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January 2016

Savannah Jaycees Announce Dates and Topics for the 2016 Leadership NOW Series

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Savannah Jaycees Announce Dates and Topics for the 2016 Leadership NOW Series

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees’ Leadership NOW Series presents the 2016 dates and topics. The series will feature six presentations throughout the year, from area experts sharing insights on professional development.

The first lecture, “The Psychology of Productivity,” will be presented Tuesday, February 2 by Melissa Gratias, Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Even more than her 15 years of corporate management experience, being a mother has taught her the importance of being organized, setting priorities, and balancing work and life. She can be reached online at www.melissagratias.com, via email at getproductive@melissagratias.com, or by phone at 912-417-2505.

Other 2016 Leadership NOW dates and topics are scheduled for the following Tuesdays:
April 5: Financial Planning
June 7: Health & Wellness
August 2: Mentorship
October 4: City Government
December 6: Professional & Personal Branding
*Speakers will be announced throughout the year via Savannah Jaycees’ Facebook page: facebook.com/savannah.jaycees

This is the third year the Savannah Jaycees has presented the Leadership NOW Series. For each presentation in the 2016 series, open networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Savannah Jaycees’ headquarters, located at 101 Atlas Street. It is free to attend for members; $10 for guests with the first visit free. Dinner and drinks will be provided.

For more information on the Savannah Jaycees or the Leadership NOW Series, visit savannahjaycees.com/

Savannah Jaycees

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/. Find them on Facebook at facebook.com/savannah.jaycees or on Twitter (@SavJaycees).

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Cynthia Wright
Savannah Jaycees Communications Committee Member
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Dr. Lee Yates Expands Vascular Surgery Services to New Location in Pooler Area

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(POOLER, GA) Dr. Lee Yates, founder of Savannah Surgery Center and Medical Director of Vascular Surgery at St. Joseph’s/Candler, announces that his practice will be expanding into Pooler, Ga. He will be available to patients beginning Monday, February 8.

Yates will begin to see patients at the St. Joseph’s/Candler (SJ/C) Physician Specialty Center, located at 105 Grand Central Blvd. Suite 106 Pooler, GA 31322. This location is next to the SJ/C Imaging Center and SJ/C Medical Group.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 912-354-8331.

Yates specializes in the treatment of arterial and venous disorders using minimally invasive techniques. He also treats diabetic wounds and wounds that are slow to heal. He is trained in the diagnosis and management of diseases of the vascular system. If you have a wound that has been slow to heal or leg pain please ask your doctor for a referral.

MORE INFORMATION ON LEE YATES
A member of the Georgia Vascular Society and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Lee Yates founded Savannah Surgery Center. The practice specializes in Vascular Surgery and is affiliated with St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital where Dr. Yates is the Medical Director of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Yates and his partner, Dr. Chris Busken have office hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5102 Paulsen St Bldg 2, Savannah, GA. For more information, please call the center at 354-8331.

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Dr. Lee Yates, Medical Director of Surgery at St. Joseph's Candler Health System and founder of Savannah Surgery Center

Dr. Lee Yates, Medical Director of Surgery at St. Joseph’s Candler Health System and founder of Savannah Surgery Center

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, January 25, 2016

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NEW CLASS SELECTED

(SAVANNAH, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia Announces selects class of 2016: https://carriagetradepr.com/leadership-southeast-announces-2016-class/

AUTISM CONFERENCE
(SAVANNAH, GA) On Feb 11-12 The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism (MRCA)  will host the 2016 Autism Conference in Savannah that will feature keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin.  Her lecture free and open to the general public. For more information visit www.matthewreardon.org
CELEBRATION OF LOVE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter announces plans for their Celebration of Love event, an evening of jazz, auctions, dinner and entertainment, taking place Friday, February 5 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Plantation Club of The Landings. For more information, to purchase tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please call 912.234.4048 or visit parkplaceyes.org

REPUTATION

(INC) 8 Phrases That Will Instantly Boost Your Reputation at Work: http://www.inc.com/the-muse/8-phrases-that-will-make-you-more-likable-at-work.html

HANDBOOK

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS), which celebrates the idea that all children have different abilities, is pleased to announce a new handbook is now available to help parents learn about education assistance resources for their children through the Disabilities Education Act, as well as practical tips for navigating through the process of obtaining services. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/the-american-health-lawyers-association-releases-handbook-for-parents-on-the-disabilities-education-act/

ART RECEPTION

(SAVANNAH, GA) The public is warmly invited to meet acclaimed painter Rebecca Kahrs and eleven of her students during their opening artists’ reception on Thursday, February 4, 2016  from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, 1352 Eisenhower Drive. The show will hang through March 31, 2016 and, as always, a portion of sales will benefit the Daily Impact Fund, providing extra patient services not covered by Medicare or insurances. For more information, contact: Beth Logan, Director of Marketing, at 912.355.2289 or 912.351.9586

