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November 2008

(SAVANNAH, GA) Stage Front Presentation Systems Providing Sound and Lighting Support for Palin Event

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Stage Front Presentation Systems is proud to announce its event production arm, Stage Front Production Services will be providing sound and lighting assistance and event management for a Sarah Palin event on Monday, December 1st.  Palin will be in the Coastal Empire stumping for Saxby Chambliss in the senatorial runoff election with Democrat Jim Martin to be held on Tuesday, December 2.
Stage Front Production Services was chosen by recommendation by Savannah Civic Center Staff for its history of producing excellent events in the arena.
"We are so proud to have been chosen for such a big event," says Stage Front Rental Project Manager, Paul Mazo.
"It will attract national and international coverage, simply because Sarah Palin has such a huge following.  Our work on this event will not only give us, as a company, great exposure, but it will also show viewers across the world that Savannah is the amazing and beautiful place it always has been… with a great local presentation company, to boot!"
The Palin-Chambliss event will take place in the MLK Arena of the Savannah Civic Center at 11:00 am. Doors will open one hour prior to the event. Other Palin-Chambliss public rallies will take place on Monday in Augusta, Perry and Atlanta.  
Palin was the little-known governor of Alaska when Arizona Sen. John McCain tapped her as his running mate. She drew enthusiastic crowds on the campaign trail as the first woman to win the Republican nomination for vice president but also faced questions about her preparedness for higher office and her pricey wardrobe.
Stage Front continues to grow with new offices in Atlanta and Charleston. From inception, into design and installation and throughout the life of the audio/video/teleconferencing/presentation/ lighting systems, Stage Front is committed to its customers and community.
Stage Front Presentation Systems is located at 6 Southern Oaks Drive in Savannah.  For more information, call (912) 236-1345 or visit

(SAVANNAH, GA) Case Veterinary Hospital Holds 18th Annual Open House

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Case Veterinary Hospital will hold its 18th annual open house Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 4:30-7 p.m. The annual event serves as the hospital’s way to say "thank you" to its clients and give the public an opportunity to tour the facilities.

This year’s event is extra special as the Case family will celebrate 100 years of service in 2009.

Dr. Carla Case-McCorvey enjoys the opportunity to invite guests into the facility. "It gives us an opportunity to show people what we do. People have the chance to see how much we care and feel more comfortable about leaving their pets with us."

Case-McCorvey is continuing to push Case Veterinary Hospital to the forefront of veterinary medicine and is excited to showcase the hospital’s new endoscopy and laparoscopy equipment. By investing in continued education and training for not only herself but also for all the veterinarians she employs, Carla has positioned Case Veterinary Hospital as one of the only hospitals in the region to routinely offer endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures to its patients. This technology is comparable to what is expected in the human medical field, enabling less-invasive procedures with faster recovery time and fewer complications.

Parking is available behind the Toys "R" Us building, and the hospital will provide a golf-cart ferry to and from the parking lot throughout the event.

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 wellness and preventative medicine to Savannah’s pets and 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, go to Case Veterinary Hospital or call 912-352-3081.

(SAVANNAH, ATLANTA, GA) – Oakland Park Condominiums Winner of 2008 Atlanta Downtown Design Award

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(SAVANNAH, ATLANTA, GA) – Oakland Park Condominiums, a Melaver Inc. and Urban Relaty parnership, was the winner of the 2008 Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award in the Residential category. The Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award, sponsored by Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and Atlanta Magazine, honors downtown Atlanta businesses for their design innovations during the past year. Awards were presented in five categories: Hotel, Institution, Office, Residential and Restaurant/Bar on Nov. 6, 2008, Downtown Development Day.

Winners were decided through a combination of professional judging and online public voting. Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award judges conducted onsite evaluations of each entry and then during the fall, the public was able to vote for their favorites online at CAP’s website. This year’s judges included Richard Laub of Georgia State University, Laura Moody of Savannah College of Art & Design, Scot Reilly of Retromodern and Eric Capossela of Atlanta Magazine.

Oakland Park, a 65-home mixed-use residential condominium and commercial project located in the Historic Grant Park neighborhood on Memorial Drive, is Atlanta’s first LEED Silver certified multi-family building. Achieving LEED certification means that a third party has examined Oakland Park and its design, construction and potential for energy efficiency, and verified the developers made sound decisions that resulted in a more efficient construction site, with very little waste going to the landfill, and in a high performance building that will use less energy over time.  In fact, 1,500 tons (or 80 percent) of the waste generated during construction was diverted from landfills and recycled.

