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November 2015

Caring Santa Available December 5 at the Savannah Mall for Children with Sensory Concerns

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Children with autism and similar sensory concerns will get a chance to meet with a “Caring Santa” at the Savannah Mall. The special time is set for Saturday, December 5 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the lower level of the mall in Dillards Court. Enter at the mall entrance by Ruby Tuesdays. The holiday event provides an atmosphere free from the usual bright lighting, high-energy music and over-stimulating mall surroundings that prevent an enjoyable visit with Santa.

Each child will receive a 5×7 photo commemorating his or her special visit with Santa. If you have any questions or need more information, please call 912-927-9663.

“All children deserve to have special time with Santa,” said Savannah Mall General Manager Phil McConnell. “The holidays are a time for making memories and magic, and this is one small gesture from Savannah Mall toward that goal.”

Savannah Mall is pleased to provide this holiday treat at no charge to children with special abilities.

ABOUT SAVANNAH MALL
Originated in 1990, the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn St., features anchor stores Bass Pro Shops, Dillard’s, Target, Burlington Coat Factory and A.C. Moore. The 960,000-square-foot, two-level mall is also home to Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gymboree, Game Stop, Champs, Hibbet Sporting Goods, Kay Jewelers, Shoe Dept., Zales Jewelers, Rue 21, Cato, Savannah Piano, Fitness Emporium, Relentless Records and Vapors Smoke Shop. Virginia College offers a variety of classes in areas such as cosmetology, medical billing, culinary arts, business, healthcare and more. The Savannah Mall’s Food Court features Chick-fil-A, Savannah Gyro, Sbarro Italian Eatery, China Max, Sakkio Japan, Cajun Café, American Deli and Subway. Other dining options at the mall include Ruby Tuesdays and Texas Roadhouse, along with Savannah Candy Co., Cold Stone Creamery, the Nuts About Savannah and Dough Boys. The Savannah Mall has a double-decker carousel in the Food Court and soft play area on the lower level for children. For leasing information, contact Becky Orsi, marketing/specialty leasing manager at 912.927.9663 or borsi@urbanretail.com. For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467 or visit www.savannahmall.com

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Santa Claus and children at Savannah Mall

Local Business Woman Expands McDonald’s Franchise to Sandfly Area

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Nina Tracy Gompels to Open Sixth Location in Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) The McDonald’s on Montgomery Cross Rd, the sixth location to be owned and operated by Nina Tracy Gompels (NTG) Enterprises, opened on Tuesday, November 24. In conjunction with the grand opening, this McDonald’s will host a number of events, such as “free Big Macs for a year” for the first 100 customers; the “Find Happiness Around Sandfly” scavenger hunt and several community nights for local organizations.

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Mark Gompels; Nina Gompels; Gloria Brack-Ford, SCCPSS; Kim Newman, Isle of Hope School Principal; Anjanie Gaouette, Store Manager; Larry Tate, Area Supervisor; and Ronald McDonald cut ribbon on new Montgomery Cross Rd location.

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Mark Gompels; Nina Gompels; Gloria Brack-Ford, SCCPSS; Kim Newman, Isle of Hope School Principal; Anjanie Gaouette, Store Manager; Larry Tate, Area Supervisor; and Ronald McDonald cut ribbon on new Montgomery Cross Rd location.

McDonald’s collaborated with the Savannah Tree Foundation (STF) on the design of the landscape to enhance environmental resources on the site and maximize tree counts. Additionally, there will be wall graphics inside the store utilizing photographs from local Isle Of Hope photographers and a mural depicting the local Ronald McDonald House.

Gompels bought her first McDonald’s from her father back in 2001. In total, the six restaurants owned by Gompels provides 320 jobs to our area.

“I’m so pleased we are bringing McDonald’s to our customers that commute and frequent the Sandfly area,” said Gompels. “It’s exciting to continue developing community programs in conjunction with area schools, churches and other area organizations. I’m also very happy to be able to add new jobs to the local economy, plus offer corporate training opportunities and scholarship programs to those new employees.”

