Southern Motors Acura Held Grand Opening for New Dealership on Chatham Parkway
(SAVANNAH, GA) Southern Motors Acura held the grand opening of their new dealership at 102 Park of Commerce Dr. on Chatham Parkway. As part of the celebration, one visitor, Jim Backer, went home with a free two-year lease on a new Southern Motors Acura ILX.
The new outlet, with a 32,000-square-foot showroom, offers new and used car sales and customer service while Southern Motors’ current location, which has been on Broughton Street for 88 years, will continue to provide service for downtown customers.
“We are thrilled with this expansive new building and footprint, which will allow us to grow and support our community,” said Ross Kaminsky, Southern Motors co-owner general manager. “And our customers can expect the same great service they are used to from one of the oldest family run dealerships in the area.”
Founded in 1929 by Julius Kaminsky, Southern Motors is a third-generation family owned and operated business.
The Kaminsky family believes in their city and feels it is important to show support through numerous charities and investments.
As part of that effort, a percentage of every car sold at Southern Motors benefits Hospice Savannah’s Camp Aloha. Weekend Camp Aloha is for children ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a loved one within the previous 24 months. The annual camp provides structured activities and plays to help the children realize they are not alone in their grief.
For more information, visit www.southernmotorsacura.com.
ABOUT SOUTHERN MOTORS ACURA
Southern Motors Automotive Group was created in 1929 by Julius Kaminsky and is still thriving more than 88 years later. Their franchises now include Honda, Acura, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. Southern Motors Acura is a premier retailer of new and used Acura vehicles. The dealership’s original location was 402 E. Broughton St. in Savannah, Ga., but has recently moved to a brand new dealership at 102 Park of Commerce Dr. Savannah, GA 31405. Southern Motors Acura has a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience in satisfying customers’ needs. Their mission is to provide the highest quality sales and service, the most competitive price and a total “family” experience with the goal of earning customers for life. The business has won numerous awards, including being voted Best of Savannah for five consecutive years. For more information, call (912) 232-3333 or visit www.southernmotorsacura.com
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(SAVANNAH, GA) Southern Motors Acura held the grand opening of their new dealership at 102 Park of Commerce Dr. on Chatham Parkway. As part of the celebration, one visitor went home with a free two-year lease on a new Southern Motors Acura ILX. The new outlet, with a 32,000-square-foot showroom, will offer new and used car sales and customer service while Southern Motors’ current location, which has been on Broughton Street for 88 years, will continue to provide service for downtown customers. For more information, visit www.southernmotorsacura.com
(JASPER COUNTY, SC) Peacock Automotive plans to host “Santa’s Workshop” from 2-5 p.m.on Saturday, Dec. 9, for local families. The event will be free of charge and will take place at the Peacock Auto Mall. Guests will enjoy photos with Santa Claus, gingerbread cookie decorating, a hot chocolate bar and free hot dogs. There will also be a toy collection drive benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry. For more information, please visit www.peacockautomall.com or Peacock Auto Mall’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PeacockAutoMall/
(SAVANNAH, GA) “Sammy and Grammy in Downtown Savannah” is a laugh-out-loud children’s book with valuable life lessons to be learned. Written by local author Maxine Pinson, author of “Lowcountry Delights Cookbook and Travel Guide” (co-authored with her daughter Malyssa), “Sammy and Grammy in Downtown Savannah” is expected to be available in late November–just in time for Christmas shopping. A “Sammy the Squirrel” coloring sheet will be included with each book ordered, as long as the limited supply lasts. For complete details and ordering information, go to “How to Order Book Online” link at www.sammyandgrammy.comand follow the directions.
(SAVANNAH, GA) Peacock Automotive has announced it bought the Savannah Hyundai dealership at 7011 Abercorn Street from previous owner Mark Medinger on Nov. 8. With the addition of the new Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Peacock Automotive has expanded its Savannah footprint to cover more than 15 acres with four conveniently located dealerships. For more information, visit www.peacockhyundaiofsavannah.com
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(SAVANNAH, GA) Nearly 1.3 million people in the United States are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. In an effort to help support the fight against blood cancer, enmarket stores sold paper icons to collect donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), and raised over $30,000. For more information, visit www.enmarket.com.
