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Savannah Children’s Book Festival

What: Children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country. Rain location is the Civic Center. When: Sat. Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Forsyth Park Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 12 Environment: A

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08 Editor’s Note 10 Civil Society 11 The News cycle 19 Blotter 20 News of the Weird 22 Straight Dope


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23 Noteworthy & Soundboard 26 Dodd Ferrelle



Thursday Music: Harry O’Donoghue

What: Third Thursdays on Tybee contin-

ues with Savannah’s favorite acoustic Irishman. Weather site: Fannies. When: Thu. Nov. 17, 5-6 p.m. Where: Tybrisa/Strand Roundabout, Tybee Island Cost: Free and open to public

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Poetry: Jim Warner

What: Poetry Society of Georgia Fall Series continues with visiting poet Warner, author of the poetry collection, Too Bad it’s Poetry (Paper Kite Press). Open mic for poets at 7 p.m. When: Thu. Nov. 17, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Where: Jepson Center for the Arts, York & Barnard Streets. Cost: Free and open to the public

What: Dr. Marc Frischer of Skidaway Institute of Oceanography speaks at inaugural monthly series on the effect of climate change on the ocean. 6pm reception, 6:30pm dinner, 7pm lecture. When: Thu. Nov. 17, 6 p.m. Where: Dolphin Reef Oceanfront Restaurant. , Tybee Island Info: 912-786-7777/www.

lecturing on the recent Tunisian Revolution. When: Thu. Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. Where: Coastal GA Center, 305 Fahm St. Cost: Free for members, students, military. $10 non-mem

Theater: Vanities

What: Armstrong Masquers presents the comedy-drama by Jack Heifner centered on the friendship of three cheerleaders. When: Thu. Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. (through Nov. 20) Where: Jenkins Hall Black Box, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: $10/Gen. Free with AASU ID Info: 912-344-2801.

Documentary: World’s Largest

What: Part of the Southern Circuit of Independent Film. The film visits 58 tourism sites featuring the World’s Largest “something.” Filmmaker Q&A and reception follow the screening. When: Thu. Nov. 17, 8 p.m. Where: Lucas Theater for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Cost: $8 Info: 912-525-5050 . www.

Young Professionals of Savannah Anniversary

What: Benefiting the Savannah Children’s Choir Scholarship Fund. Music by Soap. When: Thu. Nov. 17, 6 -9 p.m. Where: Saya Lounge, 109 W. Broughton St. Cost: door: $20/YPS mems, $25 General. Info:

Leadership Savannah 50th Anniversary Gala

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When: Thu. Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. Where: Trinity United Methodist Church,

What: Former, current, and future Leadership Savannah participants (and community members) will celebrate five decades of this civic leadership program. When: Thu. Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. Where: Savannah Yacht Club, 730 Bradley Point Road Cost: $75 Info: 912-644-6432.

General Sherman: Savannah’s First Preservationist?

What: Historic Savannah Foundation’s 56th Annual Meeting, featuring W. Todd Groce, Ph. D. as keynote speaker. Reception follows at the Telfair.

Music: Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three

Documentary ‘World’s Largest’ screens this Thursday night at the Lucas; see story this issue

SCAD Film and TV Showcase

What: Screenings of SCAD student productions. When: Thu. Nov. 17, 7 p.m. Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info:

Lecture: Understanding Mass Civil Protest in Tunisian, Prospects for Democracy

What: Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts Dr. Michele Penner Angrist,

What: Savannah Stopover presents the acclaimed oldtime music band. When: Thu. Nov. 17, 8:30 p.m. Where: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, 41 M. L. King, Jr. Blvd Cost: $12 Info:


Friday Music at City Church Savannah

What: A Plea for Purging, No Bragging Rights, Take it Back!, Gideon and others When: Fri. Nov. 18, 6 p.m. Where: City Church Savannah , 125 M. L. King, Jr. Blvd Cost: $12 at the door/$10 advance

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What: In an open boat, discover the life that depends on the rich estuarine waters as you observe dolphins, egrets, crabs, and oysters. When: Sat. Nov. 19, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Where: Leaves from Tybee Island Cost: $60 Info: 912-236-8115.

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Film: In the Heat of the Night (USA, 1967)


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Sunday Documentary: Senna (2011, UK)

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Jepson Gospel Brunch

What: The Mime G.A.N.G. (God’s

Anointed New Generation) from Second St. John Missionary Baptist Church performs at 1:30 pm. Reservations for brunch are required. When: Sun. Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Jepson Center, 207 W. York Cost: Free for performance. Brunch prices vary. Info: 912.790.8834.

Gator Ball Academy: Harlem Legends Celebrity Benefit

What: Harlem Legends take on Ramah Junior Academy Alumni in basketball, plus a pre-game festival. When: Sun. Nov. 20, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Where: Savannah High School, 400 Pennsylvania Ave. Cost: $10 Info: 510-302-7775 .

Music: The Choirs of St. John’s Church in Concert

What: St. John’s Episcopal’s Adult and Children’s Choirs, and organist Brian Taylor. When: Sun. Nov. 20, 4 p.m. Where: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road, Skidaway Island Info: 912-598-7242.

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Music: Joe Bonamassa

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Tuesday Coffee and Conversation 2.0

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Bottoms up, y’all. It’s a good thing voters approved Sunday retail alcohol sales last week. We’ll need every possible day of drinking to dull the pain of the other election results. The people have spoken — or the thirty percent of voters that bothered to show up, anyway — and they chose... more of the same. After all the hype, all the controversy, all the buildup, only three out of ten of you went to the polls. To the seven out of ten that didn’t: I hope whatever you were doing instead of voting was really important, or at least a hell of a lot of fun. Because the next four years may not be much fun at all. The two most controversial incumbents, Van Johnson and Mary Osborne, crushed challengers Ruel Joyner and Gretchen Ernest with vote totals that mirrored those districts’ racial demographics very closely. In the end, Joyner’s considerable social media presence couldn’t overcome the fact that many of his most enthusiastic supporters lived outside District One and couldn’t vote for him no matter how much they may have wanted to. To put the dismal turnout in perspective: Joyner received 538 votes. That’s not a typo: Five hundred and thirty eight. At last count Joyner had 3,269 Facebook friends. You do the math! The only incumbent ousted was Larry Stuber of District Three. Ironically, Stuber was also one of the only City Council incumbents with an iota of real–world business experience, and one of the few who could point to tangible improvements he’d brought to his constituents. Stuber lost by — wait for it — 17 votes. (There will be a recount.) While the above electoral outcomes were clearly decided along racial lines — don’t shoot the messenger, folks, I’m just telling you how it is — you certainly can’t make a similar criticism of the mayoral race. In that case voters had plenty of choices, with a candidate for pretty much every persuasion and plenty of racial diversity.

But again, many voters chose the easy option of going with longtime City Council incumbent and heavy mayoral favorite Edna Jackson. Considering the huge support Jackson received from the usual local machines, including the NAACP, the old guard Democrats, and the Chamber of Commerce, I actually thought she underperformed by getting “only” 37 percent of the six–way vote. She faces Jeff Felser in a Dec. 6 runoff, and we’ll give you more coverage in the weeks to come. While local Democrats continued their bold slouch toward mediocrity — with a big assist from proud apathy — local Republicans appeared to have gone completely AWOL. When Savannah’s leading Republican, Eric Johnson — architect of the GOP takeover of Georgia politics during his time in state office, as well as a literal architect in real life — endorsed Edna Jackson, I knew funny business was afoot. Leaving aside the fact that Johnson lives in Southbridge and can’t even vote for Savannah mayor, the surreal nature of the ultimate local Republican endorsing a liberal Democrat told me that certain understandings had likely been reached and money was likely at stake. In short, just business as usual. The oldest business, one is tempted to say... Speaking of Republicans, there was only one bona fide Republican in the mayoral race, Ellis Cook. And he managed only 2766 votes, not even 13 percent of the total. Most local Republicans live in unincorporated Chatham and can’t vote in city elections, but I guarantee you there’s more than 2766 Republicans in city limits. Judging by the furious local Republican response to Eric Johnson’s endorsement of Edna Jackson, I can’t believe he actually

swayed votes to Jackson — probably the opposite. So questions remain: Why didn’t more local Republicans vote for Cook, the only Republican running for mayor? Did conservative-friendly Floyd Adams really siphon off that many Republican votes? Did the lack of opposition for Tony Thomas in his mostly Republican district hurt turnout for Cook there? We’ll never know the answers. But we do know that after the overwhelming alderman–at–large victory of Carolyn Bell, who has sued the City for what she alleges is discrimination by City Manager Rochelle Small–Toney, there’s pretty much a 100 percent stone cold lock that we’ll see four years of her head–butting with Small–Toney. That may or may not be a bad thing, depending on what you think of the city manager. Regardless of the election results, many Savannahians at this point will raise a glass to the departure of Mayor Otis Johnson. He began his tenure with such promise, but ended it with a controversy over SmallToney’s hiring in which he indulged in what appeared to be a blatant appeal to racial prejudice — or at minimum, an outmoded and counterproductive obsession with identity politics. Harsh accusation, yes. But when you go into a church, as Johnson did earlier this year, and speak from the pulpit about the “58 percent” (meaning Savannah’s African American majority) and say in other settings that you’d like a city manager that “looks like me,” you bring such accusations onto yourself. (Johnson is scheduled to speak in another church Nov. 27 at a NAACP meeting, during which he is likely to strongly endorse Edna Jackson in the runoff. It will be interesting to hear if he uses similarly stark terms from that pulpit.) Savannah is always on the razor’s edge with regards to race relations. Much of that is due to historic injustices based on decades of slavery and segregation. And frankly continued on facing page