THINK BIG

(INC) Why You Should Think Big When It Comes to Networking: http://www.inc.com/molly-reynolds/why-you-should-think-big-when-it-comes-to-networking.html

VOTE

(SAVANNAH, GA) ONE WEEK LEFT TO VOTE! Enmarket Stations invites area nonprofit organizations to participate in  the 2016 Encourage Health Series through a facebook contest, for a chance to win a $1000 grant. For more information about the contest and how to enter, please visit: https://carriagetradepr.com/nonprofit-organizations-invited-to-participate-in-enmarket-health-series-contest/

OCEAN FILM

(SAVANNAH, GA) Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary presents the “Wonders of the Ocean,” awe-inspiring ocean films that will mesmerize viewers at the Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival, January 29-30 in Historic Savannah.  Big-screen 3D movies open the festival, which also includes Guy Harvey shows that tantalize fishermen and a selection of healing and adrenaline-pumping films to honor military veterans. One of America’s premier whale rescuers, Ed Lyman, will speak about his work, and on the final night, award-winning cinematographers will tell stories of their underwater adventures. For movie lovers of all ages, emerging filmmakers will be recognized, and a fun and educational children’s film will delight young viewers! For the complete schedule and to reserve seats: graysreef.noaa.gov/news/features/2016/film_festival_2016

VIRTUAL MEETINGS

(ENTREPRENUER) How to Run a Virtual Meeting That Gets Results http://entm.ag/1IWgCm2

NEW BOOK ON TRADEMARK LAW

(SAVANNAH, GA) Charles Bowen, of The Bowen Law Group, speaks with Jody Chapin and Tim Guidera about the brand new eBook, entitled “The Little Book of Trademark Law for Startups and Small Businesses: http://www.wtoc.com/clip/12155398/ebook-on-trademark-law

BE THE CHANGE

(SAVANNAH, GA) “Be The Change” Townhall Forum on disparity and population health will be on Saturday, February 13 at 4:00pm. The guest speaker will be Thomas LaVeist, director at Johns Hopkins Center for Disparity Solutions. The forum will be held at Ashbury United Methodist Church, 1008 East Henry Street, Savannah. RSVP by February 1 to paula@healthysavannah.org.

CHOCOLATIER

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s only artisan chocolatier was named Top Ten Chocolatier of North America by Dessert Professional Magazine in the January 2016 issue. Chocolat by Adam Turoni, was founded in Savannah, GA in 2010 by CIA (Culinary Institute of America, New York) graduate, Adam Turoni.  Turoni moved to Savannah, GA in 2009 and started his eponymous Chocolate business in 2010.  The first-ever Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America industry and media event will be held on Wednesday, January 27 at The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City. For additional information/interviews contact: Alexandra Trujillo de Taylor, VP – Chocolat by Adam Turoni (912-660-4445) chocolatat@ymail.com www.chocolatat.com

10 APPS FOR ORGANIZATION

(INC) 10 Apps to Keep You More Organized and Productive http://bit.ly/1JP3DCU

LOVE WALK

(SAVANNAH, GA) Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. announces Love Walk on Saturday, February 13. The 3.6K walk kicks off at 9:00 am at Wesley (1601 Drayton Street, Savannah). The event will have rallies, door prizes, silent auction, entertainment, and fellowship. Funds raised support programs that directly impact homeless and low income women, children, and families. “It’s a Love Thang!” For more information: (912) 236-4226, www.wesleyctrs-savh.org

NEW CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton are pleased to announce the opening of the Dewitt Tilton Group in Savannah, Ga. The commercial construction firm, located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, Ga 31404, manages every aspect of a project, from pre-construction to the final walk through. For more information, visit CTPR: https://carriagetradepr.com/dewitt-tilton-group-a-commercial-construction-company-opens-in-savannah/

5K FOR LOWCOUNTY DOWN SYNDROME

(SAVANNAH, GA) SAVE THE DATE: The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is pleased to be the charity partner of the 3rd annual Kilt and Kolor Run on Saturday, March 19 along the Hutchinson Island race track. The non-profit organization has been selected to be the beneficiary of the 5K race and is assisting with coordination of the event. For more information or to participate in the 5K race as a sponsor or volunteer, please contact Kim Watson, kgamble@hotmail.com. To register for the race or to donate online, visit http://savannahraces.com

CONTENT CALENDAR

(HOOTSUITE) 5 reasons why a content calendar is so important to your social media strategy: http://ow.ly/XkT79

GOLD

(SAVANNAH, GA)  The Davenport House Museum will present Potable Gold:  Savannah’s Madeira Tradition on Friday and Saturday evenings at 5:30pm in February.  For more information, visit www.DavenportHouseMuseum.org

MEET INDIA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue presents India, an 8-10 month old Shepard mix who is house broken and great with dogs and children. India is approximately 9 months old. To view India or any other dogs and cats available for adoption, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2015-d-341-india/

