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November 2017

Savannah Plastic Surgeon Dr. Daniel Most to Open Pooler Office

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Savannah Plastic Surgeon Dr. Daniel Most to Open Pooler Office

Savannah Plastic Surgeon Dr. Daniel Most to Cut Ribbon on New Pooler Location November 29

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Daniel Most, a Savannah-based plastic surgeon, announces plans to cut the ribbon on the Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery office in Pooler. This Pooler location will allow Dr. Most to see patients in the West Chatham area on Wednesdays of every week.

Dr. Most will cut the ribbon on Wednesday, November 29 at 11 a.m at 114 Canal St., Suite 102, in the Savannah Acupuncture and Wellness building.

The public is invited to join Dr. Most and his staff for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. This event will also celebrate Dr. Most’s fifth anniversary of private practice in the greater Savannah area.

Dr. Most, who specializes in a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures, is dually trained in both hand and microsurgery. He has practiced since 2005 and has operated Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, PC, in the Savannah Medical Center since 2012.

Dr. Most received his doctor of medicine degree from Stanford University in California, then completed a combined general surgery and plastic surgery residency at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship at Harvard University in Boston.

“We are very pleased to be able to expand our services to serve patients in west Chatham County and surrounding areas,” said Dr. Most. “This is especially important for breast cancer and other surgical patients to have convenient access to their physician for post-operative care.”

Dr. Most is known for leading-edge breast reconstruction techniques, the surgical procedure that restores shape to the breast after a mastectomy, the surgery that removes breast tissue to treat or prevent breast cancer. During the month of October, Dr. Most participated as one of the 2017 BigWigs for the Susan G. Komen Society of the Coastal Empire.

Dr. Most is also a leading physician in the area of hand surgery and is the only Savannah surgeon who will work with the brachial plexus nerves in the neck region of the spinal cord. Dr. Most also treats peripheral nerve injuries, tumors and other disorders affecting the network of nerves that link the brain and spinal cord to other parts of the body.

As a published researcher, Dr. Most’s writing has appeared in more than 30 publications in scientific journals and surgical textbooks, and he has presented his research nationally and internationally in lectures and community presentations. He is also a teacher in the field of plastic surgery and has received numerous honors and awards.

Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, PC, Pooler Grand Opening

Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, PC, Pooler Grand Opening

ABOUT DR. DANIEL MOST
Dr. Daniel Most, MD, has practiced plastic surgery since 2005, operating a private practice, Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, P.C., at 5205 Frederick Street, Suite A, in Savannah, Ga., since 2012. He opened a second location at 114 Canal Street, Suite 102, in Pooler, Ga., in 2017. Dr. Most graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a B.S. in biology, obtained his doctor of medicine degree from Stanford University in California, then completed a combined general surgery and plastic surgery residency at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship at Harvard University in Boston. He is a clinical associate professor of surgery at Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah campus. He is on staff at Memorial Health University Medical Center, the St. Joseph/Candler Health System and Liberty Regional Medical Center and is a participating provider for most insurance policies. He is fluent in Spanish and has performed charity surgery work in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. For more information, contact Dr. Most at 912-303-6678 or visit online at www.mostplasticsurgery.com.

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Dr. Daniel Most
Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, PC
912-303-6678
http://www.mostplasticsurgery.com

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How to Protect Construction Sites during Hurricane Season

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How to Protect Construction Sites during Hurricane Season

By Chris Tilton, co-founder, Dewitt Tilton Group

Hurricane Irma is probably a memory to most, but hurricane season lasts until November 30, and for builders, the weather plays a major role in any construction plan.

If you have not already done so, now is the time to put a hurricane safety plan into place for any construction site. Having a clear strategy ready to go reduces the risk of unnecessary damage, helps prevent injuries on the site and gives you peace of mind.

Let’s start with the basics.

A hurricane watch is issued when a storm is expected to arrive within 48 hours, and a warning is issued when tropical storm conditions are within 36 hours. When a hurricane watch is announced, it’s time to put your plan in place and prepare the construction site.