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much of it is due to cynical manipulation of those longstanding grievances by politicians for less–than–honorable ends. Otis Johnson’s legacy surely includes a large helping of fighting those historic injustices. (And to also give credit where it’s due, he has done much to support — and most importantly, to adequately fund — arts and culture in Savannah). Indeed, so effectively did Mayor Johnson fight racial inequality that as he leaves office he can boast of leveraging the power of that African American “58 percent” into about 98 percent of all important positions in the City of Savannah, a far larger proportion than the actual black share of the population. Unfortunately a part of Johnson’ legacy also sits squarely in the cynical, manipulative camp, much to the detriment of everyone who lives here, including those he claims to support. Johnson may be on his way out, but unfortunately his combative attitude will likely live on, as evidenced by the words of his protege Van Johnson, who virtually defined the phrase “sore winner” on election night. In a foreshadowing of the kind of acrimony likely to come over the next four years, the District One alderman — who enjoyed the full support of the Savannah Morning News, which endorsed him and devoted much space to Joyner’s residency and tax struggles — spoke of the “divisive, deceitful, derogatory” actions of Joyner and his supporters.

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Surviving Career Day It really didn’t matter what I said, I was no match for the Chihuahua. When Carla Cantrell, the ebullient guidance counselor at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, asked me to be a guest speaker at Career Day, I didn’t consider the competition. I could only think, “Wow, this woman thinks I have a career? That’s amazing.” I’ve been hanging around newspapers for a long time in the hopes that I would never have to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up. The employment gods have shone brightly upon me recently by granting me a place on the Connect masthead, which must look very official to people who may not know that Bill DeYoung and I actually share a broom closet. Surely I could convince a bunch of schoolchildren that talking on the phone and staring at the wall for long periods of time punctuated by bursts of frenetic typing is a respectable way to almost earn a living. So I got all dressed up in what I imagined to be an extremely writerly outfit consisting of a blazer and unsensible heels. I considered sporting a pipe a la Hunter S. Thompson but couldn’t find any aviator sunglasses to complete the look. Of course, wearing my pajamas would have been more authentic, but I was already under express orders from my son not to embarrass him.

I told him I couldn’t do worse than the plastic surgeon in Virginia who brought in a box of silicone breast implants to his kid’s school career day. I thought I had my act all dialed in. Until I showed up at school and realized I’d have to follow a trademark lawyer who accompanied her presentation with delicious name–brand snacks and a veterinarian exploiting the cuteness of the aforementioned tiny, fluffy dog. There was also a fireman in uniform and an aerospace engineer handing out Gulfstream swag. These people not only had real jobs, they had mad props. I started to panic. What did I have? A pen and notebooks of varying sizes. Maybe I could have them recite their names into my digital voice recorder and play it back on the double speed setting? I could practically hear the eyes rolling. Fortunately, the kids had been coached and/or bribed into asking questions about what I do at work (stare at Bill’s excellent collection of rock n’ roll photos, visit with the feral cats who live behind the building) and what path I took to my career field of choice. I started to blather on about shouldering the noble task of keeping the public informed about important people and issues, but I realized I

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can’t stand it when grown–ups try to sound like they know what they’re talking about when they don’t. The truth is, unlike my fellow Career Day speakers, I haven’t followed a career path so much as crashed around through the trees like a lost elephant trying to catch up to the herd. As a result of a heavy diet of Kerouac and Bukowski, the only plan I had after college involved living in my VW van, where I composed angry poetry and read tarot cards at gas stations. Which actually worked out pretty well until the VW broke down. I found a job at a newspaper, thus officially starting my vocation. If you’d told me when I was a penniless punk with a pen around her neck that I’d be holding myself up as an example as an employed writer with — holy hell, what a sellout — health insurance, I’d have spit on your shoes. But this is a weird time to talk about the future of jobs and careers, even with elementary school students. They may not know about mass layoffs and unemployment statistics that hover in the double digits, but they can feel it. A recent Daily Beast round–up of the most useless college degrees listed journalism number one, followed closely behind with literature, art, psychology and agriculture. A New York Times article examined the return of investment on advanced graduate degrees, concluding that

taking out loans for higher education can pay off — in 40 years. Even if you have a calling to a certain profession like medicine, engineering or God bless it, teaching, it’s more confusing than ever to make sense of the choices. It occurred to me that Career Day might be as intimidating for the kids as it was for me. I asked them if they knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. A couple of fifth–graders were aiming for professional sports contracts and one second grader wanted to be President, but most of them shrugged. I told them this was good news, because they had plenty of time to figure it out — their whole lives even. The world is changing fast, and no one knows what kind of skills will be needed in the future. I reminded them to pay attention to what interests them, to be prepared to work hard and to read, read, read, because not only is it how to know what’s going on, it keeps me in business. The Chihuahua got way more laughs, but I thought I was pulling it off until a boy with glasses raised his hand. “You talk really, really fast,” he said somberly. “If the writing thing doesn’t work out, maybe you could be one of those people who sells things at auctions.” I’ll keep that in mind. I also keep my tarot skills sharp, just in case. cs

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Don’t blame me, I voted for bicycles In the weeks leading up to the election, my mailbox was clogged with campaign literature from local politicians, most of which went straight into the recycling bin. One small postcard caught my eye, however. On the back was a handwritten note from a candidate, pledging to “work hard to improve and expand the bike lanes in Savannah.” Was that enough to earn my vote? Sure was. Admitting this surely casts me as a single–issue voter in the minds of many. Some might even say it’s irresponsible to hinge my political loyalty on a candidate’s stance on bike lanes, when our community must grapple with so many challenges. But here’s the thing: Encouraging more people to ride bicycles can help to solve most every major problem we face in Savannah. Let’s look at a few.

Poverty. Transportation researcher Todd Litman used U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics data to determine that in households with the lowest 20 percent of incomes, costs associated with car ownership consumed 30 percent of household budgets. By comparison, those in the top 20 percent spent just over 3 percent. Writing in On Bicycles, edited by Amy Walker, Litman concludes “automobile ownership is a trap” that “can impose significant burdens that prevent people from fulfilling their aspirations” and keep families in poverty. Forgoing car ownership could put $3,000–$5,000 a year back into the pockets of people who need it the most. While cars gobble money even when they are not moving, in the form of insurance and other costs,

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even if low income people kept cars but drove them less, they’d come out in better shape having reduced maintenance and fuel expenses. Public Health. Research published earlier this month in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives revealed replacing half of all car trips of 2.5 miles or less with bike trips in 11 Midwestern cities could save $3.8 billion a year in reduced healthcare costs and prevented deaths. The healthcare savings come in the form of reduced rates of asthma, strokes and heart attacks. Researchers also estimated that combined with the benefits of improved air quality and increased physical fitness provided by higher rates of bicycling, the savings could exceed $7 billion per year. Home Values. Last month researchers at the University of Cincinnati presented a study on the relationship between multi–use trails and paths and property values. They found there are “positive spillover effects on property values when these properties are located within reasonable distances” of trails. Research

conducted by Rainer vom Hofe, a professor of planning, and Olivier Parent, an economist, revealed “housing prices went up by nine dollars for every foot closer to the trail entrance. The study concluded that for the average home, homeowners were willing to pay a $9,000 premium to be located one thousand feet closer to the trail.” Jobs. A study by the University of Minnesota Tourism Center calculated that the economic impact of bicycle tourism there at more than $1 billion and 5,000 jobs. And how many months out of the year can you even ride in Minnesota without turning into an ice sculpture? Imagine how much money would flow into Savannah if we became serious about investing in bicycle infrastructure and promoting our city as a world–class, year round bicycling destination? Call me a single–issue voter, if you will. That’s an identity I’ll gladly claim. After all, a vote for bicycles is a vote for a better Savannah. cs John Bennett is vice chairman of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign.


