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September 2007

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) Lisa Scarbrough “Coastal Pet Rescue” Renaissance Lecture at Magnolia Manor

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Lisa Scarbrough, President and Founder of “Coastal Pet Rescue” will be the guest speaker for the Renaissance Lecture Series held by Magnolia Manor on the Coast. The event is slated for October 11, 2007 at 5:30 pm.  

Since October is “National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month” and November is national “Adopt a Senior Pet Month,” Scarbrough plans to speak to the senior citizens about increasing their quality of life through pet adoption as well as volunteering opportunities if adoption is not possible.
Coastal Pet Rescue is an all-volunteer non-profit organization based in Savannah and dedicated to
saving the lives of homeless, abused and neglected dogs and cats in the coastal areas of Georgia,
South Carolina and Florida.  

For more information, log on to or call (912) 351-4151.  

Each month, Magnolia Manor hosts the Renaissance Lecture Series at its Richmond Hill campus.  The monthly event begins at 5:30 and includes a light supper. After the guest concludes his/her speech, a question and answer session follows.

The event is free and open to the public, but guests are asked to RSVP by calling Julie Gartside at (912) 756-4300.   Magnolia Manor on the Coast, located in Richmond Hill, is a non-profit, active, rental retirement community for seniors age 62 and older. It offers 120 one and two-bedroom apartment homes with full kitchens and patios.  

Located on 40 wooded acres, Magnolia Manor offers stimulating social and cultural activities and has amenities such as a wellness center with indoor exercise pool, barber and beauty salon, library and media center, game and activity rooms, three full-service dining rooms, as well as a formal parlor and chapel.  
For more information or to request a brochure, please call (912) 756-4300 or log on to  

Melaver | Mouchet Brings National Retailers to Savannah for the First Time at Abercorn Common

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(SAVANNAH, GA) – Melaver | Mouchet announces four new tenants have signed at Abercorn Common, Savannah’s premiere shopping destination.  Movie Stop and Firehouse Subs will be locating in the main center at 8108 Abercorn Street, and SprintCom Inc. and LASIK Plus will be locating in Shops 600, the new building facing Abercorn.  Not only are these tenants new to Abercorn Common but these are also the first stores in Savannah for Movie Stop, Firehouse Subs and LASIK Plus.

According to Anthony Wagner, leasing agent for Abercorn Common, “We are very enthusiastic about bringing national brand retailers such as these to Savannah for the first time.  It makes Abercorn Common that much more of a unique shopping experience since it is already home to other major retailers that only have a single store in the region.”

Abercorn Common was the country’s first all retail project certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Core & Shell program, receiving Silver certification in 2006, and featuring the first LEED McDonald’s (Gold Level).  Shops 600, the Phase II development of Abercorn common, also received LEED Silver status.

Melaver | Mouchet is the commercial real estate brokerage division of sustainable real estate developer Melaver, Inc.  Melaver Inc. is a third-generation, family business devoted to commercial real estate: office, retail, showroom, and warehousing.


(SAVANNAH/BLUFFTON) Closet Specialist LLC Celebrating 23rd Anniversary

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Jeff Klein and his son Josh, owners of Closet Specialist, are proud to announce their company is celebrating its 23rd anniversary.   Since the company first opened its doors in the mid 80’s, Klein has pioneered an industry that, at one point, was virtually non-existent.

“I knew I was on to something when I started this company, but no one could have told me we’d eventually be a multi million dollar enterprise,” Klein says.

“And it doesn’t come easy.  We don’t wait for the business to come to us.  We go get the business. So it’s great to see our hard work has paid off.”

Their latest adventures include creating the Commercial Specialist division for small businesses and commercial cabinetry, the beginning process of opening a satellite office in Jacksonville, Florida and developing a wholesale division to supply engineering and products to young closet companies outside their immediate territory.

Klien is a founding member of the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals (ACSP is a nationwide trade association).  Plus, he is also one of the founding members  of the National Closet Group (NCG is an exclusive high end association of 50 independently owned closet & storage manufacturers).   With ACSP aiming at 1,000 members, these connections to closet and storage professionals have allowed Closet Specialist to become nationally recognized. As a result of bringing the 2003 NCG convention to Savannah, Closet Specialist appeared on the cover and 7 page feature article in CLOSETS Magazine.

More recently, Klein has taken his talents to print.  As Standards Committee Chairman for ACSP’s Board of Directors, he created a 16-page color booklet titled “Design and Construction Techniques.” Geared toward builders, architects and interior designers, it is a step by step guide on how to create more potential closet and storage space in new construction and remodeling projects at no additional cost to the builder or the homeowner.  Since it’s unveiling in late March, more than 10,000 copies have gone to print.  This October, the booklet will be introduced in Spanish and French at the Toronto Woodworking Expo where Klein is a featured speaker. 

