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January 2008

(SAVANNAH) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty agent Jason Bishop

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(SAVANNAH) –  Jason Bishop, a well-known and successful local real estate agent, has joined Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty.
Licensed in both Georgia and South Carolina, Jason  focuses on historic properties and waterfront real estate. He has been involved in all aspects of real estate, including residential and commercial sales, condominium conversions, new construction and historic restoration, luxury properties and project management, having handled substantial investments and multi-million dollar real estate transactions. He has created, managed, and sold development projects and dealt with multiple real estate portfolio transactions. Jason has received recognition for being in the Distinguished Sales Society of the Savannah Area Board of Realtors for the past three years.
“First understanding my clients’ objectives, then communicating effectively is the hallmark of my mission of serving my clients’ needs,” Jason said. “Communication is essential to a successful real estate transaction.” His strongest assets are his knowledge of market trends and inventories, staying in touch with clients and always following up. He understands the importance and value of customer service because of his work in the hospitality field. He has a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Virginia Tech.
Well before he entered the real estate field, Jason studied real estate in the different communities he lived in and in his many travels abroad, understanding the different types of development, how they functioned and interacted with one another.
“I consider myself a student of real estate – I really enjoy learning about how economies, geography, and cultures all play a role in shaping development,” Jason said. “I see incredible potential here, the past 10-15 years there have been huge leaps as Savannah reinvents itself. It’s great to be a part of that.”
Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in 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, GA) Park Place Outreach Inc. Youth Emergency Shelter

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Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to reach out and help needy youth in our community? If so, Park Place can help you keep that resolution. Park Place still needs your help with the completion of the new shelter at 514 E. Henry Street. The anticipated “start the move in” date is February 11. You can help in the following ways:

•    Make a donation to Park Place to assist with the continuing operational expenses . Checks may be made out to Park Place Outreach, Inc.; 11 W. Park Ave. Savannah, GA 31401
•    Join in the Housewarming Showers. Gift cards may be purchased at Haverty’s Furniture, LaZBoy Furniture, and items and gift cards maybe purchased from the Bridal Registry (Park Place) at Linens N Things and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Everyone participating in the Housewarming Showers will receive an invitation to the Park Place Shower and Tour of the new home to be held, April 5, 1:00 – 4:00.
•    Volunteer to help with the move the week of February 11 – 16.
•    Volunteer to sponsor the youth staying at the shelter to a movie, roller skating, or other activities popular with teen-agers.

Park Place is an Emergency Shelter for youth ages 11 – 18 who are living in an abusive home situation or who have runaway from such a home. They can knock on our door anytime, we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many of them are brought to us by the police, DCFS, teachers, neighbors, and sometimes parents who are unable to control their child. Our counselors work with the family in an attempt to help them create a loving home environment. When this is not possible, they are placed in a longer term facility. Park Place has been serving the Savannah community for almost 25 years. The current location is in a 125 year old building at 11 Park Avenue.

    For further information you may contact any of the following board members who live at The Landings: Bob Egan, president; Marolyn Overton, v. president; Jim Hazel, secretary; Jack Hart; Maggie Kivlen; Tom Mahoney; Nancy Sheets; and Betsy Taylor or call the Executive Director, Linda Lamas at 234-4048.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Environmental Forum Stored Liquid Natural Gas (LNG)

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The public is invited to a free environmental forum and panel discussion on Thursday, January 31, 2008,  7PM at Frank G.Murray Community Center (160 Whitmarsh Road in Savannah) The panel will discuss Savannah’s  stored Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) and the impact to the community as the industry expands. No RSVP required. For further information contact Clete Bergen, 912-233-8001;

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Eldercare Solutions John Reddan Senior Citizens Consulting

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(SAVANNAH, GA) John Reddan, Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Eldercare Solutions, has been named the president elect for the Savannah Coalition on Aging. He fits the role perfectly, as he has a strong passion for making the aging process as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Reddan prides himself on helping senior citizens and their families. He recently released a 280-page guide to hundreds of eldercare services and companies in the Coastal Empire. The book, titled Reddan’s Coastal Eldercare Directory, has more than 4,000 copies of the latest edition in circulation. The guide covers the Savannah, Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort areas.

