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May 2015

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Matilda Jane Clothing Donates $1,000 to Pritchardville Elementary School

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Matilda Jane Clothing Donates $1,000 to Pritchardville Elementary School

(BLUFFTON, SC) As a community partner to the Lowcountry community, Matilda Jane Clothing recently donated $1,000 to the Pritchardville Elementary School PTO in Bluffton, South Carolina. The large gift was the culmination of a two week giving program known as “Janes Give Back.”

During the last two weeks of March, non-profit organizations around the country directly benefited from Matilda Jane Clothing trunk shows, receiving up to 20% of sales. In addition to hosting a trunk show, Pritchardville Elementary was one of six non-profits in the country to also receive an additional $1,000 as part of a random drawing. The PTO will be able to spend the dollars on special programs that celebrate students’ successes, providing an immediate positive impact for the students.

“There is nothing better than picking up a little something for yourself or daughter and knowing that your purchase is going to help someone else,” said Robyn Shirley, Matilda Jane Independent Trunk Keeper for this area. “Matilda Jane is committed to supporting the communities where our customers live and work.”

Matilda Jane Clothing builds relationships throughout the United States and Canada using a Trunk Keeper model. The female clothing collections are sold through a nationwide network of women. Locally, Shirley hosted the trunk show for Pritchardville Elementary and was thrilled the school received a percentage of her sales. Shirley was even more ecstatic to learn of the additional gift from the community-minded clothing company.

“This truly was a win-win for all. I know these dollars will be put to good use, and I look forward to partnering with other non profit organizations in our area,” said Shirley.

For more information, contact Robyn Shirley at robyns@matildajaneclothing.com

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(RIGHT TO LEFT) Robyn Shirley, Independent Trunk Keeper for Matilda Jane, presents a $1000 check to Mary Beth Roulston, Assistant Principal, and Susan Batten, PTO president, of Pritchardsville Elementary School 

MORE INFORMATION ON MATILDA JANE CLOTHING

Matilda Jane Clothing (MJC) was founded by Denise DeMarchis in 2006 as a kitchen table startup that has quickly grown into a national children’s clothing business. Available in girls and adult sizes with designs that are youthful, playful and expressive, the brand’s whimsical approach to texture, pattern and color results in designs that capture the spirit and imagination of childhood. MJC sales are made directly though a Trunk Keeper, a representative who gets to know her customers personally. The exclusive sale of clothing by Trunk Keepers is a direct selling model allowing business opportunities for entrepreneurial women driven by creativity and relationship building. For more information, visit www.matildajaneclothing.com

For more information, contact: 
Robyn Shirley
Team Leader & Trunk Keeper
Matilda Jane Clothing
843-384-3842
robyns@matildajaneclothing.com

Media inquiries, contact: 
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

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Speros Welcomes Leany G. Wood and Becky Varner to Savannah Technology Firm

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Speros Welcomes Leany G. Wood and Becky Varner to Savannah Technology Firm

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros welcomes Leany G. Wood and Becky Varney to the full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah. Wood has been hired as a telephony technician, and will be responsible for the installation of cabling for Speros’ customers’ voice, data and surveillance needs. Varner has been hired to provide sales and account management support for customers of the firm.

Wood brings 13 years prior experience in telecommunications along with a history of serving his country in the U.S. Army. A native of Tulare, California, he has a bachelor of science in IT with a focus on networking and telecommunications.

Varner, who is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, earned a bachelor of arts from the University of South Florida. She has more than 15 years of experience in information technology (IT) sales and operations, along with a background in commercial and government sales. Varner is an Effingham County Chamber of Commerce ambassador and member of National Women in Construction.

“My passion is helping companies identify solutions to improve productivity and gain efficiencies,” said Varner.

“In most industries today, it seems that the personal touch has been forgotten, and companies tend to treat their employees like they are just numbers,” said Wood. “At Speros, we want to help in any way to provide good service to existing and future customers.”

In his down time, Wood enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, and playing an occasional video game. Outside of the office, Varner enjoys the beach and running and playing with her thirteen-year-old twin girls.

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MORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS

Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions, and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology driven world. For more information, visit speros.com , call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com .

