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(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, June 29, 2020

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CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION TO OPEN THREE SAVANNAH AREA LOCATIONS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Center Parc Credit Union is expanding to the Savannah area. A division of APCU, the oldest credit union in the State of Georgia, Center Parc plans to open two Chatham County locations in September at the Pooler Walmart, 160 Pooler Parkway, and the Savannah Walmart, 6000 Ogeechee Road. Center Parc is also planning to open a free-standing flagship branch in the spring of 2021. For more information: www.centerparc.org


SBDC
(SAVANNAH, GA) Free business webinar


CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION HELPS KICK OFF BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) The 12th Annual READY! SET! GO! Back to School GIVEAWAY is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2020. This year’s drive-thru event to provide school supplies to 5,000 area students in need and will be held from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Garden City Recreation Center, 160 Priscilla Thomas Way. If you can donate school supplies for this event please visit: http://rsgbacktoschool.org/. This event is sponsored by WSAV and Center Parc Credit Union.


LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’S PEOPLE OF THE YEAR
(SAVANNAH, GA) The winners of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man, Woman & Students of the Year campaigns were announced on Saturday, June 13 at virtual grand finale celebrations. Cathleen Barela of Keller Williams Realty was named Woman of the Year, raising $61,435. Jeff Maine of Proudly was named Man of the Year, raising $38,713. Cancer Crushers, led by E.B. Threlkeld, Caroline Ambos and Mattie Lynch, earned the title of Students of the Year by raising $65,213. For more information, contact jennie.brewster@lls.org


ROYCE CENTER RECEIVES GRANT
(SAVANNAH, GA) Chatham Academy at Royce received a $1,000 grant from the Matthews Children’s Foundation through their friends at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors.
https://www.roycelearningcenter.org/Chatham-Academy


ROTARY CLUB OF SAVANNAH ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT-ELECT
(SAVANNAH, GA) Ted J. Kleisner, retired CEO and active community leader, has been elected 2020-21 president of the Rotary Club of Savannah. On June 29, the Rotary gavel will be passed on to Kleisner from outgoing president, Ellen B. Bolch, President and CEO of THA Group. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org


FARM TRUCK 912
(SAVANNAH, GA) Farm Truck 912 is a mobile farmers’ market is delivering local seasonal fruits and vegetables to Savannah neighborhoods throughout the week, even during the COVID pandemic. All of the fruits, vegetables, and agricultural products are sourced directly from the Saturday market vendors. Farm Truck 912 accepts credit, debit, and cash as forms of payment. In addition, the farm truck also accepts and doubles SNAP/EBT benefits. This program is supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah through grant funding awarded through the Center for Disease Control’s REACH program to provide close the gap in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County. https://forsythfarmersmarket.com/farmtruck912


MIA MANCE’S TRENDING TOPICS PODCAST
(WXYY G100-1) Keeping Savannah Healthy with Paula Kreissler of REACH and Healthy Savannah
https://g100savannah.com/podcast/view/mias-trending-topics/keeping-savannah-with-healthy-savannahs-paula-kreissler


HOW TO EASILY CREATE ATTRACTIVE INSTAGRAM STORIES
(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) Are you tired of Instagram Stories that all look alike? Wondering how to create visually attractive stories without using third-party tools?


SHOP AROUND FOR BETTER INTEREST RATES
(MONEY.COM) For years, online banks have boasted about their high-interest rates, which they’re able to offer by sidestepping many of the overhead costs associated with brick-and-mortar locations. But those rates are shrinking fast. Experts suggest shopping around to see if a competitor offers a better APY and that means checking into community banks and credit unions for savings accounts offering higher yields.
https://money.com/high-yield-savings-accounts-rates-increase/


CHOCOLATE NEEDS A HOME
(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Chocolate is a female American Staffordshire Terrier mix in need of a place to call home. If you are interested in adopting Ms. Chocolate, please visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-d-157-chocolate/.


FIVE PR TRENDS THAT WILL MAKE AN IMPACT IN 2020 AND BEYOND
(FORBES.COM) The COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench into the best-laid PR plans. While masks and lines outside store entrances will hopefully become relics of the past, some of the trends catching steam this year will continue for years to come, and companies relying on traditional PR tactics will need to sit up and take notice or risk falling behind.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/2020/06/07/5-pr-trends-that-will-make-an-impact-in-2020-and-beyond/#2dab48ed2c02


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(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, June 22, 2020

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VIRTUAL CAMP BUDDY
(CHATHAM AND EFFINGHAM COUNTIES) For the past 11 years, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) has been helping students with Down syndrome enjoy summer fun at Camp Buddy as they prepare for the upcoming school year – and this year, not even a global pandemic can stop them! The LDSS is hosting Virtual Camp Buddy June 22 through June 25, 2020. https://ldssga.org/


PARK PLACE OUTREACH TEEN PRESERVATION PROGRAM REOPENS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach’s Family Always Matters (F.A.M.) Teen Preservation Program is now open for in-person summer sessions. https://www.parkplaceyes.org/our-programs/family-preservation-for-teens/


WHY ARE PEOPLE SO OBSESSED WITH CREDIT UNIONS?
(MONEY.COM) The coronavirus crisis is forcing many Americans to take a hard look at their finances — and that includes re-evaluating where they keep their money. Banks may be the most obvious option, but credit unions tend to have pretty passionate fans. The factor that sets credit unions apart is their philosophy. Banks are generally for-profit entities, which means they tend to serve shareholders. Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, which means they tend to serve customers. https://money.com/whats-better-credit-union-or-bank/


$120 BILLION STILL UP FOR GRABS
(ALIGNABLE.COM) Over $120 billion in Payroll Protection Plan Relief funds are still available through June 30th for small business owners. The Federal government is a bit perplexed on why businesses aren’t gobbling it up. They even tried to make it easier with the new Flexibility Act. Alignable gathered the latest about the PPP to help business owners more easily decide their next steps.
https://www.alignable.com/forum/ppp-updates-small-business-flexibility-act?tid=707178
https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm1026#blank


ECONOMIC INDUSTRY DISASTER LOANS REOPENED
(SAVANNAH BUSINESS JOURNAL) To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration has announced they are reopening the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19. SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue.
https://www.savannahbusinessjournal.com/covid-19/june-16—-economic-injury-disaster-loans-advance-program-reopened-to-all-eligible-small/article_262a6852-aff4-11ea-b555-c7d8f7432e28.html#utm_source=savannahbusinessjournal.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Flists%2Fheadlines%2F%3F-dc%3D1592388018&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline


UGA SMALL BUSINESS WEBINAR
(SAVANNAH, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, and Chatham Insurance Partners, invite small business owners to a no-cost educational webinar to help them prepare for hurricane season and other disasters. Disasters are inevitable, but the damages these disasters may cause are not. Being prepared by having the right insurance is vital for your business. Collaborate on Webinar for Small Business Owners, June 23rd at 2pm. For questions please contact Liz Overstreet at (912) 651-3200 or go to https://www.georgiasbdc.org/tuesdays-at-two-with-the-expert/ to register online.


SOUTHERN HOMETOWN PHARMACY
(POOLER, PEMBROKE) Locally owned and operated Southern Hometown Pharmacy is pleased to announce the opening of two locations under new management in Pooler and Pembroke, Ga. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/southern-hometown-pharmacy-is-open-for-business-in-pooler-and-pembroke/


REACH TEAM SAYS BREASTFEEDING IS BEST EVEN DURING COVID
(SAVANNAH, GA) Breastfeeding remains the healthiest way to feed a baby, even during the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, and locally, the REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health) team of Project HOPE (Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity), continues to urge mothers to choose this method.
https://carriagetradepr.com/covid-19-doesnt-change-the-message-breastfeeding-is-best/


Q&A WITH CLEANING COMPANY
(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Interview with Helyn Gallucci, CEO of In & OUT Cleaning & Seaming.


ENMARKET PARTNERS WITH ATLANTA GAS LIGHT TO OFFER CLEAN, EFFICIENT COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS IN SAVANNAH AT NEW PORT WENTWORTH STORE
(PORT WENTWORTH, GA) The newest Enmarket store is now open in Port Wentworth, bringing the first public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling service to Savannah. The new store at 7002 Highway 21, at Exit 109 off Interstate 95, also offers Enmarket’s second Fuzzy Taco Shop, a fast-casual Mexican restaurant. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/enmarket-partners-with-atlanta-gas-light-to-offer-clean-efficient-compressed-natural-gas-in-savannah-at-new-port-wentworth-store/


MISS CADBURY NEEDS A HOME
(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Cadbury is new to Coastal Pet Rescue. She is a tiny kitty that is looking for a forever home. http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-c-032-cadbury/


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HOW TO CREATE A TIKTOK ACCOUNT FOR BUSINESS
(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) Want to set up a profile for your business? Wondering how to claim your business handle on TikTok?


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(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, June 8, 2020

Savannah’s

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AUTISM SPEAKS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The proposed elimination of all state funding to the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism would terminate our organization’s existence and eradicate southeast Georgia’s only comprehensive educational and advocacy support programs for children and families affected by autism. 3 ways that you can help them maximize their outreach and prevent future closure. https://matthewreardon.org/take-action/?mc_cid=2438a26437&mc_eid=105a951b19


LIVING IN SAVANNAH

(ISLE OF HOPE) New Real Estate Video on best places to live in the Savannah area.


PARK PLACE OUTREACH RECEIVES FACE MASKS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services has received a donation of 100 face masks through Satchel’s buy-one-give-one face mask program. The masks will be distributed and required for all youth in Park Place Outreach’s residential and nonresidential programs.http://parkplaceyes.org Facebook: ParkPlaceOutreachInc, Instagram/Twitter: @outreachpark


NATIONAL PROGRAM SELECTS REACH TEAM MEMBER TO CREATE SAFER WALKING CONDITIONS IN SAVANNAH

(SAVANNAH, GA) America Walks, a national advocacy organization working to empower walkable communities, has selected Armand Turner of Healthy Savannah and the REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Team for a Walking College Fellowship as part of the 2020 program.www.ymcaofcoastalga.org or www.healthysavannah.org


CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS® WELCOMES MYANDI PETERSON

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations is pleased to announce that Myandi Peterson has rejoined the company as its Director of Communications. She is looking forward to putting her 16 years of public relations and marketing expertise to use. https://carriagetradepr.com/carriage-trade-public-relations-team-members/


SUNDAY STRETCHES WITH THE STARS

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Sunday, June 14, Armand Turner, assistant director, physical activity, of Savannah’s REACH team, has been invited to be the guest “stretcher” at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church’s online service. Rev. Billy Hester has been asking special guests to virtually visit during COVID and lead a morning “Stretch” right before the sermon. Recent guests have included Broadway and TV celebrity Jane Atkinson from House of Cards and Madam Secretary; and Ian Armitage, who plays Young Sheldon. The services are posted on the church website Sundays at 11:15 a.m. http://asburymemorial.org/


PHASE I FOR REOPENING THE STATE’S ECONOMY

(VISIT SAVANNAH) Governor Brian Kemp has announced that, with certain restrictions and following prescribed guidelines, the following businesses are being allowed to reopen as of June 1, 2020:* Medical and dental practices* Gyms, rec centers, tattoo parlors, hair salons, barbers* Restaurants, theaters, private clubs* Bars and nightclubshttps://www.visitsavannah.com/savannah-travel-updates


MEET BABY JAZZ

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Jazz is a black kitten who has a heart of gold, just like her stunning eyes! She is playful and loves to fetch hair ties! She likes to bat at wand toys and strings and loves being with people! She appreciates a good nap and a lap to snuggle on while watching her shows. She has grown up in a foster home so she is used to the sounds and rhythm of people life! You can follow her on Instagram @DeltaFosters and see photos and video of when she was rescued at few days old! #KittenJazz #TheWildWestKittens http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-c-034-jazz/ 


SAVANNAH SAFE INITIATIVE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Safe is a commitment to help stop the spread of COVID-19 with cleaning and disinfecting protocols to help ensure the health and safety of everyone in places of business. By taking the pledge, business owners and managers will gain access to a toolkit of printable graphics for display and the business will be listed on the SavannahSafe.com website. https://www.savannahsafe.com/


VIRTUAL CAMP BUDDY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the YMCA and the American Medical Association have created new guidelines to aid camps in choosing the safest ways to go about re-opening camps for Summer 2020. Luckily for those planning to attend Camp Buddy this summer, the directors plan to hold camp through a virtual platform to ensure the safety of the children. John Bogardus, president of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, believes that this is the best decision for the camp, and will allow campers to socialize and participate in camp activities without putting their health at risk. https://www.wsav.com/news/local-news/camp-buddy-goes-virtual-ymca-develops-safety-plan-for-summer-camps/


GRIND COFFEE ROASTERS

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Ian Duncan owner of Grind Coffee Roasters created an outdoor drive through of area businesses in Bluffton, SC to pivot during Covid.