Oakland Park’s one and two bedroom residences feature bamboo floors, oversized, operable, low-emittance windows, eco-friendly tile and paint, high-performance plumbing fixtures and energy efficient appliances.

Oakland Park has become a catalyst for change within the neighborhood, providing opportunities for new businesses and a place for residential and retail to come together in a convenient, self-contained urban setting close to the amenities that downtown Atlanta and the surrounding neighborhood offer.

Oakland Park includes Foxgloves and Ivy floral design studio, Stella Neighborhood Trattoria restaurant, and will include additional retail fronting Memorial Drive and Park Avenue.
For more information, call 404-688-0300 or visit Oakland Park
About Melaver, Inc.

Melaver, Inc., is a third generation, sustainably-focused real estate firm with holdings throughout the Southeast.  Notable projects include one of the first Silver LEED designations from the U.S. Green Building Council for an historic preservation project in Savannah (The Whitaker Building), as well as the nation’s first all retail LEED Core & Shell project (Abercorn Common Shopping Center) in Savannah that includes the first and only LEED McDonald’s.  Eighty-five percent of Melaver’s staff is LEED accredited professionals, and the company is committed to examining the environmental, financial and social aspects of every project in which it is involved.
About Urban Realty Partners

Urban Realty Partners is an Atlanta-based real estate development organization that is focused on well planned, mixed-use urban developments that enhance their neighborhoods while providing exceptional places to live, work and shop. Their developments are often in revitalized neighborhoods with pedestrian orientation and convenience to city transit, amenities and educational, retail and cultural centers. Projects include Capitol Gateway and The Reynolds in midtown Atlanta, The Brookwood in Buckhead and Puritan Mill on Atlanta’s west side.

(SAVANNAH, GA) A new Toys for Tots Campaign Drop Box Located at Grand Harbour Homestore

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A new Toys for Tots campaign has begun on Savannah’s southside with the delivery of a Toys for Tots drop box now located in the Grand Harbour Homestore, in the Abercorn Common shopping center.
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt Sal Mullgrav was received by the Grand Harbour turkey and Mrs. Claus.  "This is a great opportunity for members of the community to help others out during difficult times," Mullgrav said. "We are working with the Savannah Housing Authority to identify families in need and that is where these donations will go."
Savannah business friends and area residents are encouraged to bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season by bringing an unwrapped toy to the Grand Harbour furniture store located at 8108 Abercorn Street, at the corner of Abercorn and White Bluff.

(Colordo Springs) A Matter of Panache: A lifetime career in education; A traumatic brain injury;

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New Book comes out of nowhere to Nearly Trump Trump!!!



[Colorado Springs], [Colorado], [November 18, 2008]


The author of a new memoir: A Matter of Panache: A lifetime career in education; A traumatic brain injury; A memoir of surviving both staged a targeted marketing campaign to announce its release to the public today. Starting the day with an Amazon sales rank of over two million, by 2:00 mountain time, A Matter of Panache was number two on the Movers and Shakers list.  Emerging right behind Donald Trump’s Commercial Real Estate 101, Panache rode the Donald’s back side right up to the close of the twenty-four hour sales period.




While it is not surprising to see Trump trump a list of movers and shakers, it was a surprise to many to watch this self-published memoir compete against the other 2 million plus books and end the day nearly a best seller, with a sales rank of 189.




A Matter of Panache is the explosive new memoir written by veteran educational psychologist, Debra Sanders, whose award winning career took her from the most remote corners of Alaska to the Navajo and Mormon dominated counties of Southeastern Utah only to end with her barred from her classroom and school on an army post in Colorado.


Twenty years into her career Sanders sustains a traumatic brain injury in a work-related auto accident. Zev Chafets, a N.Y. based, well-known writer and journalist, recommends the book calling Sanders, “a completely fearless writer,” while a reader out of Austin, Texas calls the book: “…a rare and courageous expose about the limitations of special education today, and a window into the disturbing experience of a traumatic brain injury.”




A Matter of Panache is a timely book in an era when an estimated sixty percent of our returning soldiers suffer the effects of traumatic brain injury, and as the leader of the No Child Left Behind legislation is exiting and making room for a new kind of political leadership.




