(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, February 26, 2018

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SAVANNAH’S GROWING FILM INDUSTRY
(SAVANNAH, GA) Ever wonder what it’s like to be an entertainment industry attorney? Charles Bowen of Southern Gateway Production Services and The Bowen Law Group speaks with Terrass Mishner of WRUU 107.5, Savannah Soundings Community Radio about the film industry in Savannah and the interesting cases he’s encountered along the way.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2n838vpvsc
For more information on the Southern Gateway Production Services, visit
DEWITT TILTON GROUP BREAKS GROUND ON LIVINGOOD’S STORE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding held a groundbreaking ceremony on a new location, 1225 West U.S. Hwy 80 in Pooler, Ga. The Dewitt Tilton Group, a commercial construction firm based in Savannah, Ga., has been hired to build the 12,000-square ft. structure. The Dewitt Tilton Group expects the project to take approximately seven months with work to begin immediately. For more information, visit http://savannahnow.com/news/2018-02-21/livingood-s-appliances-breaks-ground-pooler-store

PEACOCK MASERATI & ALFA ROMEO GRAND OPENING
(JASPER COUNTY, SC) A “Viva Italia” grand opening celebration for the new Peacock Maserati & Alfa Romeo outlet will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at Peacock Auto Mall. At the event, the public will be invited to tour the new 18,000-square-foot Maserati and Alfa Romeo dealerships and enjoy Italian food provided by SERG Restaurant Group. The Italian-American Club of Hilton Head Island, a charitable service organization dedicated to promoting Italian heritage and culture, is an event partner, and members will be on hand to collect donations for the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry, located on Hilton Head Island. For additional information about or to RSVP for the grand opening celebration, please visit www.maseratialfa.eventbrite.com

ANNUAL HEART BALL RAISES MONEY FOR AHA
(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) The American Heart Association-Southern Coast has raised $260,000 to benefit the organization’s mission to fight and prevent heart disease and stroke in the Savannah and Hilton Head Island areas. The funds were raised at the organization’s 21st Annual Heart Ball of the Southern Coast attended by more than 500 people on Feb. 3 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa. Peacock’s Audi Hilton Head dealership was the legacy sponsor for this year’s gala, as it has been for several of the Southern Coast Heart Ball events. Check out a video from this year’s event: https://youtu.be/EClJjiwR9hQ

SAVANNAH JAYCEES LEADERSHIP TEAM
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Jaycees have announced their 2018 Board of Directors.
Antwan Lang, Legalshield, will serve as President; James Hall, Chatham County Juvenile Court, will serve as Vice President; LeAndrea Mikell, World Trade Center Savannah, will serve as  VP of Communications; Jared Orton, Savannah Bananas, will serve as VP of Membership; Gordon Hunter, Calvary Day School, will serve as VP of Community Development; Tim Burnsed, Ameris Bank, will serve as Treasurer, Chris Player, Regions Bank, will serve as Assistant Treasurer; Marianne Ganem-Poppell, Savannah Master Calendar, will serve as Director, Sarah Martin, SunTrust Bank, will serve as Director, Rachel Bishop Savannah Morning News, will serve as, Secretary; and Cynthia Wright, Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing will serve as Immediate Past President. For more information, visit www.savannahjaycees.com

SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL AND PREMIER DENTAL DESIGNS RECEIVES LUMINEER CERTIFICATION 
(SAVANNAH, GA) Two dentists with Premier Dental Designs of Rincon and Sandfly Dental in Savannah, Angela Canfield and Katelyn Sundin, are now certified in the application of Lumineers, the number one patient-requested brand of dental veneers. Canfield said Lumineers are often the best alternative to adult braces and for patients with spaces between teeth or those seeking a permanent bleaching solution. While all situations are different, she said, the durability of Lumineers typically allows them to resist wear and remain resilient for more than 20 years. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/

LDSS SEEKS NOMINATIONS
(SAVANNAH, GA): The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is requesting nominations for its 9th Annual Night of Champions. The event seeks to recognize Savannah area employees who are differently-abled and excel in their workplace, with an additional acknowledgment of the employers who have given them the opportunity to work. The Night of Champions will be held at the Savannah International Trade Center on Thursday, May 10. Employee nominations can be submitted online at https://nightofchampions.org/ until Friday, April 13.

