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January 2010

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES™ , January 25, 2010

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Battle of the Bakers, Feb 6, to benefit the
Ronald McDonald House http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org/battle-of-bakers-info.html

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah auto salvage yard owner Kenny Grainger is raising money for the American Red Cross’s Haiti relief effort. From today through Jan. 31 all proceeds from customers $1 yard entrance fee will be donated to the charity. 
912-352-0725, http://iluvused.com/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Tree Foundation announces new Executive Director,  Adrienn Mendonca www.savannahtreefoundation.com 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Humane Society of Savannah / Chatham will host their 4th Annual Dog Lovers Walk Fundraiser on Saturday, February 27, 2010 from 8:30am – 11:00am at The Landings. http://humanesocietysav.org

(SAVANNAH, GA)  DDM Designs won Best Interior Designer in Savannah, by the Savannah Magazine’s Best of Homes edition, www.ddmdesigns.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) Martin Melaver and Patty McIntosh have launched a new business venture, Melaver McIntosh, offering a range of services including sustainability planning for public and private clients, financing, certifications, and other sustainability program services, and green development. CONTACT

 
(SAVANNAH, GA) THE SHANE BERRYHILL SPORTING CLAY Fundraiser will be held Saturday, February 6, 2010 at Noon at the Forest City Gun Club.  Several weeks ago Shane Berryhill fell from a tree and broke his back.  He is now paralyzed from the chest down.  He is the sole breadwinner for his family and has two young boys. (912) 354-2262 ext. 102.

(SAVANNAH, GA)  John Isner – Tail 2009 USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger Participant Wins the 2010 Heinekin Open in Auckland, New Zealand    http://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/savannah-tennis-news/     

(SAVANNAH, GA) Most kids with Down syndrome have speech delays, and quite often their expressive language is slower to develop than their receptive language, creating even more frustration for the child and parent. Sign Language Promotes Effective Communication in Children with Down Syndrome
 http://savdailynews.com/main.asp?SectionID=14&SubSectionID=345&ArticleID=29037

(SAVANNAH, GA) Artist that paints animal portraits donates a portion to the Humane Society http://savannahnow.com/column/2010-01-20/wittish-her-portrait-business-going-dogs?quicktabs_1=1

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Telfair Museum of Art presents its second Pulse: Art and Technology Festival at the museum’s Jepson Center from January 20-31. www.telfair.org.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Magazine Celebrates their 20th Anniversary with the January/February 2010 Platinum Anniversary Issue,  featuring a fun-filled retrospective and a look ahead at local leaders’ big ideas for Savannah’s next 20 years. www.savannahmagazine.com

 
(SAVANNAH, GA) Six week Early Stage Memory loss Support Group sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association     http://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/six-week-early-stage-memory-loss-support-group-sponsored-by-the-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-association/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Artists are invited to paint outside in Telfair Square. www.artistsquare.blogspot.com

(SAVANNAH, GA)  The Justice 4 Children Foundation is planning the next helmet give away on April 24, 2010. They will be fitting each child and providing them with a free safety helmet made possible through the Foundation. DONATIONS AND SPONSORS are needed. (912-356-9920)

(SAVANNAH, GA) Red needs a loving home. He is a sweet and playful guy that is very social. Red has a positive attitude and is great with other dogs. http://humanesocietysav.org/animal_view.asp?PhotoID=2142

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty presents 310 Broughton St, #3005, by Agent Susan Myers http://www.310broughton.com/
This is urban living at its best.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Looking for Rotarian Musical Talent to perform APRIL 10, 2010 at the PLAY IT FORWARD ROTARIAN CONCERT from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Stage Front Presentation Systems’ Warehouse located at  6 Southern Oaks Drive off of Chatham Parkway. PLAY IT FORWARD is a fund raiser for the Rotary Foundation. If you are interested in performing please contact Ken Carter at 912.525-5024.
PLAY IT FORWARD

