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November 2007

(SAVANNAH) John Reddan Speaker at Exchange Club of Savannah

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John Reddan, Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Eldercare Solutions, will be the guest speaker at the weekly luncheon for the Exchange Club of Savannah.  The event is slated for November 26th.
Reddan’s presentation, “The Future of Senior Care,” will be given to approximately 100 people, including local lawyers, judges, retirees, accountants, investment professionals and sales and management from a broad range of industries.
The Exchange Club of Savannah meets every Monday. Lunch is served at 12 PM and the program starts promptly at 12:30.   The event is held at the Coastal Empire Fairgrounds at 4801 Meding Street in Savannah.
Coastal Eldercare Solutions is a consulting practice designed to help area businesses restore productivity for their workers who are overwhelmed by the care-giving needs of their parents.
To learn more about Coastal Eldercare Solutions, or to order a FREE copy of Reddan’s Coastal Eldercare Directory, call (912) 353-9000 or log on to .
For more information on the Exchange Club, log on to .

(Savannah, GA) Melaver-Mouchet Broker Attends GreenBuild International Conference

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(SAVANNAH) – Corporate is going green because the opportunities make practical business sense, as the recent GreenBuild International Conference and Expo demonstrated.
Major corporations, from lighting to carpeting to paint and construction companies, had representatives at the event sharing information about environmentally friendly building techniques and products, said Anthony Wagner, a broker with Southeast Georgia commercial real estate firm Melaver-Mouchet. He attended the GreenBuild International Conference and Expo earlier this month in Chicago, known as the nation’s greenest city, where it was announced the Sears Tower will go “green” or in practical business terms – will be retrofitted for energy efficiency.
“It makes you realize this is not a fad, this is becoming big business,” Wagner said. He was surprised at the large turnout from corporations. “Everyone is realizing this is the way things are going to have to go or they’re going to be left behind. Construction is going to be required to be more sustainable.”
Buildings certified through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program are beginning to achieve a premium when they sell or lease and are leasing or selling more quickly, Wagner said.
People tend to think green building is more expensive, but that’s no longer the case, Wagner said. “Companies are successfully finding ways to do it more economically, and then it’s going to be a no-brainer because of the money saved in lower energy costs,” Wagner said.
Many at the GreenBuild conference noted that as consumers learn more about the cost savings of green building, demand will increase and businesses already involved will benefit, which will improve their bottom line. Several clients have been happy to learn about money-saving, energy-efficient options, said Wagner, who is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. Some of the tenants make energy efficient choices such as fluorescent lights or fabric HVAC ductwork, and also save on water bills with low-flow plumbing fixtures.
“I can give options to tenants that they never knew about,” he said. “It’s nice to think you contribute to a tenant having a more cost-efficient building and offering them some savings. It’s a bonus I can provide to my prospective tenants.”
Wagner’s responsibilities include leasing retail space throughout the region as well as for one of Melaver’s flagship projects, Abercorn Common, the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the country.
Melaver -Mouchet is a leader in the commercial real estate market in Savannah and throughout Southeast Georgia and the Low Country.  The office is located in the historic Whitaker Building, the first building in Savannah to become LEED certified; it is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Contact: (912) 238-5416
For more information  about next year’s GreenBuild International Conference and Expo, visit

(Richmond Hill, GA) Magnolia Manor on the Coast Holds Turkey Trot Dance

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If you like to cut a rug, Magnolia Manor on the Coast has the perfect event!  It’s called the Turkey Trot Dance and it is slated for Friday November 30th from 6:30-8:30pm in the main dining room at Magnolia Manor.  
Looking to give the more “seasoned” generation a fun night, the Turkey Trot will be jam packed with music from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s with professional D.J. Thurston Clary.  Thurston is a D.J. for WISK and WDEC (Sumter Broadcasting) in Americus, Georgia. 
In addition to the entertainment, there will be hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drink bar.  Dress is casual and 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 on the Turkey Trot or to request a Magnolia Manor brochure, please call (912) 756-4300 or log on to .

