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August 2008

(SAVANNAH) Melaver, Inc. Services Will Include Guiding Clients Through LEED Certification

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Melaver, Inc. has officially launched its green building and LEED consulting services division. The 70-year-old, third generation family business was one of the first real estate companies in the nation to devote itself solely to sustainable design and development, has garnered numerous awards for its commitment to being stewards of land and community and has been at the forefront of some of the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects in the nation.

Melaver’s new venture into green consulting stems from a new twist on a very old idea: adding value. The company looks to share its value-centric orientation of being stewards of land and community while also creating value for its clients through higher-performance, healthier projects. Higher financial returns and enhanced social and environmental benefits come together in a sustainable value proposition that benefit a company’s financial bottom line.

Melaver’s own extensive work in green building provides clients the benefit of leveraging their actual experience with cutting-edge projects. The company’s hands-on development experience enables them to seamlessly coordinate any and all sustainable aspects of a project, freeing up valuable time for others on the design team to do what they do best. Melaver’s Integrated team approach supports all phases of a project, whether it is increasing sustainability of preliminary design or carrying a project completely through the LEED certification process.

Melaver’s projects have included the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the country, Abercorn Common, with the first LEED McDonald’s worldwide. It has also developed one of the first LEED certified buildings in the U.S. that is also on the National Register of Historic Places, Current projects include Sustainable Fellwood, one of the first LEED neighborhood development projects in the nation for affordable housing. Melaver staff members frequently speak at conferences across the country about green building and sustainability, and sharing lessons learned. They have authored numerous articles and several books on being better stewards of the land and community.

Other services beyond pursuit of LEED points and documentation include: facilitating pre-development design charettes, helping to establish a shared vision for the project and project goals, analyzing a project’s carbon footprint, providing an energy audit as well as energy modeling, and commissioning. Melaver has a storehouse of knowledge, documentation, and research for sustainable materials and technologies it has used or vetted on past and ongoing projects a huge benefit for clients trying to negotiate its way through the rapidly-changing market for sustainable products and strategies.
 
Green Building Facts
In addition to lower utility bills, studies show green buildings provide for better worker productivity and often outperform non-green buildings in occupancy rates, sale price and rental rates. The cost difference is slim to none, and green buildings make for much smarter investments in the long run. As recognized experts in green building who frequently speak at national conferences, Melaver staff members can help other companies that will benefit from their expertise.
What is LEED?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is the internationally-recognized standard for high performance, low water and energy use buildings awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. The average LEED-certified building uses 32 percent less electricity and 36 percent less total energy than regular new buildings, with energy savings in the highest level LEED buildings approaching 50 percent. Water usage in LEED-certified buildings is on average 30 percent less than non-LEED buildings.
 
Contact: (912) 236-0781
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(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach, a Youth Emergency Shelter Will Take On Another Big Project.

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Just months after the completion of its new $1.6 million LEED certified home, Park Place Outreach,  a Youth Emergency Shelter will take on another big project.  The unfinished basement of the new building will be completed for the Street Outreach Program.  It will allow for drop-in center, a bathroom with shower and laundry room if needed.
 
The project will start in mid-June and is expected to be complete by the end of the summer.  The project has been fully funded by the Dobransky family of Savannah.
 
The purpose of the Street Outreach Team is to allow the shelter’s services to be mobile.  There is a van which is driven throughout the community so as to reach more teens in crisis.
 
"Knowing that many older youth may not need a residential facility, the drop in center in the basement will allow for counseling, referrals for health care, a place to clean-up and re-group about life choices," says Linda Lamas, Executive Director of Park Place.   
 
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  served each month and about 200 each year.  For more information on Park Place, call (912) 234-4048.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Old Savannah City Mission Creating 2009 Calender

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For the fifth consecutive year the Old Savannah City Mission is creating another calender for 2009.  The 2008 Calendar was titled “Year of New Beginnings.”  The Mission’s leaders are calling next year, “Year of Dreams Fulfilled.” Community-minded businesses, local organizations and churches are invited to sponsor a month.  The official kick off to the Year of Dreams Fulfilled Calendar will be Wednesday, August 27th at 10:30 a.m. in the Mission dining room.  This event is open to the public.
 
The 2009 calendar will feature the photography of Liza Crowley Judson.   She has most recently participated in the Telfair Art Fair and Red Gallery’s Small Works Show and numerous charitable art auctions.  She currently works for The Savannah College of Art and Design as an academic adviser.   To learn more about her work, log on to www.lizacrowleyjudson.com.
 
