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June 2019

Aging in Place: Ways to Update a House for Staying Long Term

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Aging in Place: Ways to Update a House for Staying Long Term
By Sherry Daniel

No one likes to bring up the dreaded move that many of us fear will face us in the future. What am I referring to? Retirement homes.

No matter how improved and comfortable retirement homes may be, there’s nothing quite like living in a home in which you’ve made memories and crafted to suit your personality and needs.

With this in mind, many of our elderly neighbors are choosing to remain in their family homes rather than move to a retirement facility. To make that work smoothly, however, renovations are needed to adjust for an aging individual’s changing needs.

As the CEO and owner of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah, I notice different trends when we see an influx of specific requests. Lately, we’ve had more and more of our older customers ask for services such as height adjustments, mobility assistance installations and easier methods of accessibility in bathrooms and kitchens.

If you’re considering selling your home and moving to a retirement community, you might want to think about repairs or renovations that could make your home accessible. Below are 10 home plumbing renovations that will improve the accessibility of different parts of your house and allow you to postpone or avoid moving to a retirement home altogether.

1. Install pressure-balanced valves to provide water at steady temperatures regardless of pressure fluctuations in your kitchen and bathrooms.

2. Install grips around the shower, the toilet and your bed. Strategically located grab bars can prevent life-threatening falls. Slip-prevention flooring can help you feel secure as well.

3. Install hand-held, adjustable height, shower heads with a six-foot hose to direct the water where it’s needed.

4. Add a fold-down seat or bench in the shower. Some come with padded backs for extra comfort. Others will have a structure that extends outside the tub for easy entrance and exit.

5. Keep your spaces wide. Keep entryways, hallways and bathroom spaces clear of obstacles and wide enough for a wheelchair or other assistance device.

6. Install a toilet with the necessary height. Having the toilet at the proper height can make an incredible difference in the comfort and safety of your bathroom. A toilet paper holder designed for one-handed changing might be an added bonus.

7. Depending on your needs, a toilet/bidet combination can significantly improve hygiene.

8. Walk-in tubs and roll-in showers are imperative for those with mobility inhibitors. A roll-in shower is a shower stall that has a curb-less entrance and the door (or opening) is a minimum of 36 inches wide.

9. Consider a wheelchair accessible sink that is hung on the wall to leave space for your knees (or wheelchair) beneath a pipe-covering panel to protect your legs. You can also install lever handle faucets or faucets that are pedal controlled.

10. Install adjustable height (or varying height) counter tops with provisions for roll-under access in front of the sink and main counter top.

Taking advantage of these 10 tips can make your bathrooms wheelchair or simply “aging” accessible. Making these renovations can extend the amount of time you can live safely in your family home.

Sherry Daniel is the owner and CEO of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah. Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah is headquartered at 2016 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401. The main office line is 912-355-1287 and you may contact Sherry Daniel directly at 912-629-1646. The local website is http://www.rotosavannah.com/

Sherry Daniel, Roto Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

Sherry Daniel, Roto Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

 

 

Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket Named to Board of Trustees for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter

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Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket Named to Board of Trustees for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter

(Atlanta, GA, June 1, 2019) The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Georgia Chapter is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket, to its Board of Trustees. Fatzinger joins a group of 18 fellow Trustees to provide strategic guidance, financial oversight, and fundraising assistance for LLS.

Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket

Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket

Fatzinger is the Director of Foodservice Operations for Enmarket. He is a restaurant industry veteran with a background in Operations, Training, and Franchising working with some of the best-known name brands in the world. With a background in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Fatzinger made a name for himself opening concepts in non-traditional and international locations. Currently, he is bringing cutting edge food and beverage technology and programs into the Convenience Store space while growing a franchise footprint into non-traditional locations.

Fatzinger is passionate about classic books, educating the future generations, and enjoying an outdoors/ fitness lifestyle- especially on a road cycle. His volunteer efforts have included involvement in local politics, international missions and raising money for organizations helping those who are often overlooked.

The Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, headquartered in Atlanta with satellite offices in Augusta and Savannah, helps those diagnosed with blood cancers with financial and emotional support. Through a variety of fundraising campaigns and directed gifts, the Georgia Chapter raised $11 million in fiscal year 2019 to help fund its mission.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

The Georgia Chapter serves patients with a variety of programs including the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program, the Georgia Blood Cancer Conference, and the LLS Co-Pay Assistance Program which provided over $2.1 million to patients statewide in fiscal year 2018. Currently, LLS is investing $1,334,000 in support of three local research projects at Emory University through multiyear grants. It is estimated that there will be approximately 4,810 new diagnoses for blood cancer in Georgia in 2019. Please visit www.lls.org/ga for more information.

