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Savannah Goodwill has new hours for all the attended donations centers –

Posted by carriagetradepr on August 2, 2011

SAVANNAH – Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire’s ADCs (attended donation centers) will have new hours of operation starting tomorrow. The new hours of operation will be Monday thru Saturdays 8 AM to 12 PM.  To check out the location nearest to you, check all our website at or keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter.


To view the attended donation centers on a map go to


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Posted by carriagetradepr on July 31, 2011


(SAVANNAH, GA) –Spine & Sport will proudly host the First Annual Warrior Golf
Classic on September 23, 2011 at the Cherokee Rose Country Club in Hinesville,
Georgia. The 18-hole tournament will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and
SUDS Diving, Inc. (Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba).

With over 30,000 troops sustaining traumatic injuries, severe burns and
amputations in recent military conflicts, Spine & Sport is eager to raise funds
for these valuable programs, and to promote their necessity for the thriving
military community along the southeastern coast. The Wounded Warrior Project,
headquarted just about two hours away in Jacksonville, FL, provides needed
services designed to ease the burden injured soldiers face as they transition
back into civilian life. SUDS, a chapter of Wounded Warrior, utilizes scuba diving
to help facilitate rehabilitation processes, along with promoting physical and
emotional healing.

Spine & Sport’s CEO, Dr. Eric Bull, became passionate about implementing
a fundraiser for the two causes after seeing the inspiring effects involvement
had on his close friend, J.D. Greer, MAJ (retired) who lost his right hand to an
improvised explosive device.

To date, Greer has been on five scuba dives and is currently in training to work
as a peer mentor with Wounded Warrior. “The main thing people can take
away is that these programs make an instant difference in soldiers’ lives,” says
Greer. “It’s a chance for people who have been seriously injured or gone through
amputations to be around people who talk the same talk, and be able to look
forward to something really active and interesting.”

Please contact Beth Ann Walker at 912.713.0777 or by e-mail at


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Posted by carriagetradepr on July 31, 2011


(SAVANNAH, GA) Buy Local Savannah presents lecture on YOUR NEXT EMPLOYEE, July 28, 2011, at Savannah Technical college . Ray Williams 855-5751


(SAVANNAH,GA) Five local restaurants are now using the latest restaurant POS technology available through One Stop I.T with more in the works.

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Ga Tech offers Professional Educational Courses 


(SAVANNAH, GA) Grand Opening PHOTOS of The Limited at Oglethrope Mall


(SAVANNAH, GA) Video Interview with The Limited’s CEO Linda Heasley  


(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce presents SMART Lunch Tuesday, Aug 2 at 11:30am at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium. RSVP to


(SAVANNAH, GA) Exchange Student from Italy Looking for Local Host Family INFO


(SAVANNAH, GA) Leopolds named top ten best best ice cream shops in the world


(SAVANNAH, GA) FUNDRAISER for Coastal Empire Weightlifting – Boston Butt Fundraiser-Now Taking Pre-orders $25@, Call 912-507-7106 Pick up: Location: Teeples Seafood, Friday, July 29th 12-5pm/ Sat., July 30th 10am-12pm


(SAVANNAH, GA) Lilly needs a home 


(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Real Estate Industry gives a big ” Hooa” in support for our Military.


(SAVANNAH, GA) When you give to Goodwill, you’re opening doors to employment, independence, and opportunity for people in your community.  Your charitable gifts to Goodwill provide job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities; people who want to work, so they can earn a living, support their families, and enjoy the benefits that independence, self-sufficiency, and personal contribution afford. 

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SAVANNAH-Fundraiser at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Aug. 25 to Benefit TV Mini-Series on Navy Ship with Local Ties

Posted by carriagetradepr on July 29, 2011


Savannah filmmaker/journalist Michael Jordan is en route to Africa to spend 3.5 weeks aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), a US Navy frigate and the adopted ship of the Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States.  Michael is producing a two-part miniseries, “No Higher Honor,” which will air from 6-6:30pm on Saturday, November 19th and Saturday November 26th on FOX 28/WTGS-TV in Savannah.


