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March 2007

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Country Day School is $3 Million Closer to LEED Certified Lower School

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(Savannah Country Day School, Savannah, Ga.) An anonymous donor has given Savannah Country Day School a $3 million gift towards its new LEED certified Lower School building. The gift is the largest in the history of Savannah Country Day School.  The $3 million is a challenge grant contingent on SCDS raising the remaining funds for the Lower School building by January 2009. To date, Country Day has raised over $6.5 million. An additional $7.6 million remains.

The groundbreaking will be held Wednesday, March 28th at 8:30 a.m. in the quad between the Nina Anderson Pape Middle School and the future site of the LEED certified Lower School.  The Guest speaker will be Martin Melaver, Class of '76 alumnus and CEO of Melaver, Inc., a real estate company committed to sustainable development that recently received the Southface Institute's annual Argon award for visionary leadership and stewardship of the environment.

The anonymous grant will be used towards the construction of the new Country Day Lower School – which will be the first school in Savannah to be LEED-certified meeting the standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Construction on the building will begin in early April, and the school hopes to begin classes there in August 2008.

Using lower-fume paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and carpets, as well as recycled materials, the construction process itself is environmentally friendly. The new Lower School will also encourage environmental awareness after completion – plumbing for the new Lower School will be such that water use is reduced by 20 percent, and bike racks will be incorporated to promote alternate forms of transportation.

The 52,500-square-foot building will house grades 1-5, the media center, science facilities and administrative offices for the Lower School. The LEED certified Lower School is one of the first projects in Savannah Country Day's campus master plan, which includes provisions for a new Upper School building, sports complex, and Fine Arts facility.

According to Country Day Director of Development John Carr, “The $3 million grant is a transformational one for the school in that it broadens our scope of philanthropic sources. It also demonstrates a strong vote of confidence in Savannah Country Day School as an educational institution, as well as in its leadership, and its future direction.”

Headmaster Tom Bonnell holds, “We are truly grateful to each and every one of our donors for their stewardship to Country Day. We are especially thankful for this benchmark gift. Not only is it the largest in the school's history, but it will contribute greatly to the completion of the LEED certified Lower School which marks another first in the school's – and Savannah's – effort to think progressively.”

The donation is very important for the school, Melaver said, and Country Day's decision to build the new Lower School to LEED standards is very significant for the community.

“This is huge,” Melaver said. “Not just for Country Day, is students and teacher and alums – although they should certainly take tremendous pride in being the second school in Georgia to undertake a LEED-certified school. It's huge for Savannah and the entire Creative Coast.

“This building is about leadership and being better stewards of our coast and about envisioning a different approach to how we all mature more humbly as a culture,” Melaver said. “Yes, it's about teaching our children to be more cognizant of our footprint upon this earth. But I think it's more about enabling our children to teach their parents well.

“The children who will enter this new building as first-graders will graduate from Country Day a dozen years later and point to the LEED plaque on the wall and say 'so what's the big deal, that's done everywhere,' Melaver said. “And it will be then that the true revolutionary nature of what Tom Bonnell and the Board of Trustees and the donors both large and small have accomplished: they have made the necessary and urgent and extraordinary become part of everyday use.”

Savannah Country Day School is a pre-k through twelve independent school that seeks to prepare students of academic and personal promise to meet with confidence, imagination, and integrity the challenges of college and of life. In partnership with supportive families, we strive to cultivate in each student the desire and the discipline to grow wise, to lead lives of personal honor, to appreciate beauty, to pursue physical well being, and to serve others with a generous and compassionate spirit. For more information about Savannah Country Day School, its mission, and its programs, please log on to

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Melaver, Inc. experts to speak at leading sustainability conference

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Two experts from Melaver, Inc. are speakers at a leading conference on environmentally responsible design and development. The ninth annual Greenprints: Sustainable Communities by Design conference takes place March 22-23 in Atlanta.

Tommy Linstroth, Head of Sustainable Initiatives for Melaver, Inc., will give a presentation about How to Avoid Losing 10 LEED Points (the U. S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification). He will also lead conference-goers in a tour of Oakland Park, a Melaver, Inc. green building project in Atlanta with retail on the ground floor and condominiums on the higher floors. The project is a joint development with Regent Partners.

Scott Doksansky, Director of Portfolio Management for Melaver, Inc., will be part of an interactive Design Charette for Earthcraft Light Commercial, an alternative to LEED development for a small business using Earthcraft energy saving principles.

