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Southern Motors Acura Held Grand Opening for New Dealership on Chatham Parkway

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.”

The new showroom was designed by Lynch Associate Architects; JTVS Builders served as the general contractor.

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.

Southern Motors Acura Grand Opening

Friends and family celebrated the grand opening of the new
   Southern Motors Acura dealership on Chatham Parkway with a ribbon
   cutting ceremony on Friday, November 17. Pictured LEFT to RIGHT: Mayor
   Eddie DeLoach, Heather Smith from JTVS Builders, (front) Jean
   Kaminsky, (back) Toby Kaminsky-Friedman, Ross Kaminsky, Adam Kaminsky,
   Myron Kaminsky, Dannie Kaminsky, Doug Knapp from Acura, and Andy Lynch
   from Lynch Associate Architects.

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

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-856-9075
www.carriagetradepr.com 
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

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SOUTHERN MOTORS ACURA GRAND OPENING CAR GIVEAWAY RESULTS

(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

Southern Motors Acura Grand Opening Car Giveaway

Southern Motors Acura Grand Opening Car Giveaway


NEW POOLER LOCATION FOR PLASTIC SURGEON DR. MOST 
(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.  Dr. Most will cut the ribbon on Wednesday, November 29 at 11 a.m at 114 Canal St., Suite 102, in the Savannah Acupuncture and Wellness building. 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. For more information, contact Dr. Most at 912-303-6678 or visit online at www.mostplasticsurgery.com

DEC 1, STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS * L I V E
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 5th Annual State of State of Small Business will be livestreamed, Friday, Dec. 1, at noon. Reports will be issued by 10 area experts who have three minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to Savannah’s small business community. A panel of small business owners will then discuss the implications of the data. The event is free to watch online at: https://stagefront.eduvision.tv/Default.aspx

#SmallBizSav17


PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE’S SANTA’S WORKSHOP

(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/

Peacock Automotive Presents Santa's Workshop

Peacock Automotive Presents Santa’s Workshop


10 THINGS PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AUTISM
(SAVANNAH, GA) With 1 in 68 children and 1 in 44 boys, 1% of USA population has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the below list will help parents identify signs and symptoms of autism.  To read a modified modified excerpt from Ron Sandison‘s blog, 10 Things Teachers should know about Autism, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/ten-things-parents-know-autism/.The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism operates southeast Georgia’s only accredited year-round day school for children with autism as part of the ADVANCE Academy. For more information visit http://www.matthewreardon.org/

PUTTING HUNGER OUT OF BUSINESS
(SAVANNAH, GA) What does hunger in coastal Georgia look like? It’s a mother of three, juggling multiple jobs to afford daycare and feed her children; an elderly man living on social security and attempting to pay for the expensive, life-saving medicines he needs to survive; a child struggling to concentrate in class after eating a candy bar for breakfast. Mary Jane Crouch, executive director of Second Harvest, wrote an article about the facts surrounding hunger in our area, and what programs Second Harvest has set up to help end this crisis. Visit http://savannahnow.com/accent/2017-11-09/put-hunger-out-business to read the article.

AUTISM GIVING DAY
(SAVANNAH, GA) #GivingDay Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Your donation enables children to master the challenges of autism.  Since 2000, hundreds of children have attended Matthew Reardon Center for Autism ADVANCE Academy, southeast Georgia’s only accredited, year-round day school for children diagnosed with autism and similar developmental delays. Annual per student cost is approx. $34,500; to ensure that every child who needs to attend is financially able to do so, annual tuition is set at $9,350.  Every student at ADVANCE Academy receives the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (SB10).  PLEASE DONATE HERE: https://matthewreardon.networkforgood.com/projects/39043-unlocking-potential

HORSES CAN HELP WITH SPECIAL CHALLENGES
(FAITH EQUESTRIAN) Did you know that horses at Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center can help children with autism, and other special challenges such as Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and developmental delay? For more information, please visit http://www.faithetc.org/about/

JUNKLUGGERS ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, Savannah’s eco-friendly and caring alternative to traditional junk removal, is holding a food drive to benefit America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia food bank. During November, Hess and his wife, Misty, who is also his business partner, will be asking customers to participate by donating non-perishable foods at the time of service. They hope to raise $2,400 and collect 15,000 food items. For more information, visit www.junkluggers.com. The JunkLuggers Logo

REWARDING EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE
(INC) How to reward one employee without alienating the others.https://www.inc.com/magazine/201711/sheila-marikar/rewarding-employee-performance.html

NATIONAL AMBUCS ELECTS PRESIDENT FROM SAVANNAH
(SAVANNAH, GA) Kevin Sheehan, a local businessman and former president of Savannah AMBUCS, was elected to serve as president for the National AMBUCS organization during their recent convention in Osage Beach, Mo. Sheehan’s term, which began in October, runs for one year. For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/savannah-man-elected-national-president-of-ambucs/

NEW CHILDREN’S SAVANNAH-BASED BOOK, BY LOCAL AUTHOR MAXINE PINSON, DUE TO ARRIVE IN LATE NOVEMBER

(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. 


