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(SAVANNAH, GA) working to protect Georgia’s Public Resources, Southern Environmental Law Center

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(SAVANNAH) – Living in coastal Georgia has many benefits and among the most valuable are access to and enjoyment of the public’s resources – the marshes, wetlands, rivers, streams, and beaches. According to experts, Georgians are losing access to and enjoyment of too many of those resources due to inappropriate and sometimes illegal development. 

At times, they say, Georgia law is simply inadequate to protect those resources, putting assets at risk that contribute millions of dollars to the area’s economy – through tourism, commercial and recreational fishing, and other outdoor activities. Tourism provides two billion dollars annually to the coastal Georgia economy, according to the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The Georgia coast supports multimillion dollar commercial and recreational fishing industries.

In some cases, unregulated development and lax enforcement cause permanent, irreversible damage to these resources and diminish the economic benefit derived from their use. The old cliché that no man is an island is even more true of property. Experts explain that changes made to one person’s property can cause real damage to a neighbor’s property or to the natural landscapes and areas shared by all Georgians.

“Neighboring states do a better job of protecting their resources through enactment and enforcement of state laws,” says David Pope, Director of the Georgia/Alabama office of the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC).  Many people assume that laws and rules will protect the public’s resources in Georgia, and that state and local agencies will prevent rule-breaking or unwise permitting. But, Pope says, don’t count on it.

Unfortunately, low (and getting lower) budgets coupled with understaffing make enforcement of important protections scattered at best. Then there is the added issue of politics. “Favored groups are able to fill their own pockets at the public’s expense,” Pope said. “And the laws and regulations themselves are sometimes inadequate.”
“Our job is to protect the public’s interest in the public’s resources,” said Pope. Working to defend the public and never for private gain, SELC provides legal services without charge to other environmental organizations and advocacy groups. “We represent most of the non-profit environmental groups on the coast,” says Pope, “including the river and coast protection groups who are doing their best to protect what we have.”
Dana Braun, local attorney and former City of Savannah alderman, said protecting the area is important.

“As citizens of coastal Georgia we are very fortunate to have the SELC acting to protect our remarkable coastal environment and ecological system,” Braun said. “I have known and worked with several of the SELC attorneys for numerous years. They are some of the finest lawyers in Georgia and they approach these environmental issues in a diligent and highly professional manner.  Their concern for the coastal environment is genuine and they are able to respond and act on environmental issues that for one reason or another the government has not acted upon.”
At the state level, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is charged with responsibility for enforcing the state’s environmental laws. The enforcement of some of those state laws is relegated to some local jurisdictions to enforce. Because of differing approaches by EPD and some local jurisdictions, application of the same state law can vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  A good example of inconsistent application of environmental laws is enforcement of the state’s law requiring a minimum vegetative buffer of 25 feet along all state waters.
“All state waters, including marshes, are supposed to be protected by a buffer,” says Nate Hunt, an attorney with SELC. “Unfortunately, however, some jurisdictions – Glynn County, for example – refuse to enforce a buffer on the marsh. Although EPD has the right to make local jurisdictions enforce state law in a uniform way, it does not always do so – Glynn County being a case in point,” Hunt says.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is charged with processing requests for federal permits to dredge or fill wetlands. To obtain a permit to dredge or fill wetlands requires showing why the activity needs to be conducted in the wetlands, and needs to include specific steps to minimize the harm, as well as steps for mitigation of the harm. Certain activities involving dredging or filling wetlands are exempt from permitting requirements. These activities include certain types of silviculture (forestry) and agricultural activities, such as construction of farm ponds.

“Unfortunately, what we have seen on the Georgia coast is abuse of the silviculture and agricultural exemptions,” says Bill Sapp, a wetlands expert with SELC. Some unscrupulous developers will dredge or fill wetlands under the guise of silviculture or agriculture when the activity is really to install infrastructure or amenities for development,” Sapp explains.

These activities are often conducted on property that is out of public view, so the damage to wetlands and the surrounding environment may be done before anyone notices it.
“We have recently obtained some very strong decisions in the federal court that make it clear that the exemptions are very limited and are not to be abused. Violations can lead to heavy penalties – up to $37,500 per day,” says Catherine Wannamaker, who leads SELC’s coastal litigation team.