A crowd gathers around the new Montgomery Cross Rd McDonalds.

A crowd gathers around the new Montgomery Cross Rd McDonalds.

McDonald’s offers community support through McTeacher’s nights, various Ronald Programs for reading and good citizenship, the Archways to Opportunity for tuition assistance and a free on-line high school diploma program and the John Cisna Nutrition, Education and Awareness program.

The store will execute the all day breakfast option. Gompels said, “We’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm from people who are happy to be getting their breakfast biscuit any time of day, although burgers still are the heavy hitters for lunch.”

To celebrate the opening of this new location, Gompels will hold several Community Nights. Also, on Saturday, December 12, McDonalds will hold a “Find Happiness Around Sandfly” scavenger hunt. Thirty happy meal boxes will be hidden around various locations in the area, and participants will be given hints on the locations to then find the giant meal box and return it to the restaurant for great “local happiness” prizes.

For more information on the new store or grand opening opportunities, visit https://mylocalmcds.com/1941-montgomery/.

MORE INFORMATION ON NINA GOMPELS and NTG ENTERPRISES
Nina Gompels is the president for NTG Enterprises, which owns six Savannah area McDonald’s restaurants. The restaurant’s hours are 5:30 a.m. (lobby opens at 6 a.m.) until 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit the Sandfly McDonald’s at 1941 E. Montgomery Cross Road, Savannah, GA, 31406, online at https://mylocalmcds.com/1941-montgomery/ or call call 912-692-0021.

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Cecilia Russo Marketing
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Sponsors of Savannah Maritime Donate to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Maritime Community Leaders Ben Goldberg, JIT Warehousing and Logistics; Larry Hearn, Savannah River Logistics and Billy Robinson, Port City Logistics, presented a $1,000 donation to Executive Director, Bill Sorochak, staff and board members at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire on Monday, November 23.

The donation was raised through the after-hours networking event held the first Wednesday of each month. The Maritime community prides itself as being “a huge economic engine.” Donations like this $1,000 to the RMHC are made possible through the ongoing success of the Maritime After-Hours programs. For more information on this donation or how to get your organization added to the recipient list, contact Billy Robinson at billy@portcitylogistics.com.

ABOUT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
One of 289 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide, each House is an independent non-profit, 501 c (3) community organization. The Savannah House is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors and managed by a full-time staff of four. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The House has thirteen bedrooms and operates on a waiting list most of the year. The Savannah Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families who live more than thirty miles away and who have a critically ill or injured child receiving treatment at Memorial Children’s Hospital, Candler Hospital, or where needed in the Coastal Empire. Since the House first opened its doors in 1987, over 8,700 families have been served. The house currently serves approximately 250 families each year. Although the average length of stay runs 16 days, some families stay much longer.

CONTACT
Billy Robinson
CEO, Port City Logistics, Inc.
billy@portcitylogistics.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
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Savannah Maritime After-Hours Presented Check to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Savannah Maritime After-Hours Presented Check to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

(SAVANNAH, GA) Community HEADLiNES, November 23, 2015

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5 WAYS TO SAVE ON ATTORNEY FEES
(SAVANNAH, GA) Charles Bowen, a busiess attorney with The Bowen Law Group gives 5 simple ways to save on attorney fees.

http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2015-11-16/bowen-five-simple-ways-save-attorneys-fees

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ASSERTIVE
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OFF-SITE DATA
(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros offers real-time, off-site data storage. Whether you choose to backup all of your data, or just the portion you deem irreplaceable, Speros IT services team will design a plan to ensure your data is protected. For more information, visit http://speros.com/it-services/

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50-FOOT EXHIBIT

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Mall unveils “Remembering Our Fallen,” a 50-foot exhibit commemorating fallen soldiers. The traveling exhibit, which pays tribute to U.S. troops from Georgia and South Carolina who have died as a result of wounds suffered in war zones since 9/11, will be on display now through January 3, 2016 and open to the public. For more information, visit www.savannahmall.com or visit    http://www.prlog.org/12509466.html