LIVE OAK PUBLIC LIBRARIES – JOIN THE ADVENTURE

(SAVANNAH, GA) This summer, the library is coming to you with great reading resources, activities, and programs online. Virtual programming is available for all ages. Connect with resources for books, ebooks, comics, magazines, and news. Enjoy Library Online programs with storytimes, crafts, and special performers. Check out librarians’ reading recommendations, engage with weekly challenges on social media and join online book discussions and virtual book groups. Everyone can join the adventure. Take a journey and share your story! https://liveoakpl.org/events


ENMARKET OPENS PROTOTYPE STORE OF FUTURE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket customers can get a glimpse of the future, now that the completely rebuilt Enmarket at 4318 Ogeechee Road in Savannah is open for business. The relaunched store is the prototype for future new builds for the rapidly expanding Savannah-based chain of convenience stores,  food service establishments, and car washes.
https://carriagetradepr.com/enmarket-opens-newly-rebuilt-store-prototype-future-construction/


HEALTHY SAVANNAH RECOGNIZED FOR IMPACT ON HEALTH POLICIES THAT SAVE LIVES

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce it has received the 2020 Karl E. Peace Leadership Award. The community coalition that advocates healthy policies was recognized for its leadership in expanding the impact of public health by the Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Omega at Georgia Southern University.
https://healthysavannah.org/


LILLY MORGAN SELECTED TO INTERNSHIP WITH CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Please join us in welcoming our new intern, Lilly Morgan, to Carriage Trade Public Relations. Watch the video below to learn a little bit about Lilly and how she will be helping us this summer!


WEBINAR TOMORROW ON REPUTATION MARKETING, POST COVID, 3 STRATEGIES  – JUNE 9, 2PM

(SAVANNAH, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is hosting a live webinar on Tuesday, June 9 at 2 p.m. Marjorie Young, CEO of Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc., will present three powerful reputation marketing strategies to help companies increase visibility, credibility, and positive word of mouth in the community and online. For more information call SBDC at 912-651-3200. RSVP here: https://www.georgiasbdc.org/tuesdays-at-two-with-the-expert/

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SAVANNAH COMMUNITY HEADLINES *LIVE* THIS MORNING AT 9AM

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REACH Team Member Selected by National Organization to Create Safer Walking Conditions in Savannah

Armand Turner of Healthy Savannah and the REACH team to participate in America Walks communities training program.

(SAVANNAH, GA) America Walks, a national advocacy organization working to empower communities to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and move, has selected Armand Turner of Healthy Savannah and the REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Team for a Walking College Fellowship as part of the 2020 program.

The fellowship will enable Turner and other advocates from around the country to participate in a training program designed to strengthen local efforts to make communities more walkable and livable.

“I believe the Walking College fellowship, combined with Tide to Town and other great projects being powered by REACH, can help me bridge the gap that prohibits people from walking and biking on area bike lanes and trails,” said Turner, who serves as assistant director, physical activity, with the REACH team.

Locally, the REACH team of Project HOPE (Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity) is dedicated to closing the gap in health disparities among various populations in Savannah and Chatham County. Many of those disparities are rooted in barriers to physical activity. The effort is supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah through grant funding awarded through the Centers for Disease Control’s REACH program.

The Tide to Town project will consist of nearly 30 miles of protected walking and bicycling trails throughout Savannah. The urban trail system will address an urgent public safety issue and will be designed with the entire community in mind. Currently, Georgia ranks as the sixth most dangerous state for people walking, and Savannah is one of the most dangerous cities within the state for crashes between drivers and people walking or bicycling.

“The REACH Grant has provided a tremendous opportunity for me to work with many underserved populations in Chatham County and begin to address the barriers to physical activity that they face on a daily basis,” Turner said. “This fellowship will help augment that work.”

While participating in the Walking College, Turner will complete a six-module distance-learning program which will culminate in the creation of an independent study project focused in Chatham County. He will also engage with America Walks’ national network.

“We are thrilled to welcome Armand as a member of the Walking College,” said Emilie Bahr, Walking College manager with America Walks, “This year’s application process was our most competitive to date, with more than 140 applicants vying for just 25 slots. The fellows selected this year represent a diversity of experiences and backgrounds and Armand will serve as a vital member of our 2020 class. We look forward to helping Armand develop his skills and are excited to see the yields of his efforts in bringing positive change to Chatham County at a time when the importance of safe, accessible walking opportunities has arguably never been more pronounced.”

The curriculum of the Walking College aims to expand the capacity of local advocates to be effective community change agents. Fellows will participate in learning about topics such as the science behind the benefits of walking, evaluation of built environments, as well as communication skills and building relationships with stakeholders and decision makers.

ABOUT REACH SAVANNAH
In September of 2018, The YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah were awarded a five-year, $3.4 million dollar Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Center for Disease Control. Through this funding, the Savannah / Chatham County REACH team works to close the gaps in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and community – clinical linkages. The local project is called HOPE, Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity. Working with over 20 community partners and organizations, the REACH team works to provide equal and consistent access to ensure the health and wellness of our community through policy, systems, and environmental change. http://www.ymcaofcoastalga.org http://www.healthysavannah.org

ABOUT AMERICA WALKS
America Walks, a nonprofit national organization, is leading the way in empowering communities to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable walking conditions for all. We provide a voice for walking and walkable communities with federal agencies, provide strategy support, training and technical assistance to statewide, regional, and local organizations, and serve as the convener of the national Every Body Walk! Collaborative. Together, America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative boast 700 allied organizations who across the nation are working to increase walking and support walkable communities for all members. More at http://www.americawalks.org.

REACH CONTACT
Armand Turner
Physical Activity Program Manager for the REACH Grant / Healthy Savannah & YMCA
Armand.turner@ymcaofcoastalga.org
219-801-1477

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.844.9990
www.carriagetradepr.com
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, June 1, 2020

Savannah’s

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BABY CHARLIE NEEDS A HOME

(SAVANNAH, GA) Charlie and his littermates are all sweet and playful. They are very cuddly and they paw at us when they want to be held or get attention. They love to play and chase the little mice and always hop around like bunnies when they do their zoomies. http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-c-049-charlie/


ENMARKET OPENS PROTOTYPE STORE OF FUTURE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket customers can get a glimpse of the future, now that the completely rebuilt Enmarket at 4318 Ogeechee Road in Savannah is open for business. The relaunched store is the prototype for future new builds for the rapidly expanding Savannah-based chain of convenience stores,  food service establishments, and car washes.
https://carriagetradepr.com/enmarket-opens-newly-rebuilt-store-prototype-future-construction/


POST-PANDEMIC ADVERTISING AND MEDIA

(FORBES) The COVID-19 pandemic will change a number of businesses including advertising and media. Not since World War II ended 75 years ago, has there been such disruption on a global scale. In the years ahead, there will be references to a pre-pandemic and post-pandemic world.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradadgate/2020/05/22/thought-leaders-weigh-in-on-the-post-pandemic-advertising-and-media-landscape/#39b66fc51f90


HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS DURING THIS PANDEMIC

(SAVANNAH, GA) For those feeling unproductive during these unprecedented times, Dr. Davana Pilczuk provides video tips on how to perform at your best under stress during the pandemic.


HEALTHY SAVANNAH RECOGNIZED FOR IMPACT ON HEALTH POLICIES THAT SAVE LIVES

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce it has received the 2020 Karl E. Peace Leadership Award. The community coalition that advocates healthy policies was recognized for its leadership in expanding the impact of public health by the Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Omega at Georgia Southern University.
https://healthysavannah.org/


ANNOUNCING VOLUNTEER INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF ADVISORS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Volunteer International announces its new board of advisors ahead of social impact mobile app launch: Dr. Jennifer Frum, Vice President for Public Service & Outreach at the University of Georgia; Scott Center, Chairman of World Trade Center Savannah; Jennifer Graham, Executive Director of Shelter From The Rain Inc.; Kevin Lawver, Co-Founder of TechSavannah; Marjorie Young, Founder of Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.; George Seaborough, Executive Director of Savannah Chatham Citizen Advocacy; and Sarah McConville, Director of Volunteers at the United Way of the Coastal Empire.
https://www.ivint.org/press/ivolunteer-international-announces-new-board-of-advisors/


LILLY MORGAN SELECTED TO INTERNSHIP WITH CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Please join us in welcoming our new intern, Lilly Morgan, to Carriage Trade Public Relations. Watch the video below to learn a little bit about Lilly and how she will be helping us this summer!


SUNDAY STRETCHES WITH THE STARS

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Sunday, June 14, Armand Turner, assistant director, physical activity, of Savannah’s REACH team, has been invited to be the guest “stretcher” at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church’s online service. Rev. Billy Hester has been asking special guests to virtually visit during COVID and lead a morning “Stretch” right before the sermon. Recent guests have included Broadway and TV celebrity Jane Atkinson from House of Cards and Madam Secretary; and Ian Armitage, who plays Young Sheldon. The services are posted on the church website Sundays at 11:15 a.m. http://asburymemorial.org/


WEBINAR ON REPUTATION MARKETING, PLANNING POST COVID, JUNE 9

(SAVANNAH, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is hosting a live webinar on Tuesday, June 9 at 2 p.m. Marjorie Young, CEO of Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc., will present three powerful reputation marketing strategies to help companies increase visibility, credibility, and positive word of mouth in the community and online. For more information call SBDC at 912-651-3200. RSVP here: https://www.georgiasbdc.org/tuesdays-at-two-with-the-expert/


COMMUNITY SURVEY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah’s work is guided by input from the community. The public is being asked to complete a five-minute #CommunitySurvey. When we know what our greatest needs are we can strategize improvements and the direction of our work for years to come. https://tinyurl.com/healthysavannahsurvey #MissionMonday


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Enmarket Opens New Prototype Store in Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket customers can get a glimpse of the future, now that the completely rebuilt Enmarket at 4318 Ogeechee Road in Savannah is open for business. The relaunched store is the prototype for future new builds for the rapidly expanding Savannah-based chain of convenience stores/food service establishments.

“This particular store is right next to the new headquarters, which is one of the reasons it was the perfect location for our new prototype,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “We wanted a clean, modern design that accommodates the multiple roles of an Enmarket store – a fueling station, a deep convenience inventory, appealing and healthy prepared food options, and a modern, state-of-the-art carwash.”