About Enmarket
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

Enmarket

EquipmentShare Breaks Ground on New Rental Equipment Facility in Richmond Hill

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EquipmentShare Breaks Ground on New Rental Equipment Facility in Richmond Hill

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) EquipmentShare, a national equipment rental business, broke ground on a new facility, located at 145 Thunderbird Dr., Richmond Hill, GA. This facility will be used as an equipment rental facility, as well as, one of their installation centers for their Tech company, Equipment Share Track. The Dewitt Tilton Group is the contractor for the project.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jonathan Miller, Director of Construction (EquipmentShare); Billy Meadows, Territory Manager (EquipmentShare); David Brown, Director of Business Development (EquipmentShare); Matt Hicks, General Manager (EquipmentShare); Chris Tilton (The Dewitt Tilton Group); Kim Thomas (The Dewitt Tilton Group); Councilman Bill Donahue (Richmond Hill); Suzanne Meadows (The Trisha Cook Team of Keller Williams Realty)

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jonathan Miller, Director of Construction (EquipmentShare); Billy Meadows, Territory Manager (EquipmentShare); David Brown, Director of Business Development (EquipmentShare); Matt Hicks, General Manager (EquipmentShare); Chris Tilton (The Dewitt Tilton Group); Kim Thomas (The Dewitt Tilton Group); Councilman Bill Donahue (Richmond Hill); Suzanne Meadows (The Trisha Cook Team of Keller Williams Realty)

“This is a build-to-suit project for our client, and it will be the first location in Georgia for EquipmentShare, where the closest existing locations are Charleston and Jacksonville,” said Chris Tilton, one of the principals of the Savannah-based construction firm.

EquipmentShare is a contractor-focused equipment rental business, giving contractors access to an extensive construction fleet. The company also offers technology solutions and other services to the contracting field. Founded in 2014, it operates 26 facilities in 11 states.

Construction is expected to be complete on EquipmentShare’s new building late this year or in January 2020. The facility will feature 20-foot eave heights, six 16’ tall garage doors, washing bay, office space and fully fenced equipment yard.

MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

CORPORATE OFFICE
Jon Miller
Director – Construction and Development
(423) 402-7270
jon.miller@equipmentshare.com

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Park Place Outreach and Greenbriar Children’s Center Host Emory Law Presentation on Family First Prevention Services Act at Breakfast Meeting

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Park Place Outreach and Greenbriar Children’s Center Host Emory Law Presentation on Family First Prevention Services Act at Breakfast Meeting

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services and Greenbriar Children’s Center hosted a presentation by Melissa D. Carter, Clinical Professor of Law and Executive Director of Emory Law’s Barton Child Law and Policy Center; Shelby Zimmer, Acting Family First Director and Federal Plans Manager for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services; and Gabrielle Kreisley Sheely, Lawyer and Consultant in the child and youth services field.

Family First Breakfast Meeting hosted by Park Place Outreach

Family First Breakfast Meeting hosted by Park Place Outreach

This three-hour session explained the federal Family First Prevention Services Act and how it will impact Chatham County youth. This major revamp of federal child welfare laws was signed into law in 2018 and goes into effect in Georgia in October 2020. The Act changes key funding formulas and is intended to encourage keeping children within their families instead of in foster care and to discourage long-term placement in group homes.

ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SERVICES
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services, 514 E. Henry St., supports runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth, ages 11-21, through a variety of residential and after-school programs. Serving teens since 1984, Park Place’s mission is to provide services to at-risk youth and their families, increase their functional level, and reunify families whenever possible. The Emergency Shelter is open 24 hours a day and provides a safe, secure, and loving environment. Park Place Outreach is the only facility in Savannah where youth can self-admit without an agency referral. Park Place Outreach’s other programs include the Street Outreach Program to identify homeless and nearly homeless teens and young adults and provide them with support services to get off the streets, Family Preservation for Teens to help teens remain safely in their homes to maintain family stability, and the new Mission: Possible Transitional Living Program for males ages 16-21.

Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Services is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped more than 6,500 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or find us on Facebook.

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

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Leadership Southeast Georgia Graduates Class of 2019 After Studying Healthy Communities and Infrastructure in Chatham County

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Leadership Southeast Georgia Graduates Class of 2019 After Studying Healthy Communities and Infrastructure in Chatham County

(SAVANNAH, GEORGIA) Twenty-five business and civic leaders from 10 southeast Georgia counties graduated from the 2019 session of Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA), wrapping up with a session in Chatham County.

“We’ve put this group through the paces, with sessions that ranged from tours of the nuclear submarine base in St. Mary’s to a working farm outside of Statesboro,” said Lee Beckmann, a Georgia Ports Authority official who has served as chairman of the leadership group for the past two years. “We had professionally led sessions on essential topics such as leadership styles and communication. Still, the most important opportunity was that of getting to know classmates, and the most powerful message was the overall interconnectedness of our coastal communities.”

The five-month program, which is in its 20th year, is designed to connect and inspire engaged community leaders to improve the overall quality of life in Coastal Georgia.

The group’s schedule for 2019 included stops in Glynn, Bulloch, Camden, Bryan and Liberty counties before the final session in Chatham. Stops were chosen for their ability to give unique perspectives on key topics that included natural resources, education, agriculture, military impact, disaster preparedness and economic development.

