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March 2012

(TYBEE ISLAND, GA) March 15, Lecture about Dolphins at the Ocean Plaza

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Protecting Dolphins, Protecting Ourselves
March 15 Ocean Plaza Coastal Ecology Lecture Series to Explore the Wild Dolphin Population
(TYBEE ISLAND, GA) Peach Hubbard, president of The Dolphin Project, the longest operating dolphin research program in the country staffed entirely by trained volunteers, will be the featured speaker at this month’s Ocean Plaza Beach Resort Coastal Ecology Dinner Lecture Series, Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at the hotel’s Dolphin Reef Oceanfront Restaurant. Hubbard’s lecture will focus on the area’s wild dolphin population. The lecture will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. in the Dolphin Reef Bar, and dinner will be served in the Dolphin Reef main dining room at 6:30 p.m. The standard Dolphin Reef dinner menu will be offered. To RSVP, please call 912-786-8400.
The Dolphin Project was founded in 1989 following a mass die-off of dolphins on the Eastern seaboard of the United States. A group of scientists and volunteers began the process of counting the dolphins and photographing their dorsal fins in an attempt to help monitor the health of the dolphins. Bolstered by the knowledge that the well-being of dolphins impacts the well-being of humans, the group has worked tirelessly for more than two decades to collect and share data on dolphins.
During her lecture, Hubbard will talk about dolphin anatomy, their habits and behaviors, the threats faced by the species and the research being conducted by The Dolphin Project. Hubbard will also discuss ways to protect the environment that dolphins and humans share.
About the Coastal Ecology Dinner Lecture Series
Created by Ocean Plaza Beach Resort Innkeeper Harry Spirides, the Coastal Ecology Dinner Lecture Series is held at the resort’s Dolphin Reef Oceanfront Restaurant on the third Thursday of every month and is open to the public. The multimedia lectures, which feature topics pertaining to coastal ecology, are presented by distinguished experts in the field but given in terminology everyone can understand. There is no entry fee or cover charge to attend the presentations. The lectures are preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. in the Dolphin Reef Bar, and the standard dinner menu is served in the Dolphin Reef main dining room at 6:30 p.m. for those attending who are hungry. The Coastal Ecology Lectures begin at 7 p.m. and last for approximately 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer period.
Spirides created the lecture series after noticing that many of the hotel’s customers, who come from distant inland areas such as North Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and beyond, have expressed an interest to not only explore Tybee Island and to see, touch, hear, and smell the natural habitat and see native wildlife, but also to be educated and learn all about the area’s living species and ecosystems. To meet that need, Spirides asked relevant organizations in the area such as the Skidaway Island Institute of Oceanography and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary if they would be interested in presenting monthly lectures on topics related to coastal ecology. They gladly accepted his invitation.
Spirides is a former U.S. Coast Guard officer who patrolled Georgia’s coastline and waterways for several years while on duty. He says it was during those many excursions that he developed a deep appreciation and fondness for the Georgia coast’s vast expanses of undeveloped, pristine natural habitats and the species that live there.
“Our Coastal Ecology Dinner Lectures embrace Tybee Island’s surrounding natural geography and ecology and offer a unique educational experience to our community and its visitors while engaging and spotlighting various organizations that are out there every day doing a lot of hard work for the preservation of our ecosystems and yet receive very little attention and diminishing funding,” Spirides said.
The first lecture was held this past November and was presented by Dr. Marc Frischer of the Skidaway Island Institute of Oceanography. Dr. Frischer’s presentation outlined his extensive efforts to monitor the effect of climate change on the marine ecosystems of the oceans and the melting of the polar ice caps as documented extensively by him at Barrow, Alaska. The second lecture was given by Dr. George Sedberry of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Dr. Sedberry’s topic was “Coral Habitats Off Georgia and Adjacent States: Exploration, Fisheries and Conservation.” The February Coastal Ecology Lecture featured Kris Williams, director of the Caretta Research Project, who discussed the sea turtle population and the reasons why it is dwindling.
There has been a resort hotel continuously operating on the Ocean Plaza Resort property for more than 120 years. The property is located on Tybee Island at 15th Street and oceanfront, about 20 minutes east of historic downtown Savannah. For more information on the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort, call 912-786-7777, email or visit

SAVANNAH New South Kosher, will be on the Travel Channel this coming Monday night, March 12, at 9PM.

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Murray Gottlieb and Matt Cohen, owners of New South Kosher, will be on the Travel Channel this coming Monday night, March 12, at 9PM.  The show is Andrew Zimmern Bizarre Foods America.  It is the season finale, the one they filmed during Sukkos.  Last week’s show was all around Charleston and this week’s highlights Savannah. 