New Enmarket Prototype Store in Savannah
Newly rebuilt Enmarket prototype store in Savannah.

“The store offers full foodservice at The Eatery, with breakfast, lunch and dinner options, along with Mooz frozen yogurt and Enmarket’s Bean-to-Cup Coffee. The fueling options include gasoline, diesel and ethanol-free gas, and customers can save as much as 10 cents a gallon on all grades when they use their enPay card,” Giesick added.

The site was already in use as an Enmarket when the chain’s headquarters was constructed next door. The original store was razed to make way for construction of the modern replacement. Now that it’s back open after a soft opening on March 24, the new 5,893-square-foot store has a workforce of 25 employees, about double the previous number.

The store is the latest step in the development of an Enmarket campus at the intersection of Chatham Parkway and Ogeechee Road. It joins a 22,000-square-foot office structure that houses the three-state convenience chain’s headquarters, along with a second building of equal size to be used a flex space and room for future expansion. Two out-parcel lots on the compound are earmarked for future development, sale or lease.

Marketwash+
Enmarket’s new Marketwash+

“One of the many features we are excited about at the new store is the new car wash. It’s our first Marketwash+, which is an 80-foot tunnel wash. It’ll stand up to anything Savannah and the surrounding region’s pollen season can throw at our cars and, best of all, it does a fantastic job in about half the time of most car washes,” said Giesick. “That includes free vacuums for customer use. We know it will be popular with customers, so we are adding membership wash opportunities that start at $19.99 a month.”

West Construction served as the general contractor for all phases of the compound’s construction.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket is Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employing more than 1,300 people and operating 125 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants, and a fast casual restaurant as the49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, 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. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.844.9990
www.carriagetradepr.com
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Healthy Savannah receives Karl E. Peace Leadership Award for Public Health Initiatives

Healthy Savannah recognized for Impact on Health Policies that Save Lives

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce it has received the 2020 Karl E. Peace Leadership Award. The award recognizes “leadership in expanding the impact of public health among their peers and/or in the state of Georgia,” and is given annually by the Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Omega at Georgia Southern University (GSU).

“It is extremely exciting and a joyful feeling to see the work we’ve done be recognized,” said Lillian Grant-Baptiste, vice chair. “We are seeing some serious improvements in health outcomes in our community from cardiovascular issues, particularly among minority populations. Childhood obesity has also vastly decreased.”

The coalition was founded by former Mayor Dr. Otis Johnson in 2007 and brought together leaders from all sectors of the community to advocate healthy policies and build a collaborative environment. One of the first issues the coalition tackled led to the passage of Savannah’s SmokeFree Ordinance, adopted by the city in 2010.

At that time, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported that Chatham County had the highest death rate in the Coastal Health District due to heart attacks and heart disease. In the following seven years after the passage of the Smoke-Free Air Ordinance, those numbers plummeted from a yearly total of 284 to 178, with the rate falling from 106.8 to 61.3. The DPH now reports Chatham County now has the second-lowest rate in the Coastal Health District.

“Healthy Savannah has been at the forefront of major policy changes that encourage healthy, active living,” said Dr. Randy McCall, chair. “We also worked with the support of elected officials and many community partners for the passage of Complete Streets in 2015 and advocated for the city’s New Zoning Ordinance, passed in 2019.”

McCall expects the new Zoning Ordinance to be instrumental in improving health outcomes by allowing some neighborhoods to have more stores and restaurants within walking distance, thus providing greater access to people living there.

One of Healthy Savannah’s most notable accomplishments may have been the founding of the coalition itself. Grant-Baptiste said it might not have been created at all except for Johnson’s determination to make Savannah a healthier place for all after recuperating, himself, from a heart attack.

“He took an obstacle and turned it into an opportunity.”

Turning obstacles into opportunities might also describe the life of GSU alumnus Karl E. Peace, who established the first school of public health in the University System of Georgia.

Peace enrolled at GSU in 1959 with a loan of $532. After completing his bachelor’s degree in chemistry while supporting his mother and siblings, he earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Clemson University and later, a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the Medical College of Virginia. He returned to GSU to create a biostatics center in 2000, and in 2004, his endowment to honor his late wife led to the creation of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH).

Each year, the Gamma Theta Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health selects a JPHCOPH alumni, faculty member, community member, or community organization who has expanded the impact of public health among their peers and/or in the state of Georgia to receive this leadership award.

“As a charter member of the chapter and a long time partner with Healthy Savannah, I nominated them because they represent the true meaning of leadership in public health,” said Nandi A. Marshall, DrPH, associate professor of Public Health, Georgia Southern University – Armstrong Campus. “They have worked tirelessly in the Savannah and Chatham County area to improve health outcomes and work with the communities that they serve. The Healthy Savannah team, board, and partners always stand ready to address inequities through system changes and by providing needed services to the community.”

Due to COVID-19, the actual award presentation is being rescheduled to a later date.

“We’ve come a long way but have a long way to go,” said Grant-Baptiste. “We have so much more work to do, which we will do with enthusiasm and passion. When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. When we unite there’s a lot we can accomplish.”

ABOUT HEALTHY SAVANNAH
Healthy Savannah, a 501©3 public charity is a public/private coalition of over 150 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood organizations, and healthcare and government agencies, It began as an initiative of City of Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, formed in 2007. Healthy Savannah leads and supports a culture of health in the Savannah area by creating an environment that makes a healthy choice the easy choice; building a collaborative network that identifies and shares resources; collecting and disseminating information, promoting best practices and implementing innovative programs, and advocating for effective policies. Since its inception, this innovative, cross-sector collaboration has vastly benefited the community as evidenced by numerous multi-agency projects, grants and policy initiatives that have emerged from the initiative to create and sustain a Healthy Savannah. For more information, visit www.healthysavannah.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young, CEO
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912-844-9990

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, May 11, 2020

Savannah’s

COMMUNITY HEADLINES

The Local Newswire


HOME SALES FORECAST

(SAVANNAH, GA) Spring in the Savannah housing market arrived late, officially beginning on May 1st, when the Governor allowed businesses to open. Home inventory is extremely low, and loans are still available, with interest rates are at a record low, so this could be the time for sellers to get their homes on the market. Learn more: https://charmingsavannahhomes.com/


BUTTER RADISH LAUNCHES

(SAVANNAH, GA) Butter Radish, a new business offering southern-designed table linens and southern-style catering, is now open in Savannah. Visit online: https://www.butterradish.com/


SCORE HELPS LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS

(SCORE) Savannah SCORE’s team of over 40 experienced Business Mentors has helped hundreds of aspiring local business owners plan, launch, and grow successful businesses. In FY19, Savannah SCORE helped establish 131 new local businesses and create 366 new non-owner jobs. All of SCORE’s professional mentoring services are absolutely free. Right now is a great time to be planning a new business. And SCORE’s mentors are here to help you. To schedule a free session with a Savannah SCORE Business Mentor, visit https://savannah.score.org/ or call 912-652-4335.


LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY AWARDS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Will Howell, a Darien-based entrepreneur, and Kevin Sheehan, who heads an organization dedicated to improving the lives of differently abled people, will receive the President’s Award when the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society holds its 11th annual Night of Champions later this year. The event was originally scheduled for April 2 but was postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. A new date has not been determined. Watch online: https://youtu.be/BWm31VIamVg


HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION GOES VIRTUAL

(SAVANNAH, GA) May is National Historic Preservation Month, and like many local businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on the Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF). While some events have been canceled, HSF is offering free lectures on Zoom, honoring past award winners on social media, presenting virtual tours of homes, and providing educational activities for children to learn about history. Learn more: http://www.myhsf.org/special-events/savannah-preservation-festival/


SAVANNAH ARTIST, BUILDING OWNER, FIND INSPIRATION FROM COVID-19

(BLUFFTONTODAY.COM) Street art is often regarded as the voice of the people, reflecting what’s foremost in the minds of any city and town. The first COVID-19-themed street art piece in Savannah, Ga., a portrait of Dr. Anthony Fauci, was recently created by local artist Jose Ray with the help of building owner Stewart Dohrman. The mural is on the side of the 1920s Mediterranean-style building at 2508 Waters Ave., near the corner of Victory Drive. Read the full article: https://www.blufftontoday.com/news/20200505/take-care-of-most-vulnerable-savannah-artist-building-owner-find-inspiration-in-dr-fauci-for-new-mural


SAVANNAH TECH LOGISTICS PROGRAM OFFERS CAREER TRAINING COURSES

(WTOC.COM) Savannah Technical College is now offering multiple short-term career training courses, many of which are offered online. One of the technical certificates of credit available is for Logistics Technician, a career path that continues to grow even as many other businesses struggle due to COVID-19. Learn more: https://www.wtoc.com/2020/05/05/savannah-tech-logistics-training-program-could-set-you-path-success/


BRIAN HUSKEY SHARES RESTAURANT BUSINESS TIPS

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Restaurant owner Brian Huskey, of the Gas Light Group, shares pivoting tips during Covid-19. Watch online:


IVOLUNTEER INTERNATIONAL

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s Start-up Tech-Nonprofit Earns Platinum Seal for Transparency on Guidestar. Less than 5% of nonprofits around the world have earned this recognition of commitment to transparency. Read the full article here. https://www.ivint.org/press/ivolunteer-international-earns-guidestars-highest-seal-of-transparency/


RUNNING WITH FAITH

(SAVANNAH, GA) Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center is holding a virtual fundraiser through May 15. “Running With Faith” challenges participants to run or walk or run with the goal of raising money for the Center to continue to serve children with disabilities after the COVID crisis. Although Faith Equestrian therapeutic center is not currently providing services, the 501c3 nonprofit still must care for and train horses to keep them ready to serve.https://faithetc.org/running-with-faith/


HEALTHY SAVANNAH WINS AWARD

(HEALTHY SAVANNAH) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce it has received statewide recognition from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. The coalition has received the 2020 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Collaborative Award for its work to make Savannah a healthier place to live.


ENMARKET PURCHASES, CONVERTS TIGER EXPRESS IN BEAUFORT

(BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA) Enmarket, a Savannah-based convenience store chain, has bought the former Tiger Express #14 store at 2265 Boundary St. in Beaufort to bring its total outlets to 50 stores in South Carolina. The location will undergo a more comprehensive renovation before the end of the year. The prime feature of the remodel will be the installation of Enmarket’s signature Eatery restaurant. The existing car wash will be updated as well. The store is expected to stay open throughout the remodel. The Beaufort store will offer such technology-based amenities as Skip Frictionless Checkout, which lets customers skip lines at the cash register and pay via their cell phones, as well as Enmarket’s loyalty program Enjoy Rewards and enPay. Customers will find the stores well-stocked, including fresh food and healthy snacks. The store offers unleaded, mid grade, premium and diesel fuels. www.enmarket.com


STAMPERS NEEDS A HOME

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) She is new to the shelter. http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-c-031-stampers/


SAVANNAH COMMUNITY HEADLINES *LIVE* THIS MORNING AT 9AM

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join us for an online, interactive conversation about Savannah each Monday morning at 9:00am

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, May 4, 2020

Savannah’s

COMMUNITY HEADLINES

The Local Newswire


GIVING TUESDAY NOW

(HEALTHY SAVANNAH) Tuesday, May 5 is #GivingTuesdayNow! This is a national day to support nonprofits during the added constraints of the pandemic. Healthy Savannah encourages your support. Visit the campaign page to make a donation or start your own fundraiser that you can share on social media: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/donate/ODQxMTQ=


IVOLUNTEER INTERNATIONAL

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s Start-up Tech-Nonprofit Earns Platinum Seal for Transparency on Guidestar. Less than 5% of nonprofits around the world have earned this recognition of commitment to transparency. Read the full article here. https://www.ivint.org/press/ivolunteer-international-earns-guidestars-highest-seal-of-transparency/


BATTER UP!