The group’s fifth and final session included discussions of health and infrastructure, featuring tours of ongoing projects in Savannah, the Waters Professional Health Services Building on the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University, and the Georgia Ports Authority as well as Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

They also heard a presentation on the Savannah Economic Development Authority and World Trade Center Savannah before hearing the keynote presentation from Lt. Col. Kenneth Dwyer, Hunter Army Airfield Garrison commander.

The class was then presented their graduation plaques.

LSEGA Class of 2019

The LSEGA graduating class of 2019 includes:
Laura Lee Bocade, DIRTT Environmental Solutions (Chatham)
Stephanie Brown, Jekyll Island Authority (Camden)
Leia Dedic, Savannah Economic Development Authority (Chatham)
Dr. Robin K. Ellert, Department of the Army (Liberty)
Chris Ellison, The Heritage Bank (Long)
Justin Farquhar, Development Authority of Bryan County (Bryan)
Jenny Gentry, JP Morgan Chase & Co. (Chatham)
Emily Goldman, Georgia Ports Authority (Effingham)
Gloria Goosby, Georgia Southern University (Bulloch)
Allyson Harvin, SERVPRO of Savannah (Chatham)
Staci Ignell, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (Chatham)
Kimberly Iler, Coldwell Banker Commercial (Effingham)
Will Johnson, Evans General Contractors (Chatham)
Francesca Macchiaverna, HunterMaclean (Chatham)
Dawn Malin, McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority (McIntosh)
Ronald McGee, Comcast (Chatham)
Tanya Milton, The Savannah Tribune (Chatham)
DJ Roberson, Daniel Defense, Inc. (Effingham)
Madison Roesel, The SACK Company (Bulloch)
Matt Sawhill, Georgia Power – Southern Company (Bulloch)
Ryan Sewell, Sterling Seacrest Partners (Chatham)
Kevin Smith, P.E., Thomas & Hutton (Chatham)
Ron Stalnaker, Georgia Southern University (Bulloch)
Mark Stovall, SunTrust Bank (Glynn)
Walter Strong III, The Strong Group / Alair Homes Savannah (Chatham)

Nominations for the 2020 LSEGA program will open on Monday, July 1.

ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgia is a five-month region-wide program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to most effectively advance positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region. The executive board and program participants represent a variety of industries across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. From February through May, the class spends one weekend a month traveling to surrounding counties to learn more about regional issues such as healthcare, education, natural resources, economic development and transportation. For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/

CONTACT
Lee Beckmann
Leadership Southeast Georgia
LBECKMANN@gaports.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, June 24, 2019

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EQUIPMENTSHARE BREAKS GROUND
(RICHMOND HILL, GA) EquipmentShare, a national equipment rental business, broke ground on a new facility, located at 145 Thunderbird Dr., Richmond Hill, GA. This facility will be used as an equipment rental facility, as well as, one of their installation centers for their Tech company, Equipment Share Track. The Dewitt Tilton Group is the contractor for the project. EquipmentShare is a contractor-focused equipment rental business, giving contractors access to an extensive construction fleet. The company also offers technology solutions and other services to the contracting field. Founded in 2014, it operates 26 facilities in 11 states. For more information, please visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2019/06/equipmentshare-breaks-ground-new-rental-equipment-facility-richmond-hill/  

AGING IN PLACE: RENOVATION TIPS TO UPDATE A HOUSE FOR STAYING LONG TERM

(SAVANNAH, GA) It’s something no one wants to talk about. Where will you (or your parents) go when you “outlive” your home? Stairs and narrow showers aren’t the most accommodating options for individuals in the older years. Sherry Daniel, owner and CEO of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah, shares her tips for staying in a home through the aging process in this article published in Mechanical Hub: https://mechanical-hub.com/aging-in-place-ways-to-update-a-house-for-staying-long-term/ 

LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA GRADUATES CLASS OF 2019

(SAVANNAH, GA) Twenty-five business and civic leaders from 10 southeast Georgia counties graduated from the 2019 session of Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA), wrapping up with a session in Chatham County. The five-month program, which is in its 20th year, is designed to connect and inspire engaged community leaders to improve the overall quality of life in Coastal Georgia. The group’s fifth and final session included discussions of health and infrastructure, featuring tours of ongoing projects in Savannah, the Waters Professional Health Services Building on the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University, and the Georgia Ports Authority as well as Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Nominations for the 2020 LSEGA program will open on Monday, July 1. For more information, please visit https://www.savannahbusinessjournal.com/news-categories/people-in-the-news/9281-june-19-leadership-southeast-georgia-graduates-class-of-2019-after-studying-healthy-communities-and-infrastructure-in-chatham-county.html

