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May 2008

(Savannah, GA) Newell Recycling to Open Savannah Shredder

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Newell Recycling, one of the largest recyclers and processors of recycled metals in the Southeast, is opening a state-of-the-art facility in the Savannah area later this year. The company has been granted final approval and received all necessary permits to open its Garden City plant, slated for a December 2008 opening.

Newell Recycling of Savannah, LLC will initially employ 75 people in Garden City, with plans for approximately 100 employees once all aspects of the plant are fully operational in early 2009. Interested job applicants are encouraged to visit for more information.

The Savannah operation, the company’s third shredder plant and eleventh location overall, will feature a 6000-horsepower Newell MegaShredder, a technologically-advanced metal recycling machine that processes and separates ferrous and non-ferrous metals, including automobiles, appliances, and demolition scrap, quickly and efficiently into fist-sized pieces that can be converted into new metal stock more easily and cost-effectively than mining the earth for precious natural resources.

The company, which held a groundbreaking ceremony at the 40-acre site on May 14th, has made an initial investment of $17 million, and has asked for no tax abatements. In keeping with the corporate tradition of environmental responsibility, Newell Recycling is preserving many specimen trees on the site, while planting nearly 100 new trees on the property.

Founded in San Antonio, Texas in 1935 by Mr. Alton Scott Newell, a pioneer in the scrap metal industry who also invented the Automobile Shredder, Newell Recycling is recognized as a worldwide leader in ferrous and non-ferrous metal recycling, research, and technology. For more information on the company, its locations, hours of operation, employment opportunities, and more, please visit

(Savannah) Coastal Catering Alliance Caters Savannah Asian Festival June 7th

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The 13th Annual Savannah Asian Festival is being held Saturday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Center.  Delicious Asian cuisine will be provided by the Coastal Catering Alliance (CCA) along with several other local restaurants and community groups while a variety of events, activities, live entertainment, and demonstrations will be on hand.
The festival is a whirlwind tour of the East under one roof and will include food booths, each representing a different Asian country and cuisine.  Savannah’s Coastal Catering Alliance (CCA) will be presenting a selection of regional favorites from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Polynesia, the Middle East and Russia, just to name a few.  Other non-profit groups are invited to participate in this exciting event through the CCA and can do so by contacting CCA founder Chef Matt Cohen at 912-313-8781.
The Savannah Asian Festival is an intercultural experience featuring the talents and culture of the entire Asian community and has become one of the largest celebrations of Asian culture in the southeastern United States.  This event will feature a full day of cuisine, crafts, dance, music and educational opportunities.
The festival is free and open to the public.  A smorgasbord of cultures will be explored, unique Asian delicacies will be sold at food booths and a Cultural Marketplace showcasing fashions and treasures unique to each nation including Chinese calligraphy, Asian art, exotic accessories, and much more will be presented for sale.  For a complete performance schedule visit or call (912) 651-6417.
The Coastal Catering Alliance (CCA) is Savannah’s new professional hospitality co-op made up of some of the areas top chefs and catering services.  Founded by Chef Matt Cohen, owner of The New South Café, the CCA is a cooperative formed to provide large scale catering services for up to 100,000 people.  The CCA is an initiative with the purpose of building a local, professional, hospitality cooperative which utilizes local talent and products and offers an expansion of services not available from other small independent firms.  912-313-8781

(Richmond Hill, GA) Magnolia Manor The Renaissance Lecture Series Dr. David Davies of SpinalRecovery

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Dr. David Davies of Spinal Recovery of Savannah will be the next guest speaker for the The Renaissance Lecture Series. The event is slated for June 12th at 5:30pm.

Dr. Davies plans to speak about the benefits of an adjustment. Even when they have no back problems, many people get regular adjustments, believing they are good for overall health.

Each month, Magnolia Manor hosts the Renaissance Lecture Series at its Richmond Hill campus. The 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

(SAVANNAH) Martin Melaver Sustainable Real Estate Development Sustainable Brands Conference

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(SAVANNAH) – Martin Melaver, CEO of sustainable real estate development firm Melaver, Inc. will speak at the closing of the Sustainable Brands Conference June 5 in Monterey, California. Other speakers include experts from eBay, Best Buy, GE, Hewlett Packard, Yahoo and IBM.

