Re: “Craft Brew Fest Survival Guide

My husband and I are wanting to do something a little different for a vacation this year, and he came up with the idea that we go to a beer brewing festival! I agreed with him, but now I am wanting to know more about what I can expect and what I should prepare for when we go. I like the idea you gave about using the cameras on our phones to pictures of the labels of the beers we like the most, especially where my husband is picky so it will be great to remember the beers he likes! This is going to be an interesting and fun experience for us, and your advice will really help make sure we get the best out of our time at the festival!

Posted by Alex Dean on 04/28/2017 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Lucas Theatre mess signals deeper issues

The public contributed the lion's share of the funds needed to restore the Lucas. You can still see the paving bricks with the names of some of the donors on them out front.

Then, a few years after the big re-opening, another frantic call went out: the roof needed a total upgrade, to the tune of many thousands more dollars. Of course anyone with their head screwed on right would have repaired the roof first before squandering donated money on the interior. At the Lucas, it was done backwards. But again, local people stepped up and finally the money was raised to repair or really replace, the roof. As a layman I am not sure how SCAD then gained control over this building put back in shape by public donations, but probably something should be done to wrest it out of their grasp.

I imagine the current plan is to allow it to stay vacant for a while, then put out another urgent call for donations to put it right (again,) then turn it into a hotel, much like these other hotels that are popping up like poison mushrooms all over downtown. PS: now that they have blocked off the view of the river with ugly, bulky hotels--a view that residents had since 1733, they are going to put signs up telling people how to get there. That is like the signs along Victory Drive ordering motorists not to create a wake. If this isn't the funny farm, I don't know what is.

Posted by Clint Westwood on 04/28/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Everyone needs a tooth fairy

Right on, Sista! I broke a front-tooth veneer a couple of months ago on a jelly bean. Felt like I was in a L'il Abner comic strip until I could get to a dentist. I wanted another veneer, but he said a crown was needed.

Now I have had to hire myself out as a galley slave to pay him.

Posted by Clint Westwood on 04/27/2017 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Controversial self-storage facility comes before City Council

There is not one thing that this facility will do to benefit this neighborhood. I would love for someone to let me know what benefits will it provide to our neighborhood! If you do a quick Google search you will get a return of over 31 storage facilities conveniently located to downtown Savannah. I would say that is plenty, none of them have signs saying they are full.
At the very best it will be an eyesore, I don't see how it couldn't be. Who comes to Savannah to buy a home and raise a family next to a storage facility? Who rides their bike over to have lunch or paint or visit with friends at the storage facility? How many jobs will it create for the people in our neighborhood? Two? Three? How bright and how tall and how long will their facility be lit with street lights that didn't exist before and therefore didn't contribute to light pollution?
These fears are NOT "pretty ridiculous". We have a chance to create a completely unique neighborhood hub here and we are wasting it on a tacky, non-contributing facility that will tower over all else in the area.
This will not benefit the community and I am confused as to why Hall would be for it. Did he ask his constituents? Why would he be for it when it does nothing to contribute to his district? I can think of a hundred things that could be done in this neighborhood! Why would it not be "suitable for many other uses"?? Why would you think that? It is NOT suitable for a storage facility. That is for sure!
Galen Kidder

Posted by glady on 04/27/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Can Savannah create good parking karma?

Good point Alan, though my understanding those exemptions are already being discussed...

Posted by Jessica Leigh Lebos on 04/27/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Can Savannah create good parking karma?

Catholics and Jews will now have to pay to pray. Weekday afternoon mass starts at 5:30. Shabbat services begin at 6:00 on Friday evening, and at 11:00AM on Saturday...

Those of us who volunteer at downtown venues will have to pay for parking.....

More spaces for longer periods of time - fine.

Just my two cents...

Alan Seidman

Posted by Alan Seidman on 04/27/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Can Savannah create good parking karma?

Hi Clint - The accounting of the parking funds is on the city website at Doesn't say how it's spent, though.