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Davenport House Museum, will host  "Potable Gold":  Savannah’s Madeira Tradition, cost $20 (must be 21 years of age) at 5:30p.m.  February 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 www.davenporthousemuseum.org, 
(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty presents 211 W Gordon; 1895. One of three attached stucco Victorian townhouses built for Matilda Heltman. Views of Chatham Square named for Earl of Chatham during Crown Colony Period. Complete renovations and beautifully finished. Charming courtyard. Contact Agent Franklin Williams, 912.695.3608 http://www.211wgordon.com/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Host South is sponsoring the Qualifier meet for the USAW Junior Nationals this Saturday, January 30, 2010.   This is an open competition for all ages, genders, and weight classes.  Registration must be received by January 25th.  Lifting will get underway at 10:00 a.m at the Performance Initiatives gymnasium, Aldersgate Family Life Center a 2021 Tennessee Avenue in Savannah, Georgia.  This is a USA Weightlifting sanctioned event. CONTACT

(SAVANNAH, GA) Fundraising Tips for 2010, by Robin Gold,  Fundraising Consultant; The most successful fundraising plans have a wide assortment of programs, such as annual giving,  planned giving, special events, public support and major gifts. Organizations that emphasize only one or  two programs generally have lower revenues.
 912-598-5370 http://goldfundraising.wordpress.com/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Community Event-The Love Walk/Run, Saturday, February 13, 2010 to benefit Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc.  5 K run kicks off at 7:45am and 3.6K or 2.4K walk begins at 10:00 am.  South end of Forsyth Park. Hosted by WTOC Meteorologist Pat Prokop. Special Performances by Jazz Legend Ben Tucker and Singer Extraordinaire Huxie Scott.  Funds raised support critical programs that directly impact women, children, and families who are struggling through poverty to find self sufficiency.    (912) 236-4226.

(SAVANNAH, GA)  UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS

(ISLE OF HOPE, GA) Dr. Goldsmith gave Carol thumbs up on her new eardrum and hearing! Spent the weekend driving her back to RPI, 1000 miles away from Savannah. She can’t fly for a few weeks.
I flew back via Newark and ran into my brother at the airport! http://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/ran-into-my-brother-at-the-airport-had-lunch/

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(SAVANNAH, GA) MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR February 12th and 13th 2010

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The City of Savannah Tourism and Film Services Department is pleased to announce that the Telluride MountainFilm Festival On Tour will be showcasing their best films in Savannah on February 12th and 13th.

 

The festival features short films dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining.  Each program is different and the films are introduced by a MountainFilm representative.

 

For more information on the Telluride festival event please visit:  http://www.mountainfilm.org/tour/

 

For additional information and limited ticket purchasing (cash only) please contact the Savannah Tourism and Film Office at www.savannahfilm.org or 912-651-2360

 

 Location

The Jepson Center for the Arts

207 W. York St. Savannah, GA. 31401

 

Showtimes

Friday, February 12, 2010

Program – 8pm – 10:30pm

(PG-13)

 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Program – 3pm – 5:30pm

(Family friendly materiel with adventure, environmental and cultural films for the entire family)

 

Tickets

$10 for Adults

$5 for Children

 

Hosted By

Zelda and Sheldon Tenenbaum

Ann and Andy Sheils

Libba and Curt Anderson

 

Sponsored By

The Savannah Film Commission
Telfair Museums

 

 

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Humane Society Announces New Name Change

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http://www.HumaneSocietySAV.org
912-354-9515

For Immediate Release:

Humane Society Savannah/Chatham changes name to Humane Society for Greater Savannah

SAVANNAH, GA – (January 22, 2010) The Humane Society Savannah/Chatham is changing its name to the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. The name change is intended to better describe its geographical service area and to distinguish it as a private non-profit organization.

 

Each year, the animal welfare organization provides care and treatment and finds new homes for more than 3,500 pets from all over the greater Savannah area, including communities in Effingham, Bryan, Chatham Counties and beyond. Equally important, the Humane Society receives no funding from Chatham County. The name change is one of many recent and planned changes designed to provide improved service to the animals and citizens living in the Greater Savannah area.