“At the root of our cases,” says Pope, “is an effort to get the agencies to enforce existing law and hold violators accountable and therefore get the word out that the law must be obeyed. It is unfortunate that environmental groups have to do the job that the agencies are supposed to do, but that’s the way it is. And, of course, there will always be those who will get away with whatever they can.”

Some actions that are easily prevented cause the most damage. For example, it is widely recognized by experts that the sedimentation of streams and rivers from poor erosion and sediment control practices and inadequate stormwater management can cause large deposits of sediment miles downstream.

“The concept of the law is very simple: keep sediment on your own property and keep it out of the stream.” says SELC attorney Nate Hunt. “Developments far upstream that do not adhere to Georgia’s erosion and sedimentation laws can make the coastal rivers run red from the dirt washing off of developments.  The dirt then settles on the bottom and forms sand bars and deltas that damage the ecosystem in the rivers and also impact connected water systems downstream, such as marshes.”

Another example of a state resource under threat is the marsh, which was made famous in the Sidney Lanier poem, “The Marshes of Glynn.” The majority of the state’s marshes are held by Georgia for the benefit of all state residents.
“To be clear, the state does not own the marsh as it owns a state office building,” explains Catherine Wannamaker of SELC. “The state is the trustee of the public’s interest in the marshes.
“Georgia is unique in having the coastal marshlands, a tremendous asset, bringing millions of dollars to the area’s economy from activities such as tourism and commercial fishing, and also serving other valuable economic functions such as flood protection,” Wannamaker said. “The quality of life near the coast helps attract new businesses and makes hiring and retention easier for employers.

“Marshes are not only an environmental asset, they are also an economic asset and should be protected,” Wannamaker said.
But the marsh faces threats from inappropriate development that does not abide by the law, and from some inadequacies in Georgia law meant to protect it. In Georgia, for example, the state routinely permits docks of 1000 feet to be built over the public’s marshes, solely for the benefit of  one property owner. In fact, the state is trying to make it easier to permit these long, community and commercial docks and marinas.

“These long docks harm the marsh,” explains Bill Sapp, an SELC attorney. “They cause the marsh underneath the dock to receive less sunlight, an effect called marsh shading. Also, the long docks change how marsh wrack (dead marsh grass) accumulates and dramatically increases the area of marsh impact. Normally, the wrack is pushed by tides to the banks. Accumulating by the docks instead, it kills off the plants and harms the ecosystem underneath.”
“Based on what we have observed, we believe these long docks have a substantial environmental impact, not to mention the impediment they create to navigation,” said Sapp, adding that more research is needed to discover the full impact. “It has a major impact in the area by the dock. The cumulative impacts need to be addressed before more long docks are built,” says Sapp. In the most egregious cases, inappropriate docks can impair boat navigation, cause pollution and can affect where people can fish, cast and crab. “When the marsh becomes riddled with long docks, everyone’s rights are invaded and everyone loses,” Sapp said.

Marshland acts as a nursery, with many commercially important fish spending a significant part of their life in the marsh. “A large percentage of the seafood we eat spends some part of its life in the marsh,” Sapp said. In addition to beauty and recreation, the Georgia coast’s wetlands provide a cleansing sponge for stormwater runoff.
Unlike Georgia, South Carolina has a specific law to protect its marsh islands from bridge construction.
Non-marsh wetlands are another example of Georgia doing less to protect public resources than nearby states. Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida and North Carolina all have state programs that protect certain wetlands that are not protected by the Federal wetlands program. But Georgia offers no such protection. In this state, for instance, isolated wetlands (those not close enough to or connected to larger waterways) can be filled and developed at will. In addition to ecological harm, that development can cause economic harm. Houses built in these filled isolated wetlands have been flooded out. Others have suffered cracked slabs or have lawns that are covered with crayfish chimneys.
“It is an age-old property law principle that one cannot manage one’s property in a way that’s going to damage other people’s, whether it’s private or public,” Sapp said.  For instance, one cannot build a road through wetlands if that road is going to block floodwaters from passing, thus causing flooding on a neighbor’s land. The population of the 10-county area of the coastal region is expected to increase 51 percent by 2030, according to a 2006 study by Georgia Tech and Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center. Chatham County’s population is projected to increase 32.5 percent between 2000 and 2030. Some local leaders expect growth to exceed those projections.