(SAVANNAH, GA) The YMCA of Coastal Georgia has announced the grand opening of a new $2.5-million, fifty thousand square foot facility in Statesboro, Ga., held Saturday, October 28. Felder & Associates of Savannah served as architect for the project. For more information, visit http://ymcaofcoastalga.org/news/
(SAVANNAHNOW) An interview with Bethesda Academy President Dr. Michael Hughes: http://savannahnow.com/opinion/column/2017-11-11/interview-bethesda-academy-president-dr-michael-hughes
(SAVANNAH, GA) Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is hosting a Wine & Fries fundraiser on Thursday, December 7 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House, 4710 Waters Avenue. The event includes a silent auction, fun food, drinks, music, and more. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-fries-2017-tickets-39251919548. Tickets are $25 for Red Shoe Members and should be purchased by calling the Ronald McDonald House at 912.350.7641. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Savannah Plastic Surgeon Dr. Daniel Most to Open Pooler Office
Savannah Plastic Surgeon Dr. Daniel Most to Cut Ribbon on New Pooler Location November 29
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Daniel Most, a Savannah-based plastic surgeon, announces plans to cut the ribbon on the Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery office in Pooler. This Pooler location will allow Dr. Most to see patients in the West Chatham area on Wednesdays of every week.
The public is invited to join Dr. Most and his staff for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. This event will also celebrate Dr. Most’s fifth anniversary of private practice in the greater Savannah area.
Dr. Most, who specializes in a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures, is dually trained in both hand and microsurgery. He has practiced since 2005 and has operated Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, PC, in the Savannah Medical Center since 2012.
Dr. Most received his doctor of medicine degree from Stanford University in California, then completed a combined general surgery and plastic surgery residency at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship at Harvard University in Boston.
“We are very pleased to be able to expand our services to serve patients in west Chatham County and surrounding areas,” said Dr. Most. “This is especially important for breast cancer and other surgical patients to have convenient access to their physician for post-operative care.”
Dr. Most is known for leading-edge breast reconstruction techniques, the surgical procedure that restores shape to the breast after a mastectomy, the surgery that removes breast tissue to treat or prevent breast cancer. During the month of October, Dr. Most participated as one of the 2017 BigWigs for the Susan G. Komen Society of the Coastal Empire.
Dr. Most is also a leading physician in the area of hand surgery and is the only Savannah surgeon who will work with the brachial plexus nerves in the neck region of the spinal cord. Dr. Most also treats peripheral nerve injuries, tumors and other disorders affecting the network of nerves that link the brain and spinal cord to other parts of the body.
As a published researcher, Dr. Most’s writing has appeared in more than 30 publications in scientific journals and surgical textbooks, and he has presented his research nationally and internationally in lectures and community presentations. He is also a teacher in the field of plastic surgery and has received numerous honors and awards.
ABOUT DR. DANIEL MOST
Dr. Daniel Most, MD, has practiced plastic surgery since 2005, operating a private practice, Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, P.C., at 5205 Frederick Street, Suite A, in Savannah, Ga., since 2012. He opened a second location at 114 Canal Street, Suite 102, in Pooler, Ga., in 2017. Dr. Most graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a B.S. in biology, obtained his doctor of medicine degree from Stanford University in California, then completed a combined general surgery and plastic surgery residency at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship at Harvard University in Boston. He is a clinical associate professor of surgery at Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah campus. He is on staff at Memorial Health University Medical Center, the St. Joseph/Candler Health System and Liberty Regional Medical Center and is a participating provider for most insurance policies. He is fluent in Spanish and has performed charity surgery work in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. For more information, contact Dr. Most at 912-303-6678 or visit online at www.mostplasticsurgery.com.
Brian Felder Elected Chair of Historic Savannah Foundation Board of Trustees
Felder is the founder and managing principal of Felder & Associates, which specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. He was appointed to the Historic Savannah board shortly after establishing his firm in 2012 and has served as its vice president as well as parliamentarian.
“I believe the adaptive reuse of older buildings is the key to the preservation of local community character,” Felder said. “By breathing new life into old buildings, we breathe new life into the neighborhood itself. This practice ultimately increases property values, but more to the point, we are creating spaces that are productive, functioning and creative. It’s a way to reshape and protect our city’s identity and culture too.”