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Posted by Jessica Leigh Lebos on 04/26/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Controversial self-storage facility comes before City Council

I discount comments when people don't use their real names. It becomes useless.
I have lived in Savannah for ninety years and saddened to see Victory Drive raped from one end to the other. It was the most beautiful azalea lined street in America going east to west.
And now traffic is bottle necked at every intersection.
Families once walked down Victory with the beautiful oleanders in pink and white reaching out and now we have gas fumes from over use by cars and trucks.
Pity the loss.
Miriam Center

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Posted by scarlett o'hara on 04/26/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “The second coming of Savannah River Landing

If you want to pass by and glance at the layout of the properties there, you had better take your snorkel, your swim trunks and frog-flippers, and underwater eye mask.

They want to sell this boondoggle off to unsuspecting suckers, make a quick buck, and go back to wherever they came from, laughing all the way to the bank. I have seen that land underwater many times in my life, and I go back to the old Coke Field days, when even that was a knee-high wading pool. This is one of the biggest frauds and ripoffs I think I have ever seen, and living here, I have seen many!

Posted by Clint Westwood on 04/26/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Can Savannah create good parking karma?

The gang at city hall is instigating this ripoff because they are miffed that nobody (or not enough people, as they see it,) will use those ugly parking barns they have built all over the downtown area.

Out-of-towners know nothing of them, and residents know full well they are unsafe and dangerous night or day and that if they are used, that means a good long stroll home, another serious hazard here, albeit mostly at night, since no one seems interested a whit in controlling the rampant violent crime we all must endure here.

It doesn't matter what they "say" or what sort of spin they try to put on this, it is a blatant way to try and squeeze more money out of the public and extend the time in which they can issue tickets, place their parking "boots," and tow whenever they feel like it.

This gives the high school dropouts who "staff" the parking scheme here more time to be even more arrogant and rude than they are now if that is possible. Likely one of the two city managers we have here now--the one who sometimes comes in to work, and the other one who gets our property tax money for doing absolutely nothing came up with this scam. My money is on the one who often goes on TV spouting his crackpot ideas. These parking programs--long hours, weekend tickets, and increased rates--are popular in Florida. Either he lived there once or he has met with Florida CMs who have told him what a money windfall it will bring in.

And since we are talking about money, how about a public accounting of all the parking funds they rake in every year? That would be tickets, fines, boots, the whole pot o' gold they are nestling on. But I'll wait for that.

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Posted by Clint Westwood on 04/26/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Controversial self-storage facility comes before City Council

Many inaccuracies and misrepresentations here. Sorry, Jim, I love your editorials, but I believe you've been misled on this one. You start with "neighbors cite congestion, ..." but the only "neighbors" consulted are business owners who presumably don't live on their property. I would like to hear from actual residents nearby on Dixie Avenue, the ones who actually live there, lay their heads there at night, and have been there in some cases for decades. These are the people who will be most affected by this proposed project, and their opinion is being completely ignored. Dohrman "owns a home on Dixie" in only the broadest sense: he did buy a piece of property a few weeks ago with a house on it, but he doesn't live there, no one does. The true live-in residents in either side of him and across the street have not been consulted. Do you see all those BLANK buildings on the map with the large blue blocks marked "opposed"? Most of those are residents' who are actually okay with the proposal. All the blues are businesses, except for Dohrman's lot. The speculations about potential use of the vacant lot there now (adult entertainment, motor coaches, people living in storage units, meth labs, and such) are pretty ridiculous, based on nothing except a desire to rile people up against what is not an unreasonable suggestion. I urge everyone to drive back there and look at the site; it lends itself nicely to a storage facility and would probably not be suitable for many other uses. I am dismayed at the bullying and deceptive tactics used to try to destroy this project, with nary a word to the people who will be directly affected by it.

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Posted by earthworm on 04/26/2017 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Devil in the details with Memorial buyout?