 

The Humane Society for Greater Savannah (HSGS) is a private, non-profit organization that does not receive any government funding or tax-payer dollars. Further, it does not receive any funding from any national humane association. HSGS is solely funded locally through private or corporate donations and periodic special fundraising efforts like Mutt Strut, Doggie Carnival, etc.  Community feedback indicated that having

 

"Chatham" as part of the name was leading to the misperception that the organization received some degree of government funding.  Additionally, the name led to confusion with the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Animal, Control, the animal ordinancing enforcement agency funded by tax-payer dollars.

 

The 12-member Board of Directors governing the organization approved the name change in November as part of a recently completed 3-year strategic plan.  A new mission statement was also adopted and reads:  The mission of the Humane Society for Greater Savannah is to lead our community in the compassionate treatment of animals, to address the cause of animal suffering and overpopulation, to educate and encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions and to provide care for animals in need. 

 

Board members include board President Ruth Bowyer Weimar, Vice President Mary Peabody, Secretary Meredith Gaunce, Treasurer Ray Williams, Becki Cannon, Nevy Clark, Connie Gabrielli, Beth Martin, DVM, Elizabeth Miller, M.D., William Norse, Fawn Smiley, Judge Claire Cornwell Williams, Eric Zimmerman, Director Emeritus – Gloria Leonard, and Executive Director – Lynn Gensamer.

 

The Humane Society accepts owner surrendered animals and is open during the following hours for viewing and adoption – Mon-Fri 10-5:30; Sat 10-4:30; Sun 12-4 and for intake Tues-Fri 8:30-4; Sat 10-3 and Sun 12-3.  The Humane Society’s website provides tips to pet owners detailing responsibilities on how to care for and keep animals safe and healthy. Microchip and Low Cost Shot Clinics are also held throughout the year. For more information about the Humane Society, the organization’s thrift shop, and how you can help, go to http://www.HumaneSocietySAV.org or call 912-354-9515.

 

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Cash & Carry auto Salvage Yard donates to Haiti Relief Efforts

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(SAVANNAH, GA)  January 22, 2010 – Savannah auto salvage yard owner Kenny Grainger is raising money for the American Red Cross’s Haiti relief effort. From today through Jan. 31 all proceeds from customers $1 yard entrance fee will be donated to the charity.  

912-352-0725

http://iluvused.com/ 
 

For Immediate Release:  

Local Auto Salvage Yard Raises Money for Red Cross’s Haiti Relief  

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Savannah auto salvage yard owner Kenny Grainger is giving Savannah-area residents an easy way to help people suffering from the effects of the Jan. 12 earthquake and resulting humanitarian crisis in Haiti.  From now through January 31st, Grainger is donating all of the $1 door fees customers pay to enter the Cash & Carry Auto Salvage Yard on Staley Avenue to the American Red Cross’s Haiti relief effort.  

 "My family and I are deeply moved by the images of suffering and hardship we have seen coming from Haiti," Grainger said. "The estimated 200,000 people killed equals roughly three-fourths of the population of Chatham County. Our donation is a small thing for us, but could make a world of difference in a place where 80 percent of people live on less than $2 a day."   

In addition to the collected admission fees, Grainger has also placed donation buckets in the customer service area near the cash registers, so customers may make additional donations if they choose. The public is welcome to donate even if they are not shopping for car parts. The goal is to raise at least $5,000 by the end of the month.  

Grainger is requesting the help of local media outlets to spread the word about this effort.  To schedule an interview with Grainger or a video or photo shoot at the salvage yard, please contact Michael Jordan of Carriage Trade Public Relations at 912-713-8411. 

Cash-n-Carry is a self-service salvage yard that has been serving Savannah and the Low Country since 1985. The family-owned business sells premium auto parts at low prices. The environmentally friendly and clean business recycles every part of every vehicle they receive by allowing customers to bring their toolbox and pull parts from over 1,500 cars, trucks, and SUV’s on the lot. Once a vehicle is stripped the remnants are then crushed and recycled. 