From 6-9pm on Thursday evening, August 25th, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (111 W. Bay St. in downtown Savannah) will hold a “Lounge Takeover” fundraiser to help defray the costs of Michael’s trip and help make possible this exciting television project.  Ruth’s Chris will provide hors d’oeuvres including a sliced tenderloin platter, warm seafood platter, large cheese display, and vegetable platter, and singer/songwriter/pianist Eddie Wilson will provide live entertainment.  In addition, a silent auction in the wine cellar will include the following items:

1-night stay at the Planter’s Inn on Reynolds Square
1-night stay at the Inn at Ellis Square
Rum Cake from Savannah Rum Runners Bakery
Two $25 gift certificates from BarFood in Habersham Village Shopping Center
$50 gift certificate from Habersham Beverage Warehouse
$50 gift card from The Distillery
$50 gift card good at Blowin’ Smoke BBQ, Blue Turtle Bistro, or B.Matthews
Gift certificate for two dozen homemade cupcakes from Baby Cakes Cupcakes
$25 gift certificate from Bay Camera
Two $50 gift cards from Savannah Tire Brake & Alignment Centers
$50 gift certificate from The Salt Table, 51 Barnard St., Savannah


There will be a $5 suggested donation at the door.


For more information on the TV project, visit

For more information on the event, contact Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse at (912) 721-4800.



Michael L. Jordan, President

Cosmos Mariner Productions

304 Columbus Dr., Savannah, GA  31405

(912) 713-8411

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The Limited is coming!… The Limited is coming! …The Limited is coming to Augusta!!!!

Posted by carriagetradepr on July 29, 2011

The Limited Expands in Augusta to Satisfy Loyal Consumers’ Confident Sense of Style


Iconic Women’s Fashion Retailer Partners with the Goodwill Works Foundation for New Store Opening Event at Augusta Mall

(AUGUSTA, GA) The women of Augusta, GA will now have access to more of the modern, impeccably tailored, on-trend designs offered by The Limited with the official opening of the Augusta Mall store location.

Bridging a gap for the brand’s already enthusiastic customer base, the iconic fashion retailer opens its doors on the second level in the Macy’s wing at 3450 Wrightboro Road. This is the first store in the Augusta area, making a total of eight stores in Georgia.

To commemorate the new store’s introduction, The Limited is hosting a grand opening celebration.  On Thursday, August 11, from 6pm-8pm, The Limited is kicking off the festivities with an evening of fashion and fun.   This exclusive in-store event will feature refreshments, members of The Limited’s corporate management team and representatives from the Goodwill Works Foundation.

On Friday, August 12 at noon, The Limited will be opening its doors to the public with a ceremonial ribbing cutting with sale events, raffles and more all weekend long.  In addition, the company plans to donate a percentage of its weekend sales to the Goodwill Works Foundation.

The Goodwill Industries, serving the CSRA, is focused on supporting veterans. These veterans will benefit from Goodwill services via the organization’s myriad of job training programs including customer service, computer skills training, medical billing, and environmental services. Goodwill is poised to open Helms Career Institute – the first college Goodwill has ever operated in the country. The Augusta campus of Helms will serve veterans who will have the chance to acquire an education in hospitality and culinary arts, construction skills training, and in heath science realms. This training will lead to job opportunities in these high demand occupations.

“Goodwill appreciates The Limited’s donation which will be used to underwrite scholarships for veterans to access Goodwill’s job training programs or for a scholarship to Helms to study in the area of their choice”, said Meredith Stiff, Executive Director Goodwill Works Foundation. “We are honored to receive this support for our organization.”

“The Limited’s mission is to help women achieve personal success – fulfilling their potential and looking great every step of the way,” said Linda Heasley, CEO of The Limited. “That’s why we’re so excited to expand to the Augusta market – and proud to partner with Goodwill for our new store in Augusta Mall.”