CONTACT
Leany G. Wood
Telephony Technician
Speros
lwood@speros.com
912.354.8900

Becky Varner
Sales/Account Management
Speros
bvarner@speros.com
912.354.8900

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
912.844.9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com

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Speros Cuts Ribbon on New Hinesville Office

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Speros Cuts Ribbon on New Hinesville Office

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a national full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, held the grand opening of its new satellite office in Hinesville on Wednesday, May 20. An open house was held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor James (Jim) Thomas Jr. at 4 p.m. 

The new office will provide technology solutions for businesses in Liberty County and surrounding areas, including telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions, and cloud computing.

“We chose to open our first Georgia satellite office in Hinesville as this is one of the fastest growing areas in the region and can benefit from a first class technology service company,” said Keith Fletcher, chief operating officer. “This is particularly important for businesses that may have government contracts with Ft. Stewart and require the technological superiority that Speros uniquely offers.”

The new Hinesville office, at 101 Memorial Drive, Suite A, is being managed by Chip Adams, regional director, with Michelle Adams serving as technology project manager.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Chip Adams began his career in telecommunications and technologies in 1985 and has experience in both the regulated and deregulated fields of the industry. He is certified for Panasonic, Toshiba, ESI, Cisco and ShoreTel products and has extensive expertise in network engineering and VoIP systems.

“Nothing is more important to the success of a company than its customers,” Adams explained. “My focus is on their satisfaction and meeting their technology needs.”

Michelle Adams has worked in the telecommunications and technologies industries for over 20 years, specifically with Toshiba, Centrex, ESI, Cisco and Shoretel products. She is experienced in basic telephony, including the regulated and deregulated fields of the industry, along with data networking and more. Having spent most of her career in the Liberty and Bryan county communities, Adams has developed strong ties with many businesses in the area.

“I believe in offering a consultative, value-focused customer service approach,” Adams said. “I am passionate about the ‘customer for life’ philosophy, and will go the extra mile to make sure that my clients are happy with the products and services they have purchased.”

The Hinesville office will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 912.368.8900, or visit speros.com .

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MORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions, and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912.354.8900 (Savannah) or 912.368.8900 (Hinesville), or email info@speros.com .

CONTACT
Chip Adams
Regional Director
Speros
Phone: 912.368.8900
cadams@speros.com

Michelle Adams
Technology Project Manager
Speros
Phone: 912.368.8900
madams@speros.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
912.844.9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com

(NORTH AUGUSTA, SC) Push Back the Pipeline on May 21 meeting

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Citizens Called to Public Hearing on Proposed Palmetto Pipeline Threat in North Augusta, SC on May 21 at 6pm at the North Augusta Community Center

www.pushbackthepipeline.com

(NORTH AUGUSTA, SC) Citizens of counties affected by the proposed Palmetto Pipeline route are being asked by the Push Back the Pipeline Coalition to stand up once again against Kinder Morgan.

Kinder Morgan plans to construct a pipeline carrying up to 167,000 barrels per day of refined petroleum products from Belton, South Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida. A portion of the pipeline will run through Aiken County, Edgefield County, and McCormick County.

The coalition urges citizens to express their concerns about the state of South Carolina allowing a private company to use eminent domain without having to receive any preliminary state permits. This leaves the property owners unprotected. “Without a process in place, the citizens have no voice. We must demand that our legislature solve this issue immediately and protect South Carolinians’ property rights above the interests of a Texas pipeline company,” said Tonya Bonitatibus, Savannah Riverkeeper and member of the Push Back the Pipeline Coalition. Citizens in South Carolina are urged to attend what is currently the only scheduled public meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 at the North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Avenue, North Augusta, SC, 29841 as well as to contact Gov. Nikki Haley and local legislators.

Earlier this week, the Georgia Department of Transportation denied Kinder Morgan’s request for the use of eminent domain in Georgia. The process worked, and the voice of the people was heard. It’s time for South Carolina to be protected in the same way.

The Georgia governor and lieutenant governor oppose the massive pipeline project. http://jacksonville.com/news/2015-05-07/story/geogia-governor-and-lieutenant-governor-oppose-massive-pipeline-project

As recently as December 2014, more than 300,000 gallons of gasoline have leaked from Texas-based energy company Kinder Morgan’s pipeline in Belton, South Carolina.
http://savannahnow.com/news/2015-04-30/kinder-morgan-pipeline-leak-reaches-300000-gallons-south-carolina

Kinder Morgan, a Houston-based energy infrastructure company, is seeking needed approvals to construct a 210-mile pipeline across Georgia for delivery of petroleum products from the Gulf Coast to the South East. Because 202 miles of the proposed route are on private property, Kinder Morgan requires GDOT to issue a certificate of public convenience and necessity, which if approved, authorizes them to condemn the private property of 398 landowners and cannot be appealed. Time is running out on the 90-day period to fight the application and the GDOT public hearing on Thursday, May 7, is the last chance for the public to confront Kinder Morgan and GDOT representatives with unanswered questions.

