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New program targets urban blight

An ambitious new city program designed to combat blight kicked off this past Monday on the Westside.

"Operation Clean Sweep" will combine bulk item pick-up, derelict vehicle and graffiti removal, boarding up vacant buildings, and trash and litter removal.

"These services will be coordinated to occur in the same neighborhood at the same time to improve the quality of life for the citizens," says a city spokesperson.

City officials will divide the city into the same four-zone system currently used by bulk item pick-up, to coordinate the sweeps.  The city will sweep one neighborhood of each of the four zones once a month. Zone boundaries are Bull Street and DeRenne Avenue.

The new monthly schedule for Operation Clean Sweep is as follows:

99149; Southside west of White Bluff -- Begins the first Saturday of the month

99149;ÊWest of Bull, north of Derenne -- Begins the second Saturday of the month

99149; Southside east of White Bluff - Begins the third Saturday of the month

99149;ÊEast of Bull, north of Derenne -- Begins the fourth Saturday of the month

Residents are encouraged to participate in the "sweep." For more info call 651-6565.

Bo Ginn passes away

Newcomers to Savannah probably won't recognize the name of Bo Ginn, but old-timers throughout the coastal area mourned the passing of the former congressman last week at age 70. He is survived by three children.

"Bo Ginn was a great man, and I'm deeply saddened by his passing,"said Rep. Jack Kingston, who now holds Ginn's seat in the First Congressional District.

"Bo was a tireless defender of the little guy, and a staunch defender of our armed services. Even now, 20 years later, our area is still prospering because of his commitment."

Ronald "Bo"Ginn, a Democrat, represented the First District in the U.S. Congress from 1972 until 1983. While a later 21-month prison term for bank fraud tarnished his reputation, Ginn is still remembered for his strong work on the Appropriations Committee, during which time he brought a lot off federal military dollars to what was then a depressed area. He is credited with saving Fort Stewart from being closed despite presidential opposition.

Fudging for a good cause

The Zonta Club of Savannah is offering a "Fudge Scrabble" Tournament to help uninsured and underinsured

women in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry receive mammograms.

The tournament will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, in the Candler Hospital Marsh Auditorium at 5353 Reynolds St. in memory of Patricia Murphy, a local Zonta member who lost her battle with breast cancer this past summer. To pre-register, call 233-9465, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Proceeds from Zonta's Fudge Scrabble Tournament will establish a mammogram fund to be administered by the Candler Foundation for mammograms provided by St. Joseph's/Candler's Mary Telfair Hospital.

Players bring their own Scrabble  games, and score sheets will be provided. Instant prizes, door prizes and tournament winner prizes will be available.

Adult walk-in registration fee is $20, pre-registered player fees are $15 and fees for students with identification are $10. Players may purchase fudge pieces for $1 to "fudge" the rules for a better score. "Cheat sheets" will also be sold for $5 each.

Pirate's House reopens

Eddie Ivie of River House Seafood hosted the "Grand Reopening"of the famous Pirate's House restaurant last week.

The renowned tourist haven was on hiatus due to ongoing environmental remediation at the entire Trustees Garden site at East Broad and Bay streets, the former location of a large natural gas plant.

Trade Center honored

The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center has won ConventionSouth magazine's inaugural Readers' Choice Award, recognizing it as one of the top meeting venues in the South.

"The value in receiving this recognition is that it comes from the United States' top meeting planners who book events in the South," said J. Talty O'Connor, publisher of the nationally distributed magazine. w





ram targets urban blight

An ambitious new city program designed to combat blight kicked off this past Monday on the Westside.

"Operation Clean Sweep" will combine bulk item pick-up, derelict vehicle and graffiti removal, boarding up vacant buildings, and trash and litter removal.

"These services will be coordinated to occur in the same neighborhood at the same time to improve the quality of life for the citizens," says a city spokesperson.

City officials will divide the city into the same four-zone system currently used by bulk item pick-up, to coordinate the sweeps.  The city will sweep one neighborhood of each of the four zones once a month. Zone boundaries are Bull Street and DeRenne Avenue.

The new monthly schedule for Operation Clean Sweep is as follows:

99149; Southside west of White Bluff -- Begins the first Saturday of the month

99149;ÊWest of Bull, north of Derenne -- Begins the second Saturday of the month

99149; Southside east of White Bluff - Begins the third Saturday of the month

99149;ÊEast of Bull, north of Derenne -- Begins the fourth Saturday of the month

Residents are encouraged to participate in the "sweep." For more info call 651-6565.

Bo Ginn passes away

Newcomers to Savannah probably won't recognize the name of Bo Ginn, but old-timers throughout the coastal area mourned the passing of the former congressman last week at age 70. He is survived by three children.

"Bo Ginn was a great man, and I'm deeply saddened by his passing,"said Rep. Jack Kingston, who now holds Ginn's seat in the First Congressional District.

"Bo was a tireless defender of the little guy, and a staunch defender of our armed services. Even now, 20 years later, our area is still prospering because of his commitment."

Ronald "Bo"Ginn, a Democrat, represented the First District in the U.S. Congress from 1972 until 1983. While a later 21-month prison term for bank fraud tarnished his reputation, Ginn is still remembered for his strong work on the Appropriations Committee, during which time he brought a lot off federal military dollars to what was then a depressed area. He is credited with saving Fort Stewart from being closed despite presidential opposition.

Fudging for a good cause

The Zonta Club of Savannah is offering a "Fudge Scrabble" Tournament to help uninsured and underinsured

women in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry receive mammograms.

The tournament will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, in the Candler Hospital Marsh Auditorium at 5353 Reynolds St. in memory of Patricia Murphy, a local Zonta member who lost her battle with breast cancer this past summer. To pre-register, call 233-9465, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Proceeds from Zonta's Fudge Scrabble Tournament will establish a mammogram fund to be administered by the Candler Foundation for mammograms provided by St. Joseph's/Candler's Mary Telfair Hospital.

Players bring their own Scrabble  games, and score sheets will be provided. Instant prizes, door prizes and tournament winner prizes will be available.

Adult walk-in registration fee is $20, pre-registered player fees are $15 and fees for students with identification are $10. Players may purchase fudge pieces for $1 to "fudge" the rules for a better score. "Cheat sheets" will also be sold for $5 each.

Pirate's House reopens

Eddie Ivie of River House Seafood hosted the "Grand Reopening"of the famous Pirate's House restaurant last week.

The renowned tourist haven was on hiatus due to ongoing environmental remediation at the entire Trustees Garden site at East Broad and Bay streets, the former location of a large natural gas plant.

Trade Center honored

The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center has won ConventionSouth magazine's inaugural Readers' Choice Award, recognizing it as one of the top meeting venues in the South.

"The value in receiving this recognition is that it comes from the United States' top meeting planners who book events in the South," said J. Talty O'Connor, publisher of the nationally distributed magazine. w

















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A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for ten years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series... more

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