SAVANNAH THEATRE

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Skidaway Island announces “The Best of the Savannah Theatre at Plantation” will held on Wednesday and Thursday, February 17 and 18 at the Plantation Ballroom, The Landings. Festivities (including a light meal) start at 6 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person. For reservations, call Darrel at 912-484-1912. Visit www.Skidawayrotary.org

MARKETING

(MASSIVE MARKETING) 6 Ways to Market Your Small Business for Less Than $100 http://entm.ag/1K8DzgQ

LEGACY BALL

(SAVANNAH, GA) The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force presents “The Legacy Ball: 20 Years in the Making” on Saturday, May 14. To purchase tickets or a table of 10, or for more information about sponsorship opportunities contact Meghan Lowe, Director of Development:  912.988.1847 or mlowe@mightyeighth.org

MARKETING BOOT CAMP

(SAVANNAH, GA) Thursday, February 11, 8:30AM3:30PM University of Georgia Small Business Development Center,  Digital Marketing Boot Camp, Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Rd., Room 7126, Savannah, GA 31405,  $49 (includes lunch), Designed specifically for small business owners who want to increase profits and gain customers.  The program includes break-out sessions that cover marketing tactics you can use today as well as help in developing a strategy to harness the power of digital marketing.  To register and see full course desctiption: www.georgiasbdc.org/digital for more information contact Liz Overstreet, (912) 651-3200 loverstreet@georgiasdc.org

STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS

(SAVANNAH, GA) HOLD THE DATE for THE 2016 STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN CHATHAM COUNTY on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Reports will be issued by 10 area experts that will have 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to the Small Business Community in Savannah. The FREE conference will take place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center located at 1 International Drive. For more information call SCORE at (912) 652-4335

MARYLAND MIXER

(SAVANNAH, GA) If you are from the Maryland area, please join us for an after-hours mixer on Friday, March 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The new group will be meeting at Castaways Bar and Grille, located at 7360 Skidaway Rd. in Sandfly, GA. RSVP with Marjorie Young at marjorie@carriagetradepr.com or 912-844-9990.

NEW SITE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros launches: Downs Heating & Air Conditioning site. Check it out: http://downshvac.com

GET MARRIED

(SAVANNAH, GA)  On Sunday, February 14 from 6 to 8 pm an officiant will marry couples every ten minutes in the garden of the Davenport House Museum.  For more information, visit www.DavenportHouseMuseum.org

JOB FAIR

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah State University’s SRPI is hosting a Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, February 17.  Recruiters can interview potential employees or interns from   2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Adams Hall on campus. There is no charge to recruit.  Savannah State University offers a concentration in public relations and advertising as an option for students who are enrolled in the bachelor of arts mass communications degree program.
If someone is interested in participating, they should contact the job fair coordinator, LaBarbara “Bobbi” Bowman at 703.341.7776, or email:bobbibowman17@gmail.com

AVOID

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Top 5 Facebook Marketing Mistakes You Need To Avoid https://www.mhb.io/e/k4nc/5r

NINA GOMPELS

(SAVANNAH, GA) BiS profile: Nina Gompels, McDonald’s restaurants: http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2016-01-18/bis-profile-nina-gompels-mcdonalds-restaurants

LAUNCH PAD

(SAVANNAH, GA) SCORE presents LAUNCH PAD, starting Jan 30. To apply for this seminar – please fill out the questionnaire found at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C97ZTNL

LEADERSHIP TEAM

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter announces their 2016 leadership team for the non-profit organization. The Savannah shelter, located at 514 East Henry Street, provides runaway and homeless teens a safe place to go 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/9205/

JIM MCCLAIN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF GAGWP
(SAVANNAH, GA) Jim McClain, McClain Shallow Wells located in Savannah, Ga, was recently elected the 2015-2017 President of the Georgia Association of Groundwater Professionals (GAGWP), a statewide nonprofit association based in Atlanta, Ga. representing well drilling contractors around the state.  McClain served as GAGwP’s statewide Vice President and has served on the Board of Directors for a number of years.  Visit http://carriagetradepr.com/georgia-association-of-groundwater-professionals-names-mcclain-shallow-wells-owner-jim-mcclain-president/

Leadership Southeast Announces 2016 Class

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(SOUTHEAST GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) is pleased to announce 28 program participants from across the region have been selected for the LSEGA class of 2016. The five-month program is designed to equip and empower community leaders to effectively work promoting positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal Region.

All of the participants live and work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties, which together are known as Georgia’s Coastal Region.