Top Reasons Why Citizens Are Against the Palmetto Pipeline: • Eminent Domain for a Private Company is WRONG. • Big Oil Monopoly = Higher prices at the pump. • Private Property will be TAKEN. • SC deserves answers from Kinder Morgan not Empty Promises. • Pipeline would endanger rivers, marshes and wetlands.

INFORMATION ON EMINENT DOMAIN
The Fifth Amendment states that private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation. In the past ten years, massive restructuring of the eminent domain rules to protect owners has occurred with 47 states. Nine years ago, Executive Order 13406 was issued by President George W. Bush, stating: “It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.” However, it is the right of the states to make their own decisions about what qualifies as public use.

CONTACT: info@savannahriverkeeper.org

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Local Pediatrician Presents “Down Syndrome Controversies – The Questions We are Afraid to Ask” at LD

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Local Pediatrician Presents “Down Syndrome Controversies – The Questions We are Afraid to Ask” at LDSS Monthly Meeting

(POOLER, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) welcomes Dr. Ben Spitalnick as the group’s featured speaker for Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Fred Williams Homebuilder, Inc. Office, 100 Commerce Court in Pooler, Ga. The monthly meeting, designed to educate and support families in the area, is free and open to the public.

Dr Spitalnick is co-author of the upcoming book, “Baby Care Anywhere”, and is Vice President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is an Assistant Professor for Mercer University, and managing partner of Pediatric Associates of Savannah, a nine-physician pediatric group with three locations. Dr Spitalnick is also proud to serve as a member of the LDSS Board of Directors. The title of his talk is “Down Syndrome Controversies- The Questions We are Afraid to Ask.” He will explore dilemmas parents face, regarding the care and acceptance of a family member with Down Syndrome.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Ben serve on our Board and also join us as an educator,” said Candy Bogardus, LDSS Immediate Past President. “He is able to bridge the gap between physician, parent and advocate for individuals and families touched by Down syndrome.”

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MORE ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education, and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/

CONTACT
Candy Bogardus 
jcbogardus@gmail.com
912-663-8573

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

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Networking Event Scheduled for Women Business Owners in Sandfly

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Networking Event Scheduled for Women Business Owners in Sandfly

(SAVANNAH, GA) The next meeting for the Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition will be held on Friday, May 29 at the Fioré Italian Bar & Grille. The networking event is scheduled at noon with a dutch treat option for attendees.

Organized by Dr. Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental, the coalition meets quarterly for the common purpose of promoting business growth and support in the Sandfly community.

Dr. Canfield said, “We started these meetings when I was first opening my dental office in Norwood Market as a way for me to meet other women business owners in the neighborhood. It has grown from a group of eight to now almost 30 women business owners.”

The group intentionally keeps the meetings in the Sandfly area. Previous meetings have been held at Driftaway Café and Cutters Point Coffee.

Any business owner who wishes to attend the May 29 meeting, RSVP to Cynthia Wright at cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com  by Wednesday, May 27.

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ABOUT DR. ANGELA CANFIELD
Dr. Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentist. She owns and practices at two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs located in Rincon, GA at 5871 HWY 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental located in the Norwood Market in Savannah, GA. Both dental offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/  or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/ .

For more information, contact: 
Angela C. Canfield DDS
molar799@yahoo.com  
912-713-1398 Cell
912-826-4037 office
http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com

Media inquiries, contact: 
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, May 18, 2015

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a national full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, announces the grand opening of its new satellite office at 101 Memorial Drive, Suite A, in Hinesville on Wednesday, May 20. Mayor James (Jim) Thomas Jr. is scheduled to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. An open house will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/speros-announces-hinesville-office-grand-opening/

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway has started selling two American flags for four holidays: Memorial Day, July 4th, Veterans Day and Presidents Day. The Kiwanis Club will install the pair of flags in your yard before each holiday and remove them shortly afterwards for a donation of $50. The donation will go to help an at-risk child in Chatham County. To sign up or for more information, contact Keith Glenn at 598-9483.   

