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December 2008

(Savannah/Atlanta) Savannah Megashredder Newell Recycling Starts Up

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(Atlanta – December 23, 2008) – Newell Recycling, LLC, one of the Southeast’s largest scrap metal processors, is pleased to announce the successful startup of the Newell Megashredder today at our Savannah, Georgia operation.

Newell Recycling of Savannah, LLC represents our third Newell location operating a megashredder, and the tenth location overall for our company. The 6000-horsepower megashredder, manufactured by The Shredder Company of El Paso, Texas, is the centerpiece of the Savannah ferrous operations, and is capable of processing more than 2,000 tons of scrap cars, appliances, and light steel daily.

"We started construction on this 40-acre greenfield facility on June 15th", says Bobby Triesch, Newell Recycling, LLC Vice President of Operations, "and in just over six months, we have built, and now commissioned, the most state-of-the-art shredding, eddy and sensor-sorting facility in the world. We have done so with a great group of people, led by project manager James Sargent."

Response from the community has been very favorable, both from a recycling as well as a site-preservation standpoint. Mr. Triesch points out that as many as 15 of the old oak trees onsite have been preserved. "We designed the facility around them," adds Triesch.   

Newell Recycling, LLC is proud to be one of the nation’s premier processors of furnace-ready ferrous and nonferrous scrap metals. Now in our fourth decade of operation, Newell Recycling continues to provide scrap solutions to customers of all sizes, each with unique and demanding requirements. Newell Recycling, LLC presently operates ten locations in Georgia and South Carolina. For more information, or to contact Newell Recycling, call 404-766-1621 or visit

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) Jack Star “The Coming Energy Revolution” Renaissance Lecture Series

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Jack Star speaks about "The Coming Energy Revolution" on January 8th at Magolia Manor’s Renaissance Lecture Series
Jack Star will be the guest speaker for the next installment of the Rennaisance Lecture Series, a monthly event hosted by Magnolia Manor on the Coast.  The presentation, titled "The Coming Energy Revolution" will inform the audience about the importance of energy conservation, the role of distributed energy generation, the sources of free fuels and much more.
Since 2005, Star has been an advocate for solar energy and sustainable distributed energy in the Low Country.  He manages several websites and blogs and edits the "Green Pages" for
Star and his wife, Cima, love to travel and have lived in Los Angeles, Rome, Milan, New York City, the Boston area, Miami Beach and, since 1995, Savannah.
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, GA) 2008 Grace Award for New South Café at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

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Chef Matt Cohen, owner of the popular eatery "Chef Matt Cohen’s New South Café at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum," was recently honored with the prestigious 2008 Grace Award for Innovator of the Year at the Georgia Restaurant Association’s Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards black tie Gala held at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. 
The Grace Awards Gala is the only event of its kind.  Stars of the restaurant industry gather to pay tribute to their own and exclusively honor those who have made exemplary contributions to Georgia’s prolific restaurant industry.  Chef Matt was named Innovator of the Year for the fresh concepts he has brought forward within the industry and for the work he has done throughout 2008 demonstrating these ideas. 
"I think that the future of the restaurant industry will lend itself to less competition and more camaraderie and cooperation among independent small businesses," Chef Matt said. 
Chef Matt feels strongly that by uniting as fellow restaurateurs and chefs, they become a greater collective force, which elevates everyone in the process.  An example of this is the Coastal Catering Alliance (CCA) which was co-founded by Chef Matt in 2008.  The CCA is a large co-op consisting of some of Savannah’s top chefs and catering companies, able to service large scale catering events for up to 30,000 people. 
"Through the CCA, as a united group, caterers and chefs in Savannah are now able to take on sizable jobs which were only available to a couple of the large, high-end Savannah hotels before," Chef Matt said.  "Now large organizations that select Savannah for their event destination location have a choice among some of the best local culinary professionals in the area."
About New South Café:
Opened in 2006, the New South Café offers comfort food gourmet style, matching your appetite for a new culinary experience with your hunger for the authentic food of the south.  Their menu showcases Georgia’s finest food ingredients, from Georgia Wild Shrimp to Vidalia onions. 
Owner Chef Matt Cohen, a fifth generation Savannah native, is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, and has worked in big name restaurants throughout New York and Atlanta.  912-748-8888 
Chef Matt Cohen’s New South Café at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is now open exclusively for lunch seven days a week from 11am to 2pm, serving his most popular dishes from The New South Cafe Express Bar, with plans to open for dinner in January.  Chef Matt offers upscale catering services for corporate events, conventions, executive lunches, private parties, weddings, receptions and bar mitzvahs. 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach, Inc., Expecting Number of Teens Needing Help to Increase

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With many local families feeling the stress of the economic pinch, Linda Hilts Lamas, Executive Director of Park Place Outreach, Inc., is expecting the number of teens needing help to increase in the coming months. As a result, Lamas and Park Place staff are reaching out to families who are having teen troubles. "It’s times like this when teens can get out of control," Lamas explains. "Parents are stressed and although teens may think they know all that’s going on, they really don’t. That lack of control can result in family disagreements and possibly a runaway situation."
According to the National Runaway Switchboard, more than 50% of its calls in 2007 came from the teens 15-17 years of age. 75% of its total calls came from females.