LSEGA Class of 2019

LSEGA Class of 2019


LDSS ANNOUNCES CAMP BUDDY 2019 IN CHATHAM, EFFINGHAM

(CHATHAM AND EFFINGHAM COUNTIES) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will host its eleventh annual Camp Buddy summer camps in Chatham and Effingham Counties later this month and in July. The Effingham County camp is scheduled for June 24-28; in Chatham County, it will be held July 8-19. Camp Buddy offers programs to prepare children for the upcoming school year with the goal of promoting information retention from the previous year. Special education teachers along with occupational, physical and speech therapists have worked to design a customized curriculum for the program. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/ 

LEADERSHIP SAVANNAH APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

(SAVANNAH, GA) Applications for the 2019-2020 Leadership Savannah class are currently being accepted. This will be a one-year class. The class will be limited to 42 people. The Selections Committee is seeking representation from a cross-section of the community. These leaders and potential leaders will be active in business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organizations and ethnic and minority groups and will reflect the diversity of the community. Applicants must have the full support of their organization or corporation they represent. To apply, go to www.leadershipsavannah.org 

FIVE MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN SELLING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Proper planning can mean thousands of dollars in your pocket, and finding the right person to represent your business is key. Best Business Brokers (B3) has worked with hundreds of businesses over the years and knows how to provide help a business owner might not even know to ask for. For more information, visit https://www.thebalancesmb.com/selling-your-small-business-mistakes-2890127 or www.b3brokers.com

PARK PLACE OUTREACH AND GREENBRIAR CHILDREN’S CENTER HOST EMORY LAW PRESENTATION ON FAMILY FIRST PREVENTION SERVICES ACT

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services and Greenbriar Children’s Center hosted a presentation by Melissa D. Carter, Clinical Professor of Law and Executive Director of Emory Law’s Barton Child Law and Policy Center; Shelby Zimmer, Acting Family First Director and Federal Plans Manager for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services; and Gabrielle Kreisley Sheely, Lawyer and Consultant in the child and youth services field. This three-hour session explained the federal Family First Prevention Services Act and how it will impact Chatham County youth. For more information on Park Place Outreach, please visit https://parkplaceyes.org/ and for more information on Greenbriar Children’s Center, please visit https://greenbriarchildrenscenter.org/

STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS RECAP VIDEO

(SAVANNAH, GA) Did you miss the 7th annual State of Small Business in Chatham County? Don’t fret! You can watch a full recap here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoTdLN2k1GM&feature=youtu.be 

COFFEE CHATS AT THE CLYDE VENUE – JULY 2

(SAVANNAH, GA) Wake up and smell the coffee! At this first-thing-in-the-morning networking opportunity hosted by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, participants will begin with 30 minutes of open networking, then spend 30 minutes listening to each attendee share a 10-15 second “elevator pitch” about who they are and what they do. After everyone has spoken, the group will spend another 30 minutes meeting and greeting their new acquaintances. Sip on coffee while you pass out business cards and meet potential clients and partners. For more information, please visit https://www.savannahchamber.com/news-and-events/

THIRD ANNUAL THRIVE LOWCOUNTRY WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) The SC Lowcountry SCORE Chapter and the HHI-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce presents the third annual Thrive Conference, the premier women’s event of the Lowcountry. This year’s theme is “Achieving Results” with a goal to educate, empower and engage women and guests of all ages, in all stages of life with intent to motivate every guest to reach their full potential and ultimately realize results. New this year? BizPitch! Learn more here:


“INSPIRE YOUR COMMUNITY” PODCAST DONATES $1000 IN SUPPORT OF POLICE SGT. ANSARI’S FAMILY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Representatives of Pooler Elementary School and the 200 Club were each presented a check for $500 from the founder of the “Inspire Your Community” podcast, in recognition of the support these organizations provided to the families of the late Savannah Police Sgt. Kelvin Ansari, who died after being shot while investigating an armed robbery the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Chris Tilton, one of two principals at the Dewitt Tilton Group construction firm, founded the “Inspire Your Community” podcast and said that the nominations for both organizations aligned perfectly with the mission of the podcast and supports its motto: “Do Good, See Good, Inspire Others.” To watch the video from the donation to Pooler Elementary, please visit https://youtu.be/Uh5oXUAG5I0 To learn more about this donation, please visit https://www.savannahnow.com/entertainmentlife/20190616/our-community-recognizing-those-who-inspire-your-community 


WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A SUCCESSFUL WOMAN IN THE FIELD OF ARCHITECTURE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Wondering what it takes to a be a successful woman in the field of architecture? Gretchen Callejas, project architect at Felder & Associates, has a few words of wisdom. In her article, Callejas discusses “the missing 32%”, work-life balance for women in her industry, and the need for female mentors who are willing to assist the next generation of ambitious women who equally love the field. A phenomenal read, you can find her article here: https://www.professionalwomanmag.com/2019/06/successful-woman-field-architecture/ 


PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE PARTNERS WITH TOWN OF BLUFFTON TO END DISTRACTED DRIVING

(BLUFFTON, SC) South Carolina is one of only two remaining states without a hands-free law in effect. In an effort to end distracted driving, Peacock Automotive and the Town of Bluffton have partnered with the Lutzie 43 Foundation. Watch this short video to find out why joining the fight against distracted driving is so important for South Carolina’s safety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xqXcJ7IwHI&feature=youtu.be 