The Limited, with over 230 locations nationwide, has seen resurgence in its popularity and is keeping pace with demand across the country with new store openings. Augusta has been a priority market for a new store in line with the brand’s expansion.
“We’re really looking forward to sharing our newest store design concept with our customers in the Augusta area, as it demonstrates The Limited’s new direction,” said Heasley.  “The overall environment is more feminine, more approachable and more residential in feeling.”

All of The Limited’s new stores, including Augusta Mall, will feature a light, bright and upbeat motif. Other design changes include taupe walls with white cabinets and a ‘splash’ of red – including the iconic red ceiling in the fitting rooms and cash wrap area that gives the store a modern look and feel. Wood flooring has replaced the tile of previous stores to add warmth and comfort, and chandeliers and a custom mural on the back wall carry on that residential feeling.

“The new store at Augusta Mall will be just over 4,500 gross square feet, which is consistent with our current ideal store size,” said Heasley. “This newly designed store will allow our customer to easily shop our collection of distinctively modern suiting, business separates, dresses, casual sportswear and accessories and become inspired by the latest fashions.”

The Limited has also added seating for comfort with books and magazines to make for a positive experience for shopping companions. An e-bar with instant access to will ensure the consumer always has access to her size. Online orders placed from the store ship to the customer’s home free of charge. The store has also added more registers and more fitting rooms to better facilitate wardrobing and one-on-one styling.

For more information about the new store locations, sales events, employment opportunities and online ordering, visit

For more information about the Goodwill Works Foundation, visit

About The Limited:
Based in Columbus, Ohio, The Limited, an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., is well known as the store concept that began mall-based specialty retailing as we know it. Drawing on almost 50 years of presence in American shopping centers, The Limited is an iconic fashion retailer that offers high-quality, private-label apparel designed to help the modern woman succeed. Design-driven, fashionable styles include suiting, sweaters, dresses, denim, outerwear, and accessories—to suit her lifestyle demands, from workday to weekend. The Limited has over 230 mall locations throughout the United States. For more information, please visit:

About Sun Capital Partners, Inc.:
Sun Capital Partners, Inc. is a leading private investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in companies that can benefit from its in–house operating professionals and experience. Sun Capital affiliates have invested in more than 265 companies worldwide with combined sales in excess of $40 billion since Sun Capital’s inception in 1995. Sun Capital has offices in Boca Raton, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as affiliates with offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Shanghai and Shenzhen. For more information, please visit

About Goodwill

Goodwill’s mission is to “build lives, families and communities – one job at time.” Goodwill puts people to work by helping people discover and develop their God-given gifts through experiential learning, career development services, industrial and business services, and by partnering with many other organizations where clients are referred with special needs. Our services are particularly targeted at those who are disadvantaged and experiencing barriers to employment.

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Westlake reforestation project

Posted by carriagetradepr on January 11, 2011

(SAVANNAH, GA)裕he Savannah Tree Foundation is partnering with Chatham County and the Georgia Forestry Commission to plant 250 trees in the Westlake community on Saturday, January 15th 9-Noon and Sunday January 16th 1-3pm.

125 volunteers are needed to help plant trees at this family-friendly event suitable for people of all ages.  Refreshments and community service hours are provided.

The Westlake site was previously purchased by Chatham County using FEMA funds to buy flood-prone residential properties.  This reforestation project completes the planting of 500 trees to connect existing forests and provide a natural greenway to mitigate flooding.

Driving Directions:
Go west on Victory Drive.  Turn left onto Ogeechee Road/Highway 17.  Turn left onto Liberty Parkway and proceed straight at both the Mills B. Lane and Staley Ave. intersections.  Turn left onto Westlake Ave. and look for parking on Westlake and Oriole Road.

The Savannah Tree Foundation is a 27-year old nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and planting canopy trees in Savannah-Chatham County, Georgia.  Details about the foundation are available online at

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Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty moves Bluffton office to 336 Buck Island Road

Posted by carriagetradepr on January 6, 2011


(BLUFFTON) – Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty has moved its Bluffton office to 336 Buck Island Road, Bluffton. The phone number remains the same, 843-836-3900.

Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty has served the Bluffton and South Carolina Low Country real estate market for many years and has had an office in Bluffton for five years. Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty offers clients a real estate sales experience second to none.

The Bluffton area holds a special place in Celia Dunn’s heart.

“I’ve visited there since I was a child and gone to Hilton Head since before there was a bridge, so I’ve grown up in the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina and have a great love of the area,” Dunn said. “It’s such a beautiful, charming area.” She cares about the quality of growth and development, as well as the quality of life, in the South Carolina Low Country.

Three decades of integrity and dedicated attention to clients have made Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty the Low Country’s premier firm, chosen by Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates Inc. as its exclusive Savannah affiliate.

Celia has been inducted into the Savannah Business Hall of Fame. Inductees are chosen based on their business accomplishments as well as their contributions to the community. Celia has received recognition for being in the Distinguished Sales Society of the Savannah Area Board of Realtors for the past 30 years. She has been featured on the BBC and HGTV.

The Bluffton office is served by Catherine Donaldson, Trina Grecco, Renee Meighan, Joe Pyne, and Jerry Reeves, IV.

Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is a member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 336 Buck Island Road in Bluffton, S.C.

For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

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SAVANNAH Trident Sustainability Group announces two new LEED certification

Posted by carriagetradepr on May 25, 2010

Trident Sustainability Group announces two new LEED certifications – Kimberly Clark Distribution Center in Logan, NJ and the Green Building in Augusta, GA.

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) – The Kimberly Clark distribution center in Logan, NJ and the Green Building in Augusta, GA have both earned LEED certification. Trident Sustainability Group served as final LEED consultant on both projects.

The Kimberly Clark distribution center is a 599,000 sf office and distribution center in Logan, NJ, outside of Philadelphia, and earned LEED NC Silver Certification. The project is owned by DP Parters, who developed the Logistiport warehouses in Pooler. The Green Building, a historic building in downtown Augusta, GA, earned LEED NC Gold certification. Beacon Blue owns and occupies the building.

“It was exciting to be involved in two LEED projects that are on such different sizes and scales”, said Tommy Linstroth, Principal of Trident Sustainability Group. “Even with their geographic and proportional differences, both projects demonstrated significant improvements in energy and water efficiency, and both owners have shown a significant commitment to sustainable development.”

Trident Sustainability Group is a full-service sustainability and green building consulting firm that focuses on providing triple bottom line solutions to a diverse range of clients both locally and nationwide. Trident provides hands on guidance on green building design and construction and offers extensive development-based expertise to help clients achieve LEED certification for their projects. Trident also provides institutional sustainability services to organizations, from nonprofit and small business to municipalities and government agencies looking to decrease energy and water consumption, improve indoor air quality, and reduce their environmental footprint.


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SAVANNAH, GA – Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society to Host Night of Champions on June 10

Posted by carriagetradepr on May 25, 2010

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is hosting its first ever Night of Champions. This new community event is aimed at recognizing the excellent contributions made by workers with Down syndrome. The event is also designed to celebrate area businesses who are hiring people with intellectual disabilities and to encourage other local employers to do the same.

According to the National Down Syndrome Congress Center, as many as eighty percent of adults with Down syndrome are unemployed. Low expectations and a lack of understanding about the great skills and wonderful work ethic many people with Down syndrome possess have contributed to this sad statistic. LDSS hopes to reverse this trend by encouraging area employers to give workers with intellectual disabilities a chance.

“People with Down syndrome are just like the rest of us,” said LDSS Vice President and Night of Champions Chairperson, Brooke May. “We all have special talents, gifts, and skills that can be developed and used in the workforce. I hope Night of Champions gives people that ‘aha’ moment where you say yes, people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities are capable and can do a great job somewhere if given the opportunity. As the mother of a seven year old with Down syndrome, I’m hoping for the day when my child will be a fully productive member of society and that includes finding meaningful employment.”