Cash-n-Carry, located at 500 Staley Avenue in Savannah, is open 7 days a week for their customer’s convenience. 

To learn more about Cash-n-Carry go to http://iluvused.com/ or call 912-352-0725.


 
 

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(SAVANNAH, GA) John Isner – Tail 2009 USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger Participant Wins the 2010 He

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(SAVANNAH, GA)  John Isner – Tail 2009 USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger Participant Wins the 2010 Heinekin Open in Auckland, New Zealand    http://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/savannah-tennis-news/     

                        
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Challenger participant started the year by winning the Heineken Open in New Zealand on January 16, 2010.
The victory catapulted Isner into the top 30 for the first time, and also allowed him to surpass Sam Querry to become the #2 ranked American for the first time, behind only Andy Roddick, in the Australian Open. Isner has stated that one of his goals is to finish the year ranked in the top 20 and given the latest results,  it looks as though he may well reach his goal.

Isner has also been named as a practice partner for the US  team in the 2010 Davis Cup season. He will  will likely qualify to play singles for the US Davis Cup team for the first time in his career due to the absence of Andy Roddick and James Blake.

John has graduated from the Challenger Circuit, but almost certainly, all the folks from Savannah that watched him play in the 2009 Savannah Challenger wish him well on the ATP Tour.

http://www.savannahchallenger.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) Raise Money by Recycling Metal

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Raise Money By Recycling

Thinking about tossing that old washing machine? Think again. That washing machine could raise funds for your group or organization.

http://www.newellrecycling.com

Appliances are just one of many recyclable items accepted by Newell Recycling, one of the largest recyclers and processors of recycled metals in the Southeast.

“We encourage schools and organizations that are interested in raising money to fund their projects to start a recycling drive by going out and collecting recyclable metals and bringing them to Newell to sell,” says Bobby Triesch, vice president and director of Ferrous Operations.

Newell will pay per pound for any ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal brought to one of its locations. Recyclable goods range from objects as small as aluminum cans to large-scale items such as appliances, automobiles and farm equipment.

Drop-off locations in and near the Savannah area include the Garden City facility at 100 Sonny Perdue Drive and a facility in Statesboro at 9013 US Hwy 301 South. Additional Newell Recycling facilities are located in Augusta, Doraville, East Point, Elberton, Lithia Springs, and Macon, Georgia, and Allendale, South Carolina.

Another way for organizations to raise funds by recycling is to participate in Newell’s Cash for Cans program, an initiative aimed at helping organizations, schools, clubs and the community raise funds while simultaneously helping the environment. Newell provides participants with printed materials and specially designed collection trailers for the duration of their aluminum can drive. Once the trailer is full, Newell weighs the contents and pays the participating organizations for their cans.

Whether participating in Cash for Cans or collecting items on their own and bringing them to one of Newell’s seven feeder yards, organizations do much more than just raise funds. The items are all recycled and re-used, saving valuable precious natural resources.

The recycling process starts with the items that are collected at the Newell feeder yards. The metal parts are transported to one of the company’s three shredder plants in Savannah or Atlanta. Items dropped off at the feeder sites in Garden City, Statesboro, Augusta, Allendale and Macon are all transported to the Savannah Shredder.

The 6,000 hp shredder plants simultaneously process, separate and sort the recyclable metals down to the smallest particles. The shredders are capable of grinding the equivalent of 170 cars per hour into fist-sized pieces.

Once the items are shredded down, the metals are then cleaned and made ready for re-use and transported by truck, rail and ship to smelters, mills and foundries around the world.

Newell Recycling has received many accolades and awards over the years, including being named one of Atlanta’s 50 Fastest-Growing Private Companies and one of Atlanta’s Top 10 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Firms by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Newell Recycling was also featured on The Discovery Channel show “Mega Machines.”