(SAVANNAH, GA) In support of the Coastal Empire March for Babies, the Savannah Jaycees raised $1,702 for the March of Dimes. Eleven members of the Jaycees fund raised through social media campaigns, community outreach efforts, and family and friend donations. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1834&Itemid=16

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Abby, a black, female Great Dane who needs a home. Abby is approximately 5 years old and is good with other dogs and with children. To view Abby and other pets available for adoption, visit: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001wVug7E4-iZcqfiQHwsucJsmjZH_0Xi0gFpi0XIbNC3Z2VTtYpYj1WExpztXdJVsUuRiAWDdCgrJb1c1qSi49VZ3LuU5QTaWZiIPASSqQoack0xugDs-LKExC9tkDcW0P2TSQQraZ1FjLgyCZUtd9v6eZScxKvmjVbV4x9O082DlAd1J35v7sDt6W5svgMibAgoNXr023cNRKSIqoFTKtGJZ7ww99dNaSVM7LNoiT-Bx3IxmgP2OYmdNltmn7KeGJg-b8ax7ga_NsrKS9iV-HdQ4NKq2JnYvzY5YfO3E0O-c=&c=u1vNqMnRPgkKYkRnUzJnKjSla23C0mY-dVNgGhz_n5oyr5ERU3oeiQ==&ch=TWOs8V7Iituxu9H227G7o_R1JtQMzCx8k_Rza0UpJ0zI2fNh48IQDQ==

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Warriors 4 William Foundation tees up for their first annual golf fundraiser to eradicate childhood cancer- MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015 AT 8:00AM  The foundation’s first annual golf tournament will take place at Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa on Hutchinson Island. There will be hole prizes, gift bags full of merchandise, a 50/50 raffle and a chance at winning a car donated by Grainger Honda. Lunch will be provided by Paul Kennedy Catering.  The cost is $125 per player or $500 per team of four. Anyone interested may register by emailing warriors4william@gmail.com or singing up in person at Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in the pro shop.  

(MASHABLE) Chicken Soup for the Facebook Soul: How Social Media is Helping Fight Homelessness
http://mashable.com/2015/05/07/social-media-fights-homelessness-washington-dc/

(FORBES) Inspiring Mothers Who Motivated Famous Business Leaders
http://www.forbes.com/sites/carminegallo/2015/05/08/inspiring-mothers-who-motivated-famous-business-leaders/

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) honored the 2015 Champions at the Sixth Annual Night of Champions, Thursday, May 14. Champions and their employers are Jason Thompson of OA Logistics, Reuben Johnson of Chu’s Mart, Wesley Mosley of J & B’s Steakhouse,    Kenneth Kelly Jr. of Kitchens on the Square, and Billy Behrens of Gulfstream Aerospace. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/lowcountry-down-syndrome-society-honors-2015-champions/

(INC) Marketing to Millennials? Net Perception is Everything.
http://www.inc.com/evan-burns/marketing-to-millennials-perception-is-everything.html

(SAVANNAH, GA)  The Pooler Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau Inc. announces the May Lunch and Learn meeting will feature a presentation from Dana Stevens, account executive with Stevens Hale & Associates, accompanied by Fred W. McGinty, Sr., of McGinty Gordon & Associates, on Tuesday, May 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crosswinds Golf Club, located at 232 James B. Blackburn Drive. The speech will discuss new regulations and flood considerations for real estate buyers and sellers. About one million federal flood insurance policyholders in the U.S. are being hit with increased costs when they go to renew their policies. For more information, visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/dana-stevens-of-stevens-hale-associates-to-address-pooler-chamber-luncheon/.