Melaver will discuss “Leading from the Heart,” sharing the story of his company and discussing how aligning what your company does with your values can enhance your relationship with your customers, employees and other core stakeholders.

“There’s a quote from the British novelist E. M. Forster that has been sticking with me lately,” Melaver said. “It’s one that I’ll probably use to frame this talk, since it’s relevant to any business concerned with sustaining itself in the challenging years ahead. Forster says: ‘We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.’ I think the kind of letting go Forster imagines is one that best occurs when we know, deep down in one’s gut, the values business must embrace to remain relevant and viable.”

Melaver, Inc. is committed to sustainability – the triple-bottom line approach to economic performance, environmental impact, and social engagement with the community. The company has been a leader in green building and development, and has won the Southface Institute’s annual Argon award for visionary leadership and stewardship of the environment (prior winners have included Ted Turner and Arthur Blank) and an Excellence in Development award from The Urban Land Institute.

Melaver, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned business based in Savannah, Georgia. The sustainable real estate developer currently has eight LEED certified projects in their portfolio and developed one of the first LEED certified buildings in the U.S. which is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Melaver Inc. also developed the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the country, Abercorn Common, including the first LEED McDonald’s worldwide.

Contact: (912) 236-0781
For more information about the Sustainable Brands Conference, visit

(SAVANNAH) Melaver, Inc. Sustainable Development Real Estate SMART Luncheon Tommy Linstroth

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“Sustainability in the City: Local Governments Going Greener” will be the topic of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business SMART Luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Tommy Linstroth of Savannah sustainable development real estate company Melaver, Inc. will speak. The lecture is free and open to the public.
“The main message is that actions taken locally can really have a profound impact on a national or international issue,” Linstroth said. “Does one business, by itself, necessarily do enough to impact climate change? Maybe not, but when one business, and the next and the next start to, then those savings really start to add up. It happens on the state level to the city level all the way down to the individual business level.”
The lecture will be held in the Savannah Morning News auditorium, with networking to begin at 11:30 a.m. The meeting begins at noon and ends at 1 p.m. Lunch is optional and costs $9; RSVP for lunch by Aug. 1 to or 644-6434.
Linstroth is the co-author of “Local Action: A New Paradigm in Climate Change Policy,” an upbeat and accessible guide for citizens, communities, and local governments interested in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Local Action” provides a framework for both community and government initiatives, with sections on the action plan, the motivation, the process and the plan for making changes. These grassroots efforts can and have made a difference.

In the book, Linstroth examined efforts by local governments that are having a significant effect. A handful of jurisdictions in the United States are preventing over 20 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere annually and have saved over $400,000,000 in the process.
Linstroth is the Head of Sustainable Initiatives for Melaver, Inc., a sustainable real estate firm based in Savannah. Linstroth is responsible for spearheading all of the company’s sustainable real estate developments, including one of the first sustainable projects in the U.S. to also be cited on the National Historic Register and the first all-retail sustainable development in the country.
Linstroth is the founder and a board member of the Savannah Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Live Oak Public Libraries and the Georgia Conservation Voters. He is a regular speaker on sustainable development throughout Georgia and the South east.
Melaver, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned business based in Savannah, Georgia. The sustainable real estate developer currently has eight LEED certified projects in their portfolio and developed one of the first LEED certified buildings in the U.S. which is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Melaver Inc. also developed the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the country, Abercorn Common, including the first LEED McDonald’s worldwide.
Contact: (912) 236-0781

(Savannah, GA) Chef Matt Cohen Voted Best Chef in Connect Savannah’s Best of Savannah Issue