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ID PROGRAM
(SAVANNAH,GA) The Savannah Mall held a GeorgiA CHild Identification Program on Saturday. GeorgiA CHild Identification Program is one of the most comprehensive Child Recovery, Identification, and Abduction Awareness programs ever to be offered to parents in the state of Georgia. For more information:* http://www.gachip.org/about_us.php
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DOWN SYNDROME
(SAVANNAH, GA) Did you know that it is rare for a person with Down syndrome to have a solid tumor cancer or cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke? For more information, visit http://www.globaldownsyndrome.org/about-down-syndrome/facts-about-down-syndrome/
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DOWNLOAD MOVIES
(LIVE OAK PUBLIC LIBRARIES) Live Oak Public Libraries card holders can now stream or download movies, television shows, audiobooks, and e-books. All are available for mobile and online access through hoopla digital – all you need is your library card! hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing experience. There’s also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, audiobooks or e-books. And hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees. To access the system on your mobile device, you will need to first download the FREE hoopla digital app from the App Store on your Android or IOS device. Links to these are at hoopla digital. You can download movies, TV shows and audiobooks to your device to enjoy anywhere. For more information, visit http://www.liveoakpl.org/

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TYTAN PICTURES ANNOUNCES CREATIVE DIRECTOR

(SAVANNAH, GA) Tytan Pictures, based on Tybee Island, Ga. announces Jessica Thomas has moved up in the company to become the new Associate Creative Director. Thomas, a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, and native of Anchorage, Alaska, has a degree in Motion Graphics. For more information visit, https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/tytan-pictures-promotes-jessica-thomas-to-associate-creative-director/

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JIM WACKER NEW HEAD OF PRODUCTION AT TYTAN PICTURES
(SAVANNAH, GA) Tytan Pictures, a film production company based on Tybee Island, Ga., announces Jim Wacker will serve as the company’s new Head of Production. In his new role, Wacker will oversee day to day operations, filming logistics, and a slew of other production needs. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/tytan-pictures-announces-head-of-production-jim-wacker/ 

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FELDER SELECTED
(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associates has been selected as the architectural firm for the highly anticipated new restaurant, Atlantic. Located at the corner of Drayton Street and Victory Drive, the new neighborhood eatery is the brainchild of Jason and Jennifer Restivo. Their concept for the restaurant includes sharing small dishes with friends and family in a casual setting. Jason Restivo was previously with Garibaldi. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/savannah-architectural-firm-set-to-transform-gas-station-into-new-casual-dining-spot-2/

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NEW KIWANIS OFFICERS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island installed new officers for the 2016 year: Joyce Glenn, President, Ben Gustafson, President-Elect, Ron Weber, Secretary, Jay Ahrens, Treasurer, and Bob Norton, Past President.The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the youth of Chatham County, one child at a time.For more information visit https://carriagetradepr.com/?p=3091

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MCDONALDS TO OPEN
(SAVANNAH, GA) The McDonald’s on Montgomery Cross Rd, the sixth location to be owned and operated by Nina Tracy Gompels (NTG) Enterprises, is set to open on Tuesday, November 24. In conjunction with the grand opening, this McDonald’s will host a number of events, such as “free Big Macs for a year” for the first 100 customers; the “Find Happiness Around Sandfly” scavenger hunt and several community nights for local organizations. For more information, visit http://wp.me/p6W91s-Nk

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HISTORICAL MARKER
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Savannah unveiled a historical marker in honor of their founder, John Sherer Banks, in Bonaventure Cemetery (Section A Lot 5). The dedication date was timed to recognize the 100th anniversary of Banks’ untimely death on November 21, 1915. For more information please visit: http://savannahnow.com/exchange/2015-11-18/rotary-club-erects-marker-honor-founder
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ARCS SCHOLAR AWARD TO CAROL YOUNG
(SAVANNAH, GA) ARCS Foundation announces that Carol Young has been selected as one of the 2015-2016 ARCS Scholars. Young is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is pursuing a degree in Robotic Engineering with the hope of applying her degree to sea or space exploration. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/?p=3081