SOUTHERN SOUL SURVIVORS MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH DONATION
(SAVANNAH, GA) Southern Soul Survivors, a non-profit organization in Savannah, recently donated new back packs to an entire class at East Broad Elementary. The bags were filled with school supplies, toys, crayons, personal hygiene products, and more. The organization keeps their mission simple, “to help others,” and works in collaboration with other non-profit groups to make a difference for those in need. To volunteer your time, make a donation, or learn more about Southern Soul Survivors, visit http://southernsoulsurvivors.org/

ARE YOU HEADHUNTER MATERIAL?

JAYCEES ON POLICE DE-MERGER
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees will host a press conference with other community partners and leaders on Monday, November 20 at 1 p.m., Police Headquarters, 201 Habersham St. to express disapproval of the de-merging of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/

DIVORCE IS ABOUT MAKING GOOD FINANCIAL DECISIONS
(SAVANNAH, GA) 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.  Sam Hubbard, the principal of Coastal Divorce Advisors, LLC, wrote an article on making good financial decisions in a divorce.  To read it, visit http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2017-11-15/hubbard-divorce-about-making-good-financial-decisions#

PROTECT CONSTRUCTION SITES DURING HURRICANE SEASON
(SAVANNAH, GA) The past few hurricane seasons have not been kind to Savannah, and they can be especially hard on local construction sites. Irma came and went, but local construction sites may still be reeling from the after-effects. Chris Tilton, co-founder of Savannah area construction company, the Dewitt-Tilton Group, shares his expertise on protecting construction sites during hurricane season.  To read the article, visit http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2017-11-15/tilton-how-protect-construction-sites-during-hurricane-season 

$19,019 DONATION TO SECOND HARVEST
(SAVANNAH, GA) Enterprise Rent-A- Car Foundation donated $19,019.57 to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. The foundation’s ‘Fill Your Tank’ program supports America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia efforts to fight hunger.  For more information, visit https://mysavannah.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/enterprise-rent-a-car-foundation-donates-19019-57-to-americas-second-harvest-of-coastal-georgia-foundations-fill-your-tank-program-supports-americas-second/

PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE ACQUIRES SAVANNAH HYUNDAI

(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

Peacock Auto Mall

Peacock Auto Mall


CARLOS MILLEN
(SAVANNAH NOW) Hart to Heart: Savannah’s ‘Mighty Millen’ finds strength to rise up: http://sav-cdn.com/accent/column/2017-11-17/hart-heart-savannah-s-mighty-millen-finds-strength-rise

SAVANNAH YOUTHS WITHOUT A HOME
(SAVANNAH, GA) As we look to the holiday season as a time spent with family and loved ones, we also pause in November for National Runaway Prevention Month for youth living on the streets and without the support and security of a safe and loving family. Julie Wade has written an article to raise awareness about the gravity of the problem locally and nationally. To learn more and find out how you can help, read the article here http://savannahnow.com/column/opinion/2017-11-04/julie-wade-too-many-savannah-youths-lack-place-call-home

INSTAGRAM STORIES WITHOUT THE APP

(MASHABLE) Instagram’s website just became a much more viable alternative to the full app.http://mashable.com/2017/11/16/create-instagram-stories-without-app/?utm_cid=hp-h-1#C10BPztzRGqQ

ENMARKET RAISES OVER $30,000 FOR LLS

(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.