For more information on how to raise funds by recycling and to learn more about Newell Recycling, please visit www.newellrecycling.com

 

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DOCUMENTARY BY SAVANNAHIANS TO PREMIERE AT 2010 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

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www.americanjihadist.com

http://www.slamdance.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) American Jihadist is Mark Claywell’s & Jody Jenkins’ First Feature Film Mark Claywell (Director) announced today that his documentary, American Jihadist, will have its world premiere at the 16th Annual Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The feature-length film will be shown at 6pm Sunday, January 24 in the Gallery Screening Room and at 12:30pm Wednesday, January 27 in the Main Gallery Screening Room both located in the Treasure Mountain Inn.

A look at militant Islam through the eyes of an American who fought for it, American Jihadist is the story of Isa Abdullah Ali, a.k.a. Cleven Raphael Holt, who grew up in the ghettos of America’s capitol and was surrounded by physical and psychological violence from birth. The feature-length documentary considers the role that violence and lack of hope for the future play in the development of radicalism and
poses the question: "What makes a person willing to kill and die for their religion?"

As the founder of Hype Media, Inc., and with over 20 years of experience as an award-winning director, Mark Claywell has created and directed various national and international advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 companies. Claywell directed, shot, produced and edited the majority of the footage for American Jihadist including interviews in Bosnia, Lebanon, Iran, England, Washington, DC, Boston, and New York City.

This is his first feature film. Jody Jenkins (Writer/Producer) is an editor at France 24, a 24-hour news network in Paris. He has covered the Czechoslovakian and Romanian revolutions, the Kurdish refugee crisis in the wake of the first Gulf War, and the Serbo-Croatian and Bosnian wars. For the past ten years he has been researching American Muslims who fight as jihadists.

He is currently researching the life of Larimer Mellon for Claywell’s next documentary. Francois Bringer (Cameraman) has 20 years of experience as a director, producer and reporter covering events in the Middle East, Africa and Europe for CNN, CNNFN (Financial News), NBC, CBS, the History
Channel, the BBC and Al Jazeera. The Slamdance Film Festival takes place each year in Utah at the same time as the Sundance Film Festival, competing to provide a truer representation of independent filmmaking.

Programmed by filmmakers for filmmakers, Slamdance has earned a solid reputation for premiering films by first-time writers and directors working within the creative confines of limited budgets. For more information on Slamdance, please visit www.slamdance.com.

American Jihadist is being promoted by Mark Claywell and Jody Jenkins. All rights to the story are available. For more information, please visit the film’s website at www.americanjihadist.com. To schedule an interview with Mark Claywell or Jody Jenkins, please contact Hype Media at
912/234-6962 or email them at claywell@americanjihadist.com.
www.americanjihadist.com

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES™ January 4, 2010

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(SAVANNAHh, GA) Community Event-The Love Walk/Run, Saturday, February 13, 2010 to benefit Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc.  5 K run kicks off at 7:45am and 3.6K or 2.4K walk begins at 10:00 am.  South end of Forsyth Park. Hosted by WTOC Meteorologist Pat Prokop. Special Performances by Jazz Legend Ben Tucker and Singer Extraordinaire Huxie Scott.  Funds raised support critical programs that directly impact women, children, and families who are struggling through poverty to find self sufficiency.  www.Weselyctrs-savh.org.  (912) 236-4226.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Here is the Savannah Morning News sports staff’s list of the top 10 local sports stories of 2009: #6 – Pro tennis, the inaugural Savannah Challenger held at The Landings’ Franklin Creek Tennis Center. The $50,000 tournament, sponsored by Tail activewear and the Savannah Sports Council, featured players just outside the main ATP tour. Several players in the tournament, including former Georgia star John Isner, competed in ATP tennis events. Houston’s Michael Russell, the 214th-ranked player in the world, pocketed the $7,200 first-place check and 75 ATP ranking points.  http://savannahnow.com/sports/2010-01-01/gsu-firing-tops-year-local-sports