Greenprints remains the Southeast region's most thought-provoking forum on sustainable building science. The Green Building Conference and Tradeshow attracts practitioners, policy makers, building owners and concerned citizens interested in the exploration of better ways to link planning, architecture, construction and the use of natural resources. It was founded by Southface Energy Institute, a nonprofit corporation with a longstanding reputation for providing sound environmental education and outreach programs.

Linstroth is responsible for spearheading all of Melaver, Inc.'s sustainable real estate developemnts, including one of the first sustainable projects in the U.S. which is also cited on the National Historic Register and the first all-retail sustainable development in the country. Since then, he has taken responsibility for adding another 13 sustainable projects to the company's pipeline, with a market value of roughly a quarter of a billion dollars making him responsible for one of the largest sustainable portfolios in the U.S.

Linstroth makes sure Melaver, Inc. develops in ways that meet the triple bottom line (returns that are profitable not only financially, but also socially and ecologically) and also works to reduce the impacts of the company's business operations  efforts that have led to inclusion in the EPA's Climate Leaders Program and Green Power Partnership. He also has primary responsibility for sustainable education and outreach in the Savannah community, both within and outside the company. He is a regular speaker on sustainable development throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Linstroth is the founder and president of the Savannah Chapter of the US Green Building Council, a 501 c 3 organization dedicated to improving the built environment in Savannah and the coastal Southeast.

Doksansky is charged with oversight of all the property management functions, as well as the acquisitions and dispositions for the firm. He was a participant and Speaker at the Spring 2006 BOMA International National Association of Building Owners and Managers and Harvard University's Emerging Leaders in Real Estate.

Melaver Inc. is a third-generation, family business devoted to commercial real estate: office, retail, showroom, and warehousing. Melaver was awarded the first LEED certification in Savannah for their historical renovation of the Whitaker Building, located on the corner of State Street and Whitaker Street, received LEED CI (commercial interiors) certification for its corporate offices on Barnard Street.
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(SAVANNAH, GA) Bx-Dx Takes Wing

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(Okatie, SC) –  Chief Operating Officer of Biopsy Diagnostics laboratory, Kevin McGuire, describes his job as demanding.  “That is a capital “D” on demanding,” said McGuire.  Since first opening their laboratory doors nearly four years ago, McGuire has seen his responsibilities grow exponentially.  In addition to overseeing such far-reaching departments as billing, gross examination, histology and marketing, he is also the “Sergeant Major” for Medical Director, Dr. Peter White.  “He says get it done and I get it done,” said McGuire.  “It’s not easy, but it is that simple.”

McGuire has been with Bx-Dx since the beginning.  He was one of three employees hired by Dr. White, the lab’s founder, before the lab ever opened.  In order to fulfill his vision of a patient-driven pathology laboratory, Dr. White’s focus has always been on the hiring of caring, charming, hard-working individuals regardless of their background, and personally training them himself.  

McGuire is one of those individuals.  He accepted the position of Director of Pathology Outreach for Bx-Dx at the end of 2002 and essentially helped build the lab from the ground up.  He, along with Dr. White, spent countless hours installing cabinets, countertops, sinks and laboratory equipment.  At last, the state-of-the art diagnostic pathology laboratory, Biopsy Diagnostics, was born.

You could certainly say that McGuire has paid his dues.  After spending the first year maintaining computer systems, repairing equipment, covering for absent employees and marketing, McGuire was promoted to the COO of the lab. 

In an age of fast paced medical care where patients often feel like a mere number, Biopsy Diagnostics is a lab with a refreshing approach.  “It has been the goal of the laboratory, as well as my personal goal, to provide rapid and accurate pathology results to the local community,” McGuire said.  “I realize how difficult it can be to wait for test results to come back, and at Biopsy Diagnostics, we pride ourselves on not making patients wait.”

At Biopsy Diagnostics they are always searching for effective ways to facilitate this goal.  Signs hanging over each doorway in the lab read “Behind every specimen waits a worried patient,” reminding staff members of their priority each day. 

In light of this, one of the things that Dr. White wants McGuire to do is increase the efficiency of bringing anatomic specimens from doctor’s offices into the lab located in Okatie, SC.  “This was no problem our first two years,” reports McGuire.  “But as our patient service area has grown, so have our logistical challenges.”