Steps for Creating a Contingency Plan
The first step is to create a checklist for areas and equipment in need of protection. This list will most likely include tools, heavy equipment, generators, fuel tanks, portable toilets and other materials that cannot be moved to an inside location. Be sure each item on the check list is assigned to a specific member of the team and take time to review the checklist prior to any potential threats.

Your contingency plan should also include a communications piece. In addition to notifying your on-site team, subcontractors should be notified that the site is halting all work until further notice.

Planning for large amounts of water is key to any plan. Heavy rains and flooding are leading causes of damage to construction sites. It is imperative that any construction site is equipped with permanent and temporary drainage systems to maintain the structural stability of the area.

If there are vehicles on the site, they should be moved to higher ground and away from structures that could be damaged. Plus, consider filling the tanks on these vehicles prior to any hurricane or storm.

One of the last but most crucial steps is to turn off access points for all utilities. Now is also the time to remove any project documents from the construction trailer and secure them to an offsite location. As you leave the site, snap a few photos on your phone for future reference. These may come in handy if any items are missing or damaged after the fact.

After Effects
Any good contingency plan will include necessary steps for clean-up and getting back in business after a hurricane. Once you return to the site, assess and document any damage, giving special attention to downed power lines, unstable structures or wet electrical panels. Items to have on hand include cleaning supplies and fuel for vehicles. Finally contact the appropriate utilities and contact your insurance carrier for any assessment needs.

It’s important that all construction companies have a written hurricane preparation plan. Ideally, the plan will be detailed with specific assignments and action deadlines. And during hurricane season, be sure to monitor the weather on a regular basis.

This type of preparation does require added cost, effort and time but can be extremely valuable in the long run and may be your best investment. If construction managers follow these outlined steps and provide clear communication, any site will be up and running considerably quicker and suffer much less loss.

Chis Tilton of the Dewitt Tilton Group

Chris Tilton, co-founder, Dewitt Tilton Group

Chris Tilton is the co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group, a Savannah area commercial construction company. For more information or to contact Tilton, call 912.777.3404 or email chris@dewitttiltongroup.com.

Divorce is About Making Good Financial Decisions

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Divorce is About Making Good Financial Decisions

By Sam Hubbard
Principal, Coastal Divorce Advisors

While you’re in the midst of a divorce, you’re going to have to weigh a lot of financial choices while dealing with the weight of strong emotions. You can minimize emotional stress by anticipating what decisions you have to make and understanding what’s involved in making them.

Below are common hurdles that people who are divorcing need to be aware of and the factors they need to consider to make confident, constructive decisions.

Can you afford to keep your home?
While you may have a personal attachment to your house, especially since your kids call it “home,” it is ultimately a huge expense to maintain year after year. All too often, the spouse who wants to keep the house only analyzes whether he or she can cover the mortgage and the property taxes, but fails to consider the “oh no’s”: “Oh no, the built-in refrigerator broke,” “Oh no, the HVAC system needs to be replaced, “Oh no, we have termites.”

Unforeseen expenses can cost thousands of dollars and could cause you to lose your house, or worse, push you toward bankruptcy. While a house is an asset, it is ultimately an expense. Make sure to take all homeownership costs – anticipated and unexpected – into account and try to remove emotion when deciding whether you can afford to keep the house.

Should you divide your property down the middle?
When you begin a divorce, it’s only natural to think “all our assets should be split right down the middle.” But since no two assets are created equal, this type of thinking may put you at the short end of the stick.

In a divorce, it’s common for spouses to divide property by what they see as equivalent value. For example, if one spouse gets the house, the other spouse may get the investment accounts, both valued around the same amount.

But tread carefully. Some assets, like certain pensions, may be completely illiquid and cannot be sold or transferred to a spouse. Others assets may have significant tax implications from a low-cost basis or may have large transaction fees (like the sale of a house). Make sure you initiate a complete analysis of the assets before making any decisions.