(SAVANNAH, GA) Zorro wants to find a home.
http://www.humanesocietysav.org/animal_view.asp?PhotoID=2044

(SAVANNAH, GA) Several sponsorship opportunities are available for three upcoming USTA tournaments in Savannah. The events, which will feature national and international tennis professionals, include the $50,000 USTA Savannah Challenger, the USTA National Men’s 40 Clay Court Championships and the USTA Georgia Super Senior Championship. www.savannahchallenger.com.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty presents, 401 Washington Avenue, an Ardsley Park Mansion. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, Carriage House.  Agent Annie Rockwell 912.844.5783 http://www.401washington.com/

Completing… Just a moment (SAVANNAH, GA) Kim Jones,account manager for SavannahJobs.com, was recently interviewed on WJCL’s morning show. She gives great advice for those seeking employment in the Savannah area. Click here to learn more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIdbtrC8AgA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Small Business Council / SMART Lunch Series on January 5 Speed Networking Event so be sure to bring plenty of business cards. 11:30 a.m. – Networking, Noon – Luncheon
at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway, 31405 Cost: $10. R.S.V.P. to Susan Smith at 912.644.6434 or ssmith@savannahchamber.com

     


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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Davenport House Museum, will host  "Potable Gold":  Savannah’s Madeira Tradition, cost $20 (must be 21 years of age) at 5:30p.m.  February 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 www.davenporthousemuseum.org,  

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty presents, 409 Atkinson,  Brick Mid-Century bungalow style home with many original details, just 5 minutes from downtown. Stunning spacious kitchen with maple cabinets, granite counters and tile. Lovely formal living room with a wood burning fireplace, hardwood floors, bookcases and flat screen TV with surround sound. Huge floored attic space. Garage. Agent Roberta Carver 912.596.0107 http://www.409atkinson.com/

(SAVANNAH, GA) The USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger is pleased to announce that a portion of the proceeds raised during the 2010 tournament at The Landings on Skidaway Island will benefit the Savannah Community Foundation. The tournament will take place May 1-9 at the Franklin Creek Tennis Center.
http://www.savfoundation.org/
http://www.savannahchallenger.com/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Lee Wilkes III has joined Savannah real estate experts at Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty. An active real estate investor, Wilkes worked in real estate appraisal and valuation for five years in Savannah and for five years before that in Atlanta. Because he is a skilled appraiser, Wilkes is expert at pricing homes when he is a seller’s agent. He also knows how to get buyers a good deal or recognize when a property is overpriced. Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina.
www.celiadunnsir.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) ARE YOU GAME?

(SAVANNAH, GA) Children with Down Syndrome Society are learning sign language LEARN WHY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Lecture: A Teenager’s Guide to Georgia Law, Thursday, January 14th 7:00 PM, Jelks Auditorium at The Savannah Country Day School. No cost. Presented by, J. Tom Morgan, the author of Ignorance is No Defense, a practical, convenient guide for teenagers and their parents on the law in Georgia. The community forum will be packed with useful information regarding the law and its consequences and will help teenagers make safe, informed choices. Mr. Morgan is a nationally recognized attorney and expert on the prosecution of crimes against children and has appeared on CNN’s Talk Back Live, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Court TV, the Today Show, and 48 Hours. http://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2009/11/22/a-teenager%E2%80%99s-guide-to-georgia-law-lecture/

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Join AMBUCS on Feb 6, 2010 to help raise money for local children with disabilities. Enjoy an evening of southern dining, live music, dancing with live entertainment, a silent auction, VIP guests, local government officials and fashion show at the Alee Temple south of Skidaway & Eisenhower at 6pm.
Contact Ann Johnson  912-480-0716 www.AMBUCS.org

(SAVANNAH, GA) One of Morrison’s last acts as president of the Savannah Area Chamber of commerce was to bestow upon Savannah native Steve Green the Oglethorpe Leadership award.http://savannahnow.com/exchange/2009-12-18/savannah-native-wins-c-c-award
(SAVANNAH, GA)  Evoca has expanded its voice recording services to instantly convert Apple-supported AAC, MP4, and AIFF audio file formats to MP3 recordings for easy posting online, sharing with customers, audiences, and supporters, and emailing to professional and personal contacts. This increase in services directly benefits users of Apple products and services.
 (http://www.evoca.com/howto/create-recording-upload.jsp

(SAVANNAH, GA)  UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS

(SAVANNAH, GA) January 5th Bill and Ellen will perform at Lulus’ Chocolate Bar from 7 to 10 PM.