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Editor’s Note — There have been a lot of developments in the past few weeks regarding the planned (and still controversial) deepening of the Savannah River. To get you up to speed we present this special report by Dan McCue, veteran reporter on coastal environmental and economic issues. Last week’s decision by South Carolina environmental regulators that the planned deepening of the Savannah Harbor can go forward without their resistance may have cheered the Georgia Ports Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

But it’s done little to mollify the project’s critics, and the game is far from over. Last week, at the request of the Corps, the board that oversees South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) unanimously endorsed the dredging project after learning of an eleventh hour “deal” that agency staffers said resolved the Palmetto State’s qualms. Six weeks earlier the agency informed the Corps that its staff had recommended rejecting the project’s water quality certification and also a consistency determination under the Coastal Zone Management Act. But just as the board was convening to reconsider the agency’s position,

DHEC lawyer John Harleston announced that the three governmental parties to what had morphed into a bi–state spat had finally come to a meeting of the minds. The agreement doesn’t change the scope or any other aspect of the project, but rather clarifies one of the few aspects that even the Corps had long acknowledged as up in the air: Who would pay for the ongoing operation and maintenance of special pumps to be installed in the project zone to pump oxygen into the water for the benefit of aquatic species. The initial cost of installing the devices, called Speece cones, was already included in the project budget. However, subsequent funding for the pumps’ ongoing operation and maintenance has been a significant cause of concern — especially in a political and economic climate in Washington D.C. where cost–cutting and deficit reduction are suddenly high priorities. Under the deal reached last Thursday, Georgia has agreed to pay all or part of the estimated $1.2 million annual price of keeping pumps going any year federal appropriations to the Corps for that purpose fall short.

But even as they voted to give their blessing to the project, S.C. DHEC board seemed well aware that many people, including environmentalists who have long been vocal opponents of the project, would be unhappy with the decision. After the vote, board chairman Allen Amsler disputed a reporter’s characterization of the vote as a reversal of course for the agency. Instead, he said, the vote was an indication that the agency’s processes worked. The staff had presented issues of concern which were ultimately resolved by the parties, he explained. “Frankly, I was surprised by what occurred at the meeting, and our concern is that S.C. DHEC staff reached a resolution without addressing the specific issues that were identified in the proposed denial,” said Chris DeScherer, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center. DeScherer said DHEC staff had questioned whether, from a mechanical perspective, the Speece cones would effectively oxygenate the river. “Based on what we know right now, there’s nothing in this agreement that seems to address that point,” he said. In addition, DeScherer said, S.C. DHEC staff questioned whether the Corps had adequately evaluated alternatives to the dredging project. Still, the S.C. DHEC board has signalled that it will approve water quality certification for the deepening. “That may shed more light on who got what in the deal,” DeScherer

said. “Once we get it, we’ll sit down and evaluate it and talk to our clients about it and see what the next step is.” The anticipated next step for the Southern Environmental Law Center would be to file an appeal of the board’s decision and take the matter before an administrative law judge. “To me, the only thing that could explain this decision is that it was a political deal, pure and simple,” DeScherer said. Breaking news has added yet another wrinkle. This past Monday, the S.C.-based Savannah River Maritime Commission asked the S.C. attorney general to represent them in a legal challenge to DHEC, saying that DHEC’s approval last week of the Corps water permit was “issued improperly and has no effect of law.” What happens next — whether in court, in the S.C. Legislature, or both — no one is sure. But the Savannah River harbor deepening appears to have run aground again, at least temporarily.

‘Roughshod’ over states

In the weeks between South Carolina’s initial rebuke of the Savannah Harbor deepening project and S.C. DHEC’s Nov. 10 vote in favor of it, the situation inspired a lot of tongue–wagging. But the Corps continued to move forward with its plan to dredge the Savannah River bed to a depth of 48 feet.

simply trying to ride roughshod over state objections,” said Jim Murphy of the National Wildlife Fund, one of at least five environmental groups that are opposed to the project.

‘Disingenuous nature’

Murphy refers specifically to parallels he sees between the planned Savannah River project and a similar project currently underway on the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As is true in Savannah, advocates for the project, including the state of Pennsylvania, contend deepening of the river by five feet is an economic necessity that will allow the state and its ports to remain competitive. For years, opponents, including the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection, state and federal lawmakers and environmentalists, have argued the project is economically unnecessary and places the river eco– system and New Jersey’s drinking water at risk. But as the arguments have gone on, the Corps has proceeded with its work, deepening the first 11–mile segment of the shipping channel near Delaware City, with plans to dredge another five–mile stretch near the Delaware Memorial Bridge beginning this month. “Just like here, the Corps’ position is that the need to maintain the navigation channel exempts them from having to abide by the conclusions of a state review,” Murphy said. “It’s yet another example of the disingenuous nature of the Corps,” he continued. “Their position is, ‘We’ll play along with the state as long as the state gives us the answer we want, and if we don’t get the answer we want, then we’ll reach down into the depths of the Clean Water Act and pull out some pretty obscure exemption and try to do what we want anyway.’” And just as in the case of the Delaware River deepening, the argument against the project is complicated by one state wanting the project to move forward as quickly as possible — in the case of the Savannah project, Georgia is not only supporting the project but has vowed to pay 100 percent of the cost to take the channel a foot deeper than even the Corps had planned to go — and another trying to put the brakes on. “In our case, Georgia wants it for continues on p. 14


Simply stated, the Corps’ position was that short of a rescission of the Congressional mandate to deepen 32 miles of the Savannah River by six feet to accommodate a new, much larger class of cargo ships, the project would go on as originally conceived. In fact, the agency made plain that while it would like all regulators who’ve been asked for an opinion to endorse the project, getting the approval of state regulators wasn’t really necessary. In its reply to S.C. DHEC’s initial rejection of the plan, the Corps said that while it routinely seeks state determinations for these aspects of its projects, “there are statutory provisions that may exempt a project from state... certification... and that allow the project to proceed upon a Federal determination with consistency of coastal zone requirements.” Joyce A. McDonald, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, said these provisions come into play when “a state refused to certify [a project] or decides to impose unreasonable conditions that impair navigation or where water quality is thoroughly addressed in an [environmental impact statement] submitted to Congress.” Bolstering that position, the day before the hearing the Corps announced the National Atmospheric Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service had issued its final “Biological Opinion” on the project and determined it is “not likely to jeopardize species” listed or proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, so long as certain conditions are met. Those conditions include the completion of a comprehensive monitoring and adaptive management plan to ensure the success of all mitigation measures. In the event S.C. DHEC abided by its staff ’s recommendation and failed to certify the project, the Corps said it “expressly reserve[d] the right to proceed based on a Federal exemption and/or determination.” It also said it had no intention to adjudicate a rejection of its proposal. The Corps concludes that as an arm of the federal government, they aren’t required to submit to state quasi– judicial or judicial appellate processes. “That’s a claim they’ve made before in relation to other projects, and unfortunately, in these cases, they are

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what they perceive are the benefits to Savannah. South Carolina is concerned that it is going to bear a lot of the cost of the project and get none of the benefits,” Murphy said. “I think they are very legitimately concerned about the environmental impacts.”

Clearly, the controversy over the project straddles several spheres. Locally, there are concerns raised by environmentalists and others in Georgia and South Carolina who continue to question the project’s economic benefit to Savannah, the potential threat it may pose to the city’s water supply, and whether the deepening will affect aquatic life and unique habitats in the Savannah River. At another level, the dredging has inspired a debate over the appropriate role of the federal government and state’s rights. And then there’s the international trade component: How communities will deal with or accommodate dramatic changes occurring in the ocean shipping community and whether the Port of Savannah will maintain its edge against the Port of Charleston when the recession finally subsides and cargo volumes again begin to rise. The Corps first began looking at deepening the harbor in 1999, when the project was authorized by the Water Resources Development Act. After years of deliberation, the Corps decided that the optimal “solution” for the harbor was to deepen the approach to Savannah’s Garden City container terminal from its current depth of 42 feet to 47 feet. In light of recent developments in international trade, including the ongoing widening of the Panama Canal, which many believe will bring a bonanza of Asian cargo directly to the U.S. east and Gulf coasts, and the “big ship” economics of the major shipping lines, Georgia asked that the harbor be deepened a little further, to 48 feet. The federal government will pay up to 70 percent of the project’s projected $570 million cost, while Georgia will pick up the rest of the tab, including 100 percent of the cost for the additional foot of depth. In a FAQ file prepared by the Corps, engineers say they “can only consider national benefits when

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Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford was instrumental in early talks between Georgia and South Carolina

determining the recommended plan. Other benefits (state or regional) may exist but cannot be considered by the Corps.” “However, those benefits can be considered by the state,” they add. The Corps estimates that if its original plan to dredge the harbor to 47 feet is followed, the U.S. will receive an annual economic benefit from the harbor deepening of between $71.6 million and $116 million. Under the state plan — deepening the harbor an extra foot to 48 feet — the cost of the project will rise to $606 million, with an estimated annual economic benefit to the nation of $115.7 million. When determining the net value of a project to the nation, McDonald said the Corps typically considers projections on trade, future shipping fleet configurations and the state of the economy now and as projected into the future. This time, however, the Corps said it found its standard economic models “no longer fit the changing world of international shipping” as it applies to the port of Savannah. “Our earlier standard had a greater mix of bulk cargo, while international shipping, especially in Savannah, is heavily comprised of containerized cargo,” the Corps says on its website. “We also discovered that the shipping industry, international trade routes, and consumer demand has rapidly changed.” “This all meant we needed to create a new model to predict the impact of deepening at various depths, particularly suited for Savannah,” it continues. “We also had to make some modifications based on new information about the expansion of the Panama Canal.”