The members of the LSEGA Class of 2016 are:

Steven Asplund, GeoVista Credit Union (Bryan)
Robbie Cheek, Thomas and Hutton (Camden)
James Coughlin, Camden County Joint Development Authority (Camden)
Patti Downs, Pinova Holdings, Inc. (Glynn)
James Ervin, Ft. Stewart (Liberty)
Julie Gerbsch, Armstrong State University (Chatham)
Wade Herring, Hunter Maclean (Chatham)
Drew Hunt, Savannah Chamber of Commerce (Chatham)
Willis Keene, Citizens State Bank (Camden)
Dinah King, Georgia Power (Effingham)
Cecilia Russo, Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC (Chatham)
Leigh Ryan, World Trade Center Savannah (Chatham)
John Scott, Brunswick Glynn Development Authority (Glynn)
Jesse Bentley, Evans General Contractors (Chatham)
Phyllis Taylor, Ft. Stewart (Liberty)
Margaret VanHouten, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (Liberty)
James Wilburn, Georgia Institute of Technology (Chatham)
Michelle Pfeffer, Claxton-Evans County Chamber (Bulloch)
Barbara Prosser, Effingham College and Career Academy (Effingham)
Ben Taylor, Bryan County (Bryan)
Dawn Morgan, Collins Construction (Chatham)
Kathryn Downs, Glynn County (Glynn)
Mandy Harrison, Darien-McIntosh County Chamber (McIntosh)
Paula Kreissler, Healthy Savannah and Wound Care Clinic ESU (Chatham)
Shauntia Lewis, Habitat for Humanity (Glynn)
Nick Puhala, USI Insurance Service (Chatham)
Mark Bennett, Gulfstream (Chatham)
Randy McCall, Chatham County Health Department (Chatham)

“We have almost every county in the region represented and they are a diverse group from various ages and experience,” said Lee Beckmann, a graduate of LSEGA’s class of 2013 and current member of 2016 Board of Directors. Beckmann is also the manager of Governmental Affairs with the Georgia Ports Authority. ”I look forward to working with this group and watching their ideas develop into meaningful projects for our region.”

The participants were nominated by the alumni of the Leadership Southeast Georgia program, along with community business leaders in the coastal region. They will each spend one weekend a month in surrounding counties learning about topics that effect the region such as healthcare, education, economic development and transportation.

The LSEGA also recently elected its 2016 Board of Directors. They are: Leigh Acevedo (Vice President), Tan Adams, Lee Beckmann, David Boland, Jared Downs, Frank Fortune, Bill Gross, John Henry, Freddy Howell, Ruel Joyner (President), Steve Liotta, Royce Proctor (Secretary), Jon Seagraves and Sherrie Struble (Treasurer). For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/

ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgia is a 501c(3) regional five-month program designed to equip and empower community leaders to effectively work promoting positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal region. All of the participants live or work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/

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Lee Beckmann
Leadership Southeast Georgia
LBECKMANN@gaports.com

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Savannah Youth Shelter Hosts Gala on February 5

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter announces plans for their Celebration of Love event, an evening of jazz, auctions, dinner and entertainment, taking place Friday, February 5 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Plantation Club of The Landings.

Individual seats are $125. Tables of ten are also available. In addition, the organization is promoting five sponsorship levels, including diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze, through which companies and individuals are able to support this local youth shelter. Last years celebration raised $52,000 to benefit Park Place Outreach and the shelter program.

The dinner and evening of music, provided by Velvet Caravan, celebrates the 32nd year of love and safety provided by the only local shelter for young people. Since its inception, the organization has helped over 6,000 children and their families navigate through difficult times.

For more information, to purchase tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please call 912.234.4048 or visit parkplaceyes.org.

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come in to the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped over 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Linda K. Hilts
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
www.parkplaceyes.org

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Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
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The American Health Lawyers Association Releases Handbook for Parents on the Disabilities Education Act

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS), which celebrates the idea that all children have different abilities, is pleased to announce a new handbook is now available to help parents learn about education assistance resources for their children through the Disabilities Education Act.

About 15 percent of U.S. children aged 3-17 have one or more developmental disabilities and about 13 percent of public school students receive special education services. Some 35 percent of those students have specific learning disabilities. To help their parents navigate through what may be an overwhelming process in determining if their child may qualify for educational assistance and the programs available to them, the American Health Lawyers Association in Washington, DC has recently released “A Handbook for Parents: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” (IDEA), offering practical information and advice.

The Handbook explains that IDEA provides federal funding to states and local school districts for special education of infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-age children. It also covers the “six pillars” of IDEA. They are:

• IEP: The “individualized education program” (IEP) is a personalized plan for a child’s educational needs that describes the special education and services the child will receive from the school. The IEP must be developed within 30 days after a child has been determined eligible for Part B services and is written by a team that includes parents, a regular education teacher, a special education teacher, someone who can interpret evaluation results and the child (if appropriate).

• FAPE: Every disabled child is entitled to a “free and appropriate public education” (FAPE), meaning that education is paid for by the government and meets standards set by the state’s educational agency.

• LRE: The education must be provided in the “least restrictive environment” (LRE), which means a child with a disability should be educated with children who do not have disabilities when possible.