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WIN OVER A CROWD
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DONATION DRIVE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology is holding a holiday donation drive through Monday, December 21, in an effort to collect much needed supplies for the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. Items can be dropped off Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Low Country Dermatology office, located at 310 Eisenhower Drive, Suite 12A. For more information, visit, http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcarriagetradepr.com%2F%3Fp%3D3095&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGTrPekZMGDniBo8JgfKazUVleryA
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LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) At the Fort McAllister Marina on December 5 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm, Fish Tales will be gearing up for the 30th Annual Lighted Boat Parade and spectacular fireworks show. For more information, email tcobevents@gmail.com

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MEET LARRY
(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Larry is an 8 week old male Chihuahua currently living at Coastal Pet Rescue. Larry is good with dogs and kids, and needs a home. TO check out Larry and other animals available for adoption, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2015-d-277-larry/ 
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CHECK PRESENTED
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Yoga Center presented a $4,414.28 check to One Love Animal Rescue on Monday, November 23. This donation was made possible through special Savannah Yoga Center community classes, events and a percentage of membership fees collected through Thursday, January 1 to Monday, June 15. To learn more about how the Savannah Yoga Center Community Partner Program works visit http://savannahyoga.com/yoga-friends
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SAVANNAH BALLET
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Ballet Theater is presenting the Nutcracker at the Lucas Theater on December 5 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. More than 3000 people typically attend this event, and each receives a Playbill program with advertisements. The turnaround is fairly quick, but if you send in your logo, we have a designer that can make it into an ad. If you are interested in attending, here is a link for tickets: http://lucastheatre.com/schedule/nutcracker-in-savannah/
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PRODUCTIVITY
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COAT DRIVE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Accepting donations now through Dec. 13, the Carousel in the Savannah Mall is having a coat/blanket drive for the homeless population in the Greater Savannah area. Any new or used coats or blankets are greatly appreciated. If you have questions please contact Tim Blair at (912) 447-3141 or tblair@fun-brands.com.

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STAY FOCUSED
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YOUTH HERO

(SAVANNAH, GA) The American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia is seeking Youth Hero Nominations for the 2016 Youth Hero Volunteer Service Awards. Nominations will be accepted from any non-profit organization, school, team, religious organization, etc. Eligible youth must be enrolled in 6th-12th grade in a public, private or home school during the 2015-2016 school year. To nominate a youth or for more information visit www.redcross.org/southeast. Deadline to nominate a deserving youth is December 31, 2015.

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BRIDGE RUN

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Sports Council launched a redesigned Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run website and logo and is now taking registrations for the 2015 race to be held Saturday, Dec. 5. Each year more than 5,000 participants run and walk the 5K, 10K and Double Pump (a 5K and 10K combined) over Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge. In its 25th year, the 2015 race weekend will begin with the Health and Wellness Expo at the Savannah Civic Center on Friday, Dec. 4 and end with a post-race party in Franklin Square on race day. A portion of race proceeds benefit Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler. To register for the race, visit www.SavannahBridgeRun.com. For more information, contact Jonathan Sykes, Savannah Sports Council event manager at 912.644.6452 or JSykes@VisitSavannah.com.

Low Country Dermatology Holds Donation Drive for the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology is holding a holiday donation drive through Monday, December 21, in an effort to collect much needed supplies for the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire.

Items can be dropped off Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Low Country Dermatology office, located at 310 Eisenhower Drive, Suite 12A.

“Having been blessed with a healthy family, I can only imagine what the residents must be facing,” said Dr. Howington. “Since the holiday season is right around the corner, I am asking my patients and our community to help us spread some cheer to these deserving families.”

