Category: LOCAL NEWSWIRE

(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

Savannah’s

COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES

The Local Newswire

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.  

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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/.