“The Southeast, already the fastest sprawling region in the U.S., faces unprecedented pressures from explosive population growth and development trends,” Pope said. “Georgia’s coastal marshes and hammocks are very vulnerable in the next 10 to 20 years given the intense population growth expected in the area. If special attention is not given to the Georgia coast, we could lose one of the South’s most precious resources.” 
The Georgia coast is home to resources of worldwide ecological importance.  Georgia has one-third of the salt marsh on the East Coast and most of the marsh is owned by the public.
Georgia’s coastal area was deemed so important, and the risk to it so great, that SELC developed a special new initiative focused on protecting it, with three lawyers working on this effort.
“We do not want the Georgia coast to end up looking like the overdeveloped Florida coast or Myrtle Beach,” Hunt said. “Georgia still has vast areas of pristine marshland. We want development to occur where it’s appropriate. We know development’s coming, we just want it to go where it should.”

The Southern Environmental Law Center is a non-profit, donor-supported environmental advocacy organization using the power of the law to protect the environment and special places in the South. Working to defend the public’s interest and never for private gain, SELC provides its legal services without charge to other environmental organizations and partner groups. SELC has a special initiative focused on protecting the Georgia coast with a team of  lawyers working on this effort.

 

About the Southern Environmental Law Center
SELC is a nonprofit donor supported environmental advocacy organization using the power of the law to protect the environment and health in the Southeast. Since 1986, SELC has informed, implemented and enforced environmental law and policy concerning clean air and water, mountain forests, the coast and wetlands, and rural lands and livable communities. Working to defend the public’s interest and never for private gain, SELC provides its legal services without charge to other environmental organizations and partner groups. SELC has approximately 40 lawyers and offices in Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia; Chapel Hill and Asheville, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina, Washington, DC; and Atlanta. Visit SELC online at www.SouthernEnvironment.org

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES™ AUGUST 24, 2009

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Newell Recycling, one of the largest recyclers and processors of recycled metals in the Southeast, invites members of the press to the grand opening celebration of its Savannah location on Wednesday, August 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 100 Sonny Perdue Drive in Garden City. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is expected to arrive at the invitation-only event at 9 a.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony as well as a special road naming ceremony.
www.newellrecycling.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Sullivan Group’s local online job-posting site, SavannahJobs.com, has reached a new milestone with over 25,000 visitors a month. Rob Jones, President of SavannahJobs.com, credits the company’s SEO, marketing, and community involvement. Savannahjobs.com is ranked number one on Google, Yahoo, and MSN in the Savannah area when using the keywords "jobs" and "employment," making it the most active local resource for job searches. http://www.savannahjobs.com 912.352.3800

(SAVANNAH, GA / BLUFFTON SC) Melaver Sustainability Consulting will be providing LEED for Homes certification for 62 homes at Osprey Lake Plantation in South Carolina. The LEED designation will let future owners know their home is truly "green" and energy efficient. For more info: www.melavermouchet.com or www.OspreyLakeSC.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) Want to learn how to expand the love and money in your life? Dr.Brenda Wade, who you may have seen on CNN’s Issues, NBC’s Today Show or ABC’s Good Morning America, offers scientifically proven tips to help people understand, resolve and transform these dominating themes into success power in order to live a lifetime of love and abundance.  Workshop talks place this Labor Day weekend  September 3-6 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. http://loveandmoneysummit.com/inspiration/

(CHICAGO, NY, MIAMI, LA, USA – SARDINIA, ITALY) Acqua Smeraldina natural artesian water is pleased to announce the pre-sale of its 2009 special collection Christmas bottle. A portion of the proceeds from the festive bottle, which will be available to retail outlets and restaurants in time for the Christmas season, will benefit "Un Progetto per la Vita" ("A Project for Life"), an Italian fundraising initiative that seeks to find a cure for blood diseases such as leukemia. http://www.smeraldina.us/

(PT WENTWORTH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS)  participated in the first annual southeastern regional conference August 21st and 22nd at the Holiday Inn Express in Pt. Wentworth, GA. Approximately 25 representatives from 13 different Down syndrome support organizations located throughout Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas gathered to form a Regional Council designed to join forces and work together by sharing ideas, initiating projects, and supporting legislature that further enhances the outreach, education and advocacy for people with Down syndrome and their families.  http://www.ldssga.org
 