(SAVANNAH) Park Place Outreach Awarded a Grant from USHHS

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Park Place Outreach is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The grant, worth $100,000 per year for three years will go toward the operation of the Park Place Mobile Street Outreach Program. 
This program reaches out to runaways, street youth and young adults in crisis, through age 21, in the community by setting up shop in various sites in the city of Savannah.  The adult and teen mentors who man the mobile unit serve as a resource to youth in crisis.
“We reach a lot of kids with this mobile unit,” says Linda Hilts Lamas, Executive Director of Park Place Outreach.
“It’s one thing for us to have the shelter, but the ability to reach out to a youth who might need help is crucial.  Sometimes they need us to come to them and the mobile unit allows us to do just that.” 
In addition to this grant, Park Place was also awarded another grant of $150,000 per year for three years.  Those funds will go to the emergency shelter for runaway, homeless and youth in crisis for kids age 11-18.
Park Place provides emergency shelter and street outreach for adolescents ages 11 through 18 and their families. It is the only agency located within Chatham County that serves youth at no charge who are accepted without a referral to receive help.  Park Place opened in 1984. There are approximately 15-30 youth served each month and about 200 each year.  For more information on Park Place, call (912) 234-4048.

Amy Pine

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Amy Pine

Amy Krissman Pine is a freelance writer and editor with more than 11 years of experience. Her freelance clients have included the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah Country Day School and Just Jazz Guitar magazine. Prior to launching a freelance career, she was senior publications editor at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she served as editor of the college’s alumni magazine and oversaw the publication of numerous catalogs, booklets and brochures. During her tenure, she received a Silver ADDY Award at the American Advertising Federation’s 2001 Seventh District ADDY Awards for work on the college’s 2001 fashion show campaign, “Drawn to Fashion”

Pine began her career as a multimedia writer and producer for NBC10-MSNBC in Philadelphia, then served as a writer and communications specialist at Savannah State University. She received a B.A. in English and communications from the University of Pennsylvania. Pine lives in Savannah with her husband and two young children. 

(Savannah) Wound Care Clinic – ESU Inc. Raised Money for the American Diabetes Association

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(SAVANNAH)  Paula Kreissler, President of Wound Care Clinic – ESU Inc. and her team of more than 40 people raised the most money at the American Diabetes Association’s the “Step Out to Fight for Diabetes Walk” held in mid-October.  The contest doesn’t officially end until December 3rd, so Kreissler and her crew are still pulling out all the stops to raise even more money to fight diabetes.

“So far we’ve raised more than $7,000,” says Kreissler.

“It felt so good to know our team raised the most money that, but it feels even better to know that we’re still raising money until the deadline and each and every penny is going toward the fight against diabetes.”

Diabetes is America’s fastest growing disease, affecting 21 million children and adults in the United States.

Formerly known as America’s Walk for Diabetes, Step Out to Fight Diabetes is the sole fund-raising walk of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).   Step Out to Fight Diabetes is a one-day walk in more than 200 cities nationwide.  Motivated by their drive to defeat diabetes, participants reach their fund-raising goals by asking friends, family and co-workers for donations.

This year, the event drew a large contingency of teams, comprised of families, friends and corporations, all walking and raising money in support of ADA. 

Kreissler, who also serves as the Leadership Chair for the Savannah Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, says she asked any and everybody to support the ADA and her team.   They, along with the other teams pulled through, and so far they’ve raised $7419.00.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities.

To learn more about the ADA or diabetes, log on to .

Wound Care Clinic – ESU, Inc. is located at 815 East 68th Street, Suite 2 in Savannah. The second location at 1000 Towne Center Blvd in Pooler opened in July.  The purpose of the clinic is to heal chronic and acute non-healing wounds utilizing electrical stimulation, ultrasound and standard therapies.   To learn more, call (912) 691-2614 or 998-0040 or log on at .