Many of the changes the Corps observed are a byproduct of the aggressive effort on the part of the state of Georgia to transform vacant land around the Garden City terminal into a distribution center hub for retailers, manufactured parts makers and others. It was in large part as a result of that strategy that the Port of Savannah was able to ultimately eclipse Charleston and become the fourth busiest container port in the country. About that same time this occurred, the Panamanian government announced the $5.25 billion dollar expansion of the canal with a third set of locks, which will more than double its capacity by 2014. Not only will there be an extra set of locks, they’ll also be wider and deeper, allowing for the passage of a new, larger class of cargo ship. Today, about 15 percent of ocean– going cargo must bypass the canal due to its current dimensions. The historic locks have a per–ship capacity of about 4,400 20–foot container equivalents or TEU, the standard measure of container ships. Following the completion of the project, that limit will rise to about 12,600 TEUs — about triple the capacity of the current ships plying their trade up and down the long Savannah River shipping channel. Since its announcement, the canal project has acted as a catalyst for port development and expansion projects in both North and South America, and ports from Houston, Texas, to Norfolk, Va., have spent hundreds of millions, if not billions, to prepare for a windfall of Asian cargo bypassing the historically congested U.S. west coast and taking an all–water route through the Panama Canal. The thing is, nobody really knows what’s going to happen once the new lock opens, said Niklas Bengtsson, director of IHS Fairplay’s Maritime Research and Consultancy division. “The big question is, what does it mean really?” Bengtsson said from his office in Gothenburg, Sweden. “There are a lot of theories out there, and people acting on those theories, but we will have to see what really develops. “If people find they can lower their transport costs by utilizing the wider canal, then the expected boom for the U.S. east and Gulf Coast will occur. If

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Not that anything as mammoth as a triple–E is ever expected to traverse the Savannah River. For its analysis, the Corps used a vessel called the Susan Maersk. The Susan is 1,158 feet long and can carry about 8,200 TEUS. The Corps noted that even larger ships arrive at the Port of Savannah today, but they are lightly loaded and tide restricted with the current channel depth. The dredging project will not widen the navigation channel along River Street, but will instead extend the existing slide slopes down further, resulting in a deeper and narrower

A container ship going by River Street, a familiar sight. A deepening is intended to allow ships up to three times this capacity to go up the river.

channel. A bank–erosion analysis that focused on locations where vessel waves could be causing shoreline erosion found that larger vessels would cause no more erosion than those currently traversing the river. For this, the Corps credits the work of the Savannah Harbor Pilots, who move vessels past River Street at a slow speed which minimizes wave action. But the Lowcountry’s environmental community has not been mollified. A diverse group of advocates, ranging from the Southern Environmental Law Center to the Center for a Sustainable Coast, National Wildlife Federation, Savannah Riverkeeper, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and the South Carolina

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compounded by the depletion of oxygen that goes along with deeper water. The Corps doesn’t deny that the project will impact the environment, and readily concedes that the deepening will lead to a decrease in the already low dissolved oxygen content in the lower Savannah River. In response, it has long said it will deploy an oxygen injection system — the aforementioned Speece Cones — similar to one already in place at one of its reservoirs, the J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake (known to Georgians as the Clarks Hill Lake) on the upper Savannah River between Georgia and South Carolina. The Corps noted that it has also used oxygen injection technologies to improve water quality at other harbors, including Stockton, Calif. “While the Speece Cone oxygen injection technology has not been used in another Corps project, it is a proven technology that has also been used successfully at numerous other sites where O2 injections into large bodies of water is necessary,” McDonald said. “Based on the success of the 2007 demonstration project and the in– depth report, the Corps does not foresee any major design challenges being associated with this technology,” she continued. “Construction and placement of the Speece cones is included in the construction costs. Operation and maintenance of the Speece cones will be part of the on–going, routine


not, it won’t,” he said. “In the meantime, shipping lines are investing in ever–larger ships, and ports are scrambling to be able to serve them,” Bengtsson said. Maersk Line, a unit of Danish Shipping and oil giant A.P. Moller– Maersk, already operates the largest container ship on the sea (with a capacity of 14,000 containers), and has ordered 20 of the new Triple–E class vessels from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Currently, the standard size of a vessel traveling between China and the U.S. West Coast — the world’s most active trade lane — is 13,500 TEUs. The new Triple–E’s have a capacity of 18,000 TEUs. Maersk expects to take delivery of the first of these new ships in July 2013, and the last in mid–2015.

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costs of maintaining the harbor.” But oxygen depletion in the Savannah River is only one on a list of several concerns compiled by the environmental community. Depending on the final depth of the channel, the project could convert up to 340 acres of freshwater wetlands into brackish salt marsh, and some of these wetlands are located in the Savannah National Wildlife refuge. To mitigate this impact, the Corps and the state of Georgia have said they will purchase up to 2,680 acres of threatened wetlands, lands it says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services have already identified as valuable additions to the Refuge. The Corps also expects about 15 acres of brackish marsh already scattered along the project area will be lost. To mitigate these impacts, the Corps said it will restore about 29 acres of salt marsh at one of its former sediment placement sites at the refuge. But Jim Murphy said such efforts are doomed to fall short of their goals, however well–intentioned. “Ecosystems don’t evolve over night,” he said. “They are oftentimes

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rare, and they may have certain species that depend on them. “This isn’t a case of simply replacing one eco–system with another, or one species with another; what is actually occurring under this plan is the destruction of an area by changing its composition. And sadly, experience has shown that what you wind up with in these situations is an

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area that’s either degraded for a long time or one that never comes up to what you get when systems develop naturally.” To Murphy, the transformation of the marshes is a textbook case of man upsetting the natural balance. “You’re choosing certain species over others, and typically when that happens, there tends to be a net loss of species because you’ve ruined a good eco system and replaced it with one that’s either compromised or takes a long time to develop into what it can be,” he said. “The other aspect of this, of course, is that we don’t know the future of the harbor,” Murphy continued. “Will it continue to be maintained? Will it continue to be that the final depth of this project?

Will there be future impacts to the eco–system?” “This is a situation rife with unknowns when you start thinking about the future,” he said. “What we do know is that salt water will be intruding into places that it doesn’t reach right now, and species have different tolerances to salt water. “For some species, the arrival of salt water will force them further up the river into habitats that are perhaps not as advantageous to them. It will also allow other species to go further up the river, and that have predation and other impacts,” Murphy added. “It can also allow certain invasive species to establish themselves that might otherwise not be established. “It can change the vegetation of a river,” he said. “It can really change the composition of an ecosystem. And basically what we’re doing is picking winners and losers in a way that can radically change the natural life of the Savannah River.” Environmentalists also believe the salt water intrusion threatens Savannah’s tap water supply because higher chloride levels would cause lead to leach from older pipes within the city. The Corps expects impacts to the Floridan Aquifer, which serves the city, will be “insignificant.” But they also note that they are working with the City of Savannah and Georgia Ports authority to collect additional data to identify the effect of chlorides on city the city’s water–supply infrastructure and determine what mitigation might be necessary.

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The Jasper County port

When it comes to complicating factors, one that South Carolina lawmakers are keen on brandishing is the future of a planned bi–state container terminal on the Savannah River in Jasper County, S.C. In the early 2000s Jasper County itself wanted to build a terminal and even enlisted the aid of Seattle–based SSA Marine, a well–respected private partner. The plan was to carve a 750– acre port terminal out of a 6,000–acre dredge disposal site. However the plan died after the S.C. State Ports Authority (SPA) waged a decisive legal battle to thwart it. Ultimately, the S.C. Supreme Court affirmed the Ports authority’s superior eminent domain powers and affirmed the SPA’s supervisory responsibilities over port facilities in the state.

In the wake of that decision, the states of South Carolina and Georgia agreed to jointly develop the site at an appropriate time in the future. But action on that front is likely to be a long time in coming, as the S.C. SPA has emphasized that the Jasper County site will only proceed after development of a large new cargo container terminal at the former Charleston Naval Base. In fact, when the S.C. Coastal Conservation League, concerned about air quality impacts, suggested Jasper County would be preferable to the old base in North Charleston, the authority was unmoved, saying it will ultimately need both facilities. As things stand now, first phase of the Jasper County project will begin no earlier than 2025. But people have been running hot and cold on the Jasper County terminal for years. For example, when talk of the Jasper County project was at its peak, early in the final terms of Governors Sonny Perdue and Mark Sanford, and about two years before Sanford became ensnared in a high profile, affair–related scandal, Kenneth Riley,

president of the International Longshoremen Association, Local 1422, said his group wasn’t in favor of the plan. “What they call Jasper County, we call Savannah, Georgia,” Riley told this reporter back then. “And Savannah has been our fiercest competitor over the last two decades. “Surely, the Ports Authority knows that, and I think that’s why, for the most part, the ports authority board has frowned on the Jasper County site. From the labor side, longshoremen in Savannah are our friends, they’re our brothers, but there’s fierce competition.” More recently, S.C. State Sen. Larry Grooms, who chairs the legislature’s transportation committee, has opposed the deepening on the grounds that it might adversely affect development of the terminal. “The Savannah River is a shared resource so however it is manipulated it needs to benefit both states,” he’s said. “We’ve got one best shot of dredging the river and the best plan would accommodate (new) ships up continues on p. 18

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of drinking water. They may have to look at getting it from places that are pretty sensitive to water withdrawal and may not be able to withstand those withdrawals as well as the current sources do.”