(SAVANNAH, GA) 4th Annual Crossfit Workout to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Athletes for a Cure will be held Saturday September 26th at CrossFit Hyperformance. Hundred of affiliates across the US and Canada will participate on one day in this one brutal workout, for two great causes. To register, donate, and general information.
http://www.crossfithyperformance.com/2009/08/fight-gone-bad-4-at-crossfit.html Participation is free, but registration must take place online. Non-member participants are requried to attend one practice fight gone bad workout prior to the event.  Contact Jennifer 912-224-0406

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Community Health Mission’s First Annual Fall Moon Gala, "A Celebration of Johnny Mercer," on Friday, September 18, 2009 at Savannah Station.  The tax-deductible tickets are $75.00 per person, and include dinner, a fashion show, and a performance by the Roger Moss Ensemble.  Proceeds benefit the non-profit Community Health Mission, which provides free health care, medicine, and wellness programs to the working uninsured in Chatham County and the surrounding area.  Event made possible by the generous support of Timothy C. Hargus and Theresa Reed of Savannah Station and Memorial Hospital.  RSVP, or reach Miriam Rittmeyer at (912) 692-1451, or by e-mail at mrittmeyer@chmsavannah.org.
 

(SAVANNAH, GA) First Annual Georgia Solar Energy Association’s Southern Solar Summit. Learn about what’s happening in solar today from solar industry leaders, state and municipal government representatives, utility executives, technology experts, architects and other respected contributors. August 26, 2009 8am – Noon Hyatt Savannah http://www.gasolar.org/Southern_Solar_Summit.html

(SAVANNAH, GA) The YMCA of Coastal Georgia is now accepting applications for the Fall for all Childcare Programs – Pryme Tyme (school-based childcare), Fun-Club (YMCA based childcare), Preschool/Childcare, Pre-K, Holiday Camp, and Mother’s Morning Out. For more information and to find the YMCA closest to you visit www.ymcaofcoastalga.org
 

(SAVANNAH, GA) 200,000 Georgians have Alzheimer’s disease.  Savannah Memory Walk will be held Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Johnson Square. Memory Walk supports Programs and Services for local families struggling to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Over 14,000 people in our community have been diagnosed with Alzheimers.GA MEMORY WALK to register to walk, start a team or to make a donation. 920-2231.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Residential office or residential condos located at the corner of Whitaker and York Street with rare on-site parking.  This historic district property is within walking distance from the Civic Center, restaurants, River Street, and Forsyth Park.  Contact Rhett Mouchet or Michael Bone with Melaver Mouchet at 912-238-5416. PROPERTY

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society is a family support group for anyone touched by Down syndrome in the greater Savannah, Georgia area. http://ldssga.org/

(SAVANNAH, GA) A compelling restoration of an elegant 20th century Savannah residence is nearing completion on Forsyth Park. Originally built in 1927 for Mary Lane, 102 E. Gaston Street features 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The carriage house has a 4 car garage with a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment above. Agent Franklin Williams Co-listed with Celia DunnSotheby’s International Realty 912.234.3323.
http://www.celiadunnsir.com/listings_detail.asp?listingID=909
www.102EGastonSt.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) Royce Learning Center will hold its 3rd Annual Evening of Jazz on September 13th, 2009 from 5:00-7:30pm at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront. Entertainment will be provided by Huxsie Scott and Ben Tucker with special guest Dr. Bertice Berry. All proceeds will benefit adult literacy. Reservations are required and are $35 per person which includes heavy Hors d’oeuvres. The evening will also feature a silent auction of local and regional artwork. Sponsorship opportunities are available, contact Christy Edwards at cedwards@roycelc.com. To make reservations online go to www.aceatroyce.com or call 912-354-4047.

(SAVANNAH, GA) AWWIN, Inc (a non profit organization designed to assist single working women and their children since 2000) is hosting the AWWIN 12,000 Women Hand Up Challenge Kickoff Reception  Thursday, August 27 at the Savannah Mall at 6:00PM.
Lydia Syed at 912-484-3054 to find out how you can be a part of this wonderful endeavor.
www.awwininc2.org

(SAVANNAH, GA) Get your running shoes on! The YMCA of Coastal Georgia invites you to join them for the 20th Annual Heart of Savannah 5K Road Race and Kiddie Run. This family friendly event will be held on October 3, 2009 and takes place in historic downtown Savannah. A special storytelling activity for children will be held at 5:00 p.m. in City Market to kick-off the event. To register or for more information, please visit www.ymcaofcoastalga.org.