Old Savannah City Mission aspires to be “Savannah’s Five Star Gospel Rescue Mission" with high standards, strong boundaries and clear direction.  Its mission is to change lives through proclaiming the Gospel, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, rehabilitating the addict, and restoring the ex-offender.  In 2007 the mission provided 122,074 meals and more than 27,000 shelter beds without one dime of tax payer funds. 

The Mission is a Savannah based non-profit organization, works with a staff of just seven employees; however, there are hundreds of volunteers who deliver services to the community’s most vulnerable and needy citizens in a highly cost effective way.  To learn more, log on to www.oscm.org or call Jim Lewis or Connell Stiles at 912-232-1979.

SAVANNAH COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL ENHANCES COLLEGE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Country Day School announces the addition of Marianne Kosiewicz as Associate Director of College Counseling. Kosiewicz’s experience in college admissions will provide students with guidance and further insights into the increasingly more competitive college admissions process. Besides working with the senior class she will also advise juniors, sophomores, and freshmen during the college research process.

Kosiewicz comes to Savannah Country Day with a vast experience with both college admissions and independent schools. For the last eight years, she has served as Senior Associate Dean of Admission at the University of Virginia, where she supervised a staff of 26 admissions counselors and support staff and managed more than 18,000 admissions applications. Before that she was Director of Special Education and Special Services for the Charlottesville School system. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at Piedmont Virginia Community College and as a school psychologist and Facilitator of Special Education for the Albemarle County Public Schools. Dr. Kosiewicz holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Virginia, a B.A. and an M.S. in School Psychology from the University of Dayton.

"Her expertise in elite-college admissions makes her a natural fit for our school’s needs, and her warmth and great sense of humor will make her a quick hit with students and parents alike."says Mary Beth Fry, Director of College Counseling at Savannah Country Day School.

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 visit www.savcds.org.

(Savannah, GA) Savannah County Day School Addition of a Full-Time Theatre Instructor

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Country Day School announces the expansion of its theatre program with the hiring of a dedicated, full-time faculty member in drama. Well known Savannah actor and director, DJ Queenan, will join the Savannah Country Day school faculty and will oversee the drama curriculum for the Middle and Upper Schools as well as lead and direct students in performances throughout the academic year. With Mr. Queenan’s arrival, the theatre program will now offer a more extensive variety of courses and productions for students.

"We are delighted to welcome DJ to our 13 member fine arts department at Savannah Country Day," remarks Kay Godawa, Fine Arts Department Head. "Drama has been a premier program at our school for many years with Theatre 15, the school’s advanced troupe, taking many local and state awards. We look forward to a director who can devote himself full time to the further development of the theatre program amidst strong choral, jazz, string, and visual arts programs at Savannah Country Day."
DJ Queenan is originally from New York City and attended Savannah College of Art and Design where he obtained his BFA in Media and Performing Arts. He was formerly the Director of Theatre Arts for the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. His most recent directorial credits include The Sound of Music, Six Degrees of Separation, Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA, and Bat Boy The Musical.

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 visit www.savcds.org.

(Richmond Hill, GA) Magnolia Manor on the Coast Hosts Free Labor Day Dance

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When the cookouts have come to an end this Labor Day, there is another event for local residents.  Magnolia Manor on the Coast will be holding a FREE Labor Day dance.  It is open to the public and will be on Friday, August 29th at 6:30pm.

It will be in the main dining room at Magnolia Manor and music will be provided by professional D.J. Mr. Thurston Clary.  Guests are asked to RSVP to Julie Gartside at 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 www.magnoliamanor.com.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Fun & Fitness Expo to Benefit Community Health Mission

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Hello Everyone:

We would like to invite you to our first Savannah Fun & Fitness Expo. The 4 events will help raise money for the Community Health Mission. The Community Health Mission (CHM) is a nonprofit medical organization providing $9 Million dollars of free Primary Medical Care & Prescriptions to more than 9000+ low-income adults with no insurance in the Chatham County area of Savannah Georgia (for additional details feel free to visit www.chmsavannah.org)

Four Fitness Events in One Day- October 4th Lake Mayer

The focal point of the day’s activity lies in the following 4 fitness events: Savannah Strength and Endurance V, the Community Health Mission’s 5k Walk/Run, the Kids Fitness Contest and the Fun and Fitness 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. All of these events will be monitored by Reese Brown from Fitness by Reese. The goal of these Savannah fitness events will be to encourage local spectators and participants of all age groups to maintain quality health throughout their life. The 4 events will consist of the following:

Savannah Strength and Endurance V
(fitness professionals ages 18 to 40+)
This event challenges fitness professionals by combining lifting and running. Participants must first compete in the Trip let which consists of deadlifts, bench-press and hang-cleans. Once completed they must immediately begin a three mile run. This event will also be designed as a team event bringing colleges and other organizations to compete.