Do you want to tackle debt before your divorce?
If your spouse ran up balances on your credit cards during your marriage, in the bank’s eyes, it’s a shared responsibility, no matter who did the spending — even if the court decides your ex-spouse is responsible for it all.

Banks can still come after you for payments your ex-spouse didn’t make, jeopardizing your finances and damaging your credit score for years. Making the choice to pay off as much debt as possible before you finalize the divorce is often a good one.

Should you protect yourself from unanticipated events?
If you will be receiving alimony and child support, what happens if your ex-spouse passes away or becomes seriously disabled? Would you be able to support yourself and your kids if you no longer receive these payments? Consider purchasing life and disability insurance specifically tailored for divorce so support payments continue if something unforeseen happens to your ex-spouse.

Should you evaluate your settlement agreement from a current perspective?
When looking at a settlement proposal, what may seem like a great deal now could quickly turn into financial ruin down the road. You need to make sure you don’t evaluate your proposed settlement by your current costs or budget but by how your finances will look in 5 or 10 years.

Projecting your cost of living will help you determine the long-term consequences of a settlement option and whether you’ll be financially well-positioned years after the divorce. Make sure you have accurate projections on-hand and do not rush into signing a proposal just to be done with it.

Can you be disciplined to make financial decisions in unison, not one by one?
When going through a divorce, looking at any single financial aspect in a vacuum and not seeing how it relates to others could cost you. The division of assets and liabilities, tax consequences, inflation, alimony, and child support are all pieces of the settlement puzzle that need to work together to help ensure the most favorable settlement agreement. For example, if you have income from your job and agree to take a large alimony payment, you may be pushed into a higher tax bracket than if you were to increase the amount you receive in non-taxable child support.

Take a careful, comprehensive approach to your finances to have a better chance of coming out ahead.

Sam Hubbard Coastal Divorce Advisors Savannah

Sam Hubbard

Sam Hubbard, MBA, CFA, CDFA is the principal of Coastal Divorce Advisors, LLC, (CDA), a firm specializing in helping clients understand their financial situation and options throughout the divorce process. CDA is an affiliate of Coastal Capital Management, LLC. For additional information, e-mail Sam@CoastalDivorceAdvisors.com, call 912-234-3657 or visit www.CoastalDivorceAdvisors.com. This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author, who is not an attorney. If you require legal advice, please seek appropriate legal representation.

Bethesda Academy Announces Open House to Take Place December 3, 2017

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Bethesda Academy Announces Open House to Take Place December 3, 2017

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy will host an open house on Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Diamond Dining Hall for prospective students to get a glimpse of the education the historic school offers.

The open house will begin at 2 p.m. Bethesda Academy is located at 9520 Ferguson Ave., and applications are being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year.

Bethesda Academy is known for its tradition of excellence. Young men in grades 6-12 benefit from small class sizes, supportive teachers and yearly campus internships.

The school, which dates to 1740, prides itself on transforming every boy into a young man of the utmost character. The Bethesda experience goes beyond the classroom walls. Its core values, which include a love of God, a love of learning and a strong work ethic, are instilled in every student.

Bethesda also boasts a dynamic and disciplined athletic program as well as an outstanding preparatory curriculum focused on career and higher education pursuits. No student leaves Bethesda without entrepreneurial and “real world” leadership skills.

“We want everyone to see what it’s like to get an education at Bethesda,” said Bethesda Academy president Michael Hughes. “We don’t just educate. We truly transform, and anyone who comes out on December 3 will most definitely find that out for himself.”

For more information about the open house, contact Brandi Hebron-Simpson, director of admissions, at 912.351.2066 or brandi.hebron@bethesdaacademy.org.

For more information about Bethesda Academy, visit http://www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

Bethesda Academy

Bethesda Academy

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY:
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. It is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and a “hands-on” comprehensive curriculum that includes technology applications and STEM opportunities. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

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Peacock Automotive Hosts Santa’s Workshop for Local Kids

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Peacock Automotive Hosts Santa’s Workshop for Local Kids

Peacock Automotive will host a free family event on Dec. 9 at Peacock Auto Mall

(JASPER COUNTY, SC) Peacock Automotive plans to host “Santa’s Workshop” from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, for local families. The event will be free of charge and will take place at the Peacock Auto Mall, located at 84 Auto Mall Blvd. near Bluffton.