(SAVANNAH, GA)  The Chamber presents the 16th Annual Business Expo and Car Show Growing Green for Your Business on Thursday, September 17 at the Savannah Civic Center from 10 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.   www.savannahchamber.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society will hold the Buddy Walk Festival, Saturday, October 3, 2009.  There will be rides, food, games, and music for the whole family.  Registration begins at 8:30 AM.  The cost of registration is $12.00 per person (includes a t-shirt and a meal).  The Walk starts at 10:30 AM.  The Festival-fundraiser lasts until 2:00 PM. http://www.ldssga.org

 (SAVANNAH, GA) The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society invites you to join them at the 2009 Light the Night Walk on Friday, October 2, 2009.  This family-friendly, 2-mile walk starts at Forsyth Park and winds through downtown Savannah.  Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.  It’s not too late to sign up and start raising money to find a cure.  To register or for more information, please visit www.lightthenight.org.

(SAVANNAH, GA)  UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS

(TROY, NY) Carol flies back to College today – where she will start her Masters at RPI. See you in Oct!

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Newell Recycling Grand Opening Celebration Savannah Location

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Newell Recycling, one of the largest recyclers and processors of recycled metals in the Southeast, invites members of the press to the grand opening celebration of its Savannah location on Wednesday, August 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 100 Sonny Perdue Drive in Garden City. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is expected to arrive at the invitation-only event at 9 a.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony as well as a special road naming ceremony.
 
"We are very excited to be celebrating the opening of our new state-of-the-art metal recycling facility in Savannah, which is now our largest facility," says Bobby Triesch, vice president and director of Ferrous Operations. "The process of finding the site, building the facility and hiring our local team has been very positive. It is a great reflection on the people of Savannah."
 
A groundbreaking ceremony at the 40-acre Savannah site was held in May 2008. Newell Recycling made an initial investment of $20 million at the Savannah location and asked for no tax abatements.
 
To keep in its tradition of being environmentally conscious, the company committed to preserving many specimen trees and planting almost 100 new trees on the property, which is located on a newly built 1.5-mile-long access road off Dean Forest Road.
 
"When you build a new road, you also get to name it, so we approached Governor Perdue and asked if he would lend his great name to our new road," explains Triesch. "Part of our decision to open a facility in Savannah was to take advantage of dynamic world markets for recyclable commodities and export to new markets around the world. Governor Perdue has been a huge supporter and advocate for Georgia exporters and our world-class Georgia ports."
 
Newell Recycling currently operates two shredder plants in Atlanta and one in Savannah. The 6,000 hp shredder plants are capable of grinding the equivalent of 170 cars per hour into fist-sized pieces. In addition to automobiles, the shredder also processes appliances and demolition scrap. The technology allows Newell Recycling to separate the steel and nonferrous metals into a valuable, furnace-ready raw material for steel mills, foundries and smelters. The metal produced by the shredder can be converted into new metals more easily and cost-effectively than mining the earth, thus saving precious natural resources.
 
In addition to the three shredder plants, Newell Recycling has recycling facilities throughout the Southeast in locations including Allendale, Augusta, Doraville, East Point, Elberton, Lithia Springs, Macon, Rome, Savannah and Statesboro, Georgia. The facilities all accept vehicles for recycling.
 
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 and hours of operation and more, please visit www.newellrecycling.com

(SAVANNAH, GA/ BLUFFTON, SC) Melaver Sustainability LEED Osprey Lake Plantation

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Melaver Sustainability Consulting will be providing LEED for Homes certification for 62 homes at Osprey Lake Plantation in South Carolina. The LEED designation will let future owners know their home is truly "green" and energy efficient.
 

As a LEED for Homes provider, (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Melaver Sustainability Consulting has been tested, qualified, and certified to provide these services.  Combined with hands-on job site experience, the Melaver team can offer the highest level of experience based in the southeast.
 

Each home at Osprey Lake Plantation will be analyzed for sustainable construction practices, the materials used, and then tested for energy and water efficiency.  LEED for Homes providers offer third party project certification, and guide project teams through the overall certification process. All projects that wish to participate in the LEED for Homes program through the U.S. Green Building Council must do so through a LEED for Homes Provider.
 