Community Health Missions 5k Walk/Run
(ages 14 and up)
This event is a traditional walk/run event that will encourage participants to walk/run around beautiful Lake Mayer in Savannah. It will be divided into different difficulty levels and a challenge for both experienced and novice runners. We would love to have as many employees and volunteers register for this event. You can ask for people to sponsor you. You can make your own team and dress in a costume . The best team in time and/or costume will received a trophy and recognized. See attached plan on how to get sponsored as a walker/runner.

Kids Fitness Contest
(Middle School and High School)
This event will challenge representatives from each school to compete in a bench press, box jumps and a 100M shuttle run. One school will walk away as the 2008 Best Performing High School and one student will win a trophy as the Best High School Athlete.

Fun and Fitness 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
(Middle, High School and College)
This event will bring Middle Schools, High Schools and several colleges to compete in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament verses their rival schools. This will be a fun ending to a great day. The finale will be between the Police Dept. versus the Fire Department. Save your seats for this!!!!!

You can register for the 5K Walk/run

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Old Savannah City Mission aspires to be “Savannah’s Five Star Gospel Rescue Mission”

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Timothy Ferrell is living the American Dream.  He wakes up every morning and heads to work.  He is climbing the corporate ladder.  His life is everything he dreamed it would be.  However, there was a time when he lived a nightmare.  That was only three years ago.
 
"I was addicted to crack-cocaine.  I was a criminal.  I was on the run.   I was hiding out in a local hotel, hoping my probation officer wouldn’t find me," Timothy says.
 
He had warrants out for his arrest for selling drugs, robbery, and many other offenses.  But to him, that wasn’t the problem.  The problem was that he had no more money.  So, he made the agonizing decision to turn himself in.  
 
He trekked on foot straight up Bay Street, looking for a police officer. 
 
"On any other day, the officers on Bay seemed countless.  Now, when I needed one most, a cop was nowhere to be found."
 
He eventually found himself at a supermarket on Bull Street, unaware that there was a police precinct just blocks away where he could have turned himself in.
 
"I ended up running into a guy I used to get high with," Timothy explains.
 
"He was now clean, and he told me about the Urban Training Institute and Clean Start program at the Old Savannah City Mission.  So, I decided to give it a try.  Not because I wanted to get clean, but because I thought it would be a good place to hide out."
 
Gone were the plans of turning himself in.  Off he went to the Mission to buy himself some more time as a free man.  Little did he know, change was about to come, and it was a change he couldn’t help but make.
 
"I went in under the name Thomas Jenkins, or TJ."
 
Then, he met Reggie Lee, the "Clean Start" program manager.
 
"One of the pre-requisites for Clean Start is that the candidate must be very mature in his misery," he explains.
 
"It sounds harsh, but if you’re not sick and tired of being sick and tired, it too easy to slip back into old ways.  TJ was beyond ready for a change."
 
In about a week, it happened.   Something deep inside TJ changed.  He no longer wanted to be a criminal.  He saw doing drugs as a dead end street.  He was ready to embrace a new life through his faith in Christ.  He was ready to work on his issues.  He was a perfect candidate for the Clean Start program.
 
Lee explains, "A student must be willing to live in and relate to a community of Christians.  They must be teachable, willing to study, to learn and to change.  They must also agree to community service without compensation and work as permitted with required tithing, savings and restitution.   Plus, they must develop a vibrant connection with other believers in an approved church."

TJ accepted the disciplines and direction of UTI with all the consequences.  He would soon become one of the Mission’s biggest success stories. 
 
"On March 15th, 2005 I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  I was no longer scared.  I no longer wanted to hide," Timothy says.
 
"I told everyone my real name, and that day healing started."
 
Also on that day, he sought out his probation officer.
 
"I told him that I was a changed man for good.  And I know he had heard that a million times before, but I truly believe to this day that the Holy Spirit touched him, because I was facing 6 years in jail for my offenses and he gave me another chance."
 
Timothy went on to complete the Urban Training Institute’s Clean Start division with its high standards, strong boundaries and clear direction.   The program included a 12 month residence at the Mission, plus an extra two months he chose to stay voluntarily.  After graduation, he went into transitional housing, which means living off campus for one year, but still under the Clean Start guidelines.     
 
During that time, Timothy found a job making biscuits at Bojangles in Savannah.  After he mastered making biscuits, he was promoted to shift leader.  From there, he says, his progress seemed like a whirlwind.  He was soon promoted to assistant manager and eventually became a unit director in Statesboro.  Now, less than two years after being a biscuit maker, Timothy is now being groomed to become a district manager in Jacksonville.
 
"My life was changed at Old Savannah City Mission.  I’m not the man I was when I first walked through the Mission’s doors."  Timothy says.
 