With new information and testimonials about children with Autism and Asperger syndrome emerging nearly daily, this timely book presents the reader with fascinating insights into both the children who are identified with these disorders and the educational strategies known to help them.




About Debra Sanders:  Debra has been a Nationally Certified Educational Psychologist since 1985.  She was awarded both the Alaska Educational Psychologist of the Year award and the University of Alaska KPC, Adjunct Faculty of the Year award.  Recently, Panache was honored as a 2008 Next Generation Indie Finalist




Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.


ISBN: 978-1-4327-2816-8


Library of Congress Control Number: 2008932259


website: http://www.debrasanders.comemail:

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(GEORGIA) Georgia Supreme Court issues decision in Cumberland Harbour case that fails to

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Georgia Supreme Court issues decision in Cumberland Harbour case that fails to 

fully protect coastal marshlands 


November 17, 2008 


(GEORGIA) The Georgia Supreme Court today issued a ruling in a case against the Coastal 

Marshlands Protection Committee of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 

which centered on a permit granted to the developer of Cumberland Harbour. The 

ruling affirms a Court of Appeals interpretation of the state Coastal Marshlands 

Protection Act that was narrower than urged by coastal protection groups 

appealing the Cumberland Harbour permit. The permit now goes back to the 

committee for further evaluation of impacts to right whales, manatees, and sea 

turtles as required by the Administrati ve Law Judge earlier in the case and not 

appealed to the Supreme Court. 




Following is a statement from SELC Senior Attorney Chris DeScherer: 




“We are disappointed that the Supreme Court’s ruling interpreted the Coastal 

Marshlands Protection Act in a way that does not fully protect the marsh from 

developments next to the marshlands, like the Cumberland Harbour development. 

The Supreme Court today left nearly 400,000 acres of one of the world’s most 

productive natural resources in uncertain hands. This ruling limits what had 

been one of the strongest tools available to ensure the necessary balance of 

ecological protections with economic development as the Georgia coast continues 

to grow. We are considering whether to file a motion with the Court to 

reconsider its opinion.” 




“We believe, however, that the Supreme Court’s opinion does affirm the duty 

of the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee to consider whether stormwater 

discharges cause direct physical alteration of the marsh. As the committee 

reconsiders the permit for impacts to wildlife, the conservation groups will 

present evidence that the massive discharges of stormwater from Cumberland 

Harbour will physically alter the marsh in violation of the Supreme Court 

opinion. That kind of damage is all too frequent from the increasing 

development of land in areas=2 0adjacent to the marsh.” 




“SELC and its partners will continue to use the protection of the Coastal 

M arshlands Protection Act, together with the patchwork of other state and 

federal regulations, to ensure that our irreplaceable coastal resources are 









The Cumberland Harbour development plans up to 1,200 homes and commercial 

facilities on the upland, as well as two large-scale marinas and community and 

private docks. The largest marina project ever to be permitted in Georgia, 

Cumberland Harbour is located directly across from Cumberland Island National 

Seashore. The Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee approved a permit for 

Atlanta developer Land Resource Companies without considering the impact of the 

development on the marsh as a whole, such as increased stormwater pollution. The 

committee also failed to consider adequate protections for critically endangered 

species such as the right whale, manatee and five species of sea turtles. 




SELC, on behalf of its clients, had argued that the Coastal Marshlands 

Protection Committee was obligated to protect Georgia’s marshlands from the 

impacts of large-scale development by considering, among other things, the 

discharge of polluted stormwater runoff, the amount of roads, driveways, 

rooftops and other impervious surfaces, impacts to marine life, and the design=C 2

and maintenance of natural buffers. The state had previously asserted that the 

Committee was not required to regulate upland activities and could instead 

permit development in an “a la carte” approach that only considers those 

portions constructed in the marsh. 