(SAVANNAH, GA) HUMANE SOCIETY VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, Saturday, January 16,10:00 am, 7215 Sallie Mood Drive, 912.354.9515 www.humanesocietysav.org

(SAVANNAH, GA) Watch this car get recycled http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKCeXIP5ft0&feature=related

 
 

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Pro Tennis coming to Savannah, May 2010 – sponsorships available

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http://www.savannahchallenger.com .

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Sponsorships Available for 2010 USTA Events in Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) Several sponsorship opportunities are available for three upcoming USTA tournaments in Savannah. The events, which will feature national and international tennis professionals, include the $50,000 USTA Savannah Challenger, the USTA National Men’s 40 Clay Court Championships and the USTA Georgia Super Senior Championship.

All three events will be hosted by The Landings Club on Skidaway Island and will draw thousands of tennis fans from the region. Available sponsorship opportunities include the Title Sponsor Package for $25,000, the Presenter Sponsor Package for $10,000, the Coastal Empire Sponsor Package for $7,500, the Low Country Sponsor Package for $5,000, the Georgia Sponsor Package for $2,500 and the Savannah Sponsor Package for $1,000.

In addition to working in partnership with a premier and respected national sports organization, sponsors will receive numerous benefits including structured community grassroots-based marketing, promotional opportunities and corporate entertainment. Sponsors will be listed on the official Savannah Challenger website, will be listed in all related USTA Pro Circuit programs and will be mentioned in various press materials.

The $50,000 USTA Savannah Challenger takes place May 1-9, 2010, at the Franklin Creek Tennis Center. Last year’s tournament featured 64 world-ranked tennis professionals and drew 3,200 tennis fans. The 2009 tournament was recently awarded the Special Tennis Event of the Year award by USTA Georgia. A portion of the proceeds from the 2010 tournament will be donated to the Savannah Community Foundation to be distributed among local charities.

The USTA National Men’s 40 Clay Court Championships will take place September 25-October 3, 2010, at the Franklin Creek Tennis Center. This is the tournament’s 22nd consecutive year at The Landings and will feature players from several states around the nation. The players, many of whom are former tour professionals, are competing in the 40-49 year age bracket.

The USTA Georgia Super Senior Championship will take place October 22-24, 2010, at the Franklin Creek Tennis Center. The event, which is in its 10th year at The Landings, was voted the USTA Southern Georgia 2008 Team Tennis Event/Program of the Year. The tournament will feature more than 650 players, both men and women ages 60 and over and 70. Winners of the tournament will go on to represent Georgia at the USTA Sectional Championships in March 2011.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities for the $50,000 USTA Savannah Challenger, the USTA National Men’s 40 Clay Court Championships and the USTA Georgia Super Senior Championship, please visit www.savannahchallenger.com. Inquiries may also be directed to The Landings Club Director of Tennis Andrew Burrow at 912-598-2570 or tennis@landingsclub.com or Tournament Chairperson Robin Gold at rcgold28@gmail.com.

Sign Language Promotes Effective Communication in Children with Down syndrome

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  (SAVANNAH, GA) The amount of information that children with Down syndrome understand
  far exceeds what they are able to communicate in their early years.
  Most kids with Down syndrome have speech delays, and quite often their
  expressive language is slower to develop than their receptive
  language. This can cause a lot of frustration for children and their
  parents, as the kids cannot communicate as effectively as they’d like.

http://www.ldssga.org.