JUNE 25TH LECTURE TO EXPLORE FOOD INSECURITY IN SAVANNAH 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Food insecurity issues in Savannah will be the focus of the second presentations of the 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series on Tuesday, June 25, at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St. The presenter will be Desirae Suggs, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica who is studying to become a registered dietitian. Doors will open for the June 25 event at 11:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 11:45 a.m. Read more about Desirae and her upcoming speech’s topic in this Savannah Morning News article: https://www.savannahnow.com/entertainmentlife/20190616/finish-line-look-at-ways-to-overcome-food-insecurity

Desirae Suggs, Enmarket Encourage Health Series


COMMERCIAL SPACE AVAILABLE FOR RENT IN POOLER

(POOLER, GA) Looking for a new space to house your company or part of your services? 4,500 square feet of commercial space is available for rent in Pooler. Built in 2008, the space includes a fully conditioned warehouse, a new, build-out-of office, two drive-in doors, and a lighted, secure flex space. For more information, please visit https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/1018-Highway-80-W-Pooler-GA/15197015/ 

LOWCOUNTRY LADIES LUNCHEON TO BE HELD AUGUST 9

(BLUFFTON, SC) Laurie Brown, founder and owner of Aunt Laurie’s, announced the next Lowcountry Ladies Luncheon will once again be held in Bluffton at Venue 1223 on August 9. The event is intended to help support local women owned businesses and to help women network in effort to grow personally and professionally. The event will also offer vendors for selling products and services.Attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch at noon with ample time for networking and meeting new friends. Local women business owners will have vendor displays and guests will have time for shopping before and after lunch. Bringing business cards for networking and prize drawings is highly recommended.Registration is now open, and seating is limited. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at https://g.co/kgs/bPu1ZS

SAVANNAH CHAMBER HONORS LOCAL BUSINESSES 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce honored local businesses for their dedication to the community at their annual Business Awards Banquet. Find out who the winners of the 2019 awards are here: https://www.savannahnow.com/business/20190613/savannah-chamber-honors-local-businesses 

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR FREE MOUTH SHIELD PROGRAM FOR LOCAL SPORTS TEAMS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sports teams in the Savannah area are invited to apply for free custom-fit mouth guards for their upcoming season courtesy of Angela Canfield, a local dentist who operates Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs in Rincon.Canfield will accept applications until Monday, July 1 for the 2019 Canfield Mouth Shield Program, which will provide mouth guards in team colors, valued at up to $10,000, for the team chosen for the program.For more information or to apply, visit https://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/mouth-shield-program/

DAWN’S DAUGHTERS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY OFFERS GUIDANCE TO YOUNG WOMEN 

(SAVANNAH, GA) 48 students from Chatham, Liberty, Bryan and Effingham counties are enrolled in this year’s Dawn’s Daughters Leadership Academy. The program not only helps young women learn more about career opportunities; it also teaches them life lessons. For more information, please visit https://www.wtoc.com/2019/06/10/dawns-daughters-leadership-academy-underway-this-week/

BAKER MCCULLOUGH FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION PARTNERS WITH HOSPICE SAVANNAH

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Giving Network is pleased to announce their latest corporate sponsor, Baker McCullough Funeral Home. Baker McCullough will be partnering with Hospice Savannah to bring video content to the organization’s outreach efforts. The videos will be featured on Hospice Savannah’s social media and their new mobile app, which will be an information and referral resource for families who use the services of both Hospice Savannah and The Edel Caregiver Institute. Read More at https://bit.ly/2I5gMed 

8TH ANNUAL CELEBRITY BOWLAPALOOZA KICKOFF AND AUCTION

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Savannah Ambucs and Vaden Nissan for a night of Fun and Fundraising at the 8th Annual Celebrity Bowlapalooza Kickoff and Auction. It will feature a compelling story on How Savannah Ambucs Impacts lives in the Savannah Community, Dinner, Introduction of this years’ Celebrity Bowlers, and  Silent and Live Auction.Here is the link to purchase tickets http://e.givesmart.com/events/dih. Click on tickets to purchase your table or tickets today. We will sell out so don’t wait!