Plus, he’s almost made another business of giving back.  Klein is currently in the process of making his company 100% ‘green’.  That should happen by the end of 2008.   In addition,  he’s donated custom made closets (and the labor to install them) to several worthy causes, including a local shelter for battered women, the Hilton Head Symphony’s silent auction, and the upcoming silent auction for the Smart Women’s Luncheon and Expo.

“My business wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for the local community, so giving back is the least I can do,” says Klein.

Apparently what goes around comes around. In 2002, the company’s gross sales revenue was just below $600,000.  Last year, that amount nearly quadrupled to more than $2 million.   Now, still on the fast track, Closet Specialist is looking for a 20% increase in sales from 2006.

“What a great way to welcome in our 23rd year,” says Klein.

“I can’t wait to get to 25 years… who knew getting older would be so sweet!”

Closet Specialist LLC is located at 1204-A Highway 278 in Bluffton.  There is also a Savannah showroom at 7701 Waters Ave and a Jacksonville store and St. Simons store will be opening in the near future.  For more information, call (843) 837-9944 or log onto

(SAVANNAH) “Hiring Practices That Can Save Your Business,” Workshop hosted by The Sullivan Group

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“We’re excited to be able to bring this important information to the general public,” explains Kim Dobson, Vice President for The Sullivan Group.  “There are a number of things that businesses can do to strengthen Human Resources Practices.”

On Thursday, October 11, The Sullivan Group will present a workshop, “Hiring Practices that can Save Your Business.”  This workshop is open to the public and will take place at the Coastal Georgia Center from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

“We know there are small things that companies can do to save themselves a lot of money. Businesses of all sizes will want to attend this seminar.  The Sullivan Group will be sharing information that can save companies hundreds of thousands of dollars,” says Dobson.

The Sullivan Group was founded in 1986.  Through its numerous divisions, the company is able to provide its clients an array of human resource services.

Through Sullivan’s Administrative Managers division, The Sullivan Group offers human resource outsourcing.  The company furnishes staffing and recruiting needs under the Sullivan Staffing brand name. serves an internet job posting board, while Glacier Technology and provide specialty job placements with emphasis in computer technology.  The Sullivan Group also provides commercial and personal insurance through the Sapelo Creative Insurance subsidiary.

If you are interested in attending the seminar, contact Eileen Nuzzo, 912-961-8882, to make a reservation.

For more information on The Sullivan Group or the human resource services available to their clients, visit the website at

KEN GAYLORD ARCHITECTS PARTNERS WITH sustainable Real Estate Developer Melaver, Inc.

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SAVANNAH,GA/HENDERSONVILLE, NC Ken Gaylord Architects has partnered with Savannah-based Melaver, Inc. on the 310 South Main fine condominium project in downtown Hendersonville.  The environmentally friendly project will offer natural interior and exterior finishes for optimal sustainable living in a mountain setting.

310 South Main is a LEED® registered building which projects 30% savings in reduced consumption of energy and water through efficient specifications in lighting, water fixtures, and heating and air conditioning. There will be an on-site cistern for collection of rainwater which will be used for landscape irrigation and a courtyard fountain. The prestigious LEED designation is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and is the internationally recognized standard for high performance, low water and energy use buildings.

The Italian-style courtyard building is designed to maximize sun penetration into the internal spaces and to give light and air to the internal garden. The ground floor of the building will be mixed-use for both residential and business, and is physically connected to the street, providing access to pedestrian sidewalks.

Ken Gaylord, AIA and LEED Accredited Professional, is an architect, artist, and builder known for his creative designs, environmental and community values, and attention to fine detail.  The entire Gaylord team prides themselves on an exceptional work standard. “We are pleased to partner with a well known developer like Melaver, who brings their sustainable design experience to the table,” said Ken Gaylord.

Melaver, Inc. is a third-generation family business devoted solely to sustainable real estate practices.  The company developed Abercorn Common in Savannah, the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the nation and has developed or is in the process of developing another dozen LEED office, retail, and residential projects in Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.   

Located on Historic Main Street in a valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 310 South Main will provide memorable views from finely crafted environmentally friendly spaces.  Construction is anticipated to commence in the fall of 2007. Please Contact Kathleen Hudson for more information

(828) 698-3310

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sustainable Fellwood receives Low Income Housing Tax Credits

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Sustainable Fellwood has been awarded State and Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for the development of the first 110 multi-family units, enabling the planned 27-acre redevelopment in West Savannah to move forward.