JUNKLUGGERS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY OPENS IN BLUFFTON

(BLUFFTON, S.C.) The Junkluggers of the Lowcountry will hold a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, 217 Goethe Road, Bluffton, S.C. The Junkluggers of the Lowcountry, an environmentally friendly and caring alternative to traditional junk removal, will serve Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com

BETHESDA ACADEMY STRENGTHENS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LANDINGS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Landings Club is pleased to announce a new partnership with Bethesda Academy. The student maintained organic farm will begin providing fresh produce for the various dining establishments in The Landings. This new venture is part of a continuing relationship between the two organizations. Thanks to a donation from the Landings Landlovers community, the Bethesda Academy farm was able to acquire new technology which plants more seeds in the same amount of space. To learn more about Bethesda Academy Farm, visit https://bethesdaacademy.org

BASKETBALL SIBLINGS SHOOT FOR SUCCESS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Joyce McCoy of Savannah is the mother of seven children – and her youngest daughter, Ja’Brekia Bass, and youngest son, D’Ante Bass, are high school basketball stars. Ja’Brekia is a senior team captain with the defending GHSA Class 3A state champion Beach Bulldogs, while D’Ante is a 6-foot-5 eighth-grader who emerged as one of the area’s top young talents playing for the Bethesda Academy Blazers varsity this season. Read the full story at http://savannahnow.com/news/sports/high-school/2018-02-24/mccoy-s-strong-work-ethic-modeled-her-children-basketball-court

LAST DAY TO APPLY! 
NONPROFITS INVITED TO APPLY FOR ENMARKET ENCOURAGE HEALTH SERIES 2018 GRANT
(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket is inviting Savannah area nonprofit organizations to apply to be selected as one of four grant recipients as part of the 2018 Encourage Health Educational Series. The application process will be conducted through a Facebook contest at

2018 AUTISM CONFERENCE MARCH 2
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism is hosting their third annual Autism Conference on March 2. There will be workshops and learning opportunities for parents, caregivers, educators and, of course, individuals with any level of autism. For more information, please visit http://savannahnow.com/accent/column/2018-01-26/hart-heart-savannah-conference-all-about-acceptance-those-autism

7 THINGS YOU DIDN’T SEE IN THE WINTER OLYMPICS
(TIME) 7 Things From the PyeongChang Olympics Opening Ceremony You Won’t See On TV

GIRL SCOUTS VISIT CAPITOL 
(GIRL SCOUTS OF HISTORIC GEORGIA)  More than 400 Girl Scouts from across Georgia visited the state capitol in Atlanta on February 6 to learn more about the legislative process and have conversations with legislators about naming the iconic bridge over the Savannah River for Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low. Girls and volunteers attended sessions at the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives and met individually with legislators to request support for naming the bridge. Through Girl Scouts, girls learn how to identify issues they care about, stand up for what they believe in, and take the lead with true G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader)™ grit.  http://blog.girlscouts.org/

WRIGHT SPEAKS AT SOUTHERN REGIONAL PRESS INSTITUTE
(SPEROS) Compliance is an important part of any position that should be embraced, not feared. The goal of compliance regulations is to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the information we capture. If you are unsure of the internal policies to protect sensitive data, always ask for help. How we respond to security incidents is almost as important as how we prevent them. For more information, visit http://speros.com/