(HOSPICE SAVANNAH) A New Benefit for Heart Failure Patients. http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/02/a-new-benefit-for-heart-failure-patients/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Health&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs®ion=Body

(SAVANNAH, GA) The fly-fishing stance depends on your particular fishing situation, but for practice Walker recommends an open stance, that means left foot forward for right hander’s or right foot forward for left hander’s, this versatile stance allows for free body movement and a harmonious co-ordination, it also allows for a longer casting stroke when appropriate. Concentrate on keeping your shoulders square to the target. Get guidance from the experts at Rivers and Glen Trading Co. for more information, call 912-349-2352 or visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001wVug7E4-iZcqfiQHwsucJsmjZH_0Xi0gFpi0XIbNC3Z2VTtYpYj1WOPowLJ_1z-u4gqt3Jjw-XILIBOFuXhW7ULFDI9eMh16LXuW9tN1IlhLQj8r6VOH9ZR3Bkf4Gw8JpmrbwrZxzjCR1qnVIuEfAo1UQ6-su1DSRXQ0eLOTIe3pebX2rANSP1oDL_L0h0QSF7t-rpYfqreQR3UngJMBGVhZA_Qv48Yyl7hZZ7qAC0cGyRRIxR0y36qyTlT0rstsrjAaE5r1x0LXWbc2zGT8WNepo3L2LuJN&c=u1vNqMnRPgkKYkRnUzJnKjSla23C0mY-dVNgGhz_n5oyr5ERU3oeiQ==&ch=TWOs8V7Iituxu9H227G7o_R1JtQMzCx8k_Rza0UpJ0zI2fNh48IQDQ==

(SAVANNAH, GA) Thanks to the Kroger Community Rewards Program, every time you shop at Kroger, you can earn money for Park Place Outreach. All you need to do is link your Kroger Plus Card to Park Place Outreach and Kroger will donate money to Park Place Outreach every quarter. The new Kroger Community Rewards term will end August 31, 2015. Make sure you go and register your rewards card now to help out Park Place Outreach. For more information and directions, visit http://parkplaceyes.org/how-you-can-help/kroger-community-rewards/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Angela Canfield, DDS of Sandfly Family Dental, is still accepting applications for the 2015 Canfield Mouth Shield Program. Local organizations may apply to win custom fit mouth guards in personalized colors for their entire team. Last year, Dr. Canfield donated maroon and white mouth guards to the Benedictine Military School football team, a donation totaling over $9,000 worth of protection equipment. The deadline to submit applications is June 1. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1793&Itemid=16

(LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY) Designated by the American Academy of Dermatology, National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated in May aiming to raise awareness about skin cancer, increasing the chances of early detection so treatments can be given early. Find out more information about skin cancer risks at https://www.aad.org/spot-skin-cancer/

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmark Stations will hold Full-Service Fridays across Ga., SC and NC to raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). A Full-Service Friday allows customers to pull into the Enmark Store, where members of the Enmark management team will be pumping gas, wiping windows and handing out coupons in hopes of collecting donations for LLS’ 2015 Light the Night event. For more information, visit http://www.carriagetradepr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1812&Itemid=16. Enmark Stations, Inc. has also made a commitment to once again sell paper icons in all 63 of its retail stores in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk. The paper icons will be sold from Friday, May 1 to Tuesday, May 31. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/enmark-stations-to-sell-paper-icons-in-support-of-the-leukemia-lymphoma-societys-light-the-night-walk-during-the-month-of-may-2/

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, the Title Sponsors; SCORE and Wells Fargo will present: The STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS.  The Savannah Mayor will be in attendance. Reports will be issued by 10 area experts that will have 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to our Small Business Community. The FREE conference will take place at the Savannah   International Trade and Convention Center located at 1 International Drive. For more information, RSVP: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=anwty5eab&oeidk=a07eaur1d940b3753e6   

(SAVANNAH, GA) EYE Gotta Run/walk 5K–RUN4SIGHT will be held on May 30th, 2015 at Daffin Park. Registration begins at 7:30 am, runners start 9:00 and walkers start 9:15. All ages are welcome to join! Medals, Prizes, T-shirts and Fruits and water will be available for participants. If you would like to be a sponsors for our T-shirts, Banners or a Gold Sponsor, please let us know. Register online: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001wVug7E4-iZcqfiQHwsucJsmjZH_0Xi0gFpi0XIbNC3Z2VTtYpYj1WGhvXXNjzwZf4M6mWgrv_WeFHI_ukP9oYAo6V7JCIY7u1hWw7K0BbEDkd-8Y8_Ah4H2g9CYgzVYOIVI67993aneArhQMmSWW4AV3dFkbVAhAQ8-kHboqNbeugiQQvcywDh00fOGtEPktru-p7Oj8UJgPzAf76mCbPZZeWudl0YSVoN0CbAj_9JBsm0mXea1GtZPvqA9MZqx9x1RlMrE1tUUQUfT-2RY8D6qsjUVreOwuOKg7M7vtUKA=&c=u1vNqMnRPgkKYkRnUzJnKjSla23C0mY-dVNgGhz_n5oyr5ERU3oeiQ==&ch=TWOs8V7Iituxu9H227G7o_R1JtQMzCx8k_Rza0UpJ0zI2fNh48IQDQ==