Guests will enjoy photos with Santa Claus, gingerbread cookie decorating, a hot chocolate bar and free hot dogs. Live musician, David Ross, will be performing Christmas carols that guests are encouraged to sing along.

There will also be a toy collection drive benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry. Wish-list items for the toy drive include children’s books, coloring books, toy trucks, building blocks, multicultural dolls, musical toys, play dough sets, large piece puzzles, pull toys, sports equipment, board games and art supplies, including glue sticks, markers, scissors and stickers. All toys must be new and unopened and can be dropped off at any dealership in the Peacock Auto Mall from now leading up to the event.

“During the holiday season, we always strive to find ways to give back even more to our community,” said Warner Peacock, President and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “Peacock Automotive is centered around our family-first values, and this event is focused on bringing Christmas cheer to the boys and girls of the Lowcountry.”

According to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 84 percent of members who attend Clubs regularly believe they can make a difference in the community. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry operates six clubs in Beaufort and Jasper Counties with over 2,200 members ages six to 18 years.

For more information, please visit www.peacockautomall.com or Peacock Auto Mall’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PeacockAutoMall/.

Peacock Automotive Presents Santa's Workshop

Peacock Automotive Presents Santa’s Workshop

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. Thirteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including AudiChryslerDodgeFiatGenesisHyundaiJaguarJeepLand RoverPorscheRamSubaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C., and its subsidiary Peacock-Griffey Automotive owns Peacock Subaru and Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager
912-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Q&A: Please Meet Mike Hughes

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Q&A: Please Meet Mike Hughes

Please Meet H. Michael Hughes Ph.D.
President
Bethesda Academy

Q: When did you join Bethesda?
A: I started my service as President of Bethesda Academy in the summer of 2016.

Q: What is your experience in education and how long have you been an educator?
A: Prior to accepting the position at Bethesda, I served as headmaster for 5 years at Antilles School in St. Thomas, which is considered to be one of the finest independent schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I also led Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville as its superintendent (president) during a six-year comprehensive rebranding period from 1999 to 2005. I taught college for eight years at West Point, and also served as Director of the Center there. I have been a teacher for 31 years and earned graduate degrees at the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Q: What motivated you to get into education?
A: I was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s vision for his final years to establish an institution of learning for those who follow us. I thought that becoming a school leader to inspire and develop young people would be a very meaningful, intrinsically satisfying way to end my working career. And it has.

Q: What did you do before becoming an educator?
A: After graduation from West Point, I proudly served our nation as an Infantry officer in the United States Army during a 22-year career. My service included assignments in California and at Ft. Benning, GA; as well as with the U.S. European Command in Germany and in the Middle East. I also served as an infantry rifle company commander along the DMZ in Korea and culminated my military career as a tenured associate professor at West Point.

Q: What is your most meaningful contribution as a teacher/mentor?
A: As a teacher of leadership and counseling for eight years at West Point, I taught hundreds of cadets and had a life-changing impact on an entire generation of young men and women who would become superb Army officers. I take pride in celebrating the successes of my former students, whether they become community leaders or represent our Country in leading the global war on terror.

Q: What sets your leadership style apart?
A: My leadership style is very intense, focused, hands-on and engaged. During my numerous experiences as a leadership instructor at West Point, MIT, and the Army, I learned the key lesson that leadership skills can be learned if taught in several modes including theory and practical skills combined with an opportunity to learn from other successful leaders from many areas of life.

Q: What are your most memorable awards?
A: Truly, my “most memorable” award was the privilege of working with America’s finest young men and women at West Point, the United States Army, and in fine schools like Bethesda Academy. When I retired from active duty in 1999 as a Lieutenant Colonel, I was humbled to receive the Legion of Merit for my contributions to the United States Army and West Point. Also, during my doctoral studies and formal training at the University of Virginia, I was selected as a lifetime member of the prestigious Raven Society for my contributions to the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville community in leadership and community service.