Osprey Lake Plantation is a unique lakefront community conveniently located less than 10 minutes from Savannah, and 15 minutes from downtown Bluffton. The developer for the new community marketed by Celia Dunn Sotheby’s is Synergy Designer Homes of Savannah.
 

  

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Sullivan Group’s Milestone 25,000 Visitors a Month

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The Sullivan Group’s local online job-posting site, SavannahJobs.com, has reached a new milestone with over 25,000 visitors a month.

Rob Jones, President of SavannahJobs.com, credits the company’s SEO, marketing, and community involvement.

Jones states, "The cost of posting on SavannahJobs.com is less than the cost of an ad in the local paper. Employers receive tremendous exposure with the addition of a family of sites including BlufftonJobs.com, HiltonHeadIslandJobs.com, GoldenIslesJobs.com, StatesboroJobs.com, JobsInKennesaw.com, and Charlestonjobs.com. Employers also benefit from SavannahJobs.com’s partnership with companies such as TheCoastalSource.com, Savannah Tourism Leadership Council and The Creative Coast Alliance."  Jones also explains, "Thanks to a new feature on our site called "Job Alerts," many job seekers now receive immediate updates when a job fitting their preferences is posted on the site. This also helps employers to start receiving resumes just minutes after their ad is placed. Put all these pieces together and you have faster fill times for employers saving them time and money."

Savannahjobs.com is ranked number one on Google, Yahoo, and MSN in the Savannah area when using the keywords "jobs" and "employment," making it the most active local resource for job searches.

Jenni Pirtle of Grey Line Savannah, a client of Savannahjobs.com, writes, "Just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with the number of responses for the ad we placed this month. We had so many quality candidates apply. We’ll never use the newspaper again! Thanks, Jenni"
 
 
About the Sullivan Group
 
The Sullivan Group is a Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) company focused on supporting small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Serving hundreds of small businesses in Georgia and South Carolina, The Sullivan Group provides each customer with the critical support and expert resources needed for a wide range of HR challenges including employee benefits, payroll, compliance tactics, staffing and workers compensation insurance.
 
Founded in 1986, through its numerous divisions, the Sullivan Group is able to provide its clients an array of human resource services.
 
To learn more about The Sullivan Group and how they can help your business, go to Simply Sullivans or call 912.352.3800.

(PT WENTWORTH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) Regional Conference

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The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will be participating in the first annual southeastern regional conference August 21st and 22nd at the Holiday Inn Express in Pt. Wentworth, GA.

Approximately 25 representatives from 13 different Down syndrome support organizations located throughout Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas will be gathering to form a Regional Council.

The council will be created in an effort to join forces and share ideas, initiate projects, plan events, and support legislature that further enhances the outreach, education and advocacy for people with Down syndrome and their families.

Established in 2006, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a non-profit family support group designed to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families.

The LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society, a national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

These societies envision and promote a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.

 Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community allow people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives. http://www.ndss.org

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society now provides outreach to families in eight local counties. Families are encouraged to bring their children with them to meetings, which are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. These gatherings usually include a guest speaker as well as social time for families to meet and share with one another.

 For more information call John or Candy Bogardus at (912) 728-8505 or visit the website at http://www.ldssga.org.

(CHICAGO, NY, MIAMI, LA, USA – SARDINIA, ITALY) Acqua Smeraldina to Debut 2009 Christmas Bottle

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Acqua Smeraldina natural artesian water is pleased to announce the pre-sale of its 2009 special collection Christmas bottle. A portion of the proceeds from the festive bottle, which will be available to retail outlets and restaurants in time for the Christmas season, will benefit "Un Progetto per la Vita" ("A Project for Life"), an Italian fundraising initiative that seeks to find a cure for blood diseases such as leukemia.

Since its inception, the Acqua Smeraldina Christmas bottle has benefited "Un Progetto per la Vita," a program sponsored by Osidea, a nonprofit organization that encourages the storage of umbilical cord blood.

"Acqua Smeraldina is the purest water out there, and water is at the essence of life," says Giuseppe Pinna, vice president of the Smeraldina Corporation. "It is an honor for us to send a portion of the proceeds from the sale of our Christmas bottle to this cause. ‘A Project for Life’ has the ultimate goal to give kids and anyone affected with leukemia and other terrible diseases hope and a new chance in life."