(THE BOWEN LAW GROUP) How Georgia manufacturing law made it the #1 state in which to do business. http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com/blog/how-georgia-manufacturing-law-made-it-the-1-state-in-which-to-do-business

(SAVANNAH, GA) Small change for a BIG change!  Reed House is celebrating Esther Reed’s 92nd birthday by honoring her tradition of collecting change for a mental health clubhouse.  Take your coins to any Sea Island Bank to join this celebration or take all the coins you can collect to Reed House, 1144 Cornell Avenue, Savannah, GA by 4:00 pm on June 1st to compete for a $500 prepaid American Express Card from Oglethorpe Mall. http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001wVug7E4-iZcqfiQHwsucJsmjZH_0Xi0gFpi0XIbNC3Z2VTtYpYj1WHZz8LSx86BcXf8QBK7YjE_vZg67q7LqbC8WInxgyhCurlET2BEfZiu5n7hUcxiRrhsFR-zpsaINOVCzf9Ke2hxhzPdimpFrsYRfI8FA_BM92nsythHEv5Jd2drAIisweZynRlJlPFswyqlUrmD09cL6_eXLfZ0_wfCHd47QY7mvzuBCQuvLDC4M-MZwh5OCOHoAoZEyaGZU58-EGUzhezXPO12P7m-tJR9Xns_zOFKo&c=u1vNqMnRPgkKYkRnUzJnKjSla23C0mY-dVNgGhz_n5oyr5ERU3oeiQ==&ch=TWOs8V7Iituxu9H227G7o_R1JtQMzCx8k_Rza0UpJ0zI2fNh48IQDQ==.

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) Station Exchange Senior Care is offering an Alzheimer’s Support Group for families touched by Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This group meets the fourth Tuesday of June, August, and October, next meeting on June 23, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at The Suites At Station Exchange, 3205 TSX Grand Central, Richmond Hill, GA.  A light dinner and support materials will be provided. To RSVP, call 912-445-2425.

(WASHINGTON, DC) On Saturday, June 13 at 1pm, the Georgetown Neighborhood Library will host at talk by Marjorie Young, "The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Carol Stuart Watson, Nation’s Capital Illustrator." A daughter’s reflections on the iconic artist who profoundly influenced the District of Columbia’s cultural and visual arts. Free and open to the public. For more info contact 202.727.0233.

https://carolstuartwatson.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/the-extraordinary-life-and-legacy-of-carol-stuart-watson-the-nations-capital-illustrator/

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Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Honors 2015 Champions

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Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Honors 2015 Champions

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) honored the 2015 Champions at the Sixth Annual Night of Champions, Thursday, May 14. Champions and their employers are Jason Thompson of OA Logistics, Reuben Johnson of Chu’s Mart, Wesley Mosley of J & B’s Steakhouse, Kenneth Kelly Jr. of Kitchens on the Square, and Billy Behrens of Gulfstream Aerospace.

“Dignity and self-respect are borne out of feeling that what we have to offer makes a difference,” said LDSS Night of Champions Chairperson, Allyson Harvin. “When forward thinking businesses give those with Down syndrome, and other differently-abled adults, a chance to be productive members of society, society itself benefits.”

LDSS also presented Doug and Denise Edwards of Edwards Interiors, Inc. with the President’s Award at the banquet. President of LDSS, Joe Marchese said, “Doug and Denise both possess many special qualities, but one that really stands out is their ability to recognize an individual’s strengths and place them in a role that will enable them to utilize these unique skills and abilities to their fullest potential, giving many an opportunity where others may not.”

The Night of Champions awards and celebration was emceed by Jamie Deen, TV personality and best-selling cookbook author. Deen, who sits on the LDSS Board, is strong advocate for hiring those with Down syndrome and other different abilities.

For more information on the 2015 Night of Champions, visit nightofchampions.org.