Q: What is your vision for Bethesda Academy?
A: I believe Bethesda will become a transformative leadership academy that provides a superb academic and preparatory experience, both college and vocational, to help each boy reach his potential. To achieve this, we have renewed and strengthened our mission to teach meaningful leadership skills to each Bethesda boy and created a new curriculum to support it.

Q: What are three things you want the community to know about Bethesda Academy?
1) Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. That being said, we are no longer an orphanage. Now we are a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
2) Bethesda Academy is an all-male school, and as such, we are fiercely proud that 95 percent of our students graduate on time, and 85 percent of our students go on to college.
3) Bethesda Academy is formalizing an organizational structure to build an effective leadership team and beginning the transformation to a leadership academy.

Q: What are the benefits of an all male school?
A: Founded on a belief in God, Bethesda nurtures boys through competency-based, flexible instructional programs and work preparation so they will grow into responsible citizens. Bethesda offers an education in a smaller, supervised, supportive environment. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum.

Q: Does Bethesda offer any special programs?
A: Students in grades 9–12 spend one class period of their schedule each day in one of our Campus internships. While the experiences are all unique, students are taught and expected to demonstrate solid work ethic skills. Student interns are currently managed by peer mentors in the following areas: athletics, athletic training, wildlife sanctuary and preserve, dining services, office assistants, development marketing and hospitality, introduction to digital media, teacher’s aide, cattle and beef program, farm and gardens and maintenance.

Q: How can the community get involved?
A: The community can help by providing funding support and opportunities for internships, as well as externship experiences.

Q: How many employees do you have?
A: We have 40 staff members.

Q: Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book?
A: I first read “Once an Eagle” by Anton Myrer in 1976 when I was an infantry commander stationed in Korea. It is both a military book and a leadership book and a great study in character, contrasting the lives of two officers. One takes care of his soldiers and serves his country. The other man serves himself only, always seeking a higher rank. A valuable lesson I learned from reading the book is always to get on the ground and see what’s really happening with the people you lead.

Q: Tell us about your family and what you enjoy doing when you aren’t working.
A: My wife Donna and I love it here in Savannah. During my military career, I spent time at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield and developed an appreciation and love for the Savannah area, so it felt like coming home when we came to Bethesda and Savannah. Donna and I have three grown children, two daughters and a son, two of whom are teachers, and one who is an attorney. I like working out by weight lifting and exercising on a tread-climber. I also enjoy spending time with my wife, along with outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and exploring.

Bethesda Academy President H. Michael Hughes, Ph.D.

Bethesda Academy President H. Michael Hughes, Ph.D.

Contact information:
Location: 9520 Ferguson Road, Savannah, GA 31406.
Call: 912.644.4376
Email: mike.hughes@bethesdaacademy.org. 
Website: www.bethesdaacademy.org

Ten Things Parents Should Know about Autism

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Ten Things Parents Should Know about Autism

Matthew Reardon Center for Autism Open House Nov 15

With 1 in 68 children, 1 in 44 boys, and 1% of USA population having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the below list will help parents identify signs and symptoms of autism.

They can also stop by The Open House for The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism, taking place Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5:30-7:00 pm.

The Center for Autism operates southeast Georgia’s only accredited year-round day school for children with autism as part of the ADVANCE Academy. For more information visit http://www.matthewreardon.org/

The following is a modified excerpt from Ron Sandison’s blog, 10 Things Teachers should know about Autism.

1.Every child with autism is unique. Some children are nonverbal and may never be able to speak. Many children with autism are highly intelligent and learn to read and write at an early age. Some children with an autism diagnosis can have an unbelievable gift for math, music, or art. Parents should know that autism is a spectrum, and each child is distinct and should not be labeled based on his or her place on the bell-shaped curve. A high-support child may not be a low-functioning child.