“The Corps of Engineers continues to analyze the potential impacts to the Savannah River, including Abercorn Creek, of the proposed deepening of the Savannah Harbor,” McDonald said. “We are evaluating the data and conclusions provided in multiple studies. We have discussed the results with the City of Savannah water authorities. At this time we have not reached a decision.” But to the consternation of the environmental community, the results of these additional tests — for which the Corps says it will use state–of– the–art water quality testing techniques — won’t be presented until the publication of the final environmental impact statement for the project. “Any time you allow salt water to creep further inland, you threaten supplies of fresh surface water and ground water,” Murphy said. “If salt water contaminates aquifers, it is very difficult to get it out. “It’s a public health issue, an environmental issue, and it’s also an expanse issue to the city, because the city’s ultimately the entity that will have to find alternative sources

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to the proposed Jasper terminal site.” After the S.C. DHEC board endorsed the dredging project, Grooms could best be described as livid, telling reporters that South Carolina’s environmental protection agency had “sold the state out today.” Grooms said he’ll push the quasi– governmental Savannah River Maritime Commission, which represents South Carolina interests, to challenge the permit at its December meeting (as we noted, that group has already announced its intention to do so). He said he will also request that the S.C. Department of Natural Resources challenge DHEC’s decision, describing it as a byproduct of

“political influence.” (That has also just recently taken place.) “They called it a reasonable compromise,” Grooms said. “Either the science works or it doesn’t. You don’t compromise on it.” But the Corps counters such criticism by saying it can’t evaluate projects that don’t exist. If a port is built in Jasper County in the future, the Corps insists it will benefit greatly from the deepening. “The currently proposed site has an elevation too low for a port,” the Corps says on its website. “Filling the site with dredged material from the deepening would preclude the need

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to bring in fill material to the site from a much further distance.” “In addition, a deepening to the Garden City port would place a deeper channel directly adjacent to the proposed Jasper port,” it says. The Corps estimates that the savings on the fill alone could trim as much as $200 million off the cost of a Jasper County facility.

‘Georgia is our neighbor’

Since S.C. DHEC notified the Corps of its decision, much of what has transpired related to the dredging project has been behind the scenes. One of the few things to come to light in advance of the Nov. 10 hearing in Columbia, S.C., is that Purdue’s and Sanford’s successors, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, met for lunch in early October to “discuss their differences.” The lunch at the South Carolina statehouse was made public by a report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and inspired presumptions that a port deal might be in the works. While that article and Georgia officials characterized the meeting in a positive light, South Carolina officials were more demure. “Georgia is our neighbor, and for that reason, Governor Haley and Governor Deal have a lot to talk about, including port issues,” said Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey. The Corps declined to “speculate on the media report.” “Congress provides funding to the Corps to study potential harbor improvements around the country. These studies provide Congress with information to decide which projects are justified and would best benefit the nation,” McDonald said, adding that the Savannah Harbor dredging project will only proceed after four other federal agencies approve it. By law, before the dredging begins, the Corps must secure approval of four other federal agencies, the Department of Commerce (through NOAA Fisheries Service), the Department of the Interior (through U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), and the Environmental Protection Agency. The law is a provision of the Water Resource Development Act of 1999, requiring that the four federal agencies must approach both the project and the associated mitigation plan. “This is a unique provision for a civil works project that Congress

has required to ensure the project adequately mitigates for effects to the environment,” McDonald said. Last week a vital cog in the deepening machine fell into place, as the Corps got a concurrence from the National Marine Fisheries Service, the final holdout among the agencies.

Is it really warranted?

Despite that, opponents of the project continue to push for a new analysis to ensure what they described in a joint statement as “the best, smartest investment of federal taxpayer money and to minimize damage to natural resources and unnecessary spending. ” “To prevent further waste of time and resources, the Corps should do a competitive comparison of the Southeast Atlantic ports to identify the port that would give taxpayers the best return on investment with the least amount of risk and damage,” said Bill Sapp, senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. “In any case, until a regional port analysis is done, there is no way of knowing how to optimize the use of taxpayer money,” Sapp said. For his part Murphy believes looking at the economics from a regional, rather than Savannah or Georgia standpoint, could make all difference. “I mean, I think we really need to look at whether this project really needs to be done here, whether, when you look at it from a more regional perspective, it’s really warranted at all,” he said. “A new analysis from a regional perspective will allow us to see what the true navigation and economic needs are and will give us time to determine whether there is a less environmentally destructive way to meet those needs,” Murphy said. Now that S.C. DHEC and the Corps have met for the reconsideration hearing, the state agency’s board will have 30 days to issue a final decision. In the meantime, the Corps will continue to move forward with the project, McDonald said. And what of the ensuing lawsuits that might slow that progress down? “We can’t speculate on court challenges or proceedings,” McDonald said. cs To comment email us at Dan McCue is an independent journalist living in Charleston, S.C.

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The Most Interesting Burglar in the World On four separate occasions in the past two weeks, the Bar–Bar in City Market was burglarized. Each time the burglar would take bottles of Gold Patron Tequila and leave no signs of forced entry.

Officer Michael Zaragoza recognized how the burglar was getting in, and advised the store owner how to fix the problem. He also told him that the burglar might become frustrated and attempt to break in the door. With that in mind the officer made sure to pay special attention to the area that night. Thanks to video surveillance provided by the manager of Wild Wings the officer had a good idea who he was looking for. Just after 7 a.m., Nov. 4, the officer was going to check the area when he

observed a pair of tennis shoes outside the business. He walked downstairs to the Bar–Bar and caught the burglar, Robert Lee Smith, 40, red-handed. • A Savannah man was arrested after stealing from a police car. A detective returned to his police car parked in a Wal–Mart parking lot to find his trunk open and shotgun missing. The Sheriff ’s office came out to assist and the shotgun was found in a nearby ditch. Video surveillance revealed a parking lot cleaning crew working through the night. The video also revealed one of the men, who was later identified as Marquis Dixon Branch, entering the vehicle and removing the weapon. Branch was located later that morning and arrested. Branch was transported to jail and in addition to his outstanding warrants, he was charged with entering auto, theft by taking, interference with government property and false statements.

• Police are investigating the death of a 21– year–old SCAD student who collapsed in a downtown bar. Samantha Puhr of an East Harris Street address walked into the Rogue Water Tap House on MLK Boulevard just before midnight, ordered a drink, drank some of it and fell to the floor. An off–duty Southside firefighter began CPR until emergency technicians could arrive minutes later, but she could not be revived. • Police are investigating the shooting of a 34–year–old local musician found mortally wounded in a neighborhood subdivision this morning. Jonathan Brazell of a Glynwood Drive address was found at the intersection of Seminole and Atwood streets off Montgomery Cross Road before 7 a.m. He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he died.

• Several weapons were taken in a burglary in West Chatham. A Crime Suppression Unit in a wooded area near the burglarized home began to see discarded items from the burglary. They observed subjects walking in the woods. The subjects took off running. One juvenile was taken into custody after a foot pursuit. The foot chase led officers to the Regency Trailer Park on Quacco Road. SWAT, K–9 and hostage negotiators responded and a perimeter was established. One juvenile approached officers from outside the house and turned himself in. A third subject, Brandon Hunt, 25, was believed to be in a house and refused to come out. Finally he came out and was taken into custody. cs Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020

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news of the weird Lead Story At press time, Melinda Arnold, 34, was waiting to hear whether her mother would be accepted as an organ donor for her daughter -- with the organ being the mom’s womb. Melinda (a nurse from Melbourne, Australia) was born without one (though with healthy ovaries and eggs), and if the transplant by Swedish surgeon Mats Brannstrom of Gothenburg University is successful, and Melinda later conceives, her baby will be nurtured in the very same uterus in which Melinda, herself, was nurtured. (Womb transplants have been performed in rats and, with limited success, from a deceased human donor.)

Government in Action • A British manufacturer, BCB International, is flourishing, buoyed by sales of its Kevlar underwear, at $65 a pair, to U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, soldiers and Marines must buy them directly; the “Bomb Boxers” are not supplied by the Pentagon even though nearly 10 percent of battlefield explosive-device injuries result in sometimes-catastrophic genital and rectal damage. According to an October report in Talking Points Memo, the Pentagon’s currently issued protection is inferior to BCB’s but is less expensive. (Although the Pentagon fully funds post-injury prostheses and colostomies, it could purchase about 7,700 Bomb Boxers for the price of a single Tomahawk missile.)