ABOUT THE CHAMPIONS:
1. Jason Thompson
Presented by OA Logistics 
Jason has worked at OA Logistics since 2013. He is helpful, upbeat and a valued team member of the OA Logistics family. Part of Jason’s responsibilities include the operation and safety reviews for the commercial floor sweeper. He genuinely enjoys his job and has excelled in this position. In his free time, Jason is a huge wrestling fan and keeps all of his co-workers up-to-date on the wrestling world. He is working on buying a house.

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2. Reuben Johnson 

Presented by Chu’s Mart 
Reuben joined the Chu’s Mart on Abercorn team in 2007 and quickly distinguished himself as an exceptional worker. It was because of his job performance and being well liked by both his co-workers and customers that Chu’s Mart held his job open after Reuben was hit and run over by a car in June of 2014. His team waited, believing and praying, for a good recovery. In August 2014, he was released by his doctor and happily went back to his friends and customers at the store.

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3. Wesley Mosley

Presented by J & B’s Steakhouse 
Wesley has worked at J & B’s Steakhouse for over 2 years. One of Wesley’s favorite parts of his job is working with the customers. His employers describe him as hardworking and a joy to work with. Wesley learned how to work hard and give his best long before he started at J & B’s Steakhouse. He has been a Special Olympian since he was eight years old, competing in winter, fall and summer games in events including golf, bocce, basketball, power lifting and swimming.

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4. Kenneth Kelly Jr.
Presented by Kitchens on the Square
Kenny joined the Kitchens on the Square team in 2014. When the position he was hired for was outsourced, rather than being let go, he got promoted! In his current position, he is responsible for ensuring that the merchandise is well stocked and appealingly displayed. It became obvious that Kenny is held in high esteem by his co-workers when he received nine nominations to be considered a 2015 Champion.  2015_champion_kenneth_kelly_jr_-_kitchens_on_the_square.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Billy Behrens 
Presented by Gulfstream Aerospace 
Billy started working at Gulfstream in July of 2013 and has worked in several different departments. When his current position required working with computers, he rose to the challenge, despite not having any typing skills. Over a year later, he has made remarkable strides and has now closed out over 73,000 work orders. It is this type of diligence that has enabled Billy to win 7 Mach Awards, which are given for going above and beyond what is expected.

 

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(LEFT TO RIGHT) Joe Marchese, President of LDSS, Jamie Deen, Emcee for Night of Champions and LDSS Board Member, presents Lindsey Kussow, employee of Edwards Interiors, and Doug and Denise Edwards the President’s Award 

MORE ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education, and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/

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Hands Across the Sand Coming to Tybee Island on May 16th

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MEDIA ADVISORY *******

Hands Across the Sand Coming to Tybee Island on May 16th

WHAT: A crowd will join hands to form a line across Tybee beach in a local “Hands Across the Sand” gathering. It will be one of hundreds of globally synchronized events to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels and the need to speed the transition to available, affordable clean energy solutions. The events are particularly critical this year as over 50 cities and towns along the East coast, including Savannah and Tybee Island, have passed resolutions opposing the Obama administration’s plan to open the Atlantic to oil and gas development. Also of particular concern to our state is the proposed Palmetto Pipeline, which would carry liquid petroleum products from refineries in the Gulf through five Georgia watersheds to a terminal in Jacksonville, Florida. Push Back the Pipeline will officially “retire” their pipeline model at the event and offer a last chance to sign its petition.

WHO: Citizens from Tybee Island, Savannah, and nearby coastal communities will be joined by the Center for a Sustainable Coast, and the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club. Push Back the Pipeline’s KC Allan & Tybee Councilman Paul Wolff will be among the speakers who will address the crowd.

WHEN: Saturday, May 16th at 12:00 noon (Media Check In at 11:30 am)

WHERE: Beach to the north of the Tybee Pier and Pavilion, Strand Ave.***VISUALS will include signage, citizens joining hands in a long line along the beach & the Push Back the Pipeline 60-foot pipeline model.

Background: Floridian Dave Rauschkolb founded Hands Across The Sand/Land in October 2009. Hands Across The Sand/Land is endorsed by national environmental organizations including Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Gulf Restoration Network, and Center for a Sustainable Coast. In-kind supporters are Urban Paradise Guild and Blue Frontier Campaign.