Felder’s projects involving old commercial and residential buildings include “The Grey” at 109 Martin Luther King Blvd., a structure that was built as a Greyhound bus depot in 1939 and has become a popular restaurant with a national reputation. Felder also revitalized a car washing and service station built in 1930 into the Atlantic, a favorite restaurant among locals located at 102 E. Victory Drive.
Felder received two HSF Preservation Awards in 2017 for his revitalization of Atlantic and Vic’s on the River. Felder also served as the lead design firm for the building that anchors the south end of Savannah’s Forsyth Park and is the new home for Savannah’s oldest law firm, Bouhan Falligant.
The mission of the Historic Savannah Foundation is to preserve and protect Savannah’s heritage through advocacy, education and community involvement. Seven women who wanted to save the city’s endangered historic properties formed the organization in 1955. It has saved more than 350 buildings in Savannah’s Landmark District and throughout several of the city’s National Register districts and has grown into one of the most respected local preservation organizations in the country.
ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associates is a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associates received a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associates recently completed the Grey restaurant in the former Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net
How to Protect Construction Sites during Hurricane Season
By Chris Tilton, co-founder, Dewitt Tilton Group
If you have not already done so, now is the time to put a hurricane safety plan into place for any construction site. Having a clear strategy ready to go reduces the risk of unnecessary damage, helps prevent injuries on the site and gives you peace of mind.
Let’s start with the basics.
A hurricane watch is issued when a storm is expected to arrive within 48 hours, and a warning is issued when tropical storm conditions are within 36 hours. When a hurricane watch is announced, it’s time to put your plan in place and prepare the construction site.
Steps for Creating a Contingency Plan
The first step is to create a checklist for areas and equipment in need of protection. This list will most likely include tools, heavy equipment, generators, fuel tanks, portable toilets and other materials that cannot be moved to an inside location. Be sure each item on the check list is assigned to a specific member of the team and take time to review the checklist prior to any potential threats.
Your contingency plan should also include a communications piece. In addition to notifying your on-site team, subcontractors should be notified that the site is halting all work until further notice.
Planning for large amounts of water is key to any plan. Heavy rains and flooding are leading causes of damage to construction sites. It is imperative that any construction site is equipped with permanent and temporary drainage systems to maintain the structural stability of the area.
If there are vehicles on the site, they should be moved to higher ground and away from structures that could be damaged. Plus, consider filling the tanks on these vehicles prior to any hurricane or storm.
One of the last but most crucial steps is to turn off access points for all utilities. Now is also the time to remove any project documents from the construction trailer and secure them to an offsite location. As you leave the site, snap a few photos on your phone for future reference. These may come in handy if any items are missing or damaged after the fact.
Any good contingency plan will include necessary steps for clean-up and getting back in business after a hurricane. Once you return to the site, assess and document any damage, giving special attention to downed power lines, unstable structures or wet electrical panels. Items to have on hand include cleaning supplies and fuel for vehicles. Finally contact the appropriate utilities and contact your insurance carrier for any assessment needs.
It’s important that all construction companies have a written hurricane preparation plan. Ideally, the plan will be detailed with specific assignments and action deadlines. And during hurricane season, be sure to monitor the weather on a regular basis.
This type of preparation does require added cost, effort and time but can be extremely valuable in the long run and may be your best investment. If construction managers follow these outlined steps and provide clear communication, any site will be up and running considerably quicker and suffer much less loss.
Chris Tilton is the co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group, a Savannah area commercial construction company. For more information or to contact Tilton, call 912.777.3404 or email email@example.com.
Divorce is About Making Good Financial Decisions
By Sam Hubbard
Principal, Coastal Divorce Advisors
While you’re in the midst of a divorce, you’re going to have to weigh a lot of financial choices while dealing with the weight of strong emotions. You can minimize emotional stress by anticipating what decisions you have to make and understanding what’s involved in making them.
Below are common hurdles that people who are divorcing need to be aware of and the factors they need to consider to make confident, constructive decisions.
Can you afford to keep your home?
While you may have a personal attachment to your house, especially since your kids call it “home,” it is ultimately a huge expense to maintain year after year. All too often, the spouse who wants to keep the house only analyzes whether he or she can cover the mortgage and the property taxes, but fails to consider the “oh no’s”: “Oh no, the built-in refrigerator broke,” “Oh no, the HVAC system needs to be replaced, “Oh no, we have termites.”