Lamas wants the public to know that Park Place doesn’t just help those staying at the shelter. The non-profit also reaches out to families who think a runaway situation is a possibility.
"We help anyone who needs it, but what we really like to do is guide families and help them to avoid having a child runaway," she explains. "It’s a horrible thought to think of a child being out on the street. If home is the safest place they can be, we want to help them and their families to make that happen."

In 2009 Park Place Outreach will celebrate 25 years of service in the local community. The milestone will be celebrated throughout 2009 with a large event planned for the fall.

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

(SAVANNAH, GA) Presented an Honorable Recognition Award to Martin Melaver

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The AIA Georgia, an association of the American Institute of Architects, presented an Honorable Recognition Award to Martin Melaver for his contribution to sustainable design and construction in Savannah, Atlanta, and throughout the Southeast.

"His focus on service to the community and the implied values of that commitment through the advocacy of innovative, sustaining, inspiring practices will be a longstanding legacy for generations to come," the AIA said.
The Savannah Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented Tommy Linstroth of Melaver, Inc. with a Citation of Excellence Award in recognition of his commitment to creating a more sustainable Savannah and encouraging the development of green education opportunities within our community.

Martin Melaver is the author of numerous articles on sustainable building practices, is the co-author of "The Green Building Bottom Line," published in the fall of 2008 by McGraw-Hill, and author of "Restoring Who We Are," to be published in the spring of 2009 by Chelsea Green. He has been a featured/keynote speaker at various conferences and guest lecturer at Harvard, Dartmouth, and other academic institutions. Melaver currently serves as the Board Chair of the Georgia Conservancy, is a board member of Urban Land Institute’s Sustainability Council, the Ossabaw Island Foundation, the Savannah Country Day School, the Chatham Environmental Forum and serves as an advisory board member for various other companies and organizations.

Linstroth is the Head of Sustainable Initiatives for Melaver, Inc. and is responsible for spearheading the company’s sustainable real estate developments. He is a regular speaker on sustainable development throughout the country. He 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.
Linstroth also works to reduce the environmental impacts of Melaver’s business operations, which has led to the inclusion of the EPA’s Climate Leaders’ Program and Green Power Partnership.

Linstroth was founder and chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, Savannah Chapter, (USGBC) and led efforts to institute a recycling program in Savannah. He serves on the Board of Directors for both the Georgia Conservation Voters, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating and lobbying for environmental issues at the state level, and the Live Oak Public Libraries. Linstroth also serves on the advisory board for the Creative Coast Initiative and the Mayors Healthy Savannah Initiative. He is an active participant and graduate of Leadership Savannah and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL). Linstroth also serves on the Chatham Environmental Forum, working to implement county planning on issues related to energy, transportation and water quality.
Melaver, Inc. has garnered numerous awards for its cutting edge "green" projects, including the Argon award for Visionary Environmental Leadership (prior winners have been Ted Turner and Arthur Blank). Melaver, Inc. has participated in several LEED pilot programs over the past 7 years, and is responsible for roughly 1 percent of all LEED certified projects in the U.S.

LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
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. Melaver, Inc. also has LEED consulting and construction divisions.
Contact: (912) 236-0781

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Sullivan Group NEW CEO Neff McIntosh

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"My vision for the Sullivan Group is that we become not only a client based, client focused enterprise," explains new CEO Neff McIntosh, "but that we see our own people, our employees, our human resource as equally valuable and realize that great customer service begins and ends with employees who are personally fulfilled and who see themselves palpably connected to the group and its goals."
Neff McIntosh, a native of Savannah and graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University also completed Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Program, brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to the company.
"I know this new position will give me a chance to explore and utilize facets of my educational experience and skill set that I haven’t had the opportunity to put into action yet.  There’s hard work ahead because I know I’ve got a lot to learn.
"Technology improves in quantum leaps; it is my hope to keep up with and efficiently integrate technologies that improve how well we serve our clients."
McIntosh, prior to joining The Sullivan Group, served as the owner of Infinite Solutions Consulting since 2002, he was also the President and CEO of Neal-Blun and Southern Marine and Industrial Supply Company for more than 20 years combined.  Neff was also owner and CEO of Sylvan Learning Center.
"Because of the nature of what we do, our clients rely on the Sullivan Group to protect the integrity of stored human resources data.  It’s critical that our clients and their employees have continuous access to their necessary human resources documents.
"I’m excited about managing this group of seemingly diverse companies toward their common goal of excellence.  I’m looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead."
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 one of 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.
For more information on The Sullivan Group or the human resource services available to their clients, visit the website at

(SAVANNAH, GA) “Kids Helping Kids” Christmas Toy Collection Project

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Please help us publicize this years the "Kids Helping Kids" Christmas toy collection project. This will be the 27th year the children of Chatham County have expressed their generosity by bringing their used toys to school so that needy children can have a happier holiday. Students in public and private schools are collecting toys in support of this year’s effort. Over the past 25 years it is estimated that more than 285,000 toys have been donated. If your child’s school is not participating, or if you no longer have children in school and would like to donate toys, this years business partners are all area Piggly Wiggly stores, and select Cricket Wireless affiliates in Savannah, Pooler, Richmond Hill, Rincon, Hinesville and Jesup. Please drop off toys to these locations by December 18th.  Beginning at 9:00 AM on December 20th, the toys will be distributed to needy families at the West Broad Street YMCA located at 1110 May street.