Enmarket Presents Check to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Enmarket Presents Check to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


FELDER & ASSOCIATES ARCHITECT FOR YMCA

(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/

Felder & Associates Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at The New Statesboro Facility of YMCA of Coastal Georgia

Felder & Associates Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at The New Statesboro Facility of YMCA of Coastal Georgia


TOMMY HOLLAND’S MUSICAL TOY DRIVE 
(SAVANNAH, GA) Join Savannah area musicians on Saturday, November 25 for Tommy Holland’s annual musical toy drive for kids from 8-11 pm at bar.food in Savannah’s Habersham Village shopping center.  Enjoy performances by the Midtown Pickers, plus, help inspire the next generation of musicians by bringing a musical toy to be donated to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Assistance program. Cash donations and gift cards are also welcome.  For more information, visit goo.gl/QXGL7o 

CALL FOR SPEAKERS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah and enmarket are accepting speaking nominations for the 2018 Encourage Health Educational Series. This marks the fifth year for the health-focused series, which features speakers on nutrition, fitness and tips for living a healthy life. Applications should include the presenter’s name, title, company and contact information, along with the proposed topic and a short description of what the audience would learn. Please attach a bio and headshot. All submissions will be reviewed by the Encourage Health advisory board. Anyone who has an idea for a health-oriented educational program should submit the concept to Paula Kreissler at paula@healthysavannah.org. The deadline is Thursday, Nov. 30enmarket encourage health, savannah health, Savannah Public Relations, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Cecilia Russo Marketing

5 BRILLIANT WAYS TO MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION
(INC) Here are some quick tips to help you be your best self when under pressure.https://www.inc.com/alyssa-satara/5-brilliant-and-simple-ways-to-make-a-good-impression.html?cid=hmside1

BETHESDA ACADEMY’S 2018-19 OPEN HOUSE
(SAVANNAH, GA)  Bethesda Academy’s 2018-19 Open House will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 3 for an information session on becoming a Bethesda Academy Blazer for the upcoming academic year. Established in 1740, Bethesda Academy’s core values remain the same: a love of God, a love of learning and a strong work ethic. For more information, visit  http://www.bethesdaacademy.org/

Q&A WITH MIKE HUGHES 

(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

Bethesda Academy President H. Michael Hughes, Ph.D.

Bethesda Academy President H. Michael Hughes, Ph.D.


TREE OF LIGHT CEREMONY
(SAVANNAH, GA) Hospice Savannah announces plans for the 26th annual Tree of Light candle lighting and memorial gathering on Sunday, December 3 at 5:15 p.m. This non-denominational and contemplative time of sharing music, stories and memories is held on the patio of the Demere Center for Living, 6000 Business Center Drive. There is no charge to attend this community event, but gifts help provide bereavement counseling and support to any child, teen or adult, ensuring that no one need face loss alone. For more event information or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.HospiceSavannah.org/TreeofLight

WINE & FRIES WITH RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

(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.


SANDFLY HOLIDAY FAIR
(SAVANNAH, GA) Sandfly Market Place announces plans for Sandfly Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 9 from 5 – 9 p.m.8511 Ferguson Avenue. The event includes a silent auction, pet photos with Santa, food trucks, local art, live entertainment, and more. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Greater Savannah. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/327617697647955/?active_tab=discussion

INTRODUCING OREO
(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Pet Rescue introduces Oreo, a 9 year old male beagle mix.  Oreo was dropped off at a shelter when his family moved before being rescued by Coastal Pet Rescue.  He is a distinguished gentleman who loves belly rubs and nap time. He does well with all other dogs and children.  To view Oreo and other pets available for adoption, visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2017-d-365-oreo/

Savannah Plastic Surgeon Dr. Daniel Most to Open Pooler Office

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.

Dr. Most will cut the ribbon on Wednesday, November 29 at 11 a.m at 114 Canal St., Suite 102, in the Savannah Acupuncture and Wellness building.

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.

Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, PC, Pooler Grand Opening

Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, PC, Pooler Grand Opening

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.

CONTACT
Dr. Daniel Most
Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, PC
912-303-6678
http://www.mostplasticsurgery.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-856-9075
www.carriagetradepr.com
info@crussomarketing.com

How to Protect Construction Sites during Hurricane Season

How to Protect Construction Sites during Hurricane Season

By Chris Tilton, co-founder, Dewitt Tilton Group

Hurricane Irma is probably a memory to most, but hurricane season lasts until November 30, and for builders, the weather plays a major role in any construction plan.

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.

After Effects
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.

Chis Tilton of the Dewitt Tilton Group

Chris Tilton, co-founder, Dewitt Tilton Group

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 chris@dewitttiltongroup.com.

Divorce is About Making Good Financial Decisions

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 Coastal Divorce Advisors Savannah

Sam Hubbard

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

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.”

For more information about the open house, contact Brandi Hebron-Simpson, director of admissions, at 912.351.2066 or brandi.hebron@bethesdaacademy.org.

For more information about Bethesda Academy, visit http://www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

Bethesda Academy

Bethesda Academy

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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