Night of Champions will take place Thursday, June 10th at The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the awards program will begin at 7 p.m. Catering will be provided by The Lady & Sons Restaurant. Night of Champions is open to the public. Tickets are   $15 each. For more information, please contact Brooke May at

About the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society:

Established in 2006, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a non-profit family support group designed to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. The LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society, a national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society provides outreach to families in eight local counties. Families are encouraged to bring their children with them to meetings, which are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. These gatherings usually include a guest speaker as well as social time for families to meet and share with one another. For more information call John or Candy Bogardus at (912) 728-8505 or visit the website at

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Tom Bonnell

Posted by carriagetradepr on May 25, 2010

When Discipline Becomes a Moral Issue

By Tom Bonnell

It was not the parent meeting I had anticipated. At what I thought would be a routine fifth-grade parents’ meeting, several parents asked me, the Middle School Principal, to explain how we handled discipline in our middle school. In particular, they wanted to know what consequences we imposed on students who do not live up to the school’s behavioral expectations.

I had come prepared to boast about our approach to discipline—a behavioral code with clear expectations, but one with an emphasis on students gaining insight into their behavior rather than punishment. I said that when students violate the code, our teachers talk to them about why their misbehavior is a problem. If the misbehavior continues, the teachers then contact the parents. Only after this approach fails are students sent to the principal’s office.

I went on to explain that the system was flexible, that suspension could result from harmful behavior, and that when all of these measures fail and a student consistently refuses to cooperate with the school’s expectations, we do not hesitate to expel him or her from the school community.

I had expected this last statement to bring applause or at least a smile of satisfaction. Instead, the parents sat in stony silence, their faces impassive. Finally, one of them spoke up, “We think there ought to be retribution for students who transgress,” she said. “We want them to be humiliated,” another parent declared. I looked out at the sea of heads nodding in unison; they wanted blood.

I was horrified. Why would most of our fifth-grade parents seem so set on revenge? After all, this was a progressive school, with a strong tradition of being student-centered, growth oriented, and using every opportunity to seize “teachable moments.”

The next week, a mother who had attended the meeting and whom I respected for her calm, clear thinking, came to see me. She explained that what the strident voices had been calling for was more attention to the needs of students who consistently do behave. “When students watch other students repeatedly violate the school’s behavioral expectations and do not see any consequences imposed, they begin to lose faith that their school is a moral community.”

“But that’s not the case,” I retorted. “I can assure you that misbehavior is dealt with, though quietly and out of sight.”

“That’s the whole problem,” she replied. If the students don’t see the school imposing appropriate consequences on students who misbehave, they come to believe that good behavior is meaningless.”

This mother and the other parents at that meeting had realized something that we had failed to recognize in our well-intentioned efforts to preserve the dignity of the individual: children look to adults to signal—by word and action—the behaviors in the school that are acceptable and those that are not. The lack of a visible response from the school was being interpreted by the students as a moral void, a silence in which good and bad behavior had equal worth.

Humbled by this revelation, we created some structures to make the school’s response to misbehavior visible to all students. Ironically, we did not have far to look for guidance. A number of years before, because of a similar lack of concreteness in our reporting of students’ academic progress, we had created a system known as “academic watch.” This system allowed us to identify students who were not meeting grade-level expectations in two or more subjects. The students received additional support from the school and their parents bi-weekly reports from the teachers in those courses.

Based upon the success of this system, we designed a parallel system known as “behavioral watch.” Students who did not meet behavioral expectations in two or more classes during a grading period were placed on this list, during which time their parents also received bi-weekly reports in those classes.

We also spent some time devising simple guidelines for when a behavioral problem needed to move beyond the classroom and into the principal’s office. Rather than feeling that power and autonomy had been removed from them, most of the teachers felt more strongly supported than ever.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge maintained that imagination is an indispensable ingredient in any truly moral action for it is the power of the imagination that allows us to glimpse the world from the eyes of others. To give students a sense that some actions are better than others likewise requires an act of imagination on the part of  teachers and administrators and some hard, well-informed thinking about how children perceive the school and the world.

Tom Bonnell has served as a teacher and administrator in independent schools for the past 29 years, most recently, as Headmaster of Savannah Country from 2004-2009.

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