Then, there’s his business. 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.

His new role as president-elect will allow Reddan to work with approximately 100 people in the Coastal Empire who are involved with senior care organizations and businesses. He will spend the next two years learning about the Savannah Coalition on Aging and then will assume the role of president of the organization.

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

(Savannah, GA) Park Place Outreach SCAD LEED Shelter Adolescents

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(SAVANNAH) Construction is in its final throes, as the employees of Park Place Outreach, formerly known as the Savannah Runaway Home, are preparing for the transition to their new work place.

This coming February, their new facility will be complete. To date, they have raised more than 80% of their $1.7 million goal, thanks to a number of different organizations. Park Place Outreach has received funds from the City of Savannah, the Chatham County Commission and several important gifts came from philanthropic individuals in the community. In addition, many local companies have donated in-kind services and materials for the construction of the facility totaling more than $80,000.

The exterior is just about complete with the grounds set for landscaping. As for the inside, design work was completed by SCAD this past summer. The students had to do their job according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. LEED is a national standard for developing high performance sustainable buildings and is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. The certification means the new building will have met the standards set by the USGBC, which consist of sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, and indoor environmental quality.

Because of the strict standards, the SCAD students had to make sure they used products that were all environmentally friendly. The woodwork, furniture, fixtures, paint and floors are all LEED certified.

The new building has been a long time coming. The current Park Place home is in a historic building 100+ years old. Although aesthetically pleasing, it just isn’t big enough to accommodate the organization’s growing needs. The new shelter will provide separate bedrooms and bathrooms for males and females. In addition there are common areas for study, recreation and meals. The counseling services of the programs will be conducted in private offices and a separate Outreach Center will be completed in the basement for drop-in visits by teens seeking a safe haven.

In an effort to meet Park Place’s $1.7 million goal for the building budget, the community is invited to participate in the success of the first capital campaign by making a tax-deductible gift to: Park Place Outreach. Your check may be mailed to Park Place Outreach 11 W. Park Place, Savannah, GA 34101, Please write capital campaign on the “memo” line. In addition, community members are invited to help finish the new shelter by participating in one of the House Warming Showers.

Park Place Outreach provides emergency shelter and street outreach for adolescents ages 11 through 17 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 Outreach opened in 1984. There are approximately 15-30 youth residents served each month and about 200 each year. For more information on Park Place, call (912) 234-4048.

(Richmond Hill, GA) Magnolia Manor on the Coast Renaissance Lecture Series Derek Frazier

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(Richmond Hill, GA) Savannah Personal Trainer Derek Frazier will be a guest speaker for the Renaissance Lecture Series for Magnolia Manor on the Coast. The event is slated for February 14th 5:30pm. Living a heart healthy life will be the topic of discussion.

Frazier has a lot of experience in this field, as he prides himself on giving his clients life changing exercise tips and knowledge. A U.S. Army veteran, Derek has done 1 tour in Iraq and graduated Special Forces Assessment and Selection, finishing in the top 5% of the class. Frazier is a passionate entrepreneur, speaker, coach and consultant. He diligently works day in and day out with professionals, corporations and organizations teaching them how to incorporate fitness into their lifestyles.

To learn more about Derek Frazier and his personal training background, log on to or call 912.271.9680.

Each month, Magnolia Manor hosts the Renaissance Lecture Series at its Richmond Hill campus. The event begins at 5:30 and this month, in honor of Valentine’s Day, will include a light “heart healthy” supper and a special Valentine’s treat. 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

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Sullivan Group Human Resources Amie Pharis

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(SAVANNAH, GA) In more than six years with The Sullivan Group, Amie Pharis found a passion for the human resources industry.
“Having the opportunity to stimulate client growth and development is the most exciting part of my new position to me,” explains Mrs. Pharis.
In her previous role, Amie was the payroll supervisor for Sullivans Administrative Mangers, but believes her new position will help her expand her knowledge while achieving company goals.
“Working with The Sullivan Group means pride in The Sullivan Group,” says Amie.  “I am so proud and thankful to have been able to grow with the company.  It is truly an honor to represent The Sullivan Group.”
Mrs. Pharis, a Richmond Hill resident and Savannah native, knows her new position will develop her skills in human resources while advocating her own professional progression.
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.
To learn more about The Sullivan Group and how they can help your business, be sure to visit or contact the office, 912.352.3800.