Added to McGuire’s resume, is pilot.  McGuire recently earned his private pilot’s certification.  He will soon begin studying for his commercial pilot’s license, which will enable him to begin flying specimens from distances of hundreds of miles back to Biopsy Diagnostics.  “Our goal is 24-hour turnaround on biopsies to decrease patient worry,” McGuire said.  “This is a future innovation that we plan to incorporate that will aid in that process,” said a smiling McGuire.  One gets the impression, too, that he may just really enjoy flying.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Chatham County’s 2nd Electronic Recycling Event

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Chatham County's 2nd Electronic Recycling Event March 31st 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Chatham County along with all of the municipalities will participate equally in a one-time electronic recycling event. This event is scheduled for March 31st 2007 from 9am-1pm. The main site for this event will be at Lake Mayer in Savannah with satellite sites scattered throughout the County. The County and all of the municipalities are working toward a common goal of removing hazardous materials from our landfills and need your support. Please come out to turn in any electronic equipment you may have sitting at your home or office!! If you have any questions please call David Nash, Chatham County's Environmental Program Coordinator, at 652-6856. *There will be a $10 fee for recycling TV's.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sally Robinson Joins Bluffton Office of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

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(BLUFFTON, SC) Sally Hale Robinson has joined the Bluffton office of Celia Dunn Sotheby's International Realty as Broker-in-Charge.

A Bluffton resident, Robinson has extensive experience in the Low Country, working for a real estate firm in Hilton Head for 18 years. Her responsibilities included all of the operations of 12 branch offices, staff supervision, and comprehensive real estate responsibilities from listings to contracts. Robinson has more than 25 years experience as a Realtor and broker. She also was in sales including being marketing manager for a real estate company in Mississippi and was manager of group sales with Hilton Hotels in Augusta securing conventions.

Robinson has a degree in pre-school and early childhood education from the University of South Carolina. She holds a Mississippi Broker's license and a South Carolina Broker's license. She is a Graduate, Realtors Institute (GRI) and is a member of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors and Hilton Head Multiple Listing Service.  She is a volunteer with United Way as well as other civic organizations.  She is in Who's Who of American Women, the Marquis 1987-1988 edition.  She and her family belong to the Church of the Cross (Bluffton).

Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby's International Realty specializes in fine luxury residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby's International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region's top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years' combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.

For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby's International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

SAVANNAH/ ATLANTA Melaver wins BOMA Earth Award in Atlanta

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Melaver's Crestwood Building on Crestwood Parkway in Duluth, Georgia, won the BOMA Earth Award in Atlanta on Wednesday, March 14th.  The Crestwood Building is a five story 94,000 sq. ft. full service office building
located just off I-85. The Earth Award recognizes excellence in environmentally sound office building management.

To earn the award, building management teams must successfully implement government programs; practice tenant outreach; manage hazardous waste and environmental risks; establish emergency response, recycling, water and energy-conservation plans; ensure indoor air quality; and implement green-purchasing practices. 

Verification comes through a presentation of practices and on-site inspection conducted by a group of property management professionals. This award qualifies Melaver's Crestwood building for competition at the Southeast Regional Conference in Miami and could go to the international level. BOMA is the Building Owners & Managers Association.Melaver Inc. is a third-generation, family business devoted to commercial real estate: office, retail, showroom, and warehousing. Melaver was awarded the first LEED certification in Savannah for their historical renovation of the Whitaker Building, located on the corner of State Street and Whitaker Street, received LEED CI (commercial interiors) certification for its corporate offices on Barnard Street.

(SAVANNAH, GA) STC Foundation Community Council Honors Community STARS

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The Savannah Technical College Community Council will host the first annual Tribute to Community STARs (Savannah Tech’s Achievement Recognition) this spring, honoring some 30 individuals, nominated for their service and dedication at work or in the community. The luncheon event will be held on April 18 at noon in the college auditorium on the Savannah Campus, 5717 White Bluff Road. The event is open to the public. Tickets cost $50 per person – seating is limited.

“We know that there are very deserving people who are seldom formally recognized for their good work,” says Melinda Laager, executive director of the Savannah Technical College Foundation. “This event allows their organizations to publicly thank them for the value they add to our community.”  Nominations will be accepted through March 18 space permitting.

Dr. Bertice Berry, best-selling author, comedienne and speaker, will deliver the keynote address. (Bio is attached) Celia Dunn Realty is the signature sponsor of the recognition event.  The event to be held annually each spring, is sponsored by the STC Foundation Community Council, a group of young professionals charged with expanding the local knowledge and profile of Savannah Technical College and its mission and with raising funds to support the college, its programs and students. The Community Council is chaired by Tammie Hooks and Jamie McCurry and the recognition event is co-chaired by Lisa Colbert and Tammy Ray. 