Smeraldina is the only bottled water company currently producing a collectible Christmas bottle. Both Smeraldina’s still and sparkling waters will be available in the 750 ml glass Christmas Edition bottle, which will feature a Christmas tree, blue and yellow ornaments, and holly. This is the fourth year that the company has produced the limited edition bottle.

Consumers may check the Smeraldina website at Smeraldina starting November 1 to find out more information about when and where the Christmas bottle will be available for purchase.

Acqua Smeraldina natural artesian water is now available in the United States through the recently opened distribution centers in Chicago and New Jersey. Additional centers will open soon in Miami and Los Angeles. Smeraldina bottled water comes from Sardinia, a small Italian island located in the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Sardinia is considered a "blue zone" because of the number of residents who live active lives past the age of 100. Smeraldina water is filtered for 200 years through the granite rocks of Gallura in an underground aquifer 1,000 feet under the Mountain of God. Numerous doctors and experts recommend Smeraldina Natural Artesian water for its perfect balance of sodium, chlorides and bicarbonates, which help to correctly maintain arterial blood pressure, and for its diuretic properties. For more information, please contact Giuseppe Pinna, vice president of the Smeraldina Corporation, at 414-431-4751 or visit Smeraldina. Smeraldina Corporation, The Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, 59th Floor, New York, NY 10118.

(USA – SARDINIA, ITALY) Acqua Smeraldina announces the 2009 special collecti

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Acqua Smeraldina to Debut 2009 Christmas Bottle

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(CHICAGO, NY, MIAMI, LA, USA – SARDINIA, ITALY) Acqua Smeraldina natural artesian water is pleased to announce the pre-sale of its 2009 special collection Christmas bottle. A portion of the proceeds from the festive bottle, which will be available to retail outlets and restaurants in time for the Christmas season, will benefit "Un Progetto per la Vita" ("A Project for Life"), an Italian fundraising initiative that seeks to find a cure for blood diseases such as leukemia.

Since its inception, the Acqua Smeraldina Christmas bottle has benefited "Un Progetto per la Vita," a program sponsored by Osidea, a nonprofit organization that encourages the storage of umbilical cord blood.

"Acqua Smeraldina is the purest water out there, and water is at the essence of life," says Giuseppe Pinna, vice president of the Smeraldina Corporation. "It is an honor for us to send a portion of the proceeds from the sale of our Christmas bottle to this cause. ‘A Project for Life’ has the ultimate goal to give kids and anyone affected with leukemia and other terrible diseases hope and a new chance in life."

Smeraldina is the only bottled water company currently producing a collectible Christmas bottle. Both Smeraldina’s still and sparkling waters will be available in the 750 ml glass Christmas Edition bottle, which will feature a Christmas tree, blue and yellow ornaments, and holly. This is the fourth year that the company has produced the limited edition bottle.

Consumers may check the Smeraldina website at Smeraldina starting November 1 to find out more information about when and where the Christmas bottle will be available for purchase.

Acqua Smeraldina natural artesian water is now available in the United States through the recently opened distribution centers in Chicago and New Jersey. Additional centers will open soon in Miami and Los Angeles. Smeraldina bottled water comes from Sardinia, a small Italian island located in the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Sardinia is considered a "blue zone" because of the number of residents who live active lives past the age of 100. Smeraldina water is filtered for 200 years through the granite rocks of Gallura in an underground aquifer 1,000 feet under the Mountain of God. Numerous doctors and experts recommend Smeraldina Natural Artesian water for its perfect balance of sodium, chlorides and bicarbonates, which help to correctly maintain arterial blood pressure, and for its diuretic properties. For more information, please contact Giuseppe Pinna, vice president of the Smeraldina Corporation, at 414-431-4751 or visit Smeraldina. Smeraldina Corporation, The Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, 59th Floor, New York, NY 10118.

(PORT WENTWORTH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will be participating in the first

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(PORT WENTWORTH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will be participating in the first annual southeastern regional conference August 21st and 22nd at the Holiday Inn Express in Pt. Wentworth, GA. Approximately 25 representatives from 13 different Down syndrome support organizations located throughout Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas will be gathering to form a Regional Council. The council will be created in an effort to join forces and share ideas, initiate projects, plan events, and support legislature that further enhances the outreach, education and advocacy for people with Down syndrome and their families.