• In what a cement company execuGreat Art! tive said is “one of those bureaucratic • It was haute couture meeting things that doesn’t make any sense,” the haute cuisine at the Communication city of Detroit recently built wheelchair Museum in Berlin in November, as ramps at 13 intersections along Grandy prominent German chef Roland Trettl Street, despite knowing that those introduced his fashions (displayed on ramps are either not connected to sidelive models) made from food, includwalks or connected to seldom-used, ing a tunic of octopus, a miniskirt badly crumbling sidewalks. The ramps of seaweed, a trouser suit made with were required by a 2006 lawsuit settlelean bacon, a scarf of squid ink pasta, ment in which Detroit pledged to build and a hat woven from lettuce. The ramps on any street that gets re-paved, museum director (presumas Grandy was. (No one in city ably without irony) said the government thought, apparently, items were “provocative” and small government to attempt a trade of these 13 “raise(d) questions.” is good, unless intersections for paving 13 more• Veteran New York City it’s me telling widely used ones in the city.) you what to do performance artist Marni • A Chicago Tribune/WGNKotak, 36, gave birth to TV investigation revealed in her first child, Ajax, on September and October the Oct. 25 -- and that was her astonishing result that Illinois “art,” as the birth took place laws passed in 1997 and 2007 at at the Microscope Gallery in the behest of organized labor have Brooklyn, N.Y., after Kotak had given at least three former union moved into the space two weeks leaders lifetime government penearlier to interact with visitors. sions as if they had been city or Previously, Kotak had “restate employees, totaling an estienacted,” as her “art,” both her mated drain on public budgets of own birth and the loss of her virginity about $7 million. Two teachers’ union in the back seat of a car. (A New York officials were allowed to teach exactly Times report suggested that Kotak may one day to qualify, and an engineers’ not be the most extreme performer in union official was hired for exactly one her family. Her artist-husband, Jason day, with the remainder of the service Martin, makes videos in which he of the three having been on the payroll dresses as a wolf or dog and “conducts of the respective unions. A September seance-like rituals intended to contact Tribune report estimated that perhaps the half-animal, half-human creatures 20 other union officials might have that visited him in dreams as a child.”) been eligible under similar provisions.

Police Report • Cutting-Edge Policing: Officials in Prince George’s County, Md., reported that crime had fallen as much as 23 percent during the first nine months of 2011 -- the result, they said, of holding meetings with 67 of the most likely recidivist offenders in five neighborhoods and sweet-talking them. The 67 were offered help in applying for various government and volunteer programs, but were told they would be watched more closely by patrols. • Milestone: Joseph Wilson, 50, was chased by police and arrested in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in October and charged with shoplifting from a Beall’s department store. It was his 100th arrest -although prosecutors are batting only .353 against him (35-for-99). (Wilson’s getaway was delayed when he jumped into the passenger seat of an idling SUV and ordered the driver to “Take off!” but the driver did not.) • Points for Style: (1) Police in Corpus Christi, Texas, looked to the public for help in October to find the man who, according to surveillance video of a city agency building, stole three surveillance cameras (not the recording units, just the cameras) by lassoing them from their perches near the ceiling. (2) Theresa Mejia, held in the Burlington, Wash., police station on kidnapping charges, climbed through a ceiling vent in a dramatic escape By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

behind his back. According to the Destin, Fla., police report, the man said, “I can’t put my hands behind my back because I’m making a bowel movement (in my pants).”

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(1) Owen Kato, 23, was arrested following a police report in Port Charlotte, Fla., of a man grossing out customers by standing beside the entrance to a McDonald’s for about 10 minutes, popping his pimples with his fingers. (2) A man was charged on July 24 with resisting arrest (for trespassing) by failing to put his hands

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What’s that smell in the air right before it rains? I’ve lived all over the country and there’s no variation... when you smell it, you know rain is on its way. —Nicky The smell is called petrichor, the scent of rain falling on dry earth. It’s caused by a couple of compounds in the soil, one of them known as geosmin, “earthsmell,” a term I found wonderfully Tolkienesque. (O geosmin! O earth-smell! A Elbereth Gilthoniel!) The human nose, not normally considered a particularly acute instrument, is extraordinarily sensitive to geosmin; we can detect it at a level of just ten parts in a trillion. Today this is mostly an annoyance, since in our supercilious age many prefer the fragrance of machine oil and ozone to the sweet smell of the planet. But I’ll venture to suggest it was important in an era long past. Geosmin is produced by several types of bacteria and algae, which manufacture a volatile compound that can be kicked up when soil is disturbed, such as by gardening, plowing, or a hard rain. When a storm threatens and a few molecules of geosmin waft your way, that signifies rain is falling to windward, and in the fullness of time will fall on you. Because we’re so attuned to it, a little geosmin goes a long way, and a lot can be unpleasant. Geosmin and another fragrant soil-borne compound, 2-methylisoborneol or 2-MIB, can make wine taste earthy, water yucky, and fish foul. (Catfish are especially susceptible.) The scent of geosmin may tell farmers their soil is healthy, but this is one area where a lot of non-farmers would be content to leave their ignorance intact. Repellent though some find it, geosmin seems to be harmless to most animals, and in itself doesn’t signify anything toxic. In fact, nobody really knows what it does or why we’re so sensitive to it, and most scientists decline to speculate. But a scarcity of facts has never bothered me, and in this case we’ve got a sliver of information to go

on. A couple UK scientists, wondering how Bactrian camels in the Gobi desert were supposedly able to sniff out water from 50 miles away, proposed that the animals were actually smelling geosmin carried by the wind from oases. A survival trait so obviously useful to camels would likewise be advantageous to us. Long ago we were mainly nomads wandering in arid regions. It’s easy to imagine a parched band trudging mapless in the desert looking for the next watering hole. Then the breeze picks up, and what do they detect? Had they lacked the appropriate olfactory adaptation, nothing, with possibly disastrous consequences. As it was, if they were fortunate, they might smell the faint odor of moist earth, and with it the promise that they’d live another day. I just recently finished spinning around a lot at my friend’s house and feel very dizzy even after two hours. Is it possible to die from spinning for too long? Or would you just have one of the worst hangovers ever and possibly splurge your inner contents? —Jay Beats snorting PCP and thinking you’re Jesus. However, the practice isn’t without its perils. As a general matter the worst that could happen is you fall down, hurl, or look like a putz. But if you’re not healthy to begin with, there’s a nonzero chance you could die. We know this because a couple people have, although at an amusement park, not at home. Specifically, two people expired after going on a Disney World ride called Mission: Space, which subjects you to sustained centrifugal acceleration of just over 2 g. While this is less g-force than is generated by other rides, including numerous roller coasters, those rides typically produce their peak force for shorter intervals. In one case, a four-year-old boy passed out while riding Mission: Space and later died as a result of a pre-existing heart condition; in the other, a 49-year-old woman suffered a fatal stroke as a complication of high blood pressure. Then again, astronauts and others undergoing centrifuge training as part of the (real) space program endured spins of up to 32 g with nothing worse than sinus pain. One scientist, knowing sustained acceleration would substantially quicken a Mars trip, successfully withstood a constant 2 g for 24 hours. So unless you’re adding some twist to your spinning that I really don’t want to know about, you should be OK. cs By cecil adams


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There’s a reason 27–year–old singer, guitarist and stringband leader Pokey LaFarge makes music that echoes days gone by – early blues and ragtime, swing band, Appalachia and even Vaudeville. “As far back as I can remember,” he says over the phone from his home in St. Louis, “I was being exposed to early American history, but not so much the music. Civil War and World War II history. My grandfather was kind of an amateur historian, and we hung out with the grandparents a lot as kids. “I always had an eye and an ear directed towards the past. So when I heard the old blues music at 13, that was really it. That early blues. That was the living, breathing thing I was looking for. The history was speaking to me. It was like the past was speaking to me. I kind of instantly became an amateur scholar of the music.” The sort of kid who devoured the writings of John Steinbeck and Jack Kerouac, Pokey was already writing songs that spoke in a different language, as if they’d been written by spirits long gone. “So words and music were falling through my head at a young age,” he says. When he heard Bill Monroe, at 16, he traded his granddad’s guitar for a mandolin and began to find his voice as a performer. And yes, it made him stand out. “It was different from what the kids were doing at my age,” LaFarge says. “And the music I listened to was different, so I was rejecting the bullshit that was being crammed down people’s

throats. When other people were listening to punk rock to reject this and that, I was listening to the old music to reject this and that. “That music’s 100 years old, but in a lot of ways it’s always been a rejection towards pop music. I enjoy some pop music from back in the ‘20s. I love Tin Pan Alley songs, and Irving Berlin, Gershwin and Hoagy Carmichael and the like. But at the heart of this, it’s revolutionary music, man.” LaFarge does not think of himself as a revivalist – although there are a few covers in the set, he writes most of the tunes that he and his band of multi–instrumentalists play. And unlike many roots musicians who are content to recycle the same stuff until they drop, he has plans to augment his sound. Big plans. “I like early dance orchestras and some Big Band music, you know, but it starts to get too square,” LaFarge explains. “Not square like in a ‘hip’ and ‘square’ way, but where they’re squaring off the tunes. Where it’s all so damn predictable. It lost its rawness in a lot of those Big Bands. “That’s why I like Western Swing so much, because it’s a mixture of all these different genres. It’s kind of the most conducive genre for me to play and get away with. I’d like to have some piano on there, some horns, definitely some lap steel – kind of a mixture of a lot of different instruments would help me progress this sound I’m trying to create.” See

always a pleasure to welcome Savannah native Andrew Terrett back to town. You know him as Tubby Love, a Check it out : It’s reggae/rocking singer/songwriter of considerable talent and charm. He’s at Live Wire Friday with Dopapod. CS