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Bananas has scheduled its season-opening game benefitting Park Place Outreach for Wednesday, July 1, from 7-10 p.m. at Grayson Stadium, 1401 E. Victory Drive. For more information, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/savannah-bananas-game-benefitting-park-place-outreach-tickets-103971445392


PIVOTING DURING THE PANDEMIC

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Ad Specialty Services has pivoted during the pandemic by selling personal protective equipment (PPE). They typically sell imprinted pens, coffee mugs, and other such items. But, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of business is from sales of PPE. Diana Morrison shares her wisdom, tips and advice on pivoting during COVID. Diana Morrison Cori Sessions #WeAreSavannah #OpenForBusinessSAVANNAH


RUNNING WITH FAITH

(SAVANNAH, GA) Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center is holding a virtual fundraiser through May 15. “Running With Faith” challenges participants to run or walk or run with the goal of raising money for the Center to continue to serve children with disabilities after the COVID crisis. Although Faith Equestrian therapeutic center is not currently providing services, the 501c3 nonprofit still must care for and train horses to keep them ready to serve.https://faithetc.org/running-with-faith/


BREASTFEEDING DURING THE PANDEMIC

(REACH) Nursing mothers don’t need to sacrifice the important skin-to-skin contact and immunity-boosting benefits of breastfeeding. With proper hygiene and guidance, moms can continue to breastfeed despite social distancing precautions, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund and The World Health Organization. But if a mother needs to hit pause on nursing for a while, due to illness or a hard-to-manage work schedule, the baby will still benefit from pumped milk or donated milk. For more information and guidelines, visit the Global Breastfeeding Collective: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2020/04/CGBI_Collective-BF-and-COVID-19.pdf


WE REMEMBER MAMA

(HOSPICE SAVANNAH) Hospice Savannah invites you to share stories of your mother from the comfort of your own home. Due to the current pandemic, Hospice Savannah will present its annual “We Remember Mama” benefit for the organization’s Story Keeping program as a virtual event, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on May 7- the Thursday evening before Mother’s Day.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-remember-mama-event-from-home-tickets-103426904656?utm_campaign=April+14&utm_medium=email&utm_source=May+2020


PRESIDENT’S AWARD

(LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY)  Will Howell, a Darien-based entrepreneur, and Kevin Sheehan, who heads an organization dedicated to improving the lives of differently abled people, will receive the President’s Award when the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society holds its 11th annual Night of Champions later this year.


AWARD

(HEALTHY SAVANNAH) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce it has received statewide recognition from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. The coalition has received the 2020 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Collaborative Award for its work to make Savannah a healthier place to live.https://healthysavannah.org/


SCORE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah SCORE and the SBA continue to help small businesses, non-profits and others navigate COVID-19 challenges with free guidance and resources. Finding the right information in a timely manner and then digesting all of that information are among the challenges that many people face. Savannah SCORE has prepared an overview of available resources. https://savannah.score.org/


BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL FACEBOOK ADS

(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) Three important considerations for anyone thinking of diving into Facebook ads and wondering what the common pitfalls might be:https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/beginners-guide-to-successful-facebook-ads/


ENMARKET PURCHASES, CONVERTS TIGER EXPRESS IN BEAUFORT

(BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA) Enmarket, a Savannah-based convenience store chain, has bought the former Tiger Express #14 store at 2265 Boundary St. in Beaufort to bring its total outlets to 50 stores in South Carolina. The location will undergo a more comprehensive renovation before the end of the year. The prime feature of the remodel will be the installation of Enmarket’s signature Eatery restaurant. The existing car wash will be updated as well. The store is expected to stay open throughout the remodel. The Beaufort store will offer such technology-based amenities as Skip Frictionless Checkout, which lets customers skip lines at the cash register and pay via their cell phones, as well as Enmarket’s loyalty program Enjoy Rewards and enPay. Customers will find the stores well-stocked, including fresh food and healthy snacks. The store offers unleaded, mid grade, premium and diesel fuels. www.enmarket.com


FREE RESOURCES FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

(REACH) The African American Health and Information Resource Center has always been free and open to the public. The office has closed during the pandemic, but its resources are still free and available online. The HERO database recently rolled out a QR code for accessing the website even faster. And the popular, informative seminars and morning chats are back on the schedule. Seminars are now being offered through WebEx, a free video platform available at www.webex.com. and are still free of charge. Registration is required. Just call (912) 477-6605 to reserve your spot. https://healthysavannah.org/


MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Stressed? Us too! May is Mental Health Month. Be on the lookout for resources for yourself or to help others through scary transitions like ceremony-free graduations, parenthood, social distancing and too much family togetherness. Check out these ideas on reaching out and staying connected:  https://seizetheawkward.org/coronavirus 


ZILLO

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) If you’re looking for an easy going, super sweet (and super soft), affectionate cat, Zillo could be the girl for you. She loves pets and chin scratches and is equally happy playing as she is just hanging out with you. Zillo seems to get along with everyone, so sharing a home with other felines probably won’t be a problem for her. http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2019-c-093-zillo/

New Acquisition in Beaufort Becomes Enmarket’s 50th South Carolina Convenience Store

(BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA) — Enmarket, a Savannah-based convenience store chain, has bought the former Tiger Express #14 store at 2265 Boundary St. in Beaufort to bring its total outlets to 50 stores in South Carolina.

“The location is a strategic part of our growth plan in the Beaufort area,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “Highway 21 is a heavily commuted artery connecting Charleston and Beaufort, making this location a prime opportunity for us.”

The 4,475-square-foot store will reopen Thursday after new fuel dispensers are installed and the interior is outfitted with improvements such as Enmarket’s popular bean-to-cup coffee brewers.

The location will undergo a more comprehensive renovation before the end of the year. The prime feature of the remodel will be the installation of Enmarket’s signature Eatery restaurant. The existing car wash will be updated as well. The store is expected to stay open throughout the remodel.

The Beaufort store will offer such technology-based amenities as Skip Frictionless Checkout, which lets customers skip lines at the cash register and pay via their cell phones, as well as Enmarket’s loyalty program Enjoy Rewards and enPay. Customers will find the stores well stocked, including fresh food and healthy snacks. The store offers unleaded, mid grade, premium and diesel fuels.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket, Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employs more than 1,300 people and operates 125 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants and a fast casual restaurant as the 49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, 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. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
mclements@enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
Carriage Trade PR
912-844-9990

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, April 27, 2020

Savannah’s

COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES

The Local Newswire


THERMAL SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS AND COVID-19

(SAVANNAH, GA) Because of the aggressive speed at which the Coronavirus is spreading, thermal surveillance cameras are showing up, front and center, as a way to scan individuals’ body temperatures as a fever detection device. As security experts, scDataCom hopes to shine light on the matter in order to inform you of the ways thermal surveillance cameras are being used as a tool during COVID-19.https://safecitysav.com/blog/its-getting-hot-in-here


PARK PLACE OUTREACH RECEIVES GRANT FROM BANK OF AMERICA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bank of America awards grant to Park Place Outreach to promote economic mobility. The grant will be used to provide for the basic needs and support services for residents. For more information on the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, please visit https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/charitable-foundation-funding.html#fbid=6NHu2Mg6Rq8


LUNCHTIME LECTURE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Melissa Gratias, the author of the new children’s book, “Captain Corona and the 19 COVID Warriors Explains Pandemic to Kids,” will present a free online lecture about Creativity during Quarantine on April 28 at 12 noon. This event is hosted by Creative Coast. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vcO-orTwqHdOPNo_uoeH6VoOFqmFPPd9s


IVOLUNTEER INTERNATIONAL

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) If you want to volunteer, explore opportunities in Savannah and worldwide with IVolunteer International 


SAVANNAH BUSINESS UPDATES HELPS COMPANIES CONNECT WITH CUSTOMERS

(VISIT SAVANNAH) Visit Savannah is providing a free, up-to-date list of business openings, closures and more. Business owners can get their business featured on the page by filling out an online form.https://www.visitsavannah.com/info/savannah-business-updates


PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE BRINGS CARS TO CUSTOMERS

(PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE) In response to concerns about COVID-19. Peacock Automotive dealers have expanded the ways people can shop for a new or used car without leaving the safety and comfort of their homes. Services include a video walk-around, no-obligation drop-off for test driving at home, and local home delivery. https://www.peacockautomall.com/ 


NO SIMPLE LIFE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Nervous Man Shouldn’t be Here in the First Place: The Life of Bill Baggs introduces readers to one of the most influential editors they’ve never heard of. In this first biography of the late Miami News editor, Savannah-based author Amy Paige Condon retraces how an orphaned boy from rural Georgia covered and impacted some of the 20th century’s biggest stories – Civil Rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War – by wielding his pen like a scalpel to get to the truth. The book is now is available for pre-orders by UGA Press. https://ugapress.org/book/9780820354972/a-nervous-man-shouldnt-be-here-in-the-first-place/?fbclid=IwAR215NTZZvG0iTTaqUD4E4B7G4inINRegfDga9PP5eDgt6KBo6WcbwbSp1g


IGTV

(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) Instagram TV, is it for you? IGTV According to Cisco, there will be 1.9 billion internet video users, representing 80% of internet traffic, by the end of 2021. Social media trends back this statement up. SimilarWeb research reveals that users are now spending 53 minutes per day consuming content on Instagram. The only social media site where people spend more time is Facebook, averaging 58 minutes per day. https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/igtv-for-business-new-research-for-marketers/


THRIVE-THRU CURBSIDE CASSEROLE MENU:

(SAVANNAH, GA) Thrive Catering is offering a pre-order casserole menu, with weekly curbside pickup at 2700 Gregory St. #200, Savannah, 31404.Thrive is a full-service green certified caterer, with a healthy twist using local ingredients and professional sanitary practices. Order online: https://forms.gle/9BBTStrNj3iXwHoh8 Tel: 912-508-6068


EBOOKS AND MORE

(LIVE OAK LIBRARIES) Live Oak Public Libraries provides virtual services and digital content to support you at home. Access ebooks, movies, games and activities, virtual programs, and more – anytime and from any device. https://liveoakpl.org/home


EMPLOYMENT LAW AND COVID 19 

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) What small business owners need to know about employment law during Covid-19. Attorney Wade Herring explains. 