Established in 2006, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a non-profit family support group designed to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. The LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society, a national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

These societies envision and promote a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities. Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community allow people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives. http://www.ndss.org

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society now provides outreach to families in eight local counties. Families are encouraged to bring their children with them to meetings, which are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. These gatherings usually include a guest speaker as well as social time for families to meet and share with one another. For more information call John or Candy Bogardus at (912) 728-8505 or visit the website at http://www.ldssga.org .

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(ATLANTA, GA) The 2009 Georgia Solar Tour and Festival Oct 3 Glenwood Park

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The Georgia Solar Energy Association Hosts

Statewide Solar Tour; Powers Festival at Glenwood Park

Tickets on sale now for October events highlighting solar technologies                        available to residents and businesses

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(ATLANTA)– The 2009 Georgia Solar Tour and Festival, presented by the Georgia Solar Energy Association (GSEA), will feature homes and businesses that have installed solar and a Solar Powered music festival (in cooperation with the 2009 HOToberFest) at Glenwood Park. Activities will unite solar advocates, concerned citizens, businesses and schools to share their experience while educating participants about how solar power can save money, create jobs, encourage economic development and deliver a more sustainable environment.
 

The two-day event will kick off on Friday, Oct. 2 with Hands on Solar Day where metro Atlanta students from area schools, including The Westminster Schools and The New Schools at Carver will get a unique opportunity to experience solar power up close and personal. During the three-hour event, students will engage in a field run class about solar energy and watch a solar powered sound system being installed and operating.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Solar Tour, part of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) national solar tour, will showcase solar installations across the state including locations in Athens, Savannah and metro Atlanta, where GSEA will host a VIP tour to give business and community leaders the opportunity to see successful solar projects completed in residential, commercial, industrial, governmental and educational settings. In addition, homeowners and businesses will open their doors to the general public for a self-guided tour to share how they are using solar technologies to reduce monthly energy bills and their carbon footprints, while realizing tax credits and incentives that help improve their property values and their bottom lines. 

“This tour allows Georgians to get a first-hand look at solar energy in action,” said Michelle Conlon, GSEA board member and solar tour chair. “With better incentives available for solar, the tour provides us with an opportunity educate consumers and raise awareness that will hopefully help fuel an industry that can create jobs and generate economic development in Georgia.”  

For the first time, solar energy will power the stage at the second annual HOToberFest, a day-long festival celebrating live music, craft beer and the potential of solar power to make “homegrown” power in Georgia. The event raises awareness of the importance of protecting the environment by living a more sustainable life, every day. 

“With these great events, our hope is that more Georgians will see that solar offers ‘real’ benefits to ‘real’ people right now,” said Walter Brown, chairman of the board of GSEA. “Georgia is ripe for expansion of solar use.” 

The Solar Powered music festival at the annual HOToberFest is the culminating celebration of a series of events sponsored by GSEA including the Southern Solar Summit, a two-day event taking place on Wednesday, Aug. 26 in Savannah in conjunction with the Georgia Environmental Conference; and Thursday, Sept. 3 in Atlanta, in conjunction with the GreenBusiness Works EXPO. The summit, first of a planned series of annual events, will draw a broad range of environmental and design professionals, policy makers, state and local government officials, developers, and others seeking and sharing knowledge about how to advance the clean energy economy in Georgia. Core tracks include: Solar Basics, Solar Economics, Solar Public Policy, and the Current State of Solar. The Atlanta session will feature Brad Collins, ASES executive director as its closing plenary keynote speaker.

The Solar Tour is an annual fundraiser for GSEA and affordable tickets are $15 for members, $25 for non-members (includes GSEA membership) and free for 17 and under accompanied by a paying adult. To purchase tour tickets and to get more details about the Solar Tour and Festival, visit www.gasolar.org.

About the Georgia Solar Energy Association 
The Georgia Solar Energy Association (GSEA) leads the statewide effort to promote the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy through education, advocacy and industry support. GSEA, a non-profit affiliated with the American Solar Energy Society, is supported by more than 230 members across the state (energy professionals and grassroots supporters) who are working together to help create a sustainable energy economy for Georgia. For more information, visit
www.gasolar.org. Fan GSEA on Facebook or follow on Twitter @GASolar.