Matt Cohen

(SAVANNAH, GA) “Veterans Ready to Work Expo” on Wednesday, March 21 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Sa

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Operation Open Doors of Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire is hosting a “Veterans Ready to Work Expo” on Wednesday, March 21 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Salvation Army Gym located 3000 Bee Road, Savannah, GA.


SAVANNAH – Operation Open Doors of Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire invites the business community to answer the call to hire a Vet, during their “Veterans Ready to Work Expo” on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM.  Operation Open Doors (OOD) is committed to providing employment search assistance, including work readiness and work ethics training to Veterans of the United States military in preparation to competitively navigate the job market.   Since OOD program inception in 2010:

  • More than 144 veterans have been helped
  • 58 veterans have been successfully placed in jobs
  • 76 veterans referred to housing programs.

OOD was recently awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment & Training Services and Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program to continue helping veterans in the Coastal Empire.  We owe our Veterans a tremendous debt for their selfless sacrifice in defending America and we are counting on the business community to “Be a Hero and Hire a Vet”!  Veterans are Work Opportunity Tax credit eligible which is an added incentive for businesses that are supportive of the effort to get our Veterans back to work.  Call Ailerua Crawford at (912) 663-1242 to reserve your table space for this great opportunity to find dependable potential employees that are ready to work and qualified to do the job.  For more information please check us out online at or contact Tabeter Robinson, Program Director at 912-354-6611 Ext 111.


About Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire


Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is dedicated to the mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed.  The not-for-profit organization employs more than 550 employees throughout the area.  Goodwill provided services to 18,916 people and placed 644 people into employment through various programs offered in our community in 2011.  Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina and operates 13 retail locations in the region.  Goodwill accepts tax deductable car donations and operates an online store at  For more information on Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, please visit

SCORE Announces Top Executives Tapped for Speed Mentoring Conference on March 8, 2012

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SCORE Announces Top Executives Tapped for Speed Mentoring Conference on March 8, 2012
(SAVANNAH, GA) SCORE is pleased to announce that 13 top business executives from around the region have been selected to serve as mentors during the Speed Mentoring Conference on Thursday, March 8. Among the mentors available to meet with small business owners are Eli Deutsch, Connie Edwards, Lynn Vos, Ken Zapp, Bob Donlon, Jesse Bushkar, Joe Ippoltio, Ben McMakin, Diane Katz, Stephen George, Debra Simmons, Michael Sullivan, Diana Morrison and Stacy Jennings.
During the event, sponsored by media partners the Savannah Morning News and Comcast, participants will have 25 minutes to meet with their mentors about each subject. Each mentor will address a particular subject based on his or her area of business expertise.
Featured Mentors, Topics and Select Tips
Eli Deutsch, SCORE Mentor, Owner, Value Cruises and More
Topic: Finding Your Niche
Connie Edwards, University of Georgia Small Business Development Center
Topic: Business Plans
Lynn Vos, University of Georgia Small Business Development Center
Topic: Pricing for Profit
– Vos’ Top Business Tip: Make sure you understand all the costs before setting your price.
Ken Zapp, Ph.D., SCORE Mentor, Professor Emeritus, Metropolitan State University
Topic: Cash Flow – Business Lifeblood
Bob Donlon, SCORE MENTOR, Founder of The Bookkeeper
Topic: Benefits of Preparing a Budget
– Donlon’s Top Business Tip: Have a specific, concrete, long-term goal in mind when creating a budget. Creating a budget without a goal will create a piece of paper that sits in the bottom drawer of your desk. A goal will force you to make decisions about how you spend each and every dime.
Jesse Bushkar, CEO, Sysconn New Media
Joe Ippolito, Owner and CEO, River Horse Internet Marketing
Topic: The Power of Social Media
– Bushkar’s Top Business Tip: Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing are two of the best ways for businesses to get in front of potential customers and clients, but doing it incorrectly can mean throwing good money after bad.
-Ippolito’s Top Business Tips: Never let you domain name expire (purchase/renew for 10 years minimum). Always make sure you have analytics installed and running on your website.
Ben McMakin, SCORE Mentor, Former Special Agent, IRS Criminal Investigation Division; Business Consultant
Topic: Understanding Financial Reports
Diane L. Katz, Ph.D., SCORE Mentor, President, The Working Circle
Topic: HR Headaches
Stephen George/Debra Simmons, Small Business Assistance Corporation
Topic: Finding the Money
Michael Sullivan, Business Development Manager, The Sullivan Group
Topic: Why is Outsourcing HR Good for Small Business
Diana Morrison, Founder and President, Advertising Specialty Services
Topic: Customer Service Dos and Don’ts
– Morrison’s Top Business Tip: Service is an overused word…don’t say it, do it!
Stacy Jennings, Marketing Director Savannah Morning News
Topic: Tips for Advertising
In addition to the Speed Mentoring sessions, participants will enjoy lunch and a presentation by Dr. Timothy Mescon, president of Columbus State University, who has written more than 200 articles and cases and has co-authored four books, including Entrepreneurship: Venture Initiation, Management and Development.
Small business owners can still sign up for the Speed Mentoring event. The cost of registration is $19.95 per person and $9.95 for additional parties from the same organization and includes the mentoring sessions and lunch. Participants will also have the opportunity to schedule a follow-up appointment. Registration for the Speed Mentoring Conference begins at 8 a.m. at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway. Coffee and refreshments will be served during the registration. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or to register, please call SCORE at 912-652-4335, email or visit