(SAVANNAH, GA) Floor Depot is Serving as an Importer of Brazilian Wood

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Savannah is a small city booming in every way, so when a new business comes to town, it’s nothing new. But, when that business offers a product that’s almost unheard of… well, that is new. Floor Depot is doing just that and its product is something the Coastal Empire, the state of Georgia, and even the country has never seen.
Brazilian wood is being boasted as one of the toughest “woods” in the world, which makes for a pretty special floor. Not only is it quite appealing to the eye, but its benefits make it even more attractive.
Because of the strictly managed forests from where the wood comes, it is super strong…. anywhere from 3-10 times stronger than North American wood species. The reason: it is grown under the very strict guidelines of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture. The trees are grown in a rich soil that contributes to the overall strength of the tree and then ultimately the wood floor.
Also, when it comes to fire, this wood holds up like concrete. So if a house were to become engulfed in flames, there’s pretty good chance the hard floors would remain once that fire was put out.
“We’re so proud of what we’re doing,” says Don Ernst, owner of Floor Depot.
“This wood is amazing and to give local residents the opportunity to have it in their homes is an honor. This could, quite possibly, change the way we build our homes in this country.”
As for the price, different grades and species are available to fit any building or renovation budget. Both finished and unfinished wood products are available.
Floor Depot is serving as an importer to bring this high-end product into the Coastal Empire for distribution by representing one of the largest floor manufacturers in Brazil.
Floor Depot opened its doors in August and now serves several distributors in and around the United States.
To learn more about Floor Depot, log on to or call (912) 888-2352.

(SAVANNAH, GA) SCAD Dean to Discuss Sustainable Design At US Green Building Council

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The Savannah chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council will host a presentation Nov. 27 by Crystal Weaver, Dean of the Savannah College of Art and Design School of Building Arts, about sustainable design in Madagascar.
Weaver will highlight the handbuilt homes that were created during a Habitat for Humanity project this past summer.
The meeting is free and open to the public. It will be held from 5:45-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Wild Wing Cafe in City Market (on the second floor). RSVP to Tommy Linstroth at: by Nov. 23.
Building homes in Madagascar was a lesson from the past in sustainability, Weaver said. Everything to build the homes came from a 50-foot radius of the home. The families and volunteers dug the mud, made the bricks, and cut the thatch. They had no nails and the only metal tools they had were handmade trowels.
The volunteers were very aware they were building a home, though, Weaver said; the buildings felt like a home. The handprints of the family’s children were in the handmade bricks. The experience was a powerful reminder of the wisdom of past generations.
“It reminded us that people used to build homes sustainably, but we got so enamored with technology we’ve moved farther and farther away from that,” Weaver said. “Madagascar is 500 years behind us, but they are a perfectly sustainable society.” Madagascar is a fascinating place, Weaver said.
Candidates for the Chapter Board of Directors will also be introduced at the meeting. Voting will be open from Dec. 1-15. To be eligible to vote, you must be a member of the local chapter AND your firm must be a member of the national USGBC.
Weaver is in her eighth year as Dean of the School of Building Arts. She previously served as Acting Chair of the Historic Preservation Department at SCAD and Chair of the Interior Design Department.
The Savannah Chapter of the United States Green Building Council is dedicated to promoting sustainable design and green building throughout the Creative Coast. The group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Monthly meetings are held at the Wild Wing Cafe in City Market (on the second floor) unless otherwise noted. The meetings are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. The USGBC-Savannah Chapter seeks to educate the public on the long-term benefits of green building and how sustainable design can be integrated or implemented into one’s life.

(Austin, TX) Waller Creek Whitewater Trail Urban Revitalization through Aquatic Recreation

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On November 15th The Waller Creek Whitewater Trail will be presenting a commercial venture scheme to the City of Austin, Texas’ Waller Creek Citizen’s Advisory Committee.
Our assertion is that that Aquatic Recreation will create the tourism traffic to overpower and revitalize the currently entrenched urban blight along the Waller Creek development corridor.
Our business plan calls for serving 100,000 rafting customers and attracting 1,000,000 spectators to the course each year.
We will be proposing in effect to lease Waller Creek from the city to operate aquatic recreation activities (including whitewater rafting, buying and operating all equipment, securing insurances, etc. )
Our immediate goal is to encourage the Advisory Committee to leave the door open to a future whitewater trail, simply by choosing compatible streambed design options as they move forward with the Waller Creek Tunnel flood control construction.
We also would fund a $30K feasibility study for the Whitewater Trail.
More information can be found at our website:
Jim Stuart


Chris Helton

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Chris Helton

Chris Helton is the owner and director of Silver Line.  Chris is a former United States Marine which accounts for his tenacity and mission accomplishment mentality.  He has worked in the television industry and has experience on the set of regional commercials, independent films and one Academy Award Winning movie.  Chris’ vision for the company is that it secure it’s position as the premiere video production company for businesses looking to produce for the web.  Silver Line uses some of the best Digital Equipment on the market today.