The contact person at the "Y" is Deborah Enoch, 233-1951. Tom Campbell, Chairman of "Kids Helping Kids", can be reached during the day at 660-8364 and in the evenings at 925-8364.

(SAVANNAH, GA) New Scholarship Endowment in the name of Steven Shoob SFPS

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Stage Front Presentation Systems is proud to announce a new scholarship endowment in the name of Steven Shoob, a former producer/reporter/managing editor at WTOC-TV. Shoob was struck by a car and killed in mid-July just after he had filmed an accident scene on I-95. The Steven Shoob Memorial Scholarship, available to Mass Communication majors at Savannah State University, will provide one student with $500 annually for five years. Scholarship applicants must be a full time student with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Steve Stephens, Stage Front’s President, says this scholarship is a way to help a student to learn about one of Steven Shoob’s greatest loves.
"Ask anyone at WTOC, and they’ll tell you that Steven was extremely passionate about his work. He was a consummate professional who raised the bar for news production in the Coastal Empire. Although he was quite the humble guy, I think he would be so happy to know that a student could benefit from the job he loved so much," Stephens says.
Steven Shoob was a friend of Stage Front. His brother, Cary Shoob, works at Stage Front as a Systems Consultant.
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 log on to

(SAVANNAH, GA) Purchases New Job Site

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"We’re excited about the expansion," explains Rob Jones, CEO of  "The site has great rankings in the search engines and we know this equals instant response to client postings."
Just like any of the family of sites, clients can post jobs instantly to the site, receiving immediate feedback from potential employees.
"Being able to increase the job posting reach to Charleston and along the coast creates a wider net for our clients, assuring they find qualified candidates for any position they need filled," explains Jones. was launched in 2000 and is currently one of the most visited job search boards in the Savannah area.  Their family of sites includes,,, and and now

(SAVANNAH, GA) Catamount Constructors, Inc. Nears Completion of Sustainable Fellwood

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Sustainable builder Catamount Constructors, Inc. (Catamount), nears completion of Sustainable Fellwood / Phase I, the first LEED certified housing development built in the Savannah metropolitan area.  Owned by the Housing Authority of Savannah (HAS) and master developed by Melaver, Inc. in partnership with Parallel Housing, Progressive Redevelopment, and Vanguard Developers, Sustainable Fellwood is a mixed-use, affordable housing redevelopment comprised of multiple phases.
When complete, the project will include 220 multi-family mixed-income units, a 100 unit senior housing facility, 13 single family homes and a 40,000 square foot commercial space all built around a 4 acre park.  The redevelopment has been registered under the LEED-Neighborhood Development program.  Occupancy is scheduled to begin March 2009.  Additional collaborators include the City of Savannah, CHSA Development of Savannah and Lott Barber, Architecture and Planning.
A privately held commercial general contractor with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Denver, Colorado, Catamount provides contracting services to owners and developers nationwide with services that include general contracting, construction management, LEED construction, design-build, cost estimating, conceptual budgeting, scheduling and value engineering.  Markets served include LEED / sustainable, multi-family, retail, industrial, office, automotive, faith-based and hospitality.
"It’s been a privilege to be a part of this pioneering project," said Keith Rane, Catamount’s Director of Hospitality and Multi-Family.  "Our enthusiasm for building and operating green is matched only by our enthusiasm in having the opportunity to deliver a project that is affordable, energy efficient and socially relevant," Rane added.
Earline Wesley Davis, HAS’ former Deputy Director and current Executive Director since 2007, welcomes the introduction of green building practices to the area of Savannah in which she grew up.  "The eco-friendly rehabilitation of one of Savannah’s oldest public housing neighborhoods is exciting to watch," said Davis.  "Fellwood’s immense attraction is its cost-saving features and unique design that lends itself to maximum privacy for every resident, a feature that is rare in affordable housing projects," Davis concluded.   
HAS was organized in 1938 as a public housing authority in accordance with the Georgia State Housing Authority’s Law of 1937.  HAS’ mission is to effectively and efficiently address the housing needs of Savannah’s low income population while focusing on the educational, job training and economic self-sufficiency needs of the residents of public housing neighborhoods and the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Sustainable Fellwood was accepted into U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Pilot Program in June, 2007.  LEED-ND’s rating system integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism, and green building into the first national standard for neighborhood design. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a development’s location and design meet accepted high standards for environmentally responsible, sustainable development.
For additional information on Sustainable Fellwood, please visit or call 912.236.0781.