WJCL

(WJCL) Do you have a business or provide a service that can help your fellow residents? WJCL wants to hear about it. Fill out the form below to be featured in their Shop Local guide. Make sure to include your business name, category, hours and contact information https://www.wjcl.com/article/georgia-lowcountry-small-businesses-with-shop-local/32259621


COMMUNITY HEADLINES LIVE

(#WeAreSavannah)  Today at 9:00 AM watch COMMUNITY HEADLINES LIVE on Marjorie Young’s YouTube channel. Guests include Amy Condon, Kerri Goodrich and Nipuna Ambanpola.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxOJUEs5ZW54RYeXxRc0pjQ?view_as=subscriber


JJ NEEDS A HOME

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Hello, I’m Jean luc (or JJ as my foster parents call me). I’m a 4 year old yorkie and 8 pounds of fluff! I am fully house trained. http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-d-092-jean-luc/

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, April 20, 2020

Savannah’s

COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES

The Local Newswire


FREE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS

(AAA) AAA is currently offering free roadside assistance to heroes on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. This includes towing, tire, fuel delivery, battery, and lock-out service. First responders and healthcare workers are eligible for this free service.
https://member.acg.aaa.com/ga/automotive/first-responders-roadside-assistance.html


BUILDING RESILIENCE & HANDLING STRESS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

(DALE CARNEGIE) A free live, online workshop will be presented Wed., April 29 from 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM EDT. Today’s environment is filled with setbacks and unexpected challenges. Few of us can change the environment in which we operate – but we can control how we prepare and respond to the events around us. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-resilience-handling-stress-in-uncertain-times-tickets-102270319278


SAVANNAH REALTOR EARNS MILITARY RELOCATION CERTIFICATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners real estate professional Cathy Rodgers has become certified as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP). She is now qualified to work with U.S. service members, their families, and veterans to find housing solutions that best suit their needs and to take full advantage of available benefits. https://charmingsavannahhomes.com/


HOUSE PARENTS NEEDED FOR EMERGENCY YOUTH SHELTER

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, a 12-bed temporary residential home for runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth ages 11-17; is hiring part-time house parents for its emergency youth shelter. All qualified candidates must have at least two years of experience working in a childcare setting. https://wiwhire.page.link/qhNr


UNTRIPS FROM HOME

(THE OKEFENOKEE SWAMP) April 27, 2020 / 12 PM – 1 PM / A ZOOM VIRTUAL MEET-UP. Register online: https://www.georgiaconservancy.org/okefenokee/untrip?utm_term=0_3722a73410-b60526f7bc-267430177&mc_cid=b60526f7bc&mc_eid=3650a3c517


HOSPICE SAVANNAH

(WSAV TV) As the death toll rises, Hospice Savannah is preparing a wing for COVID-19 patients which allows a family member to be by their side in their final hours. https://www.wsav.com/news/coronavirus/as-death-toll-rises-hospice-savannah-prepares-wing-for-covid-19-patients/?utm_source=Mid+April+2020&utm_campaign=April+14&utm_medium=email


MUSEUM TOURS FROM YOUR COUCH

(VIRTUAL MUSEUMS) Twelve famous museums are offering virtual tours you can take from your couch. Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Guggenheim in New York City. https://hellogiggles.com/news/museums-with-virtual-tours/


GET COUNTED

(U.S. CENSUS) You don’t need to be an inventor, a scientist, or a member of Congress to shape the future of your community. By being counted in the 2020 Census, you will help inform funding for local school programs, emergency services, and roads in our community. We all count, and we all get to shape our future by participating in the 2020 Census. https://my2020census.gov/


CONTRACTS DURING COVID-19

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Attorney Charles Bowen shares his insights on contracts during COVID-19. 


INSTAGRAM BUSINESS MARKETING

(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. The app, which was established in 2010 to allow users to share photos and videos, has expanded to give businesses a way to market their products and services to the world.
https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/instagram-marketing-ultimate-guide-business/


SIX SHELTER IN PLACE TIPS TO PREPARE FOR DIVORCE

(MY DIVORCE SOLUTION) For those in an unhappy marriage, being quarantined with a spouse may be difficult. Learn six things to do at home to help prepare for divorce, pass the time, and stay in a positive mindset while moving forward towards the light at the end of the tunnel.https://mydivorcesolution.com/6-ways-self-quarantine-during-covid-19-could-help-you-in-divorce/


TOP 5

(COMMUNITY HEADLINES) A 30 second video with our top 5 headlines.https://youtu.be/_q6xdXyWteU


OUTREACH & DEVELOPMENT AMERICORPS VISTA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, a 12-bed temporary residential home for runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth ages 11-17; is seeking an Outreach and Development AmeriCorps VISTA for a one-year commitment. AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty.
https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=84024&fromSearch=true


CURBSIDE CASSEROLE MENU

(SAVANNAH, GA) Thrive Catering is offering a pre-order casserole menu, with weekly curbside pickup at 2700 Gregory St. #200, Savannah, 31404. Thrive is a full-service green certified caterer, using products from over 20 local farms and eco-friendly practices. Call 912-401-2377 place digital orders at https://forms.gle/7UyAuKDfoaTt4vyx7 https://www.facebook.com/thrivecatering/


HALLELUJAH CHORUS

(MARIETTA, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations is pleased to share the good news that one of its writers was part of a 40-voice virtual choir performing an online rendition of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” on Easter Sunday, April 12. Carmel Hearn and other members of the Mt. Bethel UMC Choir in Marietta had planned to sing live from the church choir loft, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, instead, recorded their voice parts from their homes. The performances were assembled by the Mt. Bethel staff and broadcast at the conclusion of the Easter Sunday service. The video has been viewed online nearly 2000 times and was featured by WSB and other Atlanta news outlets.
https://youtu.be/o5iGA4Gd7PE


BILLS TO PAY

(CLARK.COM) How to Decide Which Bills to Pay First When You Have Limited Money https://clark.com/personal-finance-credit/how-to-prioritize-bills/


BIRD CAM

(SAVANNAH BIRD CAM) Enjoy a moment in the great outdoors with the Landings Eagle/Owl/Osprey/Bird Cam, brought to you by Skidaway Audubon and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. http://landingsbirdcam.com/


VOLUNTEERS HELPING SENIORS

(IVOLUNTEER) IVolunteer International just partnered with Shopping Angels and published a website where seniors can sign-up to get matched with a volunteer in their local community to get groceries delivered for free. Shopping Angels is a new movement that started in Nevada. A college student rallied volunteers to provide free grocery shopping delivery to senior citizens in her local community in March this year. It grew and now it’s nationwide. Their movement has been featured on CNN, FoxNews, Insider, Today, and two weeks ago, got a “thank-you” from POTUS on live television. But their method of “matching” was done manually, so they were struggling to handle the traffic and increased need. So (IVolunteer International) reached out and partnered with Shopping Angels. They automated the entire process. Senior citizens who sign up in Georgia are automatically matched with a volunteer using State and Zipcode. It is live now and we have seen a surge of people signing up to get help: https://shoppingangels.ivint.org/


KUZIA NEEDS A HOME

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Kuzia is a male tabby, he needs a home. http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-c-019-kuzia/

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, April 13, 2020

Savannah’s

COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES

The Local Newswire


HOW TO HELP YOUR EMPLOYEES TO REDUCE STRESS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr Pilczuk suggests having a stress coach and a financial coach to speak to your employees.  YouTube: https://youtu.be/S_UgTmsgebI


MONEY

(WTOC)  The owner of The Sand Bar on Tybee Island, Georgia, recently removed $3,714 in dollar bills customers stapled to the walls over the years. The money will now go to good use: She’s giving it to her unemployed staff during the coronavirus pandemic. https://www.cbsnews.com/video/bar-owner-removes-dollar-bills-from-walls-to-pay-staff-during-coronavirus/


WORKING FROM HOME WITH KIDS

(CHILD MIND INSTITUTE) As schools close and workplaces go remote to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, parents everywhere are struggling to keep children healthy and occupied. If you’re anxious about how to protect and nurture kids through this crisis, see tips here: LINK


CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR RENT?

(CATHY CHATS) The Federal moratorium provides that a lessor may not evict a tenant after the moratorium expires except on 30 days’ notice-which may not be given until after the moratorium period. See Sec. 4024(c).*What This Means – Call your landlord! Even though a landlord may not legally kick you out, let them know if you are no longer working at this time.  Work through your options and know what impact the delay in rent may have on your future at the property. Cathyrodgers912@Gmail.com https://mailchi.mp/d95bc6d83205/eqplqt2ub2-3351233?e=[UNIQID]


BELFORD’S BECOME SAFE CITY ADVOCATE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Local Companies Partner to Provide Security Coverage in City Market https://www.scdatacom.net/media-alerts


MASKS AND GOODWILL

(SAVANNAH, GA) Goodwill is manufacturing about 150 – 200 masks each day. They plan to distribute to all their associates and to community organizations here is Savannah. #communityimpact #stopthespread  https://goodwillsega.org/ 


COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR NON-PROFITS

(NLC) As nonprofits continue to operate in a new environment that’s anything but normal, here is a digital hub for nonprofit leaders to help you and your organization easily access information and resources to respond to COVID-19. Our community needs nonprofits now, more than ever. https://nlctb.org/resources/covid-19-nonprofit-resource-hub/


SAFE SHELTER

(SAFE SHELTER) For the time being, all donations must now be left by the Shelter’s front door rather than being taken inside. At this time our clothes closet is not taking donations. However, we are in need of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies. http://safeshelter.org/donate/


$350 BILLION 

(US CHAMBER) The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated almost $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. https://www.uschamber.com/report/covid-19-emergency-loans-small-business-guide


CDC RECOMMENDATIONS TO SMALL BUSINESS 

(CDC) Here are the top CDC-recommended tips that small business owners can take to mitigate risk, protect employees and support customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.https://www.uschamber.com/co/run/business-financing/coronavirus-emergency-loans


NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS TOWN HALL

(INC.COM) FRIDAYS AT NOON ET: Registration Link:https://events.inc.com/nationaltownhallevents


TIPS FOR MUSICIANS ON HOW TO GENERATE CASH DURING THIS PANDEMIC

(SAVANNAH, GA) Interview with the founder of The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Jeremy Davis shares valuable tips on how they got 40 thousand viewers to watch their Facebook Live production. He also shares tips on how he sells sponsorships and tickets. https://youtu.be/nTz93qDUSVQ


UNITED WAY

(SAVANNAH, GA) CareSource, a leading multi-state managed care plan, has donated $5,000 to the United Way of the Coastal Empire in an effort to help support local individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. www.uwce.org.


PPE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Ad Specialty adding focus to PPE, helping to keep everyone STRONG and HEALTHY.


SAVANNAH STORYBOOK WRITER FEATURED ON PEOPLE.COM FOR CORONAVIRUS BOOK

(PEOPLE.COM) New Children’s Book Captain Corona and the 19 COVID Warriors Explains Pandemic to Kids https://people.com/books/new-childrens-book-captain-corona-and-the-19-covid-warriors-explains-pandemic-to-kids/


$25K

(SAVANNAH, GA) United Way of the Coastal Empire has received a $25,000 donation from Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation to help members of the community impacted by COVID-19. This donation will be used to help residents of Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties retain stable housing by assisting with rent, mortgage, and utility payments when grace periods are not offered and to provide financial assistance for additional critical needs such as medical expenses and child care. www.uwce.org.


WINNER OF THE GLOBAL STUDENT COMPETITION

(SAVANNAH, GA) WTCSav Announced IVolunteer International Finalists of Global Student Competition. For the second consecutive year, IVolunteer International emerges finalists for their creativity and innovation. Read the full article here. https://www.ivint.org/press/wtcsav-announced-ivolunteer-international-winner-of-global-student-competition/


DIVORCE DURING A PANDEMIC

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Interview with the co-founders of My Divorce Solution. If you own a business and are thinking about getting a divorce, you must make sure you are not co-mingling your finances. Please watch this 24 minute video for other valuable tips from Catherine Shanahan, CDFA and Karen Chellew.


TOASTMASTERS

(SAVANNAH, GA) During the COVID-19 crisis, The Hostess City Toastmasters Club is meeting online using the Zoom.us meeting app. The club meets online every Tuesday 6:15-7:30 pm, inviting guests to receive Zoom login information by emailing hostesscitytm@gmail.com or by sending a message through the club Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HostessCityToastmasters/. In addition to offering a good way to learn about and practice online communication skills, the club is hosting guest speakers who have practical and inspiring information for members and guests. Coming up on Tuesday, April 21 is Tricia Veldman of Georgia Speech Coaching (https://newyorkspeechcoaching.com/georgia/) delivering a speech titled: “Bringing Your Voice to Remote Work”, followed by a live Q&A session.