2.Every child with autism has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. Parents must use learning styles that fit the child’s strengths.

3.Children with autism usually have a special interest. We should use the child’s passion as a motivational tool for learning new subjects. Julie Ann Reed, whose son has Asperger’s, said, “If your son or daughter has an obsession, use it to help him or her to learn new material. My son Paul is obsessed with computers; so I use computers as a reward system.”

4. Children with autism usually have repetitive behavioral patterns. Parents should understand a child’s routine and help him to follow his patterns to prevent a tantrum or meltdown. Disruptions in schedule can result in extreme anxiety and anger.

5.Children with autism usually have sensory issues. Most of us pay little attention to our senses. When you feel cold, you put on a sweater. When music is too loud, you turn down the volume. For some children with autism, senses provide unreliable information causing great discomfort and anxiety. These children may experience sensory issues with touch, sound, taste, smell, or sight. Parents need to be aware of sensory issues a child may experience in his environment.

6.Children with autism may display stimming behavior. When you bite your nails, tap your pencil, or twirl your hair, you are engaging in the behavior pattern called stimming. This behavior with children of autism can include flapping their hands up-and-down, pacing in circles, rocking back-and-forth, or spinning their whole body. Autistic stimming can be a hindrance by prohibiting the child from interacting with peers.

7. Children with autism tend to experience difficulty with understanding verbal instructions. Parents should relay their instructions in easy-to-follow steps and also use visual aids to ensure your child understands your instructions.

8. Children with autism may have difficultly decoding social cues. Inability to interpret nonverbal communication will cause a child to feel awkward in social settings. Parents should teach students with autism to model their peers through deliberate and specific observation and instruction.

9.Children with autism who lack social skills may make inappropriate and mean comments. Parents need to be prepared for a child with autism to say hurtful words and not to take those comments personally. Teach the child by your own example to say words of praise and thanksgiving.

10. Like all children, children with autism need your love and encouragement. Many children with autism may feel isolated due to having been bullied. Your love and support will encourage your students.

MRCA also offers regular instructional and training opportunities to parents and family members, educators, health professionals, college interns and self-advocates.

Ron Sandison works full-time in the medical field and is a professor of theology at Destiny School of Ministry. He is a task force member for the Autism Society’s Faith Initiative and is on the autism spectrum. (http://www.autism-society.org/10-things-every-teacher-know-autism/)

Matthew Rearden Center for Autism Open House

ABOUT THE MATTHEW REARDON CENTER FOR AUTISM (MRCA):
MRCA operates southeast Georgia’s only accredited year-round day school for children with autism. They have provided advocacy and outreach services to more than 800 families across southeast Georgia and have hosted professional training and instructional opportunities for more than 4,000 family members, educators, health professionals and self-advocates. The organization was incorporated in 2000 and currently serves 22 students through ADVANCE Academy. They have 11 full-time employees and operate in a 6000 sq foot suite located at 6602 Abercorn St #200, Savannah, GA 31405. Website: http://www.matthewreardon.org/

DIRECTIONS TO MRCA:
The center is located off the Northeast corner where Abercorn St. intersects with Jackson Blvd. (just north of Chucky Cheese), 2nd floor.

CONTACT
Patti T. Victor, President and CEO
The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism, Inc, and Advance Academy
912-355-9098 (office)
912-352-2460 (fax)
pvictor@matthewreardon.org
www.matthewreardon.org

Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire Announces Holiday Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank

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Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire Announces Holiday Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, Savannah’s eco-friendly and caring alternative to traditional junk removal, is holding a food drive to benefit America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia food bank.

“We chose this as The Junkluggers’ first official charity event because we are drawn to the synergy between organizations with the same purpose – helping those in the community,” said Trevor Hess, owner and president of the local franchise. “Our family has participated with and volunteers for Second Harvest, and it’s a charity we believe in and want to support.”

During November, Hess and his wife, Misty, who is also his business partner, will be asking customers to participate by donating non-perishable foods at the time of service. They hope to raise $2,400 and collect 15,000 food items.