Chris DeScherer – Senior Attorney (843) 720-5270 


Stephen E. O’Day – Smith, Gambrell & Russell (404) 815-3527 



David Kyler – Center for a Sustainable Coast (912) 638-3612 


April Ingle – Georgia River Network (706) 549-4508 


Gordon Rogers – Satilla Riverkeeper (912) 223-6761 




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Marjorie Young

Savannah, GA



Public Relations Firm



(SAVANNAH, GA) Grand Harbour Storefront Makeover Contest

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Grand Harbour Homestore in the Abercorn Common shopping center at White Bluff and Abercorn is in search of three designers to remake their storefront. The contest begins on December 1, 2008, and three storefront windows will be redesigned by using furniture and accessories found in 10,000 square feet of showroom space.
Designers and interior design students may submit their name to Grand Harbour by November 30th and can do so by calling 912-961-1891 or by emailing
Savannah can vote on their favorite design beginning on Monday, December 8th.  Simply go by Grand Harbour Homestore located at the Abercorn Common fountain to view the displays and cast a vote.  Voting will close on December 30th, and the winner will be announced at the close of business that day.  All voters will have a chance to win a $50 Grand Harbour store gift certificate.
The winning designer will be honored with a VIP Warehouse Party sponsored by Loco’s Grill & Pub, publicity of the achievement, exclusive designer referrals for one month, and in-store and website visibility.
The Storefront Makeover Contest will continue through 2009 with two designers competing for votes each month.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Stage Front in Savannah Bruce Hudson Director of Business Development

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Bruce Hudson is the Director of Business Development at Stage Front in Savannah, Georgia. His responsibilities include the strategic expansion of business and to increase the company’s visibility in local and outside markets.
Prior to this job, he worked as the Cisco Systems Executive Account Manager to Cox Communications-EAST marketing broadband video, telephony and data solutions to communications companies.
After high school, he worked as an Audio Systems Installer prior to going back to college to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.
Hudson moved to Savannah in June of this year. When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). He is a member of the Parish at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist. Hudson also enjoys bicycling, playing music and attending concerts.
Stage Front continues to grow with a new office in Atlanta and Charleston. From inception, into design and installation and throughout the life of the audio/video/teleconferencing/presentation/ lighting systems, Stage Front is committed to its customers and community.
Stage Front Presentation Systems is located at 6 Southern Oaks Drive in Savannah. For more information, call (912) 236-1345 or log on to

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Movie Tours, Inc. Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Bash at Leopold’s

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Savannah Movie Tours, Inc. will celebrate its 5th anniversary on Sunday, November 16, from 2-4 p.m., with a Hollywood-style bash at Leopold’s Ice Cream, 212 E. Broughton St. The public is invited to join in the festivities, which will feature which will feature free ice cream and cupcakes for the first 100 guests, as well as, prizes, movie trivia and more.

Partygoers will be treated to ice cream from Leopold’s and cupcakes from local bakeries. Participants will have an opportunity to test their knowledge of Savannah movie trivia by answering questions about movies filmed in the area; those who answer correctly will receive an assortment of prizes including DVDs of movies filmed in Savannah, Savannah Movie Tour caps and passes for free tours.

"I’m so thrilled with how well the Savannah Movie Tour, our inaugural tour, has been received over the past five years," says "Hollywood" Ron Higgins, founder and CEO of Savannah Movie Tours, Inc. "Savannah has such a rich movie-making history, and it is exciting to have an opportunity to tell the public all about it. The Scary Ghost tour and Foody Tour Savannah have been equally well received."

The Savannah Movie Tour, which Higgins launched in 2003, has been featured in publications including The Hollywood Reporter, The Dallas Morning News, The Miami Herald and the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Tour goers get an up close and personl glimpse of sites that have been immortalized in films, including the location of the bench scene from ‘Forrest Gump,’ the infamous Mercer House from ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ and the Six Pence Pub, which was featured in ‘Something to Talk About.’

In 2006, Higgins began offering a Scary Ghost Tour, which departs every night from Savannah’s famous Pirate’s House restaurant and stops at various haunted locales throughout downtown Savannah.

Higgins launched the widely acclaimed Foody Tour Savannah in October 2007. During the Foody Tour, patrons sample dishes at some of Savannah’s most delicious eateries while learning about the South’s rich culinary history.

"Hollywood" Ron Higgins is a filmmaker and Savannah native who has been involved in numerous movies including ‘Forrest Gump.’ ‘Training Day,’ ‘Remember The Titans’ and ‘Pearl Harbor.’ He founded Savannah Movie Tours, Inc. in 2003 to give tourists a glimpse into Savannah’s unique relationship with the film industry. Since then, he has expanded the company’s offerings to include the Scary Ghost Tour and Foody Tour Savannah. All tours are conducted on a luxury, air-conditioned bus, which is equipped with state-of-the-art LCD screens. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 912-234-3440 or visit