  As a tool, speech therapists actively encourage the use of sign
  language in the early years, along with traditional speech therapies,
  to help to bridge the gap between a child’s receptive and expressive
  language abilities. This keeps a positive line of communication open
  between the child and parent despite challenges.

  “I would say that teaching signs to your baby with Down syndrome
  is a must,” says Candy Bogardus of Lowcountry Down Syndrome
  Society. Candy has been using sign language with her five year old
  daughter Lainey who has Down syndrome since she was just seven months
  old.

  “It is difficult to decipher the needs of any child at times,
  but when a child has no words to tell you her needs it can be
  extremely frustrating,” says Candy. “Lainey’s quick
  learning of sign language helped eliminate this frustration.”

  According to Candy, Lainey did not speak with words until she was four
  years old however was using over 75 signs by the time she started
  talking. Lainey learned signs so quickly in fact that it was a
  challenge for her twin older brothers and other family and friends to
  keep up at times.

  Cognitive development and confidence are facilitated and enhanced in
  children by the use of signing. This is done through the process of
  affirming that what the child is thinking and expressing through signs
  is indeed correct. For example, if the child signs "hear train" to his
  mother, his mother is able to then respond by saying and signing "yes,
  mommy hears the train" or "no, mommy hears a truck."

  In the past there has been some debate on the topic of signing and
  Down syndrome. Some have suggested that the use of signing may
  discourage the child’s continued development and improvement of
  speech due to fears that they may lean on this form of communication
  too heavily.

  Recent data however has shown that these fears are unfounded. In fact,
  the opposite is actually true. It seems that signing may in fact help
  to promote speech.

  A case study by Theresa Kouri of the School of Speech Pathology and
  Audiology at Kent State University in Ohio actually found that signing
  has a positive influence on the development of spoken language in
  babies and children with Down syndrome.

  In the published article “How Manual Sign Acquisition Relates to
  the Development of Spoken Language: A Case Study” the
  relationship between signed and spoken word was observed in a young
  girl with Down syndrome during a treatment regimen using simultaneous
  input.

  During the course of the study all of the child’s words were
  recorded over an 8-month period and classified according to the manner
  of speech and communication production (such as spontaneous/imitated
  and signed and/or spoken). It was revealed that most of the words that
  the young girl initially signed were later spontaneously spoken.

  The study demonstrated that over time most of the young girl’s
  signs actually evolved into spontaneous speech. Thus it was concluded
  that the use of simultaneous signs does indeed support the formation
  of spoken language.

  As for Lainey, she is a now a chatterbox. “She still signs
  words while she is speaking,” Candy says, “she
  definitely figured out the relationship between the spoken word and
  the signed word.”

  According to Candy the use of sign language has been a huge confidence
  and self-esteem builder for Lainey. “Without signs she would
  have been left out of playing with her friends and unable to
  participate in her daily activities.”

  Lainey participates in a program at their church called Cubbies that
  involves learning and reciting bible versus each week to her teachers
  and peers. Before she was able to speak her mother Candy would teach
  her how to sign each verse. “She was able to keep up with her
  peers and receive awards for her memorization,” Candy points
  out. “Without signs she would have been unable to participate
  in this program.”

 
  All parents can agree that there is no greater joy than the feeling
  experienced when their child begins to communicate with them. Signing,
  used as an initial method of expressive communication, can give the
  child the opportunity to achieve the cognitive growth that speech
  promotes before the child has the ability to speak. This creates a
  clear channel for bonding with people and relating to the world around
  them—and is enriching for both the child and parent alike.

  Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society promotes the use of sign language.
  They have several volumes of DVD’s within their library called
  “Signing Times” which can assist children and parents in
  learning sign language. They also recommend that children work with
  trained speech therapists as well to ensure success.

  LDSS is a family support group for those touched by Down syndrome and
  their families. LDSS is active in raising awareness within the
  community through local leadership, support, outreach, education and
  advocacy. (912) 728-8505 http://www.ldssga.org.

 

  By Leigh Donovan

Savannah, Georgia