Wish list items for the Ronald McDonald House include: disinfectant wipes; individually wrapped snacks; paper plates and bowls; plastic utensils; sugar; toilet bowl cleaner; windex; new release family DVD’s; white wash cloths; food service gloves; dreft Laundry detergent; the Free and Clear Laundry HE detergents; hand soap; 60 watt light bulbs; measuring cups, Xbox 360 games and gifts for adults.

“We aim to provide a ‘home away from home’ for families who live more than thirty miles away and who have a critically ill or injured child receiving treatment at one of the local hospitals,” said Bill Sorochak, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire’s Executive Director. “The items that Dr. Howington is collecting will help us support the thirteen bedroom house we run, and we are so grateful she stepped up to help our families.”

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The house operates on a waiting list most of the year. For more information, visit http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org/about-our-house.html

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.

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Cecilia Russo Marketing
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Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Announces 2016 Board Officers

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island announces their newly installed officers for the 2016 year. They are: Joyce Glenn, President, Ben Gustafson, President-Elect, Ron Weber, Secretary, Jay Ahrens, Treasurer, and Bob Norton, Past President.

L-R: Tim Baldwin, Charlie Arraiz, GA Kiwanis Lt Gov. Allan Rassi, Phil van Ess, Tom Stephens, President Joyce Glenn, Kevin O’Neil, Cecilia Russo, Treasurer Jay Ahrens, President-Elect Ben Gustafson, Past President Bob Norton. Missing from photo: Secretary Ron Weber, Chris Butler, Dave Fox, and Jan Wright.

L-R: Tim Baldwin, Charlie Arraiz, GA Kiwanis Lt Gov. Allan Rassi, Phil van Ess, Tom Stephens, President Joyce Glenn, Kevin O’Neil, Cecilia Russo, Treasurer Jay Ahrens, President-Elect Ben Gustafson, Past President Bob Norton. Missing from photo: Secretary Ron Weber, Chris Butler, Dave Fox, and Jan Wright.

In addition, three new board members were installed. These are Dave Fox, Kevin O’Neil, and Ton Stephens. In addition, Charlie Arraiz was appointed to fill a previously-vacated board position.

The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the youth of Chatham County, one child at a time. Volunteers serve in a wide variety of agencies and non-profits throughout the county, working with children in schools, sports, churches, and many other programs.

Throughout the year, Kiwanis of Skidaway holds several fund-raising events and projects, the proceeds of which are donated to local agencies working primarily with disadvantaged youth. In 2015, the club has donated over $65,000 to such causes in and around Savannah.

ABOUT KIWANIS CLUB OF SKIDAWAY
Kiwanis Club of Skidaway raises awareness about at-risk children’s needs. Since the club was established (in 1988, initially as Golden K of Skidaway), they have supported more than 40 area organizations in Chatham County and have provided more than $1,400,000 of grants. For more information, visit http://www.kiwanisofskidaway.com

CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Carol Young, Georgia Tech Ph.D. Candidate in Robotics, Receives ARCS Foundation Atlanta Scholar Award

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(SAVANNAH, GA) ARCS Foundation announces that Carol Young has been selected as one of the 2015-2016 ARCS Scholars. Young was awarded the Cooley Award from the Cooley Family Foundation during the ARCS Atlanta Chapter Scholar Awards Luncheon. Young has received the Cooley Award consecutively for four years.

ARCS Scholars are selected annually by qualifying departments of science, engineering and medical research within ARCS Foundation’s 53 academic partner universities. An ARCS Scholar must be enrolled full-time, majoring in fields of science, engineering or medical research, be a US citizen, and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Young is currently a Ph.D. candidate working under Dr. Fumin Zhang at Georgia Institute of Technology. She is pursuing a degree in Robotic Engineering with the hope of applying her degree to sea or space exploration. Young is minoring in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Young’s current research goals include creating a framework for Autonomous Water Vehicles to interact in a close and safe manor with human swimmers. To achieve this goal, she has focused her research on reinforcement learning, which would allow robots to autonomously adapt to various types of interactions.