(Savannah / Buffton) Closet Specialist Professional Organizer Susan Tobelman

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(SAVANNAH/BLUFFTON)  When you step back and get a full view of your closet, what do you see?  Do you see a well organized, well maintained storage area?  Or do you see stacks and piles of stuff?  For most people, the answer is the latter.  Having an organized closet takes patience, time and effort.  But once it’s done, all it takes is a little maintenance.
Enter:  Susan Tobelman, Professional Organizer.  She’s been honing her organizing skills for more than 20 years. 
“It’s amazing how much being organized can affect your everyday routine.  It can mean the difference between a stressful, chaotic day and a well-balanced productive one,” Tobelman says.
As the in-house organizer and closet designer for Closet Specialist in Savannah and Bluffton, Tobelman advises the clients of Closet Specialist owner Jeff Klein, on how to make the most of their closet space.  She says there are a few simple steps you can take to get your closet, and many other areas, looking like a pro came in and took over.
Klein adds that a person who is successful in business is usually organized when planning their time, money and resources.  What better way to start the day than to have all your clothing ‘standing at attention’ in your organized closet.
To get started, think ahead and schedule it in.  Handle this project just as you would a date or a business appointment.  Take it seriously, and on your scheduled date and time, don’t make excuses… just do it.
“This is where you take that step away from procrastination.  Sometimes, that’s the hardest thing to do.  Once you get over that, the rest will come easily. Taking baby steps is very important.  Start with a small project, preferably one that is visible to everyone.  You’ll experience an immediate sense of accomplishment if you can readily see your organized space,” Tobelman says.
When that chosen date and time comes, here’s your game plan:
First, assess.  Take a few minutes to step back and really look at what your about to tackle.  It may need a little work – it may need a lot.  Either way, think about your task and commit to what you’re about to do.  Also, if you have a camera, take a “before” picture.
Next, visualize.  What is it that you want to do with your closet?  Organize it, yes.  But, what do you want the end result to be?  Do you want your closet to be for clothing and shoes?  Or do you want it to be for different items?   The answer might seem simple, but if you don’t have a plan for this project, your closet could end up being just as cluttered as it already is.
“Having a plan in place is key.  You have to know what you want before you know how to get it,” Tobelman advises.
Now, she says, is the time to take action.  Turn on some up-beat music, grab a beverage, and dive in! Find a clear space and depending on how much stuff you have, expect to spend an hour or more sorting.  Make four piles:  Keep, Store, Donate and Toss.
“This is not the time when I come in and throw all your stuff out,” she says.
“And I don’t believe that’s what you should do.  Getting organized is about getting real.  Don’t throw something away if it has serious sentimental value.  Just find a better place for it.”
Keep:  These things are the items you use regularly that you will store in the closet.  For example, that white shirt you wear to work.   You get good use out of it, so of course, keep it.  But, that bridesmaid’s dress you wore 8 years ago?  Really consider not keeping it.  Ask yourself, “Do I REALLY need this?”
Store:  Now, you know that dust buster does not belong in your closet.  Or, how about those ski boots?  Do you really want them in your closet or is there somewhere else they can go?
Donate:  Obviously, this is for items that are still in decent shape, but you just have no use for them anymore… like that bridesmaid’s gown.
Toss:  This is for well worn items that are of no use to others.  Or items that are torn and you just aren’t going to repair.  Toss ‘em!  You don’t REALLY want them, and no one else does either!
“Believe it or not, this process can actually be therapeutic,” Tobelman says.
“Not only are you tackling a project, but you’re also taking the steps to make your home and your life less cluttered, which leaves you time to enjoy the things that really matter in your life.”
Once you have culled thru your possessions it’s time to maximize your space by using it efficiently.  Closet Specialist utilizes the 32 mm system which was developed in Europe more than 50 years ago. By spacing 5mm holes at 32mm (1-1/4”) intervals, your closet or storage system becomes completely adjustable as well as interchangeable and expandable.
Spacing adjustable shoe shelves will accommodate footwear from flip flops to knee boots without wasting valuable space.  Shelves for folded items, like sweaters, allow you to organize your belongings in comfortable organized stacks without creating ‘leaning towers’.  Double hang rod sections are adjustable between floor and low rod as well as between low and high rod.  Lower garments don’t ‘sweep the floor’ and higher garments provide clearance that doesn’t ‘snag’ the lower hanging clothing.
Another great advantage of adjustable storage is when your needs and uses change, so does your closet.
“ Imagine your customized closet being just right for the initial user, maybe 5’-4” tall and also being perfect for the next person who buys your home, who may be 5’-10”high,” says Klein who is starting his 24th year as Closet Specialist.
The closet organizing and home storage industry has erupted these past few years and organizing peoples lives has grown into a 10 billions dollar industry.  The newly created trade association ACSP (Association of Closet & Storage Professionals) at is setting the pace for major expansion of the organizing business. Jeff Klein is on the Board of Directors of ACSP.
When it’s all said and done, getting more organized is something we could all stand to do.  It certainly doesn’t hurt to be able to find things a little faster, or to not trip over those odds and ends that could, believe it or not, have their own designated area.  And, whether it’s making your spare room a little more structured, your closet a little less cluttered, or even that home office a little more ordered, go ahead and make it a project… chances are, you’ll feel a lot better.
Klein has given new meaning to an old adage, “When she says she has nothing to wear…’s probably because she can’t find it.”
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
In addition to her work with Closet Specialist, Susan Tobelman is also the owner of Top 2 Bottom Organizing.  To learn more, log on to