GET TO KNOW SAVANNAH’S BO BOWEN

(SOUTH MAGAZINE) Do you know Charles “Bo” Bowen? If you don’t, you should! Founder of The Bowen Law Group, an expert in the entertainment industry and a true advocate for local businesses, Bo represents dozens of companies in the Savannah area. If you don’t know Bo, learn more about him here: http://www.southmag.com/Lawyers/The-Bowen-Law-Group-2019/ 

Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen


BETHESDA ACADEMY’S PHILLIP DOVE TALKS ABOUT WHY HE LOVES BETHESDA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Phillip Dove, Bethesda Academy Class of 2015, talks about his favorite memories from his time at Bethesda in this video. From extracurricular activities to his favorite teacher, it’s obvious that Phillip treasures the school and appreciates his time at Bethesda Academy. To watch the full video, please visit https://www.facebook.com/112707498760536/videos/277055209755400/ 

5 LINKEDIN FEATURES FOR MARKETERS

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS®) LinkedIn can be tough for marketers to navigate. For five “under-the-radar” features that could be helpful for you or your business, please visit https://www.toprankblog.com/2019/06/linkedin-features-marketers/ 

16TH ANNUAL ROBBIE SMITH GOLF OUTING TO BENEFIT HOSPICE SAVANNAH

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 16th annual Robbie Smith Golf Outing benefiting not-for-profit Hospice Savannah, Inc. will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at The Club at Savannah Harbor.Players may register at www.RobbieGolf.com/register or call Kevin Ainsworth at 912.655.1933 or Ophelia Rodriguez at 912.629.1027. Proceeds will help sustain the life-enriching programs and services of Hospice Savannah, Inc.

7 BRANDS KILLING IT WITH HUMOR ON TWITTER 

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS®) Need a little Twitter inspiration? These seven brands are “killing the game” on the social media platform, and they’re using humor to do it! Check it out here: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/335485?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=webfeeds

MEET DAKOTA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Dakota! Dakota is a female mixed breed. Dakota is a 1-to-2-year-old little lover! She needs a little time to warm up to bigger dogs, and she likes to chase cats, so she will definitely have to meet any future fur siblings before adoption. Dakota will need a bit of patience to get used to her new home. For more information on Dakota or any of Coastal Pet Rescue’s other cats and dogs for adoption, please visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2018-d-302-dakota/ 

10th Annual Night of Champions Honors Differently-Abled Individuals and Their Employers

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10th Annual Night of Champions Honors Differently-Abled Individuals and Their Employers

(SAVANNAH, GA) Five “Champions” and their employers were recognized at the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s tenth annual Night of Champions held at the Savannah Convention Center.

The event recognized local businesses that hire and retain differently-abled people, including those with Down syndrome, and the contributions made by these employees who are designated as Champions.

The 2019 Champions include:

Erik Glasford
Effingham Health System
Glasford has worked in the operating room for almost three years now. He also mentors Project Search interns in the hospital.

Meghan Mayle
Bubba Gumbo’s Seafood Restaraunt
Mayle has mastered each task presented to her and steadily adds to her responsibilities.

Reginald Horton
The Savannah Bananas
Horton is entering his fourth season as part of the game day staff and helps with stadium maintenance.

Chris Maynor
DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Maynor is responsible for everything from assembling walls to assisting freight partners, in addition to training and assessing.

Chris Holt
Tybee Island YMCA
From the day Holt was hired, the YMCA has created a stronger team and community due to Holt’s enthusiasm and drive.

Night of Champions 2019

Night of Champions is an inspiring event for professional recognition of those individuals who exceed expectations while overcoming perceived barriers to employment. It’s a lot of individuals’ favorite event of the year, and our sponsors allow us to host past Champions for free,” says Tom Kenkel, the 2019 Night of Champions chairman.

In addition to recognizing community Champions and their employers, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society presented the 2019 President’s Award to Amy Wright, Founder and CEO of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee. Wright is an advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

John and Mark Cronin, owners of John’s Crazy Socks, were the keynote speakers for the evening. Celebrity chef and author Jamie Deen served as the emcee alongside Allyson Harvin.

The 2019 Night of Champions was presented by Grainger Honda and Grainger Nissan of Savannah. The event was sponsored by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS), Coastal Electric of Georgia, Inc., Matson, Marchese Construction, Goodwill Southeast Georgia, Harris Lowry Manton LLP, Rise Biscuits & Donuts, Soto ALG, The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra & Equinox Entertainment, Dr. and Mrs. Ben Spitalnick, South State Bank, Paula Kreissler, Kenkel Design, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Savannah Convention Center, Stayce K Photography and Podcast On The Go.

For more information, visit https://ldssga.org

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY 
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) supports people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact. LDSS encourages the whole family to attend; children of all ages are welcome. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit ldssga.org

CONTACT
Kayla Johnson
Executive Director
kjohnson@ldssga.org
912-436-3626

Metal Buildings as a Trend

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Metal Buildings: Modern Marvels?

By Chris Tilton

Time was, when you heard the words “metal building,” your lip might well curl a bit. The best that could be said was that they were utilitarian. They may have gotten the job done, but they didn’t do it with any style or grace.

It was sort of like your reaction to your least favorite neighbor’s eyesore of a metal yard shed but on a larger scale.

But things change. Bag phones became smartphones. Black-and-white TV became color and then the high definition. Video rental stores became streaming services. And metal buildings became a trend, driven by innovation that drove up demand. Today, a metal building may be the proper option for your new build.