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Chef Matt Cohen, owner of The New South Café, was voted 2008 Best Chef of the Year by Connect Savannah.
“In Connect Savannah’s annual Best of Savannah Readers’ Poll the public picks the winners,” says Cohen.  “It is very rewarding to be the people’s choice for best chef.”
Connect Savannah’s “Best of” awards demonstrate who and what are hot right now and what is going on in Savannah.  Because this award is based on the opinions of Connect Savannah readers, evolving trends in Savannah are frequently highlighted well before they have made it into the mainstream.
The New South Café is an innovative restaurant at the forefront of redefining classical southern cuisine.  Unique and edgy recipes which add a gourmet spin to traditional southern fare, local organic produce & seafood, and the freshest ingredients possible, have made the restaurant one of the most popular dining hot spots in town.
A fifth generation Savannah native, Cohen always dreamed of opening his own restaurant in historic Savannah.  He is an award-winning culinary expert and graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, who has worked in big name restaurants throughout New York and Atlanta.  Cohen returned to Savannah in 2000 and established a highly successful catering business, Professional Chef Services.  He launched The New South Café in 2006, making his long time dream a reality.
The community started buzzing about Chef Matt and The New South Cafe almost immediately and local television networks began frequently featuring Cohen and his Executive Chef Scott Gordon on cooking shows.  Due to the great success of his restaurant, his widespread charity work, and his amazing culinary skills, Cohen has become a local celebrity.  He recently launched an AM radio show called The New South Journal with Chef Matt—a fun and informative show about food, restaurants and the latest culinary happenings—which airs each week on Star 1400.
The New South Café is open Tuesday through Saturday, serving lunch from 11 am to 3 pm and dinner from 5 pm to 10 pm.  The New South Express Café, a new addition to the restaurant, offers a separate menu and allows the guest to dine in and get out in about thirty minutes for just $10.  The New South Café offers upscale catering services available in-flight, for corporate events, conventions, executive lunches, private parties, weddings, receptions and bar mitzvahs.

(Richmond Hill, GA) Magnolia Manor on the Coast David McKay “Qualifying for Veteran’s Benefits”

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Magnolia Manor on the Coast is holding yet another informative speaking event.  David McKay of Government Benefits Analysts, Inc. of Savannah will be the guest speaker and the topic is "Qualifying for Veteran’s Benefits."   
The event is slated for June 10th at 3:30pm and will be at Magnolia Manor on the Coast on the 2nd floor and refreshments will be served.    Although open to the public, guests are asked to RSVP to 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 and Extend a Hand to Area Non-Profits

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Calling all local non-profit agencies; if you’d like to save some money, give The Sullivan Group a call, they can help.
“We’re excited to have this option for local non-profits,” explains Rob Jones, President for  “We’ve already had the opportunity to work with Friends of Animals to host their website.”
Although isn’t doing any web design for non-profits, many website hosting companies charge a fee for the hosting of the site.  Sites must be currently hosted on php or ruby-on-rails to be compatible with’s server.
“We upgraded our server through and the excess capacity it gave us seemed a shame to not share with some of our community partners.  All we ask in return is to have a link on the non-profits’ website,” says Jones.
For more information on how to partner with The Sullivan Group and, contact Rob Jones, 912.352.3800.
Voted as Buy Local Savannah’s 2007 Best Business, The Sullivan Group is the expert on human resources.  The Sullivan Group offers Human Resource Outsourcing to its clients as well as staffing and recruiting needs through Sullivan Staffing. serves as Savannah’s most visited local job site, with a family of sites that include,,, and  The Sullivan Group also provides commercial and personal insurance through Sapelo Creative Insurance.  Founded in 1986, The Sullivan Group simplifies business.
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.  Visit on the web a


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(SAVANNAH, GA) As a college preparatory school, Savannah Country Day takes great pride in the college admissions of each of its graduating classes. As of May 19th, the Class of 2008 will be attending 38 colleges and universities in the United States and one in the United Kingdom.

Of the 38 US schools, 24 are colleges located in the southeast; five in the mid-Atlantic; four in the northeast; two in the mid-west; one in the south west, one on the Pacific Coast, one in the Rocky Mountains.