“It will be a plus for the neighborhood as well as the people who will be living there … without a doubt,” said Kenneth R. Dunham Sr., president of West Savannah Community Organization. “It will tie in to what we’re trying to do in the community.” With its convenient location and features such as opportunities for job training, Sustainable Fellwood will benefit many people, Dunham said. “What’s happening now is they’re no longer able to pay rent because rent is extremely high,” he said.

Sustainable Fellwood is envisioned as a $50 million mixed-use development which will include public, affordable and market-rate multi-family housing, senior housing, single family homes, retail and commercial space, organic community gardens, and significant green park space.

“We applaud the action of the Department of Community Affairs in awarding the tax credits,” said Earline W. Davis, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Savannah. “We see the development of Sustainable Fellwood as a major part of the economic revitalization of the West Savannah area. We know the development will exceed expectations of similarly redeveloped public housing neighborhoods and we are very anxious to get started.”

Groundbreaking for this Phase I is planned for Fall 2008, with occupancy in 2009.

Sustainable Fellwood has been accepted into the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® for Neighborhood Development pilot program, is also part of Southface Energy Institute’s EarthCraft Communities on the Coast and will be guided by the Smart Growth Network’s principles for diverse, walkable, distinctive, attractive communities.  These programs ensure that residents of this environmentally friendly community will also have energy efficient homes.

The first phase of Sustainable Fellwood will include the construction of 110 public/affordable housing units, infrastructure providing recreation and green space, and five single-family homes.  The next phases will include additional housing units, single-family homes, senior housing, and retail space. Earlier in the year, Sustainable Fellwood was designated an Enterprise Zone by the City of Savannah, which offers property tax abatements designed to keep rents low and attract businesses to the redeveloped area in west Savannah. Obtaining this designation provided crucial support for the project as the tax credits are allocated following a stringent competitive bidding process.

At the end of last year, the Housing Authority of Savannah granted Melaver, Inc. the opportunity to lead a team to redevelop the Fellwood Homes site. Melaver, Inc., a Savannah real estate company committed to sustainable development, has partnered with Parallel Housing, Inc., (Athens), Progressive Redevelopment, Inc., (Decatur) and Vanguard Inc., (Savannah) to present the application for these tax credits to the Georgia DCA.

Sustainable Fellwood involves a close collaboration between the Housing Authority of Savannah, the City of Savannah, Community Housing Services Agency Development Inc, and the West Savannah Neighborhood Association. The architect for this project is the local firm. Lott + Barber Architects.  For more information about Sustainable Fellwood, visit 

(Savannah, GA) 2007 Diane Warhman Torch Awards Announced Thursday Sept 20 — Herman Cain — Speaker

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The Better Business Bureau Southeast Atlantic announced today that the selection process for the 2007 Diane Wahrman Torch Awards is complete and the awards will be announced this Thursday.

About Diane Warhman:Dianne Wahrman served the Better Business Bureau for 49 years, from its inception in 1956, until she passed away in 2005.  For 50 years, this delightful lady, and her husband Lee, were in business on MLK Blvd in Savannah with Lee Furniture.  She was known as a role model for business women today for her strong standing in the community as a woman in business—in a time when few women were leaders in our community.  Dianne and her husband, Lee, were instrumental in the founding of the Better Business Bureau and she served for many years as President of the board, later she served as chairman and the last two years she was Chairman Emeritus of the Better Business Bureau Board of Directors.

The award ceremony features Herman Cain as its keynote speaker. Herman Cain has a unique personality and multi-dimensional background in business, politics and life. Herman Cain is an accomplished speaker and writer on the subjects of leadership, motivation, national and economic policy, politics, and achieving one’s USAmerican Dream. He’s done it.

The meeting is open to the public and admission is $25 at the door.  The Armstrong Center is located on Abercorn Street in the old publix shopping center. Call 354-7523 for directions and details.

Date: Thursday September 20,2007

Location: Armstrong Center for Continuing Education

Time: 6pm (awards at approx 730 pm) 

Contact Ross Howard

(SAVANNAH, GA) CCCS Presents Start College Debt Free and Stay That Way

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Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Savannah has some serious advice for parents of kids and kids heading to college.  The advice, geared toward credit card education, is aimed at teaching young adults to start college debt free and stay that way.  CCCS teaches consumers how to manage their money and credit with strategic budget planning information to encourage debt-free living. 912-691-2227                                   


(SAVANNAH, GA) LIFE, Inc. Is Presenting Basic Training on the Americans with Disablilities Act

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“Who’s Afraid of the ADA?” LIFE, Inc. (Living Independence For Everyone) is presenting Basic Training on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Learn what really is and isn’t in this law, and make your company or organization more accessible to everyone. September 28, 9am-4pm at Coastal Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Cost is $25 per person. Group rates available. To reserve your space, call 912-920-2414.