Don’t just take my word for it, look at the statistics. Over the past five years, the structural metal product manufacturing in the US industry has grown to reach revenue of $50 billion in 2019, according to IBISWorld.

Sustainability has a lot to do with this. “Green” building practices are a driving force in today’s construction industry, and it’s kind of hard to beat a material that can be assembled with recycled metal and then be recycled itself decades down the road.

Metal buildings are “green” in more ways than that. Insulated metal panels, or IMPs, are the building blocks for many metal buildings. IMPs sandwich insulating foam between two “skins” of metal panels. Some of this material boasts impressive R-values, which is how we measure the effectiveness of an insulating product. Given Savannah’s climate, that’s a big plus.

Want more eco-features? Some forms of metal roofing reflect the sun’s heat, rather than passing it along into the building beneath. You don’t have to air condition heat that doesn’t get inside in the first place.

Other positive factors are durability and the fact metal buildings are inherently resistant to fire.

Modern manufacturing processes make precise fabrication of IMPs and other components possible. That means when raw materials arrive on the construction site for an intelligently designed metal building, they really aren’t “raw.” They’re ready for the assembly that makes them part of the cohesive building process.

But what about the appearance?

Even with all the plus factors metal buildings have going for them, I’d like to think no one wants to build a homely building, and early generations of metal buildings were just that. The Quonset hut of the World War II era wasn’t a beauty to most of us (although that trademarked product still has its fans today), and its successor buildings tended to be grim metal boxes – sort of soulless filing cabinets for factories and people.

But that’s changed, too. Architects have learned how to work with the new materials, and metal building components come with a versatile selection of shapes, sizes and finishes.

And in color? Well, builders are no longer limited to the dust-colored options of the first generation of metal building components. You know, those vague variations on beige, gray and olive. Instead, the full-color palate is available to play a role in metal buildings making positive design statements.

Metal buildings entered the market as industrial properties, places where utilitarianism was an asset. Today, however, they’re finding their way into properties that house retail or office space, places that depend, to some degree, on the commercial equivalent of curb appeal.

Is metal my favorite? Well, I confess to a certain fondness for the new Livingood’s store in Pooler, Jeff’s Beverage in Richmond Hill and the Preciball USA headquarters, metal buildings that we built in the last two years. It’s the perfect choice for some projects and a good choice for others – but not for all. Any new build project requires careful consideration of all the options, and there’s no cookie-cutter solution.

That said, metal buildings are here to stay, having shed their initial major flaws and picked up numerous refinements.

Chris Tilton is president and co-founder of Dewitt Tilton Group, a Savannah-area commercial construction company.

Chris Tilton
Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company

What it Takes to be a Successful Woman in the Field of Architecture

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What it Takes to be a Successful Woman in the Field of Architecture
By Gretchen Callejas

Frank Lloyd Wright. I.M. Pei. Those are the familiar names of two of America’s best-known architects.

Wright’s distinct prairie-style homes dot the American landscape while Pei’s large but elegantly designed urban buildings and complexes are among the world’s most famous architectural works. Pei’s projects, among others, include the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the controversial glass pyramid in Paris’ Louvre Museum courtyard.

But have you heard of Julia Morgan, who designed California’s famous Hearst Castle? Or trailblazers such as Marion Mahony Griffin, the first woman to be officially licensed as an architect, and Zaha Hadid, the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize?

It isn’t surprising if you haven’t. According to a January 2019 article in ThoughtCo., which listed 20 famous female architects, the role that women have played in architecture and design often go under the radar.

While architecture has been a male-dominated field, that is not the case at Felder & Associates, where I have worked since its inception in 2012. We have four women and three men on staff. The forward-thinking leadership of the firm’s managing principal, Brian Felder, has played an extraordinary part in making our workplace a gender free oasis in an otherwise industry-wide testosterone-filled desert.

Why is architecture, like so many other professions, such a tough profession for women to crack?

According to a 2016 article in the Los Angeles Times, only 18 percent of licensed practitioners are women although they make up nearly half of U.S. architecture school graduates. This disparity sometimes is referred to as “the missing 32 percent.” Unfortunately, females leave the field in disturbingly high numbers after they’re confronted with lower salaries, given fewer career-building opportunities or find a lack of mentors, who champion for them.

Full-time female architects earn 20 percent less than their male counterparts, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Plus, architecture’s history as a male-dominated profession has contributed to an all-consuming workplace culture that leaves little flexibility for women expected to balance work and family. According to the Times article, 75 percent of female survey respondents had experienced sexual discrimination on the job, and 83 percent believed having a child would hurt their careers.

My personal observations and experiences have confirmed some of these disparities, but I consider myself lucky.

Fortunately, I’ve been able to maintain a successful professional career while balancing family because I have a husband who shares responsibilities and encouragement. Without his support, it would be more challenging to continue with a professional career.

And while I have quite a few female friends who are architects, I have never worked for a woman nor had a strong female mentor. Contractors and clients often assume I need to ask my male boss for help in understanding construction, codes or a design issue. When I approach a problem with the same assertiveness as a male architect, I’m sometimes labeled with the “B”-word.