(Savannah, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty Roberta Carver Top Producer

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(SAVANNAH) – Roberta Carver earned December 2007 Top Producer status for Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty. During four years with Celia Dunn, she has earned her Graduate Realtor Institute designation and was accepted into the Distinguished Sales Society of the Savannah Area Board of Realtors for 2006.

Roberta earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina. Prior to becoming a realtor, Roberta was a career counselor and Career Center Director with Emory University and Columbia College. She lived in San Diego and Chicago for several years and is now happy to be back home in the South. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a graduate of Leadership South Carolina, and a member of the Savannah Board of Realtors. She is a member of the Historic Savannah Foundation and volunteers with the Humane Society and Savannah Technical College.

From years of counseling college students, Roberta learned the value of listening carefully and applying her skills to help others meet their goals. Focusing on her client’s hopes and challenges allows her to see opportunities that will help with their unique situation.

“This is not a cookie-cutter business so we must understand each individual or family to assist them with the rigors of selecting a new home,” Roberta said. As a newcomer to Savannah, she understands moving to a new community and setting up a new life so relocation clients are of special interest to her.

Newcomers thank Roberta for helping them settle in by introducing them to renovation contractors, showing them shopping areas or sharing the name of a really good hairdresser. One client recently complimented her, saying “Moving here after retirement was scary but Roberta made me feel right at home even though I am not from Georgia.”

Other clients have thanked her for listening and showing what the client wanted to see, not just what she was selling. Another client said that without Roberta they would never have closed because she worked so hard to solve their problems with new construction. Other clients noted Roberta went above and beyond to help them renovate an historic house while they lived in California.

Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in 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, GA) Case Vet Carla Case-McCorvey Lecture Surgery Digital Dental X-Ray

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Carla Case-McCorvey, DVM of Case Veterinary Hospital, will be the guest speaker at the weekly luncheon for the Exchange Club of Savannah. The event is slated for January 28th.

Case-McCorvey’s presentation, “Advances in Veterinary Technology,” 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. She will discuss the various changes the field has undergone in the 100 years her family has been practicing veterinary medicine in Savannah. Notable advancements include endoscopy, digital dental x-ray, laser surgery and laparoscopic surgery.

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.

Case Veterinary Hospital is a full service animal hospital that has been serving Savannah’s animals for nearly 100 years. Located on Eisenhower, they are vastly experienced in providing emergency services to sick or injured dogs and cats. Case Veterinary Hospital is also the place to take your pet to be spayed or neutered or to receive vaccinations

To learn more about Case Veterinary Hospital, log into or call 912-352-3081.

For more information on the Exchange Club, log on to .