Proceeds from the event will fund adult literacy programs at Savannah Technical College and other special student-related projects.For information about tickets or to nominate someone in your organization, contact the Savannah Technical College Foundation at 912.443.3019.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Country Day’s “Applause for the Arts”

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(Savannah Country Day School, Savannah, Ga.) The Savannah Country Day School Fine Arts Department, along with the SCDS Arts Alliance will sponsor a two day showcase of student’s talent planned for April 15th and 16th. The event, Applause for the Arts, features visual art works, as well as performances from the Country Day chorus, orchestra, jazz band, and dance troupe.

Applause for the Arts begins Sunday, April 15th at the Grand Bohemian Gallery at the Mansion on Forsyth Park. The exhibit opens with a reception from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and features original artwork from students in Savannah Country Day’s Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. The exhibit will run from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, April 16th.  The reception and exhibition are FREE and open to the public.

Monday, April 16th, the art appreciation continues at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts located at32 Abercorn Street in downtown Savannah. Performances from Country Day’s chorus, orchestra, jazz band, and dance troupe, along with a visual art presentation, will take place from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Ticket prices range from $10-15 depending on seat location. VIP seating is available for $25.  $5 admission for all SCDS students and faculty.  To purchase tickets, call the SCAD Box office at (912) 525-5050, or visit the website at:

All proceeds from Applause for the Arts benefit the Savannah Country Day School Fine Arts program. Applause for the Arts is sponsored by the SCDS Arts Alliance. The mission of the Arts Alliance is to provide a forum for parental involvement and support of the Savannah Country Day School fine arts programs, to provide financial support for approved fine arts program projects and amenities, and to increase the awareness of the school’s fine arts programs both within and outside the Savannah Country Day School family.

For information about this event and other Savannah Country Day School programs, please visit the school website at:

(SAVANNAH, GA) Wound Care Clinic ESU, Inc. Introduces Nasrin Zaer, LPN

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Wound Care Clinic ESU, Inc. introduces Nasrin Zaer, LPN.  Nasrin has been an integral part of the staff at Wound Care Clinic ESU, Inc. since August of 2005. Her roles include performing therapies such as ultrasound, and electrical stimulation.  She's also responsible for dressing wounds and monitoring patients' vital signs. Nasrin is originally from India and has lived in Savannah for more than a decade.   Nasrin's husband is a physician at the Curtis Cooper Primary Health Center in Savannah.Nasrin has been a Licensed Practical Nurse since 2004.  She went back to school after raising her children.  Before moving to the United States, Nasrin also taught in India, and holds a Masters Degree in Sociology.

Nasrin chose nursing because she loves working with patients.  At the Wound Care Clinic ESU, Inc., Nasrin works with a small staff and her patients know her name.  She and the staff treat wounds ranging from traumatic to the common bed sores.  The patients who come to them have tried other treatments without success. Wound Care Clinic  ESU, Inc. uses cutting edge technologies combined with remedies used for hundreds of years.  Each patient is treated as an individual, as the medical staff works with them to heal their wounds.

Nasrin is planning to continue her education, becoming a registered nurse so she can continue helping patients in every way possible.  Nasrin says, "People tell me they are so happy the clinic exists." She says they may come in expecting a painful procedure and instead receive a pleasant and very helpful treatment. Nasrin credits the success of The Wound Care Clinic ESU, Inc. to her co-workers and their family relationship and teamwork.

Wound Care Clinic – ESU, Inc. specializes in healing wounds that will not heal by utilizing electrical stimulation and ultrasound.  All appointments require a physician referral and Medicare and Medicaid is accepted. Wound Care Clinic ESU, Inc. is an independent facility located at 815 E. 68th Street.  Call 912-691-2614.  

(SAVANNAH, GA) Kim Jones joins as website account manager

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(SAVANNAH, GA) A Savannah native, account manager, Kim Jones, represents her town with pride.

"I'm so excited to be a part of the Savannah Jobs team.I am able to help employers find candidates for their open positions."

Ms. Jones joins Savannah Jobs with almost 20 years of experience in print marketing and sales. Although her role at Savannah Jobs is a little different from her previous job, Kim feels she has found her niche.

"Knowing that through marketing our three websites ( ,  and ), I can help employers find the perfect candidates is such a rewarding feeling," smiles Jones.  "And I get to do it, everyday."

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