Young is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Cum Laude Society and the National Honor Society. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Japanese. Young graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Young grew up in Savannah, Georgia and graduated from Savannah Country Day School in 2006.

ABOUT ARCS FOUNDATION
ARCS Foundation is a 501©(3) charitable organization. ARCS® Foundation, Inc. is a national organization dedicated to supporting the best and brightest U.S. graduate and undergraduate scholars by providing financial awards in science, engineering and medical research. It is ARCS Foundation’s belief that support of STEM education is essential to US economic growth and technological competitiveness, and helps to ensure continued US leadership in global innovation, health and quality of life. Since its founding in 1958, ARCS Foundation has awarded more than $90 million to 9,000+ ARCS Scholars in top rated STEM programs at leading U.S. universities. 100% of ARCS Foundation Awards go directly to ARCS Scholar Awards. For more information on how to support ARCS’ mission to advance science in America, please visit https://www.arcsfoundation.org/

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Tytan Pictures’ Associate Creative Director Invited to Speak at Adobe Video World

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Tytan Pictures, a subsidiary of 5417 Holdings, announces Jessica Thomas, the company’s Associate Creative Director, will present at the Adobe Video World on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 in San Jose, CA.

Thomas’s film credits include the first two installments of the “Storm Soldiers” trilogy, the upcoming documentary “Love, Sweat & Tears,” and a variety of other notable film and television projects. She studied motion graphics at the Savannah College of Art and Design and has experience as a motion graphic editor.

Thomas will educate audiences about how to combine various software to render and complete projects using specific and creative skills. Her presentation will serve as an example of how she, with Tytan Pictures, has used these programs to develop unique outcomes in the film industry.

For further inquiries about Thomas and her work, contact Tytan Pictures at (912) 786-9006 or visit tytancreates.com. More information about the conference is available at adobevideoworld.com

ABOUT 5417 HOLDINGS and TYTAN PICTURES
5417 Holdings is a global producer of film and production materials. Tytan Pictures, a subsidiary of 5417 Holdings, oversees production, distribution, entertainment, products, services and technologies. Specializing in cinematography and film production and integration, Tytan Pictures’ national team of seasoned storytellers travel across the country allowing people, products, and personalities, to convey their unique story in “their best light.” As branding strategists and entertainment executives for over 30 years, Tytan Pictures’ perspective provides an insight into projects such as documentaries, short films and commercials. The company is located at 1006 HWY 80 on Tybee Island, Ga. 31328. For more information, please go to tytancreates.com.

CONTACT
Caitlin Lee
Project Manager
Tytan Pictures
(912) 786-9006 Ext. 151
Clee@tytancreates.com

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Director of Communications
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Five Simple Ways to Save Attorney’s Fees

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By Charles Bowen

In today’s complex and litigious world, it is inevitable that you will one day find yourself in need of a lawyer. Whether you are a business owner, want to buy or sell a house, have rental properties, or even just need a will, you will almost certainly need the services of an attorney.

The drawback, of course, is that lawyers can be expensive. This is the reason that many people end up not hiring an attorney and instead trying to handle legal matters on their own. Unfortunately, that typically works out about as well as a seriously ill person skipping the doctor because they don’t want to incur medical bills. Here are some simple ways to help avoid costly legal fees.

I. Educate Yourself.

There is an incredible array of online resources available that will enable you to educate yourself on almost any legal issue. Every state and federal statute and most case law can be found on the internet, and many attorneys have blogs that give step-by-step instructions on handling common legal matters.

Even simply Googling your legal question can be extremely helpful. In addition, Google has scholar.google.com which is an excellent source of legal information. There are also numerous other sites that provide free legal resources, such as nolo.com, justia.com and findlaw.com.

I highly recommend that you read everything you can about your legal issue before meeting with an attorney. While you do not want to take this too far by handling complex legal matters on your own (just like reading WebMD does not make you a doctor), educating yourself will ensure that your attorney does not have to spend significant time bringing you up to speed on the basics.