• Appropriate Evaluation: Parents should talk to their pediatrician or contact a local early intervention office and request an evaluation if they feel their child might benefit from diagnostic testing to measure physical, cognitive, communicative, social/emotional or adaptive development.

• Parent and Teacher Participation: Parents have the right to be informed of and to participate in all special education decisions about their child. All evaluations require parental or family member consent and are generally free of charge.

• Procedural Safeguards: The school must provide a notice explaining the procedural safeguards, including the complaint and appeals process, at least once per year.

The Handbook also reviews eligibility requirements for transitioning children from pre-school to school-age services, and early intervention services (EIS) available such as speech and language, hearing, occupational/physical therapy, medical services, counseling and transportation. The Handbook additionally provides information for post-secondary education and college age students no longer covered by IDEA but who are protected by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The LDSS hopes that parents of children who may qualify for services provided under IDEA will take the time to review the Handbook to learn about all of the resources available to them. Most of all, the LDSS wants parents to know they should never feel intimidated or hesitate to ask questions as they are their child’s best advocate. The Handbook is free and may be downloaded at https://www.healthlawyers.org/store/Pages/Product-Details.aspx?productid=%7B18FB74CB-B287-E511-8B77-0050569E6195%7D.

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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912-663-8573

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

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

Posted by mysavannah on January 18, 2016

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CELEBRATION OF LOVE FEB 5
(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter announces plans for their Celebration of Love event, an evening of jazz, auctions, dinner and entertainment, taking place Friday, February 5 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Plantation Club of The Landings. For more information, to purchase tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please call 912.234.4048 or visit parkplaceyes.org
JIM MCCLAIN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF GAGWP
(SAVANNAH, GA) Jim McClain, McClain Shallow Wells located in Savannah, Ga, was recently elected the 2015-2017 President of the Georgia Association of Groundwater Professionals (GAGWP), a statewide nonprofit association based in Atlanta, Ga. representing well drilling contractors around the state.  McClain served as GAGwP’s statewide Vice President and has served on the Board of Directors for a number of years.  Visit https://carriagetradepr.com/georgia-association-of-groundwater-professionals-names-mcclain-shallow-wells-owner-jim-mcclain-president/
HOWARD MORRISON SPEAKING JAN 21

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) District announces that entrepreneur and technology expert Howard Morrison will speak on Thursday, January 21 at Woodville-Tomkins High School, in the Passport to Excellence Lecture Series. His company just made Oprah’s List! http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2015-11-09/verdant-kitchen-makes-oprahs-list The free lecture series features presentations from accomplished individuals who previously attended or graduated from SCCPSS, sharing their unique career journeys and the insights they have learned about success and how to achieve it. For more information and to RSVP, visit http://www.passport2excellence.com/. 

CALLING NON PROFITS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket Stations invites area nonprofit organizations to participate in the 2016 Encourage Health Series through a facebook contest, for a chance to win a $1000 grant. For more information about the contest and how to enter, please visit: https://carriagetradepr.com/nonprofit-organizations-invited-to-participate-in-enmarket-health-series-contest/
FEDERAL CONTRACTS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering a webinar on Wednesday, January 20: How to Access the WOSB Federal Contract Program Repository. This FREE 45 minute SBA webinar will provide you with the instructions on how to register in the General Login Systems (GLS) and how to upload documents into the repository for the Women Owned Small Business Certification Program. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-how-to-access-the-wosb-federal-contract-program-repository-tickets-19930541787

COPA!
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island announces “A Night at the Copa!” featuring the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Band. This event will held on Thursday, January 21 at the Plantation Ballroom, The Landings. Festivities start at 6 p.m. with Caribbean night club attire suggested. Tickets are $125 per person. For reservations, call 335-8083 or 659-9358 or visit kiwanisofskidaway.com
TOWNHALL

(SAVANNAH, GA) “Be The Change” Townhall Forum on disparity and population health will be on Saturday, February 13 at 4:00pm. The guest speaker will be Thomas LaVeist, director at Johns Hopkins Center for Disparity Solutions. The forum will be held at Ashbury United Methodist Church, 1008 East Henry Street, Savannah. RSVP by February 1 to paula@healthysavannah.org.