MEOW, MEOW

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) I need a home! http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2019-c-045-tira/

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, April 6, 2020

Savannah’s

COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES

The Local Newswire


CARES ACT – HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

(SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION) Small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options


SPANX DONATES $5 MILLION TO FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS

(RED BACKPACK FUND) Spanx founder Sara Blakely has announced she is donating $5 million to support female entrepreneurs during the coronavirus pandemic as part of her Lucky Red Backpack campaign:https://www.globalgiving.org/redbackpackfund/


IVOLUNTEER INTERNATIONAL

(SAVANNAH, GA)  IVolunteer International partners with East Taylor Creatives to Develop a Mobile App for Volunteers. – The mobile app will be launched in late August 2020 in Savannah, Georgia and will be available for all volunteers in Savannah. Read the full article here.  https://www.ivint.org/press/savannah-nonprofit-partners-with-east-taylor-creatives-to-develop-a-mobile-app-for-volunteers/


8 THINGS YOUR SMALL BUSINESS NEEDS TO DO – COVID-19

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/business-owner-tips-coronavirus-pandemic


SMALL BUSINESS AND PODCASTING

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Big take-aways on how small businesses are podcasting during this pandemic – and making money. Podcast GURU Terrass Misher talks about how to get sponsorships, how to position yourself as the authority and how to get started. Watch: OPEN FOR BUSINESS with RAZZ!


UNITED WAY

(UNITED WAY) United Way of the Coastal Empire has received generous support for families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.  Ryan Price, Savannah Division Manager of JE Dunn Construction, delivered a $10,000 contribution to the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund with hope that others will join the efforts. https://untdwy.org/2IVKXV3


SMALL BUSINESS AND HEALTH INSURANCE

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) This is my interview with Bill Lucas Insurance, the Health insurance specialist… (35 years this July) He does individual and employee benefits. A big take away from this 24 minute Q&A – if you are a solo entrepreneur – and your income is expected to go below $46,750 because of the Covid-19 – you can apply to get reduced monthly rates. There are a lot of factors that go into this, but Bill Lucas can help guide you or you can go online https://www.healthcare.gov/ Also, if you feel you will have a hard time paying your current premium, he suggested calling your health insurance provider to see what they can do to help. 


TYBEE MARINE SCIENCE

(TYBEE ISLAND, GA) The Science Center plans to reopen May 1st. All programming and events are cancelled until then. One team member is going in everyday to care for the resident animals. They have given Admiral, their loggerhead sea turtle, several new toys and more than her fair share of shrimpsicles. Work at the new facility on the North Beach is still in progress for our planned September opening. www.tybeemarinescience.org


UNION MISSION

(SAVANNAH, GA) Union Mission will postpone Raising Hope scheduled for April 23, 2020 at the DeSoto Savannah, due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.


5 WAYS TO RETAIN CUSTOMERS DURING COVID-19

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS Even if you need to close due to health and safety concerns, there are ways to keep serving your customers during the coronavirus outbreak.Link: https://www.uschamber.com/co/grow/customers/customer-retention-during-coronavirus_


ENMARKET SAVANNAH BRIDGE RUN

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run in a totally new way. We are now offering a VIP Experience presented by The Rail Pub. VIP’s will receive several amenities enhancing their experience of conquering the bridge! Dec 5, 2020,  https://raceroster.com/store/28614/item/5a8d8d01-621e-41e5-8d5c-25b9824e1a0f


GUIDE FOR CRISIS PR

(PUBLIC RELATIONS SOCIETY OF AMERICA) Get free crisis communications resources – including a webinar series called Communicating in a Time of Covid-19 – from PRSA. GUIDE


ENMARKET BOOSTS EMPLOYEES PAY BY $2.50

(SAVANNAH, GA) As an essential business selling fuel, grocery items and prepared foods, Enmarket’s stores across a three-state region continue to remain open to serve the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, those employees are receiving a temporary pay boost of $2.50 an hour, reflecting the importance of their role during this crisis, and the chain also will install plexiglass shields at its checkout counters as further protection for employees and customers. Meanwhile, Enmarket’s adoption of self-checkout technology in 2019 is proving its value during the current pandemic. For example, Skip Frictionless Checkout enables users to check out on their phones, without direct interaction with a cashier. www.enmarket.com


PEACOCK COLLISION CENTER

(JASPER COUNTY, SC) Did you know that Peacock Collision Center is part of Peacock Automotive.  Should the need arise for collision work on your vehicle during the pandemic, they are open for business. Visit Peacock Collision Center at https://www.peacockcollisioncenter.com/


HOMELESS IN SAVANNAH

(SAVANNAH, GA) Now more than ever, the homeless need extra help, as some are not able to do odd jobs like they once did and many of the area coffee shops and restaurants they once frequented are now closed.  The biggest need is bottled water, tissue, paper towels, non-perishable foods and snacks. Donations are being collected in partnership with Divine Rest. Contact Cathy Rodgers if you have any donations to be picked up.  Cathyrodgers912@gmail.com


CAPTAIN CORONA STORYBOOK BECOMES ANIMATED MOVIE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah story book author, Dr. Melissa Gratias, collaborated with local voice actor, Akil Jackson, to produce an animated movie version of her free eBook, Captain Corona and the 19 COVID Warriors. The video is available on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/_tBjeJ7Ts-M


PARK PLACE OUTREACH  

(SAVANNAH, GA) During this time of social distancing, PPO would like to invite you to their library right outside of their doors. You can either take a book  or leave a book for others, the choice is yours. #practicesocialdistancing#read#community


FACES OF THE SOUTH

(LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY) LDSS’s mission and vision featured in South Magazine FACEBOOK LINK


REACH ENCOURAGES HEALTHY FOOD DONATIONS

(SAVANNAH TRIBUNE) Many people have heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” without understanding the concept behind it. What and how much a person eats has a profound impact on continuing health. Eating a nutritional, well-balanced diet helps prevent health disparities. REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Savannah is encouraging families to avoid processed foods and turn to nutritional foods like fruits and vegetables. https://www.savannahtribune.com/articles/reach-savannah-encourages-healthy-food-donations/


SOPHIE NEEDS A HOME

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2019-c-090-sophie/

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, March 30, 2020

Savannah’s

COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES

The Local Newswire


ENMARKET BOOSTS EMPLOYEES PAY BY $2.50

(SAVANNAH, GA) As an essential business selling fuel, grocery items and prepared foods, Enmarket’s stores across a three-state region continue to remain open to serve the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, those employees are receiving a temporary pay boost of $2.50 an hour, reflecting the importance of their role during this crisis, and the chain also will install plexiglass shields at its checkout counters as further protection for employees and customers. Meanwhile, Enmarket’s adoption of self-checkout technology in 2019 is proving its value during the current pandemic. For example, Skip Frictionless Checkout enables users to check out on their phones, without direct interaction with a cashier. www.enmarket.com


SCORE MENTORS STANDING BY

(SAVANNAH, GA) The current COVID-19 emergency is causing many businesses, especially small businesses, to be experiencing significant challenges. The very existence of some businesses may be at risk. Please know that the Savannah SCORE team of 45 expert business mentors is available to provide free business mentoring services to help you navigate these uncharted waters.  Mentoring will take place by phone, video or email. https://savannah.score.org and click on “Find A Mentor” or call 912-652-4335.


LIST OF MANDATORY CLOSURES  

(CITY OF SAVANNAH) After receiving regulatory guidance from the state, barbershops, beauty parlors, nail and personal care salons closed on Friday, March 27, at 5 p.m.Additional clarifications include pawn shops, title pawn shops, landscaping services and moving services; which are considered essential businesses and may remain operational. Vape stores are not permitted to stay open. Automobile dealerships can operate their service departments, but they may not operate their sales departments. Real estate maintenance and rental services and work to execute contracts currently in existence are allowed, but all other real estate work should be performed remotely. https://www.savannahga.gov/2958/Covid-19


6 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE JUST-PASSED COVID-19 RELIEF BILL

(UNITED WAY)  Congress recently passed a $2 trillion emergency relief package which seeks to help millions of Americans survive this economic and health crisis. Reason #4 for this legislation is that it gives relief to small business. https://www.unitedway.org/blog/6-things-to-know-about-the-just-passed-covid-19-relief-bill?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=covid19&utm_content=learnmore&fbclid=IwAR3aeBllxBZP0wdrKqr_BP380FpWdfnNL8ZLqCpH1Iqc3Po6fv983as6AIE#&utm_source=MARCH+30%2C+2020&utm_campaign=MARCH+30%2C+2020&utm_medium=email


CHILDREN’S BOOK

(SAVANNAH, GA) New free book helps children cope with the Coronavirus pandemic.https://www.savannahnow.com/news/20200304/savannah-authorrsquos-new-book-helps-children-cope-with-coronavirus-pandemic

Author Dr. Melissa Gratias

SMALL BUSINESS DISASTER LOANS

(SBAC) Interview with Tony O’Reilly of the Small Business Assistance Corporation. https://sbacsav.com/


GET COUNTED(US CENSUS) Respond today, get counted:https://2020census.gov/?fbclid=IwAR35d8NhxpI9JSwIyPykWRelMhUkpvaVpH2f5douaSxA88GJic3OlZgse3k 


GET TO KNOW US IN A WHOLE NEW WAY

(SAVANNAH, GA) VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE – Thursday, April 2 at 4 p.m.St. Andrew’s invites families with children age 3 to grade 12 to get to know the school faculty through a virtual, interactive Q & A session. Register at https://saslions.com/openhouse/ for this unique experience. 


UNITED WAY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Rise to the challenge, as Americans have always done, to support those in need. Your giving helps those most affected by the pandemic. Learn how United Way is responding to COVID-19 and helping the community during this difficult time: https://untdwy.org/2IVKXV3


COUNCIL OF DADS(NBC) Council of Dads | Pilot (Full Episode) online


VIRTUAL TOUR

(SAVANNAH, GA) With the challenges of COVID-19, and a city under a “shelter at home” mandate,  local real estate agents are getting creative by offering virtual open houses and and tours through video and social media.  Here’s an example of a a virtual tour: 


FIRST VIRTUAL CHECK DONATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) DIRTTbags Donate to Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society for World Down Syndrome Day  https://youtu.be/hyhvWakliJs


PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE

(JASPER COUNTY, SC) While battling the pandemic together with the community, Peacock Automotive dealerships in South Carolina are fully operational with social distance guidelines and sanitation efforts in place. The staff is offering virtual test drives and no charge delivery of purchases to the local community. The sales departments at Peacock Hyundai Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen are open by appointment only due to the shelter in place order for Savannah. The service departments are open with normal hours, and social distancing is being practiced. A key drop-box is available for clients who do not wish to have contact. Peacock Automotive remains committed to providing customers a clean, friendly experience. Extensive sanitation efforts are in place, and employees are using gloves to handle vehicles. As the situation changes with the virus, Peacock Automotive will continue to update clients and re-evaluate and improve its measures to ensure the safety of everyone we encounter.  For more information or any assistance, please call (843)-208-1258 or visit online at https://www.peacockautomotive.com/.