GOVERNOR AND FIRST LADY DEAL HONOR STUDENT
(SAVANNAH, GA) Communities In Schools of Savannah, the state’s premiere model for dropout prevention and student wrap-around supports, is proud to announce Haven Elementary School 5th grade student LeBron Weaver as Regional Winner of the 2018 Communities In Schools of Georgia Champions Award. LeBron was honored by Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal and Governor Nathan Deal at a reception held in Atlanta at the Georgia Aquarium.  www.CISSAVANNAH.org   https://youtu.be/PVERTC4uCOQ

KIDS WHO CARE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
(SAVANNAH, GA) Junior League of Savannah is now accepting Kids Who Care Scholarship applications which recognize high school seniors who have made a positive difference in the lives of others by volunteering. $5,250 worth of college scholarships are available. Nominations may be made by anyone-principals, counselors, students, community groups and individuals, as well as self-nomination by the student. Visit the Junior League of Savannah website at www.jrleaguesav.org for more information and to complete the application by March 15.

YOUR BEST BUSINESS SIGNATURE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Join us on Wednesday, February 28, at noon for our second session of Open For Business®, an online social media article review series, where we will review current marketing articles that will help your business become more competitive. This month, we will be talking about the best email signatures for professionals. For more information on Open for Business and for the article link, please visit  https://www.facebook.com/events/136019123878878/.

FIRST PLACE 
(SAVANNAH, GA) Performance Initiative Lifter takes 1st place in 62KG Men’s Division at the 2018 National Junior Weightlifting Championships held in Spokane, Washington this month.https://pifitness.org/performance-initiative-lifters-1st-place-62kg-mens-division-set-many-personal-records-2018-national-junior-weightlifting-championships/

FIRST GERBER BABY WITH DOWN SYNDROME

(TODAY) Lucas Warren Named First Gerber Baby with Down Syndrome

LSEGA CLASS VISITS GLYNN COUNTY
(SAVANNAH, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia, a premier regional leadership development program, held its first of five sessions at Little St. Simons Island in Glynn County. This year’s participants were offered a glimpse of homeland security essentials on day one with a tour of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, the nation’s largest provider of law enforcement training for all agencies that protect our homeland. Day two focused on examining communication preferences and styles and the impact on one’s approach to leadership by taking the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The next session will be held in Bryan and Liberty Counties. For more information, visit: http://www.lsega.com/

ENMARKET TO PURCHASE 34 BRABHAM OIL STORES
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah-based Enmarket Stations, Inc. is boosting its convenience store reach with a 34-store deal that will bring the company total to 122 operating stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. In mid-April, Enmarket will assume operations of the Brabham Oil’s stores, which are branded as E-Z Shop. The deal includes the purchase of a wholesale fuel distribution company as well. For more information on Enmarket, visit

SURVEY OF SATISFACTION

(SAVANNAH, GA) The City of Savannah is launching a survey to gain feedback from business partners, identifying areas for improvement in the procurement process. To participate in the short, 8-question survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DOINGBUSINESSWITHSAVANNAH

AVA’S LAW SUPPORT AUTISM 
(WJCL) Ava’s Law, passed in Georgia in 2015, requires some insurers to provide insurance for children with autism up to the age of six. The state senate is voting this week on an amendment which would raise that coverage to the age of 12. If the bill passes, it will move to the house. See the full story at http://www.wjcl.com/article/georgia-state-lawmakers-considering-expanding-avas-law/16639262

ATLANTA APARTMENT ACQUISITION BY KMC
(SAVANNAH / ATLANTA) Kole Management Company (KMC), a Savannah-based real estate investment and management company, has acquired Heritage at Riverstone, a 240-unit apartment community in Canton, Ga.  Heritage at Riverstone is the sixth apartment community acquired by KMC outside Savannah and is the first apartment community in the greater-Atlanta region. KMC also owns and operates seven apartment properties in Savannah, Garden City and Richmond Hill. Collectively, KMC owns and operates about 2,500 total apartment units. For more information on Kole Management, visit Kolemc.com