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Last week, Joe Bonamassa was in New York City, where two sold–out nights at the Beacon Theatre were taped for a live DVD. Among his onstage guests was the iconic British vocalist Paul Rodgers. The 34–year–old native New Yorker has become the six–string star of choice for the next generation of blues/rock fans. In 2010, he was named No. 1 Blues Artist in Billboard (where his Dust Bowl album had debuted at the top), and in the pages of Guitar Player, Bonamassa has been voted Best Blues Guitarist for four years running. The magazine’s readers named him Best Overall Guitarist in 2010. Bonamassa was a child prodigy who started playing in clubs before he hit puberty – he was 12 when his band first opened for B.B. King, who has since become a friend and collaborator. At a sold–out show in London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2009, Bonamassa was joined onstage by none other than Eric Clapton. His guitar tone is dark and heavy; his chops are unbelievable, and from all reports he is a showman of unlimited appeal. Numerous shows on his current tour – mostly in the big cities,

where word tends to travel faster – have been sellouts. “I try to learn something new about myself, about the playing, about the tone, every day,” Bonamassa told us. “And not everything you’re going to play is brilliant, but if you stick into it long enough ... it’s like a golfer trying to hit a hole in one. Chances are you’ll never hit one in your lifetime, but you never stop trying.” Do you remember the first record that turned you on your head? Joe Bonamassa: That blew me away? That just floored me? I would have to say that’d be a tie between the Jeff Beck Group Truth, and Free, Tons of Sobs. That’s when I knew what I wanted to be when a grew up – a Les Paul–totaling guitar hero. Free, the band totally worked for me. A simple four–piece, so simple and straight–ahead. And each part was so predicated on what everybody else was doing, that if you took one element out of the band the whole thing

would collapse. You started playing when you were pretty young – was the early British stuff a process of great discovery for you? Joe Bonamassa: Yeah, the Bluesbreakers record with Clapton, all the Cream stuff. Clapton is huge for me, especially in that era. The other thing for me was Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore, Peter Green and Mick Taylor, it’s just endless. And the American bands I listened to, ZZ Top and those kind of cats, Roy Buchanon, Danny Gatton. And before you know it, there’s pretty much all the grass seed you need to make the golf course. Basically, that’s my playbook. That’s the book I draw from. It took you a while to discover the old blues guys, didn’t it? Joe Bonamassa: I was listening to Cream’s version of “Spoonful” before I heard Howlin’ Wolf. The first American blues artist that I really discovered that really connected with me was B.B. King. I heard Live at the Regal when I was about 8 or 9 years old, and I said “That is just a hell of a band. And what a singer.” And it’s that painful simplicity, you go “I wish I’d thought of that. I wish I’d thought

What about Stevie Ray? Joe Bonamassa: A lesser extent for me. I appreciate the man, I really dug the man’s records and music. When I got that El Mocambo video, I thought it was wicked. But when I listen to Stevie Ray Vaughn, I get Hendrix, Trower, Albert King. And Stevie, ultimately, was able to take those influences and make them his own. To the point where when he would play, people would recognize them as Stevie Ray Vaughn as opposed to the combination of influences. And over his very short lifespan, he was able to combine that into a really wonderful style. And quite frankly, influenced a generation of players to the point where the music was played ad nauseum. You know, you see a kid show up with a Strat, and you think OK, here comes “Cold Shot” and “Pride and Joy.” And chances are it is. You aren’t going to hear “Tattooed Lady”

from Rory Gallagher. Those ‘80s guys ... I thought the Fabulous Thunderbirds were killer. And I saw Robert Cray twice in Utica, N.Y., in the days of Strong Persuader. And I thought it was just devastating. Is this a big deal for you to film a live DVD at the Beacon? Joe Bonamassa: I used to live three blocks from there, and I used to see acts like Steely Dan, the Allman Brothers, all these big names coming in there. And I’d say “Maybe one day I’ll make it there.” And I got to open up for Bad Company there, with Paul Rodgers, and I got to open up for Lynyrd Skynyrd for two nights. And to be able to come back and sell out two nights at the Beacon Theatre, that’s a huge, huge deal for me. In a year of huge deals. I would’ve been a rich man if I had a nickel for every time somebody said that this kind of music won’t draw a crowd. You’ll never make it out of the rib joints and club circuit. And here we are, we’ve defied gravity in a sense. And found an audience for it. There was no divine intervention. Or my good looks and talent! It was just hard, sheer perseverance and hard work. And if I can do it, anybody can. Bonnie Raitt said to me one time, to make it you’ve gotta be good, or good looking. And I looked at myself in the mirror and said “I’ve got to be good.” CS Joe Bonamassa Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center When: At 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 Tickets: $49–$79 at


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of that.” Truth be told, that really is the deal. B.B. King, everything he plays is so simple, but yet it’s so original at the same time. Very few people can communicate like that with an instrument or a voice or a song. And ultimately I discovered the greatness of guys like Robert Johnson, who I figured out I share a birthday with, and stuff like that. Howlin’ Wolf was huge for me. Everybody’s got their own musical path. I just took more from the Europeans and the English and the Irish, predominantly, more than I took from my homegrown, indigenous music. I’m not right or wrong about it, it’s just taste. Do you like Coke or Pepsi. Or Dr. Pepper? Do you want to go to McDonald’s or the Cracker Barrel?


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While singer/songwriter Dodd Ferrelle is a native Savannahian, he left for the greener musical pastures of Athens, Ga., over ten years ago, and has been playing and recording up there ever since. His most notable achievement was 2000’s Carriage on the Hill, a remarkable collection of tuneful but rough–around–the–edges songs with a distinctively evocative and bittersweet Southern sensibility. Four more releases followed through the years. Ferrelle has topped himself with his latest release, Hide the World. Like Carriage on the Hill, it’s produced by legendary Athens music figure David Barbe and focuses on storytelling with themes of regret and redemption. But this CD is even more mature and musically interesting. Ferrelle plays a release party this Friday at the Jinx. We talked to him about it last week.

You mention dark imagery, but your songs always offer a way out. Dodd Ferrelle: I intend to do that. I leave songs open for hope at the end. I’m that way in life in general. I’m always open to hope. It’s such a powerful word. I try to use sounds and melodies to convey that.

You clearly took this CD to the next level. How do you explain that? New attitude, new you, what?

I love the Mexican trumpets on the first single, “Control.” Where did you get that awesome idea?

Dodd Ferrelle: Not a new me, but I guess I’m continuing to evolve and doing more experimenting in the studio. A lot of the music is in my head and the trick is going into the studio and finding the right sounds. I’ve been working with David Barbe for so long, we’ve sort of developed a shorthand together to get those sounds. The songs are really strong, and there’s a lot of sort of dark imagery. And I’ll always carry Savannah with me. There’s always a little of that.

Dodd Ferrelle: It was just in my head. At one point we couldn’t get the sound right and I told the trumpet player, imagine yourself on a castle wall sounding the alarm, sort of humming it to him. He got it and just did a beautiful job. I did want to mention my new band. These guys are so great and I can’t wait to introduce them to the hometown crowd. It has really turned into its own thing, so the next


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decided to gather eight other fellow Savannah artists for a concept show that involved different interpretations of one image, he chose a portrait of Reeder as the template. “It seemed fitting since she’s participated in so many other people’s artistic careers,” says Ray. “Her presence has given so much to this community.” The vibrant result is “The Artist’s Hand: A Show of Appreciation for Robyn Reeder,” at The Soda Shop at 409 E. Liberty St. through Dec. 6. Ray says using Robin’s image is a way to offer gratitude as well as to illustrate the notion of how collaboration breeds countless possibilities. After all nine portraits were completed, Ray cut each one into nine squares that could be lifted off the wall and moved around, allowing for more than three hundred million different embodiments of the originals. Anyone who follows the Savannah art scene might find this a dizzying prospect: A spiraled purple cheek decorated by Matt Hebermehl on the same grid as Panhandle Slim’s Ziggy Stardust–inspired forehead, opposite a square of DRZ’s acid green chin?