(SAVANNAH, GA) B.H. Levy Jr. to give Workers Compensation Speech

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Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLC attorney to give Workers Compensation speech

 B.H. Levy Jr. to discuss issues in medical treatment and vocational

  (SAVANNAH, Ga.) – B. H. Levy Jr. of Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP
  will speak at a seminar entitled “Advanced Workers’
  Compensation” March 13 in Savannah. His portion of the seminar
  focuses on issues in medical treatment and vocational rehabilitation.
  Sterling Education Services is the sponsor of this seminar, which is
  open to the public for a fee. For registration information, visit
 “Workers’ compensation constitutes a significant cost of
  operating many businesses, and so both employers and insurance
  carriers have a strong interest in seeing that their injured employees
  receive the medical and vocational rehabilitation benefits which the
  law provides while not spending a penny more than is required,”
  Levy said. “This seminar covers the current issues, practical
  applications and sound solutions in Georgia workers’

  B. H. Levy Jr. of Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP has been honored as a
  Georgia Super Lawyer. He concentrates in the areas of Workers’
  Compensation and commercial transactions. Levy is a member of the
  State Bar of Georgia, the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State
  Bar, the Savannah Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute.
  He is a frequent lecturer at Workers’ Compensation seminars and at
  in-house seminars for employer clients. He graduated with a B.A. in
  history from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols
  Scholar. He earned his J.D. from the University of Georgia Law School.
  About Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP:

  Founded in 1886, Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP is a broad-based, general
  law practice with an emphasis in corporate, business and transactional
  law and civil litigation on the local, national and international
  levels. The firm provides services to a range of clientele including
  major corporations, small businesses, professional entities, insurance
  companies, financial and lending institutions, non-profit
  corporations, individuals and public sector boards and authorities.
  Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP and its attorneys have consistently been
  named to prestigious groups such as the 2011-2012 U.S. News & World
  Report’s Best Law Firms Rankings, Best Lawyers in America,
  Georgia Lawyers, Rising Stars, Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, and the
  American Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Attorneys in
  Georgia, among others. Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP is headquartered in
  the Armstrong House at 447 Bull Street in Savannah, Georgia. 912-236-2491.


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The Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACGG) has just selected Augusta-Richmond County as one of its 2012 Counties of Excellence, based upon its efforts revitalizaing Laney Walker/Bethlehem. The awards program, in its seventh year, is carried out in partnership with Georgia Trend, with applicants evaluated by a panel of outside experts.


The City of Augusta, in conjunction with its Housing & Community Development Department, has just released a request for qualifications to pre-qualified developers for Laney Walker/Bethlehem to develop up to three distinct catalytic projects in Augusta’s urban core, namely: adaptive reuse of the historic Penny Savings Bank, adaptive residential reuse of the historic St. Benedict’s Convent, and a new residential development at Foundry Place, located at the junction of R.A. Dent and Wrightsboro Road.


In honor of Women’s History Month, the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is presenting the work of Southern Observatory, a group of female artists working in a variety of media from printmaking to ceramics and painting. Now through March 31.


Plans for a community garden are in the works, as the Heritage Pine Neighborhood Association kicked off its inaugural meeting in 2012 recently. Details to follow.


Georgia Health Sciences University held a dedication ceremony this past Saturyda, Feb. 25, honoring the memory of John Wesley Gilbert with a monument on the site of the university’s College of Dental Medicine, where a public housing complex named in his honor once stood.


The newly updated Augusta Tomorrow website is up and running, featuring details about The Westobou Vision, downtown Augusta’s Master Plan.


Mayor Deke Copenhaver received an Honorable Mention as one of the 2012 Heroes of the New South by Southern Living Magazine for his role in spearheading the revitalization of Laney Walker/Bethlehem.


Water flows again in the third level of the Augusta Canal in the historic Laney Walker/Bethlehem district. This area, the site of a coal gas plant during the late 19th Century, will soon have a multi-use trail including a walking trail, benches and signs explaining significant historic sites and events in the district.


Sponsorship opportunities available for the 2nd Annual Blocks are Beautiful celebration of community, taking place at the heart of the Laney Walker/Bethlehem revitalization area, on Pine Street, Saturday, April 28th. More details to come.