HOSPICE SAVANNAH

(SAVANNAH, GA) Hospice Savannah is committed to maintaining its exemplary level of care for patients and families as our nation grapples with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The staff is monitoring CDC guidelines to ensure correct precautions are utilized in order to continue to provide safe and outstanding care. Both Hospice Savannah, Inc., and the Steward Center for Palliative Care remain open and dedicated to serving the public while also striving to patients are in prepared and capable hands throughout this extremely difficult time for the nation and world. Where possible, some staff members are working remotely to comply with emergency declarations. https://files.constantcontact.com/c6a91b43201/e7e36d8a-3749-46d8-975f-758590dce13e.pdf


PARK PLACE OUTREACH  

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter has announced the appointment of a new board president and three new board members. Tammy Stokes, Chatham County Recorder’s Court Chief Judge, will serve as the board president in 2020. Stokes has served on the Park Place Outreach board since January of 2019, and succeeds Salita Hill, who served as the organization’s board president in 2018 and 2019. The new board members are Erina Tandy; Hunter Hall, with Hunter T. Hall Consulting; and Megan Manly, law clerk for the U.S. District Court. https://www.parkplaceyes.org/about-us/board-of-directors/ 


SEEKING BUSINESS INPUT

(SAFE CITY) Local security company seeking business owners’ input on where to place free security cameras during this crisis. https://safecitysav.com/community    


IVOLUNTEER INTERNATIONAL

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Nonprofit IVolunteer International wins the University of Georgia Kickstarter Fund. – the Tech-Nonprofit received $5,000 in grant money to design and develop a new mobile app for volunteers. https://www.ivint.org/press/ivolunteer-international-winners-at-university-of-georgia-kickstarter-fund/


PEACOCK AUTO MALL DONATES FOOD TO LOCAL NON-PROFIT

(JASPER COUNTY, SC) The on-site cafe at Peacock Auto Mall is temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus epidemic. Peacock Auto Mall was able to donate the unused food and condiments on March 27 to Old Savannah City Mission, which serves the hungry population in Savannah. The Old Savannah City Mission is a local 501(c)(3) funded by people who care about the less fortunate and demonstrate it by giving of their time, talent and treasure. The Mission works with a staff of seven employees. This community’s dedicated servants work with hundreds of volunteers to deliver services to Savannah’s most vulnerable and needy citizens in a highly cost-effective way. If you’re interested in volunteering, visit http://www.oscm.org/


REACH ENCOURAGES HEALTHY FOOD DONATIONS

(SAVANNAH TRIBUNE) Many people have heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” without understanding the concept behind it. What and how much a person eats has a profound impact on continuing health. Eating a nutritional, well-balanced diet helps prevent health disparities. REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Savannah is encouraging families to avoid processed foods and turn to nutritional foods like fruits and vegetables. https://www.savannahtribune.com/articles/reach-savannah-encourages-healthy-food-donations/


LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY POSTPONES NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, out of an abundance of concern about the health and safety of its members and participants at the 11th annual Night of Champions event, has decided to postpone the celebration because of the potential risks associated with the coronavirus. The event had been scheduled for April 2 at the Savannah Convention Center. https://www.facebook.com/ldssga/, call 912-436-3626 or email info@ldssga.org.


CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS® MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc. is celebrating its 25th anniversary, marking a quarter of a century of service to the region’s small business community. As a lead-up to the anniversary, the firm’s founder and principal, Marjorie Young, will publish “Reputation Matrix,” a step-by-step guidebook to help small businesses increase their visibility, credibility and positive word-of-mouth in the community and online. Once released, the book will be available on Amazon. For more information, visit www.carriagetradepr.com or call 912-844-9990


LILLY NEEDS A HOME

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) If you’ve been looking for a loving feline companion, Lilly could be the girl for you. This super sweetie found her way to CPR after being left when her previous family moved. http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2018-c-129-lilly/

Enmarket Employees Get Pay Boost, Additional Safety Measures

(SAVANNAH, GA) As an essential business selling fuel, grocery items and prepared foods, Enmarket’s stores across a three-state region continue to remain open to serve the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, those employees are receiving a temporary pay boost of $2.50 an hour, reflecting the importance of their role during this crisis, and the chain also will install plexiglass shields at its checkout counters as further protection for employees and customers.

The installation of the plexiglass shields, also known as “sneeze guards,” is expected to begin Monday and will include all of Enmarket’s stores, which are located in Georgia and the Carolinas.

The measures come in addition to health and safety measures already implemented throughout the chain, which is the 49th largest in the country. Those measures include the suspension of the sale of self-service food, like hotdogs and frozen yogurt, along with increased cleaning and sanitizing. The Eatery, Enmarket’s in-store food preparation operation, continues to prepare food under controlled sanitary conditions, but service is now limited to to-go orders, with use of dining tables on premises suspended.

“We wanted some tangible way to express to our employees how much we — and the shopping public —appreciate their efforts during this extraordinary time,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket, which is based in Savannah. “Nothing is more tangible to an employee than their paycheck, so for the next three weeks, each hourly employee’s wage will be increased by $2.50 an hour.”

Salaried employees, who are eligible for bonuses as part of their compensation package, will be guaranteed 100% payout of their March and April bonuses.

Hourly Enmarket employees will receive a one-time check equivalent to $2.50 per hour for all hours worked from March 26 through April 15. This will include field technicians and other hourly team members that work in the field to support multiple stores.

The plexiglass shields will become a new icon of the current pandemic. Walmart, Kroger and other major retailers who are open for essential services during the crisis have begun to install the barriers to limit exposure between customers and cashiers during the check-out process. Enmarket is one of the first convenience store chains that has committed to installing them at every location.

“These shields will provide an additional level of safety for our employees,” Giesick said. “We will be moving as quickly as possible to get them in place at each of our checkout locations.”

Meanwhile, Enmarket’s adoption of self-checkout technology in 2019 is proving its value during the current pandemic. For example, Skip Frictionless Checkout enables users to check out on their phones, without direct interaction with a cashier.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket is Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employing more than 1,300 people and operating 124 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants, and a fast casual restaurant as the 49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, 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. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
mclements@enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
www.carriagetradepr.com
912-844-9990

SafeCity Launches on Bull Street Local Security Company Offers Free CCTV to Savannah Business Community

(Savannah, Georgia) scDataCom is launching an early release of their newest initiative, “SafeCity”. SafeCity is a community focused program dedicated to fostering the safety, revitalization and continued growth of local business corridors by implementing security and technology tools designed to protect our community in a time of crisis. High quality cameras are placed in strategic locations throughout local business corridors in order to provide as many businesses as possible clear coverage of their facilities. During the Covid-19 Health Crisis, access to this footage is FREE and made available to participants in order to provide peace of mind to one of our city’s most valuable resource – it’s community of entrepreneurs.

“This is a beta version of the system we were planning to install but things have accelerated due to the current crisis. We are in a position to implement a solution, now, that will allow businesses a way to protect and to personally keep eyes on their facilities through the duration of this shut down” says Alaina Ford, Founder of scDataCom. “Our business is considered Critical Infrastructure – we are lucky that, as of now, our trucks are still rolling. The equipment we are installing is state of the art and costs us the exact same amount sitting in inventory as it does deployed where it could do some good. My hope is that the added security brings other small businesses some level of peace of mind while they’re forced to close their doors – we have to band together to get through this.”

scDataCom has been in Savannah for the past 7 years, and owner Alaina Ford lives in the Starland district, where the first SafeCity cameras will be installed. “This neighborhood has my heart”, she says. “I chose to live here because I loved the energy that all of these fun new businesses brought in, I’m lucky that some are friends and customers. And, living here, I know that there have been issues with burglary and property damage and that it has caused some concern, especially now. I’m hopeful that SafeCity will help ease their minds.”

Based on FBI crime data, Savannah has a higher crime rate than 68% of all other Georgia towns & cities (of all sizes). In 2019, the weekly average for property crimes in Savannah was 104 reported incidents/week and the weekly average for violent crime was 23 reported incidents/week. Studies show that surveillance programs have been especially successful in reducing the crime rate – potential criminals are much less likely to target a business if they know they are being watched and believe they are at a greater risk of apprehension. Highly visible cameras and signage are an especially effective crime reduction tool – similar programs in other cities, like Chicago, saw a 32% decrease in area crime within the first 3 months. A Detroit surveillance program, Project Greenlight, successfully decreased area crime by 40% in 2016, notably decreasing incidents of violent crime by 48%.

SafeCity camera installation will commence Monday and remote-viewing access is being granted to businesses for the next 30 days. For more information on SafeCity, or to register for access, please visit www.safecitysav.com

About scDataCom: Established in 2013, scDataCom has been delivering security integration solutions to both Savannah area businesses and Federal Agencies since 2013. Their client list includes the Department of Veterans Affairs, Georgia Ports Authority, St Joseph/Candler Hospitals, and many other small to enterprise level businesses.
Headquarters: 2700 Gregory St, Suite 180 Savannah, Georgia 31404
Phone: (912) 777-5721
Cell: 571-499-0409
Email: A.ford@scdatacom.net
Online: www.scdatacom.net

DIRTTbags Donate to Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society for World Down Syndrome Day

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is pleased to announce, along with long-time community partner, DIRTT Environmental Solutions, DIRTT’s donation of more than $4,500 to the organization as we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day – March 21, 2020.

Local Savannah DIRTTbags chose LDSS as their 2019 Annual Partner and raised the funds through raffles and events, along with a shared vision to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. LDSS has honored two DIRTTbags in the Savannah plant in recent years at their annual Night of Champions event – William Greene in 2015 and Chris Maynor in 2019.

“The DIRTTBags embody a beautiful message that if you can look beyond a label you might find unexpected blessings,” said John Bogardus, LDSS president and co-founder. “When we peeked inside the ‘bag’ we found our shining stars. Their example is a reminder that by looking beyond the label of disability, you can discover unexpected potential.”

DIRTT, which stands for Doing It Right This Time, uses technology-driven advanced manufacturing and a sustainable, prefab approach to interior construction that creates cost, schedule and quality certainty and long-term adaptability. Founded and headquartered in Calgary, DIRTT opened its Savannah facility in 2009 that now employs more than 100 DIRTTbags, as they all themselves. DIRTT’s culture is based on excellence, innovation and collaboration.

“It is our privilege to continue to partner with the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society as part of our progressive approach to corporate responsibility and philanthropy,” said Laura Lee Bocade, based in DIRTT’s Savannah plant. “We couldn’t agree or align more with the mission of LDSS – inclusion of a segment of our community that make for OUTSTANDING employees – and we couldn’t ask for a better group of leaders to make this vision a reality than our LDSS colleagues. I’m continually amazed at the wisdom of DIRTTbags to select the best community partners, year after year.”

During raffles, contests and events held over the past 6 months, Savannah DIRTTBags $4,666 in support of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society and are excited to present the funds to LDSS on the occasion of World Down Syndrome Day. A check presentation ‘ceremony’ and luncheon in DIRTT’s plant and Café with LDSS and DIRTT teams and local individuals and families but plans changed due to the current social-distancing protocol.

World Down Syndrome Day will be celebrated on March 21. This global awareness day has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Its purpose is to raise understanding of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

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
Whitney Lowery
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
wlowery@ldssga.org

ABOUT DIRTT:
DIRTT is a building process powered by technology. The company uses its proprietary ICE® software to design, manufacture and install fully customized interior environments. The technology drives DIRTT’s advanced manufacturing and provides certainty on cost, schedule and the final built solution. Complete interior spaces are constructed faster, cleaner and more sustainably. DIRTT’s manufacturing facilities are located in Savannah, Phoenix and Calgary. DIRTT works with nearly 100 sales partners globally. For more information visit www.dirtt.com

CONTACT
Laura Lee Bocade
DIRTT Environmental Solutions
lbocade#@dirtt.com

Bethesda Academy Senior Nishan Roberson Signing Day with Savannah State University

Bethesda Academy Senior Nishan Roberson Signing Day with Savannah State University

Bethesda Academy hosted a Signing Day ceremony in honor of senior Nishan Roberson’s decision to accept a football scholarship with Savannah State University in the Diamond Dining Hall at Bethesda Academy.