PURCHASING DIVISION MOVES
(SAVANNAH, GA) The City of Savannah’s Purchasing Division is moving to a new location,
1375 Chatham Parkway, 2nd floor, as of Monday, Feb. 26. If you have any questions, please call 912.651.6425 or visit https://www.savannahga.gov/491/Purchasing

FILM DAY AT THE CAPITOL
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Film Alliance will lead a delegation of film and television professionals from the Savannah area to participate in Film Day at the Capitol in Atlanta on Tuesday, Feb. 27.The purpose of the event is to demonstrate to state legislators how significantly the film and television industry impacts the state and to emphasize how crucial it is to protect the tax credits and other incentives that have made Georgia the top filming destination in the country. For more information, contact Charles Bowen at cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com or 912-544-2050.

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCIAL WORKSHOP
(SAVANNAH, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is hosting two free workshops, Understanding Business Financials, on Thursday, March 1 or 8 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.513 E. Oglethorpe Ave., Suite M. Space is limited. To apply, visit https://www.georgiasbdc.org/small-business-success-academy/

FIT KIDS FEST

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Junior League of Savannah announces their 6th Annual Fit Kids Fest on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at Savannah State University, 3219 College Street. One of the year’s most anticipated free community events, Fit Kids Fest teaches the importance of growing a fit body and mind through a fun and interactive day designed for children of all ages and their parents. To learn more visit:  https://www.jrleaguesav.org

4th ANNUAL HOOPS FOR HORIZONS – MARCH 3

(SAVANNAH, GA)  The fourth annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons “three vs three” charity basketball tournament will be held on Saturday, March 3 at Savannah Country Day School. Honorary tournament chair and basketball celebrity Larry “Gator” Rivers, former Harlem Globetrotter, will be on hand sharing coaching tips and motivation for all players.  Named for beloved Horizons teacher Louise Lauretti, who lost her battle with melanoma in 2014, this tournament is an opportunity to bring together players of all ages and abilities, local Savannah Basketball Legends and Horizons supporters to celebrate Louise’s lifelong love of learning and her legacy at Horizons.  The event begins at 9 a.m. and is open to teams of boys and girls grades fifth through adults.  For registration, a youth team, which includes 5th through 12th graders, are $50; teams with 18 year-olds to 30-year-olds are $75, and if the team is over 30 years old, the registration is $100.  For more information, to register a team, sponsor a youth team or sponsor the event visit www.horizonssavannah.org
or call 912-961-8854.

PREPARING FOR AND HIKING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
(HILTON HEAD, SC) “Discussion on ‘Preparing for and Hiking the Camino de Santiago’ will be presented on Thursday, March 8th at 5:45pm at Outside Hilton Head. Marjorie Young will share her experience on preparing, packing, training and hiking the ancient 500-mile trek through northern Spain. RSVP to Olivia Baddley at olivia@outsidebrands.com. Event is free.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY TO READ TO STUDENTS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Several Rotary clubs and community volunteers in the greater Savannah area will host the inaugural Rotary Read-In on Thursday, March 22, from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Rotarians and community volunteers will participate with students from kindergarten to third grade in 31 schools and almost 600 classrooms in the Savannah-Chatham County area. To register to read on March 22, sign up here by Thursday, March 15:

AMERICAN RED CROSS AWARDS 
(SAVANNAH, GA) Save the Date for American Red Cross Youth Hero Volunteer Awards Breakfast honoring Youth Heroes for their volunteer work on Friday, April 20.  The event will also honor Cecilia Russo Turner, youth mentor, community advocate and Youth Hero event originator.  For more information or to sponsor a table contact  esther.sheppard@redcross.org or 912-651-5349.

MEET MAGGIE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Maggie, a female Balinese who is approximately one year old. Maggie loves to snuggle and CPR says “she’s going to be the best little pet ever.” To view Maggie and other pets available for adoption, visit: http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2018-c-001-maggie/


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