(Savannah, GA) Savannah and Coastal Region Helped Shape America’s Musical History

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It’s not just luck that Georgia has produced some of America’s most accomplished musical artists – Ray Charles, Fletcher Henderson, James Brown, Thomas Dorsey, and Otis Redding. The incredible musical traditions of the region helped create and shape their genius, explains Rob Gibson, Executive & Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival as well as former faculty member of The Juilliard School and the founding Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

“Southern American musical traditions became the most important music of the world,” Gibson said. “Gospel, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and country music all came from the south and have shaped the face of music across the globe.”

For opera superstar Jessye Norman, growing up in Augusta, Georgia wasn’t a hindrance but rather helped develop her renowned emotional depth and sound, Gibson said. “It has everything to do with it, her background in Georgia and her soulful sound,” he said.

Another renowned Georgia native, Wycliffe Gordon, will explore the influence of Georgia music in a piece commissioned by the Savannah Music Festival, Gibson stated. A trombonist universally hailed by jazz critics, Gordon headlines at legendary jazz venues throughout the world. The Waynesboro, Ga. native who learned gospel in church and played in his high school jazz band will compose an autobiographical work for next year’s festival.

Savannah’s place in American history is well documented, but less well-known is that its musical antecedents and experiences from the past 200 years have helped to shape much of America’s musical history. Savannah history and the music of Georgia have evolved and still play a role in our daily lives.  Historic homes and places of worship, the Savannah River and Georgia Coast, and English and African Colonists all helped define the musical sound of Georgia, Gibson explains. He’ll explore the topic in a Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty Masterpiece Series lecture Oct. 18.

With primarily English and African-American traditions, Savannah didn’t have the wide variety of cultures and influences New Orleans did. “The mixture wasn’t as broad, but it’s still very, very unique” and influential, Gibson said.  Just as New Orleans is generally considered the birthplace of jazz, and Memphis the birthplace of blues, Georgia can be considered the birthplace of gospel music.

“Music and spirituality always go hand-in-hand,” Gibson said. The Anglican and Christian traditions were strongest in Savannah, along with Jewish and Catholic influence as well, he explained, though most slaves converted to Christianity. Sea Island and other islands, including those north of Savannah in South Carolina, brought a great deal to musical traditions here. African-American traditions around the coast, ranging from hymns, spirituals, blues, gospel, and slave shouts or ring shouts, all bring a depth and range of music.

The Savannah Music Festival reflects the importance of these traditions, and they utilize places of worship, historic theaters and venues to encompass the diverse array of musical traditions that have evolved from within the region.

 “We should all be proud about the music that has come from this region, as well as the many rich traditions we still have,” Gibson said.

About the lecture:

Oct 18 (Thursday)

“Sounds Around Savannah: Contributions to American Music History” Rob Gibson Savannah’s place in American history is well documented, but its musical antecedents and experiences from the past 200 years have helped to shape much of America’s musical history.  Rob Gibson, Executive & Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival and former faculty member of The Juilliard School, will discuss how Savannah history and the music of Georgia have evolved and still play a role in our daily lives.  Find out how historic homes and places of worship, the Savannah River and Georgia Coast, and English and African Colonists all helped define the musical sound of Georgia.  Proceeds will benefit the Savannah Music Festival.

Each lecture-luncheon will be held at 12 noon at the Chatham Club. To make a reservation, $25 payment must be received by the Monday prior to the luncheon. Checks should be made out to CDS Lecture Series and sent to Lori Combs, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty, 17 W. Charlton St. Savannah, GA 31401. 

Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty created “The Masterpiece Series: The perfect home is a means of self-expression” because every home is a masterpiece. Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty’s Masterpiece Series features Savannah’s premier experts sharing their strategies for making homes more beautiful and life more enjoyable
About Rob Gibson:Rob Gibson is a producer, educator and the Executive & Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival.  He was the founding Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, which under his guidance in ten years became the world’s preeminent presenter of jazz activities, described by The Times of London as “the most prestigious organization of its kind in the world.”  Working with J@LC Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, Gibson created and produced J@LC programs in more than thirty countries.  Gibson has produced programs and/or recordings for The White House, the Museum of Modern Art, the High Museum of Art and the City of New York.  He served on the faculty of The Juilliard School for nine years and has also taught American Music History and Marketing the Arts at New York University (NYU).  His background in radio includes serving as both General Manager and Program Director at WRFG-FM in Atlanta and WUOG-FM in Athens, GA, and creating and co-producing the nationally acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning, weekly series “Jazz From Lincoln Center” for National Public Radio.  He resides on the Isle of Hope in Savannah with his wife, Caroline Howell, and they have three children – Bo, Fay and Annabelle. 

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. 

For more information on the Savannah Music Festival, visit