Roberson has played on the Bethesda Academy football team as a lineman for three of his four years in high school, having missed his junior year due to a preseason knee injury. Highlights from his senior year include 64 tackles on defense and offensive blocks that accounted for 3,002 rushing yards and 2,017 passing yards. He will receive a full-ride scholarship to play at Savannah State.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private day and boarding 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 college preparatory curriculum. 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.

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

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, March 9, 2020

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YAPPY HOUR ST. PATRICK’S DAY EDITION

(JASPER COUNTY, SC) Peacock Subaru in Hardeeville is inviting the public to “eat, drink and be Irish” with a free Yappy Hour event on Thursday, March 12, to celebrate the love of furry family members and to support the Hilton Head Humane Association. The festivities will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at 111 Drivers Way. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/642912036443430/.

THE SECOND ANNUAL ROYAL FLUSH CASINO NIGHT

(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah held its second annual Royal Flush Casino Night to benefit the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. The casino-themed party took place at the Savannah Station, featuring heavy hors-d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music by the Mainstreet Dance Band and complimentary casino games including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold’em and Wheel of Fortune. For photos from the event and more information, visit https://www.savannahnow.com/entertainmentlife/20200307/bunny-in-city-guaranteed-hit-with-habitat-for-humanity.

FORMER JAGUAR DESIGNER TURNED SCAD PROFESSOR PRESENTS ON DESIGN & ENGINEERING

(BLUFFTON, SC) Former Jaguar designer Cesar Pieri will keynote an evening lecture on design and engineering in the brand’s high-performance sports cars on Tuesday, March 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jaguar Hilton Head at Peacock Auto Mall, 145 Drivers Way, Hardeeville, S.C. Pieri spent six years as a designer with Jaguar before becoming chair of the Industrial Design Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). His lecture will cover the heritage and evolution of Jaguar design, with a special focus on the F-TYPE. Admission to the evening lecture is free, but RSVPs are required by Thursday, March 19, to jaguardreams.eventbrite.com.

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNOUNCED

(SAVANNAH, GA) Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is pleased to announce its 2020 Board of Directors. The officers include John Bogardus, president; Michael Holton, Jr., vice president; Joe Marchese, secretary; and Stephen Greene, treasurer. They are joined on the board by Nicole Allen, Jason Ambrose, Brian Hussey, Kayla Johnson, Tom Kenkel, Harris Martin and Dr. Ben Spitalnick. LDSS has grown from a group of four families who shared the experience of having a family member with Down syndrome to a society that has attracted thousands of parents, children, advocates, community volunteers and corporate supporters. For more information visit ldssga.org.

YOUNG EARNS DOCTORATE OF PHILOSOPHY IN ROBOTICS FROM GEORGIA TECH

(ATLANTA, GA) Dr. Carol Young earned her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Robotics Engineering. Her thesis is titled “Quantitative Analysis of Adaptiveness and Consistency of a Class of Online Learning Algorithms.” Young worked at Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut before she started her Ph.D. Her undergraduate degree is from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a dual B.S in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Japanese. Young graduated from Savannah Country Day in 2006. Young was an ARCS recipient (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) during her Ph.D. studies. For more information visit https://gatech.meritpages.com/stories/Carol-Young-Receives-Degree-from-Georgia-Tech-/23813478.

THIRD ANNUAL SAVANNAH ROTARY READ-IN CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Did you know that children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over those who are not, with the number of words in a child’s vocabulary being an important indicator of later academic success, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. To support the kids here locally, several Rotary clubs and community volunteers in the greater Savannah area are hosting the third annual Savannah Rotary Read-In (SRRI) on Wednesday, March 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. SRRI 2020 will be reading to 35 schools and over 630 classrooms in the SCCPSS, reaching over 14,000 students in total. The group is currently calling for volunteers. To learn more, visit http://www.southernmamas.com/2020/savannah-rotary-read-in-2020/.

CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS® MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc. observed its 25th anniversary on March 6, marking a quarter of a century of service to the region’s small business community. As a lead-up to the anniversary, Young published “Reputation Matrix,” a step-by-step guidebook to help small businesses increase their visibility, credibility and positive word-of-mouth in the community and online. Once released, the book will be available on Amazon. For more information, visit www.carriagetradepr.com or contact 912-844-9990.

PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF TEDxHILTONHEAD 2020

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) Pinnacle Medical Group is a proud sponsor of this year’s TEDxHiltonHead, which will take place on Saturday, March 14, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The 2020 theme is Making Waves, and will be celebrating the Lowcountry’s movers, shakers and big ideas. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/36982.

LLS 2020 MAN, WOMAN, & STUDENT OF THE YEAR KICKS OFF

(SAVANNAH, GA) Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic and passionate candidates engage in a spirited fundraising competition to raise critical funds for blood cancer research for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through the Man & Woman of the Year and Students of the Year campaigns. LLS celebrated the individuals who will compete to earn the titles of Man, Woman and Students of the Year at the Charles H. Morris Center on Friday night with a crowd of over 200 supporters. This year’s candidate class includes fourteen community leaders, as well as eighteen student candidate teams, comprised of 42 high school students from eleven different schools. As a class, these candidates aim to raise over $900,000 in ten weeks to fight blood cancer. To learn more about the Man & Woman of the Year, visit www.mwoy.org/ga.

LSEGA 2020 PROGRAM HOLDS FIRST SESSION IN GLYNN COUNTY

(GLYNN CO, GA) The Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) class of 2020 launched its first session with a close look at the coastal region’s natural resources in Brunswick, Ga., and on Little St. Simons Island. The class learned about the many ways our Georgia coastline is unique from the nationally recognized conservation efforts to the biology itself. Heard Galis, LSEGA graduate and one of two principals at Galis/Stewart Insurance in Brunswick’s Historic District, was the session coordinator for the first of the five weekends. To learn more, visit http://savannahceo.com/features/2020/02/leadership-southeast-georgia-launches-2020-program-glynn-county-study-natural-resources/

TELFAIR BALL HELD AT BETHESDA ACADEMY

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 40th annual Telfair Ball was held under the live oaks of Bethesda Academy, featuring local, handmade art and an auction benefiting The Telfair Museums. To learn more about the ball and see photos of the art and venue, visit https://www.savannahnow.com/entertainmentlife/20200307/art-scene-local-artists-crown-telfair-ball-with-handmade-art.

PLASTICS MAKES PERFECT PODCAST ADDRESSES KEY QUESTIONS ABOUT MOMMY MAKEOVERS

(BLUFFTON, SC) Mommy Makeovers offer a variety of options to help people get back to feeling like they did before pregnancy or weight gain. Dr. Klenke of the Pinnacle Medical Group explores these options and questions people frequently have before making an appointment in this video podcast episode of Plastics Makes Perfect. Listen anywhere you stream podcasts or watch here to learn more: 

25 TIPS FOR BUILDING YOUR BRAND AND BUSINESS

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Marjorie Young, founder of Carriage Trade PR, shares her top 25 tips from building her own business and brand over the past 25 years. 

DIGICON THE SERIES, FIRST SESSION BEGINS MARCH 24

(SAVANNAH, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, along with M&R Marketing invite small business owners and marketing managers to attend a brand-new four-part digital marketing series. Take the mystery out of the ever-changing platforms, strategies, tactics and tools and gain confidence in your ability to identify digital marketing opportunities to grow your business and the tactical ability to put them into place! Take individual workshops or sign up for all four to save $67. To learn more about dates, times and topics please contact Liz Overstreet at 912-651-3200 or visit www.georgiasbdc.org/digicon-series for a conference brochure and to register online.

PARK PLACE OUTREACH RECEIVES DONATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach recently received a generous donation from the Savannah Black Nurses Association. The items donated included many much needed household items. Park Place Outreach is a 12-bed temporary youth shelter for runaway, homeless, and at risk youth ages 11-17. The mission of Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter is to provide services to at-risk youth and their families, increase their functional level, and reunify families whenever possible. For more information visit https://www.parkplaceyes.org/.

PEACOCK FORD OPENS RENOVATED SPACES IN ORLANDO DEALERSHIP

(ORLANDO, FL) Peacock Automotive is pleased to announce the completion of Phase One renovations on Peacock Ford, and has now reopened its showroom, service and parts departments, sales and support offices and customer lounge. Peacock Automotive acquired the Ford dealership in 2017, expanding its established markets in Georgia and South Carolina to Florida. Peacock Ford is located at 1875 S. Orlando Avenue in Maitland and sits on a 10-acre lot that displays nearly 350 vehicles. For more information, visit http://www.peacockford.com/

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY CALLS FOR NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS NOMINATIONS 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is seeking nominations and sponsors in preparation for its 11th Annual Night of Champions, a celebration of inclusion successes in the workplace, which will be hosted on Thursday, April 2. To nominate an employee with an inspiring story, to sponsor Night of Champions or to donate a silent auction item, visit https://nightofchampions.org. Nominations will remain open until Friday, March 6.

NEW DEVELOPMENT OFF TOWNE CENTER DRIVE IN POOLER

(POOLER, GA) Developer Tony Yang and the Dewitt Tilton Group are working to bring the beautifully designed Towne Center #5 to the Pooler area, featuring a restaurant and five other units. The property is expected to be completed this October. To learn more, visit https://www.wtoc.com/2020/02/19/new-development-coming-pooler-fall/

ENMARKET GIVING AWAY HONORARY OBSERVER PASSES TO SAVANNAH GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Golf Championship will take place this year from Thursday, April 2, to Sunday, April 5, at the Deer Creek Golf Course at The Landings Club. Enmarket is giving away pairs of Honorary Observer Passes for both Round Three and the Final Round. To enter the giveaway contest, follow @enmarket on Instagram.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND TO HOST ANNUAL SPRING GALA

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island will host its annual spring gala on Saturday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. All funds raised will support the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island’s programs. For sponsorship and ticket information please visit https://www.bgchiltonhead.org/events/annual-gala-2020.

DENTAL HEALTH

(SAVANNAH, GA) Did you know coconuts have natural antibacterial properties that help reduce gum disease and tooth decay? Choose this delicious nut for a snack rather than a candy bar to promote gum health.  

Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Dentist, Savannah Public Relations, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Cecilia Russo Marketing

PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE AND WSAV PAY IT FORWARD TO LOWCOUNTRY DRESS FOR SUCCESS

(SAVANNAH, GA/BLUFFTON, SC) Peacock Automotive and WSAV teamed up to benefit Lowcountry Dress for Success, a nonprofit dedicated to providing school uniforms to children in need. To learn more, visit https://www.wsav.com/video/peacock-pay-it-forward-lowcountry-dress-for-success/4356889/.

UNION MISSION ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKER

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Union Mission for an uplifting and enlightening evening at the 5th Annual Raising Hope event on Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at the DeSoto Savannah Hotel. The featured keynote speaker will be affordable housing expert Michelle Norris, who is the Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Growth Strategies for National Church Residences of Columbus, Ohio. To learn more visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2020/02/union-mission-announces-keynote-speaker-5th-annual-raising-hope/.

ADOPT TINY HORRIGAN

(SAVANNAH, GA) Tiny, affectionately called Horrigan by his foster parents, is a great kitten! He’s already learning how to use the litter box! He has mastered meowing for love and wants to be with people. He is a feisty little guy and is always up to play! Best part: HE WAGS HIS TAIL! His Instagram tag is #KittenTinyHorrigan. To adopt Tiny or another animal from Coastal Pet Rescue, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-c-008-tiny/.