Memorial had no choice. The coffers had nearly run dry and there was little money to maintain and keep paying the bills/debts. The problem is local politics and that a good many who sit on the Hospital Authority Board are also physicians/administrators for St. Joseph's/Candler, and don't necessarily want to see a thriving Memorial. If the city, county, residents, and the Hospital Authority didn't want Memorial getting into bed with a for-profit enterprise, or making a deal with the devil (as you put it), they should have stepped up and insisted that taxpayers contribute with annual subsidies - which every other Level I Trauma Center in the state (and most of the country) receive. Fact is, Memorial did what Memorial had to do to keep its doors open. Without a heavily invested strategic partner or a complete buyout, the hospital would likely have had to file bankruptcy soon and start siphoning off debts/obligations. And frankly, very few healthcare providers or hospital corporations would at this point step into the mess that Memorial has been forced into.. at least not those without very deep pockets. I get it - you're right that the hospital will likely not remain a non-profit 401c3 for long, but they were stuck between a rock and a hard place, and rather than trying to stay in that hard place any longer, they grabbed hold of the biggest rock they could find. I've heard a number of people complain about this deal, but when it mattered, no one in the community (with any money, power, influence) wanted to step up and find real solutions.

Also consider Memorial is one of the largest employers in the region, with some 5,000+ employees. They have an obligation to their employees, not just the community at large. It's just another angle/lens to consider when looking at this situation.

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Posted by rct13 on 04/25/2017 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Sacred Sounds: Honoring Duke Ellington's legacy

I remember well the third sacred concert in Ocean Grove. Starting my musical career at 15 years old.

Brian Peters
Savannah Music Festival

Posted by Brian Peters on 04/25/2017 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Pilot exercise program for Parkinson’s disease is a knockout

My husband was diagnosed of Parkinsons disease nearly 7 years ago, when he was 49. He had a stooped posture, tremors, right arm does not move and also a pulsating feeling in his body. He was placed on Senemet for 8 months and then Siferol was introduced and replaced the Senemet, during this time span he was also diagnosed with dementia. He started having hallucinations, lost touch with reality. Suspecting it was the medication I took him off the Siferol (with the doctor's knowledge) and started him on PD natural herbal formula we ordered from NEWLIFE HERBAL CLINIC, his symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the Newlife Parkinsons disease natural herbal formula. He is now almost 57 and doing very well, the disease is totally reversed! (Visit their website www .newlifeherbalclinic .com)

Posted by Jasen Krause on 04/25/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “The second coming of Savannah River Landing

I have to admit this has me excited. I'm not a native here and while I enjoy the historic feel to downtown and the feel of the islands, I long for something different. (An in between "island life" and historical ghosts) This sounds like it will provide a little something more for those of us who call Savannah home.

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Posted by Andrea White on 04/23/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “When did humans start wiping themselves post-defecation?

Best solution = stop buying Toilet Paper. With modern plumbing we should be washing not wiping and the best way to do that is with a Hand Bidet Sprayer. It requires no new plumbing to install, it's far cleaner, healthier, saves money, better for the environment and you never run out! See

Posted by David Stanley on 04/23/2017 at 12:52 AM

Re: “Komen Race for the Cure: More than pink

Another foot race? The entire city closed down while folks clog traffic in their skivvies.

Posted by Clint Westwood on 04/19/2017 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Lucas Theatre mess signals deeper issues

Great article, though as the wife of one of the five people let go I'm pretty fearful for our future.

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Posted by Octavia Biddle on 04/18/2017 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Here's to Kevin Barry's

I drank a lot,with a a customer who had been apparently a bad one. And they refused to serve me. I didnt know he was a bad custermer I hade spent about 49.00$ there. There treated me as bad as there bad customers. I had did the Irish tradition of giving the stranger a drink. The bartenders are horrible and treated me like dirt when I asked them for water when I wanted to sober up!!! A disgusting discusting place I hope you never visit there.!!!!!!!

Posted by sedgoodhart on 04/18/2017 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Science, it’s a thing

Jessica, always so energetic!

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Posted by Paulita Sealove Bennett-Martin on 04/18/2017 at 1:03 PM

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