GARDEN CLUB

(SAVANNAH, GA) Trustees’ Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America and The Garden Club of Georgia, invites the public to hear Dr. Diane Lewis speak about “The Great Healthy Yard Project,” Wednesday, January 20, 10:30 a.m., Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Savannah, GA. There is no charge for this event. For more information, please contact Mary Meade Sipple, 912.667.4824 or mmsip@bellsouth.net

RESHAPE YOUR BUSINESS

(MASHABLE) 3 Ways to Reshape Your Business in 2016
http://mashable.com/2016/01/06/2016-business-tips-brandspeak/?utm_cid=mash-prod-nav-sub-st#KjbeUFTO2ZqB

NATIONAL LIST
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s only artisan chocolatier was named Top Ten Chocolatier of North America by Dessert Professional Magazine in the January 2016 issue. Chocolat by Adam Turoni, was founded in Savannah, GA in 2010 by CIA (Culinary Institute of America, New York) graduate, Adam Turoni. Turoni moved to Savannah, GA in 2009 and started his eponymous Chocolate business in 2010. The first-ever Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America industry and media event will be held on Wednesday, January 27 at The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City. For additional information/interviews contact: Alexandra Trujillo de Taylor, VP – Chocolat by Adam Turoni (912-660-4445) chocolatat@ymail.com www.chocolatat.com
DR EROLA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Kelly Erola, MD, FAAHPM, the Chief Medical Officer for Hospice Savannah, Inc. and The Steward Center for Palliative Care has been named the 2016 chair of the Georgia Medical Society. In addition to this appointment, Dr. Erola serves as chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Memorial Health University Medical Center; chairs the Palliative Care Working Group of the Georgia Cancer Control Consortium; and is chair of the Chatham County Board of Health. http://www.hospicesavannah.org/

NEW VP AT HOSPICE SAVANNAH

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Hospice Savannah Foundation welcomes Kimberly Stangle as its new Vice President. Kim has over 20 years of experience in various senior leader positions with Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, Florida. She is responsible for all fundraising activities vital to Hospice Savannah’s mission of providing our community the best services and resources on living with a life-limiting illness, dying, death, grief and loss.

http://www.hospicesavannah.org/

LOVE WALK
(SAVANNAH, GA) Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. announces Love Walk on Saturday, February 13. The 3.6K walk kicks off at 9:00 am at Wesley (1601 Drayton Street, Savannah). The event will have rallies, door prizes, silent auction, entertainment, and fellowship. Funds raised support programs that directly impact homeless and low income women, children, and families. “It’s a Love Thang!” For more information: (912) 236-4226, www.wesleyctrs-savh.org
NEW BOARD 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) is pleased to announce the election of its 2016 Board of Directors. Ruel Joyner will serve as president, Leigh Acevedo as vice president, Sherrie Struble as treasurer and Royce Proctor as secretary. Leadership Southeast Georgia is a regional five-month program designed to equip and empower community leaders to effectively work promoting positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal region. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/leadership-southeast-georgia-announces-2016-board-of-directors/ (www.LSEGA.com).

DEWITT TILTON GROUP

(SAVANNAH, GA) Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton are pleased to announce the opening of the Dewitt Tilton Group in Savannah, Ga. The commercial construction firm, located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, Ga 31404, manages every aspect of a project, from pre-construction to the final walk through. For more information, visit CTPR: https://carriagetradepr.com/dewitt-tilton-group-a-commercial-construction-company-opens-in-savannah/

GETTING YOUR BUSINESS OFF THE GROUND

(SAVANNAH, GA) SCORE presents “Getting Your Business off the Ground,” presented by five of Savannah SCORE’s senior business mentors. The Business Launchpad will provide participants with essential, practical information on how to start and operate a successful business. The seminar will be on Saturday, January 30 from 9:00am to 3:30pm at the SBA and SCORE office, 111 East Liberty St., Savannah, GA. Class sizes are limited. To learn more and to register, call (912)-652-4335.

DAVENPORT

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Davenport House Museum will present Potable Gold: Savannah’s Madeira Tradition on Friday and Saturday evenings at 5:30pm in February. For more information, visit www.DavenportHouseMuseum.org

FAKE IT

(INC) How To Really ‘Fake It ‘Til You Make It’
http://www.inc.com/robin-camarote/how-to-really-fake-it-til-you-make-it.html

