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Updated July 17, 2023 at 1:49 p.m.

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Savannah Philharmonic welcomes new board members

The Savannah Philharmonic has announced four additions to their Board of Directors:  Rosalie Morris, Chuck Chewning, Bob Kenyon and Mason Waters.

Now celebrating their 15th Anniversary Season, the SavPhil is a community-focused organization dedicated to presenting concert performances and music education programs of the highest caliber throughout Savannah and the southeast region – and their diverse members of the board are devoted to upholding the SavPhil’s mission and vision.

“The SavPhil has experienced significant growth over this past season, and now having these four incredible individuals on our Board will further strengthen our organizational governance and fortify our mission as we move boldly into the future,” shared Executive Director Amy Williams.

Chairman of the Board Scott Lauretti is elated by the newest members, stating “The SavPhil board is fortunate to welcome Rosalie, Chuck, Bob and Mason. Each of these individuals is deeply committed to our community. Collectively, they have an exceptional record of significant achievements and civic engagement. They will help steward the Savannah Philharmonic’s evolution as a community asset that is a model for arts organizations everywhere.”

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League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia announces new board members

The League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to protect and expand voting rights, approved a new slate of board members at its recent annual meeting. The new Executive Officers and Committee Chairs include:

President: Chassidy Malloy

Vice President: Devon Spiva

Immediate Past President: Nina Altschiller

Secretary: Patty McIntosh

Treasurer: Eileen Matajasik

Parliamentarian: Maria Justus

Communications Chair: Nancy Fullbright

Voter Engagement & Registration Chair: Meka Simmons

Get Out The Vote Chair: Amanda Hollowell

Forums Chair: Kerri McGinty

Education and Programs Chair: Betsy McCullar

Membership Services Chair: Jamie Smith Arkins

Issues & Advocacy Chair: Andrea Silverman

Student Liaison Coordinator: Harrison Tran

At Large: Sheila Grossman, The Skidaway Abigails

“The League of Women Voters is devoted to protecting the right to vote for all voters, and as such, this board needs to be reflective of our coastal community,” said President Chassidy Malloy. “I’m thrilled that the 2023-2024 League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia has the youngest and most diverse board in our League’s history. It is our desire to influence our community to vote in each and every election.”

The 101-year old League of Women Voters has been called the most respected and influential grassroots organization in the country. Membership is open to men and women of all ages. Learn more at or the League’s Facebook page.

Colonial Group, Inc. announces new corporate headquarters in Savannah

Colonial Group, Inc., a diversified group of companies focused on the energy, chemicals, distribution, and logistics industries, announced that it will relocate its corporate headquarters to 1375 Chatham Parkway, the facility built for the Savannah Morning News in 2003.

“Our Colonial family has grown significantly over the past several years,” stated Christian Demere, president and CEO of Colonial Group. “With our Savannah area employees currently working in eight different offices that have reached or are nearing capacity, we are thrilled to secure this larger facility that will consolidate our office personnel. This location will create a more collaborative atmosphere for our employees which will allow us to better support our operations and accommodate our needs as we continue to grow."

The newly acquired three-story office encompasses an impressive 99,000 square feet, situated on more than 17 acres. The property also includes an additional 145,000 square foot warehouse previously used as a newspaper press and distribution facility.

Building renovations are expected to begin in the near term, and Colonial Group intends to relocate the majority of their local corporate personnel to the new headquarters over time.

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Tide to Town trail system gets $10 million from City of Savannah

The City of Savannah has awarded $10 million to the Tide to Town urban trail network, drawing on the anticipated income generated by the increase in Savannah’s hotel/motel taxes. The ambitious trail project – which upon completion will link 75% of Savannah’s neighborhoods to safe walking and biking infrastructure – also will benefit from the $37 million allocated to restore the Historic Waterworks Building in west Savannah, since that project includes trails and sidewalks for the westside neighborhoods and links them into Tide to Town.

According to Armand Turner, Healthy Savannah’s physical activity program manager and Tide to Town board president, the $10 million represents the largest commitment to non-motorized mobility in the city’s history. The funds will finance the planning and engineering of upcoming segments of the Truman Linear Park Trail and the Middleground Road corridor located on Savannah’s south side.

Parts of the Tide to Town trail network are already completed and in use. The Truman Linear Park Trail is a major segment of the larger trail network supported by a network of local partners that include the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah as administrators of the Racial & Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. REACH Grant staff have conducted community outreach across various neighborhoods in Savannah, gathering feedback on the current need for increased pedestrian safety.

“We are delighted in this latest advance in the landmark Tide to Town trail project,” said Turner. “The trail will make safe, healthy and stress-free pedestrian and bicycle access a real transportation option for most of Savannah’s neighborhoods. The trail will serve not only minority and underserved communities, but the community at large as well.”

For more details, visit the official website of Tide To Town More information is also available at

Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala returns on November 17

The Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala, presented by I.A.T.S.E. Local 491, returns this fall from the pandemic-driven cancellations of the past few years, promising an evening of elegant entertainment in salute to Savannah’s film and TV industry.

The Honors Gala will take place at Victory North at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2023, when numerous creative individuals will be recognized and honored for their contributions to the growth of the Savannah film and television industry. With a theme of “Visionary Vanguards,” entertainment, fun, and celebration will be the focal point of this red-carpet, black-tie event. The Savannah Film Alliance’s membership of filmmakers, producers, musicians, actors, and other entertainers will be invited to show off their talents throughout the night.

The Gala will be hosted by Steven Michael Quezada, who portrayed DEA Agent Steven “Gomie” Gomez on the TV series “Breaking Bad.” It will feature live entertainment, an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and special guests and surprises throughout the evening. All attendees will have the opportunity to socialize and connect with prominent members of the entertainment industry, including directors, producers, filmmakers, actors, musicians, music executives, gaming professionals, crew members from all crafts, union and guild leaders, and studio executives.

All tickets are available for $150 at

Published July 17, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

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