Unforeseen expenses can cost thousands of dollars and could cause you to lose your house, or worse, push you toward bankruptcy. While a house is an asset, it is ultimately an expense. Make sure to take all homeownership costs – anticipated and unexpected – into account and try to remove emotion when deciding whether you can afford to keep the house.
Should you divide your property down the middle?
When you begin a divorce, it’s only natural to think “all our assets should be split right down the middle.” But since no two assets are created equal, this type of thinking may put you at the short end of the stick.
In a divorce, it’s common for spouses to divide property by what they see as equivalent value. For example, if one spouse gets the house, the other spouse may get the investment accounts, both valued around the same amount.
But tread carefully. Some assets, like certain pensions, may be completely illiquid and cannot be sold or transferred to a spouse. Others assets may have significant tax implications from a low-cost basis or may have large transaction fees (like the sale of a house). Make sure you initiate a complete analysis of the assets before making any decisions.
Do you want to tackle debt before your divorce?
If your spouse ran up balances on your credit cards during your marriage, in the bank’s eyes, it’s a shared responsibility, no matter who did the spending — even if the court decides your ex-spouse is responsible for it all.
Banks can still come after you for payments your ex-spouse didn’t make, jeopardizing your finances and damaging your credit score for years. Making the choice to pay off as much debt as possible before you finalize the divorce is often a good one.
Should you protect yourself from unanticipated events?
If you will be receiving alimony and child support, what happens if your ex-spouse passes away or becomes seriously disabled? Would you be able to support yourself and your kids if you no longer receive these payments? Consider purchasing life and disability insurance specifically tailored for divorce so support payments continue if something unforeseen happens to your ex-spouse.
Should you evaluate your settlement agreement from a current perspective?
When looking at a settlement proposal, what may seem like a great deal now could quickly turn into financial ruin down the road. You need to make sure you don’t evaluate your proposed settlement by your current costs or budget but by how your finances will look in 5 or 10 years.
Projecting your cost of living will help you determine the long-term consequences of a settlement option and whether you’ll be financially well-positioned years after the divorce. Make sure you have accurate projections on-hand and do not rush into signing a proposal just to be done with it.
Can you be disciplined to make financial decisions in unison, not one by one?
When going through a divorce, looking at any single financial aspect in a vacuum and not seeing how it relates to others could cost you. The division of assets and liabilities, tax consequences, inflation, alimony, and child support are all pieces of the settlement puzzle that need to work together to help ensure the most favorable settlement agreement. For example, if you have income from your job and agree to take a large alimony payment, you may be pushed into a higher tax bracket than if you were to increase the amount you receive in non-taxable child support.
Take a careful, comprehensive approach to your finances to have a better chance of coming out ahead.
Sam Hubbard, MBA, CFA, CDFA is the principal of Coastal Divorce Advisors, LLC, (CDA), a firm specializing in helping clients understand their financial situation and options throughout the divorce process. CDA is an affiliate of Coastal Capital Management, LLC. For additional information, e-mail Sam@CoastalDivorceAdvisors.com, call 912-234-3657 or visit www.CoastalDivorceAdvisors.com. This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author, who is not an attorney. If you require legal advice, please seek appropriate legal representation.
Bethesda Academy Announces Open House to Take Place December 3, 2017
(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy will host an open house on Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Diamond Dining Hall for prospective students to get a glimpse of the education the historic school offers.
The open house will begin at 2 p.m. Bethesda Academy is located at 9520 Ferguson Ave., and applications are being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year.
Bethesda Academy is known for its tradition of excellence. Young men in grades 6-12 benefit from small class sizes, supportive teachers and yearly campus internships.
The school, which dates to 1740, prides itself on transforming every boy into a young man of the utmost character. The Bethesda experience goes beyond the classroom walls. Its core values, which include a love of God, a love of learning and a strong work ethic, are instilled in every student.
Bethesda also boasts a dynamic and disciplined athletic program as well as an outstanding preparatory curriculum focused on career and higher education pursuits. No student leaves Bethesda without entrepreneurial and “real world” leadership skills.
“We want everyone to see what it’s like to get an education at Bethesda,” said Bethesda Academy president Michael Hughes. “We don’t just educate. We truly transform, and anyone who comes out on December 3 will most definitely find that out for himself.”
ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY:
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. It is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and a “hands-on” comprehensive curriculum that includes technology applications and STEM opportunities. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.
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