"I’d definitely be I jail if I hadn’t enrolled, and if I ever got out of jail, I’m sure I’d still be a criminal."
 
But thanks to the Mission, his life is quite the contrary.  The criminal life is a thing of the past, and he is well on his way to success in the business world.
 
Since the Urban Training Institute was implemented in Savannah in January, 2004, there have been over 40 graduates.  Compliance with UTI’s “High Standards, Strong Boundaries, Clear Direction” is required of all.  Students understand that it costs a man nothing to enroll; it costs him everything to graduate.

The Urban Training Institute has two divisions.  "Clean Start" is a year-long residential recovery program which is based upon an adult education paradigm with curricula for character development, academic achievement and vocational skills.
 
The second division of UTI is "Fresh Start" which builds a bridge from incarceration to incorporation back into the community.  Enrollment is limited to those who while incarcerated come to faith in Christ and demonstrate a genuine desire for a fresh start in life.  In this program, participants reside in the Mission facilities for a minimum of one year.  Every student is matched with a mature Christian as their mentor.  Primary emphasis is placed on spiritual growth; however the common sense goal is the prevention of a return to crime and re-incarceration.  In April 2008, Fresh Start expanded to include women.
                         
Old Savannah City Mission aspires to be “Savannah’s Five Star Gospel Rescue Mission."  Its mission is to change lives through proclaiming the Gospel, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, rehabilitating the addict, and restoring the ex-offender.
 
In 2007 the mission provided 122,074 meals and more than 27,000 shelter beds. 

The Mission, a Savannah-based 501(c)(3) charity functions with a staff of just seven employees; however, hundreds of volunteers deliver services to the community’s most vulnerable and needy citizens in a highly cost effective way.  During business hours visitors are invited to take a tour of the Mission’s facilities.  To learn more, log on to www.oscm.org or call Jim Lewis or Connell Stiles at 912-232-1979.
 

(Richmond Hill, GA) Renaissance Lecture Series Linda Hilts Lamas Park Place Outreach, Inc. Speaker

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Linda Hilts Lamas, Executive Director of Park Place Outreach, Inc., will be the guest speaker for the September 11th installment of the Renaissance Lecture Series.  The focus of the discussion will be on Park Place and how family members can help in a runaway situation.
 
There are a number of things a family member can do when it comes to the warning signs of a potential runaway.  Lamas will cover those points, which include
 
Lamas is a past board member of the Chatham-Savannah Authority of the Homeless, representing runaway and homeless youth issues. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Network of Youth and Family Services, which is a network of approximately 80 youth and family services agencies in eight southeastern states.  In addition, she serves on the Alumni Board of Directors at her alma mater, AASU. 
 
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 served each month and about 200 each year.  For more information on Park Place, call (912) 234-4048 or log on to www.parkplaceyes.org
 
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.

(SAVANNAH, GA) SCDS Creative Minds First Lecture “The Minds Brian”

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Creative Minds brings leaders, experts and pioneers in a wide range of fields to share their wisdom in open, community-wide forums in Savannah.

This annual speaker series, which runs throughout the 2008-2009 school year, is designed to stimulate dialogue and spark debate about important issues that affect us all. This year’s series showcases the largest and most diverse line-up to date, featuring leading experts in areas including brain science, American history, jazz and literature. Please mark your calendar to attend these exciting discussions, which are open to the public.

The first lecture will feature Sharon Begley’s lecture, "The Minds Brain" on Tuesday September 16, 2008 at 6:30 pm. An award-winning science columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the former science editor at Newsweek, Sharon Begley is the co-author of The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force and the author of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves. In her discussion, she will share exciting new scientific discoveries with regard to neuroplasticity and examine the important ways in which the human brain is subject to positive, ongoing change.

"Begley holds out hope that our emotional lives and personalities, far from being carved in stone by our genes and early experiences, will prove as sculptable through mental training as our bodies are through physical training." Discover Magazine

All Creative Minds events will be held in Jelks Auditorium at Savannah Country Day School, located at 824 Stillwood Drive 31419, in Savannah, Georgia.

Tickets will go on sale August 19, 2008. Individual ticket prices are $10 for advance purchase, $12 at the door, (based on availability). Season Tickets are available for $50 per person for advanced purchase and includes admission to all six 2008-09 lectures.

Due to the possibility of sell out events, seats not occupied by 6:25 p.m. will be resold to a waiting list.

For additional information about the Creative Minds series, please call 912-961-8828.

Tickets for all events are available at the SCDS Administrative Office located in Triol Hall. For additional information about the Creative Minds series, please call (912) 961-8828.

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 visit www.savcds.org.