RISING STARS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Rising Stars to be Honored: see list. https://carriagetradepr.com/3594-2/
NEW BOARD FOR PARK PLACE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter announces their 2016 leadership team for the non-profit organization. The Savannah shelter, located at 514 East Henry Street, provides runaway and homeless teens a safe place to go 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/9205/
10 THINGS TO CONSIDER 
(SAVANNAH, GA) What do you see when you walk by someone on the street with Down syndrome? 10 things to consider with Down syndrome, By Candy Bogardus: http://savannahnow.com/accent/2016-01-11/10-things-consider-down-syndrome
WHAT A VIEW
(FELDER & ASSOCIATES) The Levy Residence taking shape on Tybee Island. How is that for a view? https://www.facebook.com/Felder-Associates-122771951233810/?fref=ts
COUPON
(SAVANNAH, GA) Receive a coupon when you donate at Goodwill’s NEW McAlpin store: http://www.wtvm.com/story/30966172/goodwill-at-mcalphin-square-celebrates-expansion-with-ribbon-cutting
FOUR THINGS THAT MATTER MOST
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Ira Byock, America’s leading palliative care physician, author and advocate for improving care through the end of life, will be in Savannah giving a talk Friday, Jan 22 at noon, called “Saying the Four Things that Matter Most” – RSVP: www.HospiceSavannahHelps.org/annual-lecture-series
SAVANNAH THEATRE
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Skidaway Island announces “The Best of the Savannah Theatre at Plantation” will held on Wednesday and Thursday, February 17th and 18th at the Plantation Ballroom, The Landings. Festivities (including a light meal) start at 6 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person. For reservations, call Darrel at 912-484-1912. Visit Skidawayrotary.org
LEGACY BALL
(SAVANNAH, GA) The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force presents “The Legacy Ball: 20 Years in the Making” on Saturday, May 14. To purchase tickets or a table of 10, or for more information about sponsorship opportunities contact Meghan Lowe, Director of Development: 912.988.1847 or mlowe@mightyeighth.org
7 TOXIC MONEY HABITS
(SAVANNAH, GA) 7 Toxic Money Habits You Should Quit
TELLURIDE MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR IN SAVANNAH
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour in Savannah will take place January 20-23, 2016 throughout downtown historic Savannah, screening over 30 films throughout the three-day festival. The festival will kick off on Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Trustees Theater with the local premiere of Racing Extinction, a recent film by Academy Award-winning director Louie Psihoyos. For more information about festival events and tickets, visit www.mountainfilmsav.org.
BOOT CAMP
(SAVANNAH, GA) Thursday, February 11, 8:30AM3:30PM University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, Digital Marketing Boot Camp, Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Rd., Room 7126, Savannah, GA 31405, $49 (includes lunch), Designed specifically for small business owners who want to increase profits and gain customers. The program includes break-out sessions that cover marketing tactics you can use today as well as help in developing a strategy to harness the power of digital marketing. To register and see full course desctiption: www.georgiasbdc.org/digital for more information contact Liz Overstreet, (912) 651-3200 loverstreet@georgiasdc.org
STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS
(SAVANNAH, GA) HOLD THE DATE for THE 2016 STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN CHATHAM COUNTY on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Reports will be issued by 10 area experts that will have 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to the Small Business Community in Savannah. The FREE conference will take place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center located at 1 International Drive. For more information call SCORE at (912) 652-4335
MARYLAND MIXER
(SAVANNAH, GA) If you are from the Maryland area, please join us for an after-hours mixer on Friday, March 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The new group will be meeting at Castaways Bar and Grille, located at 7360 Skidaway Rd. in Sandfly, GA. RSVP with Marjorie Young at marjorie@carriagetradepr.com or 912-844-9990.
ATTORNEY CHARLES BOWEN NAMED ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
(SAVANNAH, GA) BiS Business advocate of the year: Charles Bowen, http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2015-12-26/bis-business-advocate-year-charles-bowen
NEW WEBSITE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros launches: Downs Heating & Air Conditioning site. Check it out: http://downshvac.com
KINGFISHER
(SAVANNAH, GA) Kingfisher Pond Discovery Center Project has raised is $66246. Their goal is $350000. For more information http://www.coastalrefuges.org/
MARRIAGE
(SAVANNAH, GA) On Sunday, February 14 from 6 to 8 pm an officiant will marry couples every ten minutes in the garden of the Davenport House Museum. For more information, visit www.DavenportHouseMuseum.org
INTERNSHIPS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah State University’s SRPI is hosting a Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, February 17. Recruiters can interview potential employees or interns from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Adams Hall on campus. There is no charge to recruit. Savannah State University offers a concentration in public relations and advertising as an option for students who are enrolled in the bachelor of arts mass communications degree program.
If someone is interested in participating, they should contact the job fair coordinator, LaBarbara “Bobbi” Bowman at 703.341.7776, or email:bobbibowman17@gmail.com
STEM
(SAVANNAH, GA) STEM Academy at Bartlett Named Top Middle School STEM Program in the Nation:
LAUNCH PAD
(SAVANNAH, GA) SCORE presents LAUNCH PAD, starting Jan 30. To apply for this seminar – please fill out the questionnaire found at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C97ZTNL
MEET RITA
(SAVANNAH, GA) Rita is a 7 week old kitten whose home is currently at Coastal Pet Rescue. Rita is great with other cats and housebroken. If you are interested in Rita or other pets available for adoption, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2016-c-008-rita/
MAY 4, 2016

SAVANNAH, GA) HOLD THE DATE for THE 2016 STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN CHATHAM COUNTY on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Reports will be issued by 10 area experts that will have 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to the Small Business Community in Savannah. The FREE conference will take place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center located at 1 International Drive. For more information call SCORE at (912) 652-4335

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Welcomes New Members and Officers to Board of Directors

By | Local NewsWIRE, Savannah, Georgia Public Relations Firm, PR Agency

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter is pleased to announce their 2016 Board of Directors and Executive Officers.