Since I was a kid, I dreamed of designing buildings before I knew what that encompassed. And now as an adult would I encourage young girls to enter architecture? Absolutely. I would tell young women (and men) entering the field that determination and passion go a long way. You will be successful if you work hard, tune out the negativity and chase your goals with perseverance. If you want to be an Architect, then go be one.

I finally believe that I am in a position to give them a hand. I’ve been around enough to help guide them and try to be the mentor I never had. I’m pleased we have two young women working with us at Felder & Associates. Alma Johnson and Cathryn Sinclair graduated with architectural degrees from the Savannah College of Art and Design last year and are interning with us as project associates.

Sinclair says she believes the playing field is more level than ever before but there is always room for improvement.

“I hope to continue to see the gap close,” she says.

For Johnson, success is based on how hard you work.

“Now, the gender gap does exist, but I think that the world is evolving on a more modern idea of a woman in the workplace. I don’t see gender. I see what skill sets I need to acquire to be as successful as the candidate next to me,” Johnson says.

I hope their perspectives will remain true and their positivity high after spending 15 years or so in the industry. I suspect they will reflect on their early days as a time when they had to deal with an old and outdated set of standards.

One thing I know for certain. They are in a wonderful setting to avoid bias and discrimination working at Felder & Associates. We are, thankfully, treated equally regardless of our gender, and we treat one another with mutual respect and understanding.

My hope for young women in architecture is that they will continue to mentor the next generations of women architects, have equal opportunities and respect. One day we will be as well-known as Frank Lloyd Wright and I.M. Pei.

Gretchen Callejas is a project architect at Felder & Associates, where she specializes in historic preservation, adaptive reuse, small scale commercial architecture and high-end residential design. She is also LEED-accredited from the U.S. Green Building Council. Callejas earned Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Ball State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design.

 

Gretchen Callejas
Felder & Associates

Contact:
Gretchen Callejas
Email: gretchen@felderassociates.net
Phone: 912-777-3979
Website: www.felderassociates.net

Citations:

1. Craven, Jackie (2019, January). 20 Famous Women Architects. ThoughtCo. Retrieved from: https://www.thoughtco.com/famous-female-architects-177890

2. Stratigakos, Despina (2016, April). Why is the world of architecture so male-dominated? LA Times. Retrieved from: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-stratigakos-missing-women-architects-20160421-story.html

3. Newman, Caroline (2019, January). Three Generations Of Female Architects Seek To Bring More Women Into The Profession. UVA Today. Retrieved from: https://news.virginia.edu/content/3-generations-female-architects-seek-bring-more-women-profession

Applications Sought for Free Mouth Shield Program for Local Sports Teams

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Applications Sought for Free Mouth Shield Program for Local Sports Teams

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sports teams in the Savannah area are invited to apply for free custom-fit mouth guards for their upcoming season courtesy of Angela Canfield, a local dentist who operates Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs in Rincon.

 

Angela Canfield Sandfly Family Dental Donates Mouth Guards to Bethesda Academy - 2017 Canfield Mouth Shield

Canfield fitting Bethesda Academy football player for custom-made mouth guard

Canfield will accept applications until Monday, July 1 for the 2019 Canfield Mouth Shield Program, which will provide mouth guards in team colors, valued at up to $10,000, for the team chosen for the program.

“Team sports are a major part of growing up in Savannah, but players need protective gear when they are out on the field or arena,” Canfield said. “Sports injuries are frightening, but wearing custom-fit mouth guards significantly reduces the risk of severe injuries to the teeth and jaw.”

Canfield developed and implemented the mouth guard program in 2014 as a way to help athletes in the greater Savannah area maintain a healthy smile. The first recipients were members of the Benedictine Military School football team. Since then, recipients have included teams at Groves High School, Hancock Day School, Bethesda Academy, Jenkins High School and Savannah Christian Preparatory School.

The program is open to teams in numerous sports, including baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, wrestling and roller derby.

“Nearly half of all kids will experience some type of damage to a tooth before they finish growing up, and that damage often comes as a sports injury,” Canfield said. “While these injuries are not usually life-threatening, serious complications could occur and restorations can be costly. Injuries can also have long-lasting effects on a person’s appearance and self-confidence.”

The custom-made mouth guards provide stability to the players’ jaws and cushion blows that can cause severe dental injuries such as broken teeth, fractured jaws, gum lacerations and injuries to the lips or tongue.

Canfield will donate the mouth guards, valued at $85 each, to every player on the selected team. Each appliance includes a one-year warranty that covers any dental expenses incurred by players while wearing the mouth guards. The warranty pays $1,093.75 per injured or replaced tooth up to a maximum of $35,000 per incident. Since the program started, Canfield has donated almost $100,000 worth of protective gear to local student-athletes.

Applications must be received by Monday, July 1. For more information or to apply, visit https://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/mouth-shield-program/

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

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com
912.856.9075