Thursday, October 31, 2013

City selling discount parking 'stocking stuffers'

Posted on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 1:27 PM

For a limited time, the City of Savannah is selling Parking Smart Cards for 50 percent off face value. Parking Smart Cards are "like gift cards that can be used at any pay and display parking meter in Savannah," a spokesman says.

The cards can be purchased in denominations of $25, $50, $75 or $100. They can be used any time, and have no expiration date.

"Parking Smart Cards are a perfect stocking stuffer and a tremendous deal for those who ever park in the Historic District north of Broughton Street, where the pay and display meters are concentrated," the City says.

To purchase a Parking Smart Card, call (912) 651-6470 or visit the Mobility & Parking Services Office at 100 E. Bryan St., on the ground level of the Bryan Street Parking Garage.

AASU/SSU collaborate in theatre production

Posted on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Partnering with Savannah State University’s Players by the Sea, the Armstrong Atlantic State University Department of Art, Music & Theatre Masquers troupe will perform The Amen Corner, a comic drama in three-acts by novelist and playwright James Baldwin. Performances are November 7-17th on Armstrong’s Jenkins Hall Theater stage.

In the mid 1950’s, Baldwin wrote The Amen Corner, a play that eventually became a Broadway hit, in which he examined the phenomenon of storefront Pentecostal religion.

It's the story of Harlem storefront preacher Margaret Alexander "who is about to see her world crumble," says a department spokesperson.

Her son and church organist, David, is set on following in the footsteps of his father, jazz musician, Luke. When the errant husband and father comes home to die, Sister Margaret finds herself losing everything but coming to terms with her own true sense of faith.

“Self discovery no matter how painful is a key theme threaded throughout the play,” said Armstrong’s Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas, one of the productions co-directors. “All of the characters show that they have something in their lives that eventually as one character says ‘will be uncovered’.”

In what is believed to be an historical first of this type of collaboration between the sister institutions, Desnoyers-Colas and Savannah State’s Darryl Thompson, M.F.A. co-direct this production of Baldwin’s venture into full-length plays.

All performances are at Armstrong's Jenkins Hall Theater. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances begin at 3 p.m.

Regular reserved-seating admission: Only $10. Discounts available to military, seniors, alumni association members, and students/children. No refunds or exchanges. Armstrong students, faculty and staff admitted free of charge with valid PirateCard.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Security up for fair

Posted on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and the Exchange Club of Savannah say they're "teaming to enhance security measures" at the Exchange Club Fair opening Oct. 31.

A similar event late last year saw a mass shooting in which 7 were shot, none fatally.

"Fair attendees will be greeted by metal detectors at entrance gates, additional law enforcement officers both inside and outside the fair and elevated platforms to allow better oversight of the festivities," says a spokesman.

“The fair is designed to be a family-oriented event and we have taken measures to keep it that way,” said Police Chief Julie Tolbert. “We will not tolerate those with other objectives who would diminish the enjoyment this event brings to so many people.”

Besides the measures above, officers at the gates will be collecting contraband from those entering the fair. Also, back packs and book bags will not be allowed in the fairgrounds. Additional signage will advise attendees of the changes before they approach the gates.

Police and Exchange Club members have studied attendance practices and have determined that some attendees slipped through openings in gates areas around the fairgrounds. The openings in the fences have been addressed and additional officers will patrol the perimeter and parking lots.

Marine Science Day: only 9 pounds unrecyclable

Posted on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

The effort to make Skidaway Marine Science Day a ‘landfill-free’ event was apparently pretty darn successful. Held on the campus of the University of Georgia (UGA) Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, the annual open house attracted nearly 2,000 visitors Saturday, Oct. 26, but generated only nine pounds of unrecyclable trash.

The event organizers used recycling and composting bins to collect and recycle materials in an attempt to reduce the stream of trash ultimately headed to a landfill. When the event was over, 57 pounds of recyclable paper, mostly napkins and hot dog wrappers, and 35 pounds of cans and plastic were collected. The compost containers held 10 pounds of food waste.

“One lesson we learned is that chip bags are not recyclable, and we collected one and a half pounds of them,” said The Nature Conservancy’s Amanda Wrona, one of the organizers. “That’s a 50-gallon trash bag of chip bags.”

The rest of the non-recyclable waste was composed of material such as duct tape, pipe cleaners, cigarette butts, garbage bags and diapers.

“About 92 percent of the waste generated at the event was kept out of the landfill,” said Wrona. “I think that is something we should all feel good about.”

