a distance and we can’t wait to see all of the talent submissions” said City of Duluth Events Coordinator Kristin Edwards.

Complete Contest Rules:
1. No professional entries allowed. Contestant has never been paid for performing this talent.
2. All talent submissions must be family friendly.
3. Videos must be less than 5 minutes long.
4. All contestants must be of 18 years of age or older or have consent from a parent/guardian.
5. Group submissions are permitted.
6. Winner(s) will receive a $50 gift card to a local business.

How to Enter:
1. Record a video of you performing your talent and upload to YouTube.
2. Fill out the application HERE and be sure to include a direct link to your YouTube video.
3. All applications must be submitted by May 1, 2020.
3. Our three judges will review the video submissions by May 8, 2020. The final round will consist of no more than 20 contestants. The contestants that make it to the final round will be notified by May 8th.
4. The winner will be chosen by the public via Facebook Live on May 13, 2020.

 

If you have additional questions, please send an email to events@duluthga.net.

Local HotSpot: Pleasant Hill Animal Hospital

Pleasant Hill Animal Hospital has been serving the animals of Duluth since 1986. They offer a complete range of veterinary services including vaccinations, routine, major, and emergency medical, surgical and dental. They also have hospitalization, critical care, grooming and boarding services available.

When asked what sets them apart, they said, “Our family-oriented staff provide the best customer service around. Our staff will always go above and beyond and treat your pet as their own.”

You can find them at:
2982 Pleasant Hill Rd
Duluth, GA, 30096

Online at: www.pleasanthillanimalhospital.com

Facebook: @pleasanthillah

Instagram: @pleasant_hill_animal_hospital

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What do you need to know about the Novel Coronavirus in Georgia?

On March 2, Governor Brian Kemp and Dr. Kathleen Toomey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and chair of the governor’s COVID-19 task force, confirmed two cases of the virus in Fulton County. The coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has since been detected in more than 35 locations internationally, including cases in the United States.

According to DPH, symptoms of COVID-19 may resemble the common cold or seasonal flu, which is a far greater risk this time of year. The best way to prevent infection with any respiratory virus is to use the same preventative strategies used during a normal cold and flu season. It is important to remember that viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial backgrounds and this type of stigma should be avoided.

Best Practices, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • The flu is still widespread and active throughout the state, so if you have not already gotten a flu shot, it is not too late. While the flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, it will prevent serious complications that require hospitalization and prevent overburdening the health care system in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

For more information please contact the Department of Public Heath directly:
24/7 Public Health Emergency Line: 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584)

https://dph.georgia.gov/

Local HotSpot: Rosemont Berkeley Lake

Rosemont Berkeley Lake is a 660 unit apartment home located on Pleasant Hill Road. Rosemont first opened their doors in 1996, and they have been providing a great place for Duluthians to live ever since. One of the perks of being so close to Downtown is that their residents get to enjoy all of the events and restaurants that Duluth has to offer.

When asked what makes them stand out they said “We pride ourselves on being responsive to our residents. We want Rosemont Berkeley Lake to be a place our residents are proud to call home.”

Bonus! Mention “Local HotSpot”  and receive $300 off upon move-in with a new12-month lease required.

You can find them at:

3475 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, Georgia, 30096

Online: www.rosemontberkeleylake.com

Facebook & Instagram: @rosemontberkeleylake

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Local HotSpot: Eddie Owen Presents at Red Clay Music Foundry

 

Eddie Owen Presents: Red Clay Music Foundry can be found in the heart of Downtown Duluth and they have become known as the “songwriter’s best friend.” What many people don’t know is that they are more than just a music venue with a 260-seat listening room. They are also a music school and venue rental.

At this music venue, an eclectic group of patrons routinely gather to relish the talent on display. Founder Eddie Owen likes to say “Life is in the song” and he has a particular talent for spotting emerging artists. After all, he did help John Mayer, The Indigo Girls and Sugarland get their start! His rapport with the grassroots music scene and credibility in the industry is unmatched.

Fun Fact: A few years ago, Sugarland played a secret, midnight show at EOP after their sold-out performance at Duluth’s Infinite Energy Center.

 

BONUS! Use the promo code HotSpot to get 50% off a ticket to this Friday’s show!

You can find them at:

3116 Main Street, Duluth, GA 30096

Facebook & Instagram: @eopresents

Online: www.eddieowenpresents.com

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Local HotSpot: Vom Fass & Violas’

 

Vom Fass and Violas’ is one of the newest shops in Downtown Duluth and they offer a wide selection of oils, vinegars, spices, soup and rice mixes, gourmet foods and wine. With knowledgeable staff, this food lover’s boutique is great for those who love to cook and those who are still learning to play with flavors! They are also experts at helping you find the perfect gift for any occasion.

What makes this shop unique is that they are always giving their guests a customized experience. Whether that is through private after-hours events, wine tasting or experimenting and sampling the products in store, you can guarantee you are in for a one-of-a-kind experience. Have you ever tried Pumpkin Seed Oil and Sea Salt on ice cream? Or White Truffle Oil and parmesan cheese on popcorn? If not, you better run to Vom Fass!

Bonus! Mention “Local HotSpot” at your next visit and receive 10% off your first purchase (excluding wine).

You can find Vom Fass and Violas’ at:

3131A Main Street, Duluth, GA 30096

Online: https://www.vomfassusa.com/

Facebook & Instagram: @VomFassDuluth

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