II. Prepare Your Own Documents.

Many legal documents, such as articles of incorporation and simple sales contracts, are fairly straightforward. Even examples of more complex documents, such as operating agreements, can be easily found online. It can be very cost-effective to draft these documents yourself and simply have your attorney review them. This will save time on the creation of a new document.

There are also numerous online legal document preparation services such as legalzoom.com and rocketlawyer.com. The problem with these services is that these companies often supply cookie-cutter templates that do not account for your unique needs. However, it can be a good starting place provided you then allow your attorney to review and update your forms as needed.

III. Organize In Advance.

Before you meet with an attorney, print copies of all relevant documents and have them well-organized. If you have a dispute that occurred over time, draft a timeline of all relevant facts and events. This preparation will save time and significantly reduce your costs.

IV. Hire the Right Attorney.

It is vitally important that you hire an attorney that is interested in creating a long-term relationship with you and your business. Ask for recommendations and research the attorney online, and make certain they focus their practice in the area in which you require assistance. Meet with them in person to make certain they are friendly, attentive and are a good fit for you and your business.

If you provide a service that may be beneficial to your lawyer, you may also be able to save money by proposing a trade of services. It certainly cannot hurt to inquire, but be advised that smaller firms or solo practitioners are much more likely to be open to such an arrangement.

V. Consider Alternatives to Legal Action.

For smaller disputes, you may consider filing an action on your own in Magistrate Court. As long as the amount you are seeking does not exceed $15,000.00, Magistrate Court offers a very simple and quick alternative to hiring a lawyer. Nolo.com has a small claims court area on its website that contains helpful tips on handling such a case by yourself.

Another alternative is to suggest mediation. Mediation is an informal process in which the parties meet together with a neutral third party to try to reach an agreement to their dispute. Mediation can be a very cost-effective alternative to legal action, especially when the parties have an interest in staying on good terms.

By following these simple tips, you will find that procuring the services of an attorney will not be nearly as expensive as you may fear. The extra effort will be well worth it.

Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking and manufacturing law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. He may be contacted at 912.544.2050 or cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com.

Savannah Architect, Felder & Associates Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

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Savannah architect, Felder & Associates (LEFT to RIGHT_ Michael Johnston, Andy Resende, Gretchen Callejas, Brian Felder, Matthew Frankel, Natalie Jones and Ryan Claus.

The team of Felder Associates celebrate three years. (LEFT to RIGHT_ Michael Johnston, Andy Resende, Gretchen Callejas, Brian Felder, Matthew Frankel, Natalie Jones and Ryan Claus.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah architect, Felder & Associates celebrated its third anniversary of “breathing new life into old buildings.” Felder & Associates specializes in architectural design, historic preservation, project management, construction administration and interior design.

“I started the firm in November 2012 with four employees,” said Brian Felder, managing principal of Felder & Associates. “Since that time we have worked on an array of projects, including commercial, corporate and medical facilities, churches, banks and high-end residential designs.”

Felder & Associates was recognized with three prestigious awards in 2015 for its rehabilitation project of the historic Greyhound Bus Depot, now a new restaurant, The Grey. These awards included: 2015 Preservation Award from the Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF); the Georgia Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2015 Design Award in Renovation; and a special judges’ award from Hospitality Design (HD) magazine.

Other recent projects include the design of the new Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vidalia, a design update of the historic Levy residence on Tybee Island, and a restoration and an adaptive reuse project at the United Community Bank in downtown Savannah.

“We are committed to remaining a small firm, focusing on five or six projects at any given time instead of 20,” explained Felder. “This smaller scope also lets our team members spend more creative collaboration time on design and construction aspects.”

The Virginia Beach, Va., native graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Architecture. He and his wife, Denise, have three children and live in Savannah. Felder serves on the HSF Board of Trustees and as chair of the Architectural Review Committee, which provides input to the Historic District Board of Review.

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building, and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is also nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associates is a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associates received an historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associates recently completed the Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call (912) 777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

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