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Victim of Island Breeze shooting charged

Posted on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM

A 35-year-old Savannah man has been charged with criminal trespass after being shot in a closed bar Sunday morning.

John Clifford Gadson of the 1700 block of Archer Street was charged by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police after he was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with non-life threatening wounds.

Central Precinct Patrol officers responded to the Island Breeze lounge in the 2800 block of Montgomery Street about 3:30 a.m. to find him in the bar with lounge employees. He had forced his way into the club while staff members were cleaning up and had become involved in an altercation before he was shot.

SCMPD Criminal Investigations detectives continue to investigate.

Demery Bishop retiring from CrimeStoppers

Posted on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Demery Bishop, the longtime director of CrimeStoppers of Savannah-Chatham County has announced he is retiring, effective November 1.

Bishop has served as the director of CrimeStoppers since 1999. During his14 years, Bishop created CrimeStoppers Focus Radio, CrimeStoppers Focus TV, boosted the Reward Fund, modernized the tip collection and information sharing and started several community fundraisers including the Azalea Run and Boston Butt Sale. In 2012 Bishop received the U.S. Attorney Generals’ Award for Excellence for his work with CrimeStoppers.

Before he took the Director of CrimeStoppers job, he served with the FBI for 23 years.

Bishop said, "All of our citizens, law enforcement/criminal justice agencies, the Board of Directors, media and corporate partners here in Savannah made my job at CrimeStoppers an absolute joy each and every day! I enjoyed being here and giving back to the community, because they had true ownership in what we were all doing......combatting crime!”

Bishop says his future plans include spending more time with his family and spending more time surfing.

Interim Chief Julie Tolbert will appoint an interim director to CrimeStoppers until a new director is selected and hired.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Book Fest extends author signature sales

Posted on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Visitors to the 2014 Savannah Book Festival this February may now pre-purchase select books written by participating authors and still have those books autographed during the Festival, Feb. 13-16.

Books must be purchased through the Festival website in order to be eligible. In the past, only books purchased at the Festival could be autographed.

Books that qualify for this offer include Wilson by Scott Berg, We Are Water by Wally Lamb, Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillian, Company Man by John Rizzo, Stella Bain by Anita Shreve and American Mirror, The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon.

Books purchased online before the Festival will come with an Author Signing Card, which will authorize the book for author signing during the Festival.

According to Robin Gold, Savannah Book Festival executive director, “Twenty percent of all online sales through the Festival website come back to the Festival, helping to keep our main Festival day free and open to the public."


Murder, suicide possibly linked

Posted on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Detectives are looking into possible ties between a homicide on Savannah’s Southside and an attempted suicide in the Islands Precinct.

About 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to the first block of North Parkwood Street, where they found Justin Baldwin, 24, of the 400 block of West Montgomery Cross Road suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was transported to Memorial Medical Center. His condition has not been released.

At 11:30 p.m. the same night, Southside Precinct officers responded to an apartment on the 400block of W. Montgomery Cross Road, where they discovered Jessica Nowell, 24, who had succumbed to a gunshot wound.

The two cases appear to be related.

SCMPD Violent Crimes detectives continue to investigate. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

Houses finds harbor deepening money

Posted on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which authorizes the "development and maintenance of the nation’s waterway infrastructure, among other critical projects," a spokesman says.

The legislation includes a provision that authorizes the funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. This provision will end a 14 year delay of the project to deepen the harbor from 42 to 47 feet in order to accommodate new supertankers that will be coming from the Panama Canal.

All 14 House members of the Georgia Congressional delegation voted for WRRDA, and both of Georgia’s senators voted for the senate version of the bill earlier this year.

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah), who is now running for U.S. Senate, said, "Georgia’s deep water ports support 352,000 jobs in our state and service more than 21,000 companies throughout the country. Passage of this bill is a critical step toward ensuring this economic engine can continue its vital role in our regional and national economy. Deepening the harbor will free up $213 million in private capital each year that can be invested in job creation and business expansion."

President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers have deemed the Port of Savannah a “nationally and regionally significant infrastructure project.”

On May 15, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the bill by a vote of 83-14. The House and Senate must reconcile their differences before sending a final bill to the president to sign into law.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Man charged with HIV infection

Posted on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

A 23-year-old Savannah man has been charged with statutory rape and reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person after "knowingly infecting a teen-aged girl," says a police spokesman.

The victim is a minor and Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police have arrested Antonio Myawn Bacon Jr.

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