Todd Cellini is the incoming President for the non-profit organization and serves in this capacity until 2018. Cellini is President of South University, Savannah. Other members of the executive board include Jack Levine as Immediate Past President, Elizabeth Bratz as Vice President, Joyce M Roché as Secretary, and Jennifer Widincamp as Treasurer.

Members of the Board include Troy Follak, Salita Hill, Alfred Mcguire, Christopher K. Nowicki, and Chris P. Sotus. Linda K. Hilts serves as Executive Director of the Savannah organization.

“I am honored to be a part of such a caring and compassionate organization in our community,” said Cellini. “We can and are making a difference for young people here at home, showing them that their community truly cares.”

Park Place Outreach operates the only shelter in Savannah and Chatham County serving youth age 11 to 17 and all services are provided free, including a safe, secure place to stay along with meals and transportation to and from school. Since opening in 1984, over 6200 at-risk youth have been served by the organization. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org.

Todd Cellini

Todd Cellini

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come in to the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped over 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Linda K. Hilts
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
www.parkplaceyes.org

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

Georgia Association of Groundwater Professionals Names McClain Shallow Wells’ Owner, Jim McClain, President

By | Local NewsWIRE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Jim McClain, McClain Shallow Wells located in Savannah, Ga, was recently elected the 2015-2017 President of the Georgia Association of Groundwater Professionals (GAGWP), a statewide nonprofit association based in Atlanta, Ga. representing well drilling contractors around the state. McClain served as GAGwP’s statewide Vice President and has served on the Board of Directors for a number of years.

McClain Shallow Wells, as the name implies, specializes in shallow wells drilled for residential purposes such as landscaping and gardening. He has done this in the Coastal Empire for over 37 years. McClain received his BS degree in Zoology at the University of Washington in 1978 and worked at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography from 1978 to 1984.

GAGWP is a state-wide, nonprofit trade association which represents professional contractors who are engaged in the design, sales, installation, maintenance, service and repair of water wells, pumps and irrigation systems for residential, agricultural, mining, commercial, industrial and institutional customers. Over 300 well drilling professionals attended the three day Annual GAGwP Meeting where McClain was named President.

“I am honored to serve as the new president of this association,” said McClain. “This group is comprised of professionals whose efforts result in supplying twenty one percent of all of Georgia’s water needs and help manage our groundwater resources which will play an ever increasingly important role in implementing a long-term comprehensive plan to improve Georgia’s ecosystems, water supply and water management.”

GAGWP, formed in the early 1960s, has members in all corners of the state of Georgia.
The membership is composed of a great diversity in sizes of member firms from the very small family owned businesses who own one drilling rig to the very large drilling contractors who have a fleet of drilling rigs and equipment.

Regardless of the size of the company, GAGWP represents the professionals in the industry who have a genuine interest in protecting the vital water resources of our state and improving the groundwater industry for both the customer and the contractor. GAGWP’s goal is to protect our precious groundwater resources and promote quality and professionalism in the water well drilling industry in the state of Georgia and the demonstration of a genuine concern for the health and safety of our customers by providing quality water services. For more information, visit https://gagwp.wildapricot.org.

ABOUT MCCLAIN SHALLOW WELLS, INC.
McClain Shallow Wells can provide solutions for new wells, replacement wells, water pressure problems and booster pump systems systems and more. The office is located at 8522 Ferguson Avenue, Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, call (912) 355-5442

CONTACT
Bruce Widener, CAAG
GAGWP
P. O. Box 1928
Duluth, GA
678-646-0369
bruce@brucewidener.com

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

Jim McClain, McClain Shallow Wells

Jim McClain, McClain Shallow Wells

SAVANNAH, GA: STEM Academy at Bartlett Named Top Middle School STEM Program in the Nation

By | Savannah, Georgia Public Relations Firm, PR Agency

SCCPSS ADVISORY:

 

The STEM Academy at Bartlett was selected as a finalist for a STEM Excellence Award from the Future of Education Technology Conference last month.  That honor placed the school among the Top 10 STEM programs in the Nation after the FETC STEM Advisory Board evaluated over a hundred applications.  On Thursday – The STEM Academy at Bartlett was named the number one middle school STEM program in the nation and recipient of the FETC 2016 STEM Excellence Award!

 

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. The FETC STEM Excellence Awards recognize excellence and innovation in the field of STEM education at the primary, middle and high school levels, with winners selected from each level. STEM Excellence Awards applications were evaluated based on the use of Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Collaboration, Design, Problem Solving and the STEM Experiences offered.

 

In determining the finalists for the award – evaluators stated they were impressed by the innovation and educational impact of Bartlett’s STEM program.  The STEM Academy at Bartlett was the first middle school in the state of Georgia to receive schoolwide STEM certification in 2015.

 

Sheila Blanco

Public Information Manager

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

208 Bull Street

Savannah, Georgia  31401

Office:  912-395-5538

Mobile:  912-704-6080