The Junkluggers will then deliver the donations to the Second Harvest food bank on Friday, Dec. 8. The warehouse and distribution center serves more than 300 non-profit and faith-based agencies throughout 21 counties in Coastal Georgia.

“The food bank distributes more than 12 million pounds of food throughout Coastal Georgia to help relieve hunger each year,” Hess said. “Not only does this help families in need, but it also rescues truckloads of food that retail businesses might otherwise discard into the waste stream.”

It is estimated that food procured by Second Harvest represents a savings of greater than $19 million dollars in food costs for its partner agencies, which allows them to provide other services to those in need.

“Our mission is similarly aligned to the food bank’s in that we believe in donating first, recycling next and avoiding landfills as much as possible,” Hess said. “As an eco-friendly, caring alternative to traditional junk removal, our goal is to protect the community we live in by sorting everything we put on the truck for donations, recycling and disposal, with the landfill always being the last stop for any items removed.”

Junkluggers is committed to presenting monthly donations to local charities and is developing partnerships with several local causes and non-profits. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com.

MORE ABOUT THE JUNKLUGGERS OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, owned by Trevor and Misty Hess, serves as an environmentally friendly junk removal company for Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Georgia, plus Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. The company offers same day and next day appointments. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances. All luggers are background-checked and professionally trained, and the company is insured with 100 percent property damage protection. The company is committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community as well as providing public education on issues such as recycling, donating and repurposing. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com.

CONTACT
Trevor Hess
The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire
912-712-0227
www.junkluggers.com
trevor.hess@junkluggers.com

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Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-856-9075
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Peacock Automotive Announces Acquisition of Savannah Hyundai

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Peacock Automotive Announces Acquisition of Savannah Hyundai

(SAVANNAH, GA) Peacock Automotive has announced it bought the Savannah Hyundai dealership at 7011 Abercorn Street from previous owner Mark Medinger on Nov. 8. With the addition of the new Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Peacock Automotive has expanded its Savannah footprint to cover more than 15 acres with four conveniently located dealerships.

“We have owned the Hyundai dealership in the Bluffton, S.C., area since 2006,” said Warner Peacock, President and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We like the brand and like working with this manufacturer, which is known for offering a 10-year, 100-thousand-mile warranty. The Savannah Hyundai location is also perfect for us, as it is next to our other properties in Savannah.”

Peacock Hyundai of Savannah has approximately 30,000 square feet, including a service department, used car facility and new car facility. It’s located next to Peacock Automotive’s Savannah Volkswagen, Savannah Fiat and Alfa Romeo of Savannah dealerships.

“This new acquisition is now part of the Peacock Automotive family, so customers will receive the same great treatment, service and selection that they receive at all of our other dealerships,” Peacock said. “We want our customers to have the best experience possible when buying or servicing their vehicles, and Hyundai will embrace this as well. Our No. 1 goal is zero dissatisfied customers.”

The Hyundai dealership was updated recently to meet the car manufacturer’s corporate identity standards and to better serve customers. Current employees will stay with the Peacock Automotive group. Overall, the firm will add 60 jobs to its roster of about 600 people employed at its 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. The company is headquartered at the Peacock Auto Mall at the I-95 Hilton Head Island gateway near Bluffton, S.C.

Angelo Minichiello, who manages Peacock Automotive’s other Savannah dealerships, has been named general manager of Peacock Hyundai of Savannah. For more information about Peacock Hyundai of Savannah, visit www.peacockhyundaiofsavannah.com. For Peacock Automotive information, visit www.peacockautomotive.com or call (843) 208-1258.

Peacock Hyundai Savannah

Peacock Hyundai Savannah

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. Thirteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including AudiChryslerDodgeFiatGenesisHyundaiJaguarJeepLand RoverPorscheRamSubaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C., and its subsidiary Peacock-Griffey Automotive owns Peacock Subaru and Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

Peacock Auto Mall

Peacock Auto Mall

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