22 of the 68 students in the SCDS Class of 2008 are attending college as named scholars or in the Honor’s Programs of their respective schools. Attending the Honors College of the University of Georgia are Stephen Amburgey, Elizabeth Whatley, and Carol Williamson. Whatley was also named a Charter Scholar; Amburgey, both a Charter Scholar and a National Merit UGA Scholar. Despite the growing competition for admission to the state’s flagship University, the Savannah Country Day Class of 2008 earned a 78% admit rate to the University of Georgia. The University’s own admit rate is 52%.

Attending the Georgia Institute of Technology as a President’s Scholar/Stamps Scholar is Daniel Gallagher. He is also the recipient of a Gulfstream Scholarship. Joining Gallagher at Georgia Tech is National Merit Scholar/co-STAR student for Chatham County and Region 8 Joey Jilk.

Three Savannah Country Day School seniors made athletic commitments to colleges and universities. Sam Johnson and Craig Novack will both attend Wofford College and play football, while John Moesch will attend Tufts University and play both football and basketball.

Please see the attached document for a full list of the Class of 2008 college and university honors and awards.

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

Savannah Country Day School Class of 2008 College & University Honors and Awards As of May 19, 2008

University of Georgia – Athens, GA
Stephen Amburgey: Honor’s College, Charter Scholar, National Merit UGA Scholar
Elizabeth Whatley: Honor’s College, Charter Scholar
Carol Williamson: Honor’s College

Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, GA
Daniel Gallagher: President’s Scholar/Stamps Scholar, Gulfstream Scholarship
Joey Jilk: National Merit Scholar/co-STAR Student for Chatham County and co-STAR
student for Region 8

Georgia Southern University – Statesboro, GA
Amy Jones: Honor’s College/Presidential Scholar

University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, AL
Elise Barton: Alumni Heritage Scholarship/Alumni Scholar

Jacksonville University – Jacksonville, FL
Bradley Jones: Music Scholarship

Southern Methodist University – Dallas, TX
Nathan Daniel: University Scholar/Dedman Scholarship/Engineering Scholarship

University of the South (Sewanee) – Sewanee, TN
Rhett Reeves: Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship

Wofford College – Spartanburg, SC
Hunter Rackett: 1854 Scholar

Mercer University – Macon, GA
Levi Lewis: Adiel Sherwood Scholar

Armstrong Atlantic State University – Savannah, GA
Jessica Garten: Honor’s College

Guilford College – Greensboro, NC
Meredith Brown: Guilford Achievement Award

Tulane University – New Orleans, LA
Amanda Bradley: Presidential Scholarship

United States Military Academy—West Point Appointment
Randy Capocasale

Boston University – Boston, MA
Drew Corse: Honor’s College

Loyola University – New Orleans, LA
Anna Wisenbaker: Vocal Scholarship

Athletic commitments:

Wofford College – Spartanburg, SC
Sam Johnson—Football
Craig Novack—Football

Tufts University – Boston, MA
John Moesch—Football/Basketball

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty Helen Williams Johnson Sales Associate

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Savannah native Helen Williams Johnson has joined Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty as a sales associate.

Helen has an extensive knowledge of Savannah and the surrounding area, with a specialty in downtown and Ardsley Park, where she grew up.

“As a native Savannahian, I know the different neighborhoods very well and all they have to offer,” Helen said. “There are so many choices of neighborhoods here that can give you a very different style of living, from downtown to golf communities to waterfront homes. It’s crucial to know the market and really pay attention to what the client wants. Excellent service is my priority.”

As a sales associate with Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty, she will represent buyers and sellers through the entire real estate process, utilizing her expertise in the Savannah and Low Country market.

Helen, who has seven years of experience in sales, graduated from Savannah Country Day School and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She is a member of the Savannah Area Board of Realtors.

Helen is also very active in the community. She is co-chair of the Telfair Art Fair this year and will be chairing the event in 2009. She has also worked on the committees for the Telfair Ball and Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in the past. She is a member of the William Jay Society and 13th Colony Society of Historic Savannah Foundation. A member of the Altar Flower Guild for Christ Church, Helen volunteers every year for the Tour of Homes.

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.