Contact: 
Karen Grainey, 
Coastal Group Georgia Chapter Sierra Club, 
912-961-6190, 
karengrainey@bellsouth.net

David Kyler, 
Center for a Sustainable Coast, 
912-506-5088, 
susdev@gate.net
www.handsacrossthesand.org

Flood Considerations Every Real Estate Buyer & Seller Should Know

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Flood Considerations Every Real Estate Buyer & Seller Should Know
Dana Stevens of Stevens Hale & Associates to Address Pooler Chamber Luncheon

(POOLER, GA) The Pooler Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau Inc. announces the May Lunch and Learn meeting will feature a presentation from Dana Stevens, account executive with Stevens Hale & Associates, accompanied by Fred W. McGinty, Sr., of McGinty Gordon & Associates, on Tuesday, May 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crosswinds Golf Club, located at 232 James B. Blackburn Drive. The speech will discuss new regulations and flood considerations for real estate buyers and sellers.

About one million of the more than 5 million federal flood insurance policyholders in the U.S. are being hit with increased costs when they go to renew their policies. The premium increases range from 15 to 18 percent on average for primary residences and up to 25 percent for secondary homes or properties that have suffered repetitive losses. The rules that spurred these increases went into effect this Spring.

The featured speaker for the event will be Dana Stevens, account executive with Stevens Hale & Associates, accompanied by Fred W. McGinty, Sr., of McGinty Gordon & Associates in Brunswick, Ga. Stevens Hale & Associates is a Savannah insurance agency representing with more than 100 years of combined industry experience, and which maintains large brokerage ability with local ownership and decision-making. McGinty’s firm was recognized as Flood Insurance Agency of the year in 2008 by the National Flood Insurance Program.

“There are new procedures for properties that have been newly mapped into the Special Flood Hazard Area and existing Preferred Risk Policy Eligibility Extension policies,” said Stevens. “There are also changes in how subsidized structures that have been substantially improved are rated.”

Stevens and McGinty will address these and other changes resulting from the implementation of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA) passed by Congress in 2014 and the continued implementation of its predecessor reform law, Biggert-Waters 2012 legislation (BW-12), during the presentation.

For tickets, call 912-748-0110. Seating is limited.

ABOUT DANA STEVENS
Dana Stevens is an account executive at Stevens Hale & Associates. One of the foremost firms on the Savannah landscape, Stevens Hale represents three generations of brokers, and a reputation of continuity and longevity that is rooted in the Savannah community. Stevens Hale & Associates excels in commercial lines, business owners packages, commercial umbrellas, automobile liability, professional liability, workers compensation, technology and medical malpractice insurance. The firm also offers personal coverages such as home, automobile, watercraft and personal umbrella liability policies. Though the agency has expanded through the years, growing from eight to 22 associates, their commitment has remained an extraordinary dedication to customer service. A graduate from Hampden Sydney College with a degree in Political Science and Government, Stevens received his CIC Designation on June 20, 2014. He is the former Vice President of Bank of America/Commercial Bank. Stevens Hale & Associates is located at 7391 Hodgson Memorial Drive in Savannah, GA. For more information, call 912-961-4300, email dstevens@stevenshale.com  or visit online at www.stevenshaleandassociates.com .

ABOUT FRED W. McGINTY, SR. 
Fred McGinty is the CEO and a principal in McGinty Gordon & Associates an independent insurance agency with 33 employees and offices on St. Simons Island, Brunswick and Amelia Island Florida. The National Flood Insurance Program recognized McGinty Gordon as Flood Insurance Agency of the year in 2008. The firm places commercial and personal insurance and employee benefits for clients in Glynn County and in over 30 states. Except for a three-year stint as corporate risk manager for an international plastics manufacturing company, he has been associated with McGinty Gordon and its predecessor companies for over 30 years. Handling a wide variety of commercial insurance accounts including general contractors, public entities, manufacturing and condominiums in Coastal Georgia and the Southeast, McGinty is a coverholder at Lloyds of London and manages several Lloyds binding authority contracts including one of the few private flood insurance contracts in the US. He holds a CPCU professional insurance designation and a degree in Finance from Valdosta State University. He is a past chairman of the Brunswick Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and the Brunswick Glynn County Development Authority. He resides in Glynn County with his wife Deborah and has two adult children. For more information, call 912-634-8000, email fmcginty@mgassi.com , or visit online at www.mgassi.com .

EVENT CONTACT
Pam Southard
Executive Director
Pooler Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Inc
912-748-0110
Pam.s@poolerchamber.com

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Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
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