Mind–blowing. Throw in works by Ray, Andrew Brodhead, Adolfo Hernandez, Rachael Perisho, Zteven and RAABstract, and you’re playing with some of urban Savannah’s most creative and colorful minds. The show’s dimensions are enhanced by the artists’ relationships with Reeder, which range from customers to admirers to close friends. As each portrait is released into its nine pieces and connects and mingles with other artists’ work, it is further demonstration how small movements between people build on each other to become a community. And what a community it is. The show’s opening last Saturday was a star–studded affair, drawing the city’s counter–culture movers and shakers to the Soda Shop, Rachel Raab’s stunning new studio gallery. As painters, sculptors, musicians, filmmakers and aficionados spent hours rearranging the squares, conversation centered on Reeder. The words that kept coming up were “supportive” and “risk taker.” “She’s someone who walks the walk,” said Hebermehl. “That’s rare.” continues on p. 30


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Printer/musician/art lover Timmy Welter called the show “very well– deserved” and the event itself typical of Reeder’s way of magnetizing creative people. “That’s the effect that Robyn has.” “The artwork reflects Robyn’s many styles,” continued Welter. “One day she’s dressed up all punk rock and the next she’s Fifth Avenue, dressed to the nines.” The woman herself was in attendance, wrapped in a vintage black coat and topped by a glossy fur hat, an ensemble evoking echoes of Grace Kelly. Her eyes bright and her smile ready, only a slight paleness in her face betrayed the challenges she’s faced living with cancer for the last seven years. Reeder may not be completely comfortable with the adulation, but is learning to accept it. “If I wasn’t sick, seeing my big head everywhere would have freaked me out,” she laughed. “But I feel so humbled. It makes me feel good that people are appreciative.” Diagnosed with breast cancer at 29, Reeder survived surgery and

chemotherapy only to have the cancer resurface in her bones, lungs and spine in 2007. Fighting for her life with an arsenal of medical treatments, a macrobiotic diet and a nourishing spiritual practice, she is frank about her own mortality. “It’s been brutal. I’m surprised I’m still here.” Though she handed over daily details of her businesses to her mother and sister last spring, Robyn continues to schedule new music gigs, collaborate on a documentary about her healing, pursue her own metalwork and plan trips with her husband, musician Igor Fiksman. Nodding in approval of the Warhol–esque presentations of herself, Reeder moved through the new studio, hugging friends, discussing new ideas, not wanting to waste a minute. As the many people she’s touched will attest, it’s unlikely she ever has. cs The Artist’s Hand: A Show of Appreciation for Robyn Reeder through Dec. 6 at the Soda Shop, 409. E. Liberty. Prints benefit Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion Info:

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Columbia City Ballet returns for another crack at The Nutcracker Nov. 26

The Nutcracker marathon

Once again, Savannah’s getting a pre– Christmas treat from the world of ballet — two versions of The Nutcracker on the same day. This is starting to become a slightly surreal holiday tradition. Let’s unwrap them one at a time. First out of the box is the Columbia City Ballet’s big–budget Nutcracker, packed with pomp, circumstance and ornate sets and costumes, featuring all 30–plus members of that South Carolina city’s professional company along with more than 50 amateur Savannah dancers. Tickets are available now, at, for the Columbia crew’s Savannah stop Saturday, Nov. 26. The show’s at 5:30 p.m.; tickets are $20–$42. Then there’s The Nutcracker in Savannah from the Savannah Danse Theatre, Sue Braddy’s group of young dance students, plus professional guests. This one sets little Clara and her Christmas crazies right here in Savannah. It’s onstage at the Lucas Theatre Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for the afternoon show and $35, $28, $21, $15 (with a $5 military discount) for the 7:30, at or by phone at (912) 525–5050.

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As Savannah acoustic wunderkind Dare Dukes gets ready for the Jan. 17 worldwide release of his second album, Thugs and China Dolls, he’s managed to slip back into the studio to prepare a typically quirky holiday single called

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You read it right here, not two weeks ago, that Riverdance is high–kicking its way into the Johnny Mercer Theatre Feb. 16 on its “farewell tour.” Tickets are available now, through, with a price range of $35 to $65. Look for these, too: Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (March 1, Trustees Theater); The Pink Floyd Experience (March 12 at the Johnny Mercer Theatre). And hey, how about that Savannah Music Festival schedule for late March and early April? Drop me an e–mail and let me know what you think about it: CS For more information: (912)652-3689 Rain location: Savannah Civic Center Major support from the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation and Gulfstream Aerospace




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THE SAVANNAH Children’s Book Festival, happening Saturday and sponsored by Live Oak Public Libraries, is one of the most well–attended and popular local events of the year. We’re going to write about them now. But they will hate us for it. The Children’s Book Festival is going to hate us because out of all the wonderful, nationally known authors and illustrators they are bringing to town — such as Josephine Angelini, Michael Buckley, and Alyssa Capucilli — we’ve interviewed an author, equally wonderful, who’s written a book about... farting. Mark Lawton Thomas’s new book, When Farts Had Colors, has an impolite title, yes. But if you’re aware of publishing phenomena like Captain Underpants, you know that what’s popular with kids isn’t always of the most polite variety. When Farts Had Colors deals with the travails of young Lance Chance, who is relentlessly picked on — and wrongly blamed for a room–clearing gaseous emission — by Merry Maddox. He then imagines a world where, yes, farts have colors. (Learn more at the book’s website Thomas, a Savannah native who jokingly describes his book as “On the Road for fourth graders,” now lives and teaches elementary school in Atlanta. We spoke to him last week.

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hit at Sara Smith Elementary School. Finally after a couple of years I just said, let me sit down and pull it all together. I wrote it all in a weekend. I wrote it to George Winston’s December. I played it constantly. It’s actually the perfect music to write a kid’s book to. In my kid’s writing class they like to hear it as well. Then I sent it out to a few publishers. That was harder than auditioning for a movie or a part in a play, because you don’t get any feedback whatsoever. Then I ran into an agent at a Christmas party, and he said send it to me. He pushed it, and Peak City Publishing picked it up. They weren’t afraid of it at all. I can tell you’re a teacher because there’s actually a study guide for the book.

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Mark Lawton Thomas: We don’t want parents to worry about a thing! So there’s an online study guide for the book as well as a vocabulary guide. We also have a section on how to deal with a bully, written by our villain Merry Maddox. I think that’s timely. What’s next? Are you going to rest on your sweet–smelling laurels or continue to write children’s books? Mark Lawton Thomas: Well, first off, it’s great to be included in the Live Oak Children’s Book Festival. That’s where I learned to read. I spent hours in the library, and mom and dad would come pick me up. So it’s kind of fate that I would come full circle. And yes, there’s already a second book planned. It’s called When Farts Had Colors: Poot Two. It’ll have bigger, smellier farts than the previous one (laughs). More explosions! cs

Why farts, of all things? Mark Lawton Thomas: It’s about potty humor and trying to get boys to read, basically. You know, like, Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger. Anything that’s gross, fourth grade boys will read. Also I wanted to make sure the villain was a girl. There’s nothing worse as a fourth grade boy than being picked on by a girl. It’s a nightmare. Of course you get married to them eventually (laughs). You say teachers have a particular relationship with farts?

When Farts Had Colors began as an in–school project of yours.

Mark Lawton Thomas: I’ve been teaching for over ten years, and I’ve always been afraid to let one rip in the middle of class (laughs). It’s a constant fear of teachers, and if it happens, all bets are off. Word will spread around school so quickly you won’t be able to live it down.

Mark Lawton Thomas: Yeah, it was an idea that was kicking around for a few years. My kids are a great place for ideas. One weekend I just decided to start reading it to them to to teach them how to write, and also try to hook them into reading. They really enjoyed it. It became an underground

Savannah Children’s Book Festival What: In addition to headliners, festival also includes more than 70 coastal authors, arts and crafts, and food and entertainment. Two new festival areas this year are the Book Walk, which encourages families to enjoy a story throughout the park, and the graphic/comics area. J’miah Nabawi will again host the festival’s International Tent, which features multicultural musical performances and storytelling sessions. When: Sat. Nov. 19, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Where: Forsyth Park Cost: Free and open to the public Info:

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Vic’s special sliders Thousands of Savannah’s visitors and just as many locals know Vic’s on the River as a comfortable and elegant dinner destination. In an age when menu prices keep climbing and climbing, Vic’s still maintains great value in an unsurpassed setting on the city’s historic riverfront. But for me, Vic’s is a quiet lunch get–away, a place where I can conduct business over good food in a setting that belies the bargain price. The lunch menu has incredible depth, and no dish soars past the $15 mark. There is the obligatory shrimp and grits — grits laced with cheese and bacon. Crab cakes are popular, as is Vic’s comforting plate of home style veggies and old–school meatloaf. But on my recent visit, I spied a sandwich plate I had not seen before, a marriage of a contemporary food trend and a traditional Southern protein: chicken liver sliders. Many of you are wincing, scrunching your faces up into horrific caricatures that mirror your disdain for liver. I grew up on the stuff, yet another bounty of the farm that we ate, or ate nothing, when it was served. A properly breaded and fried chicken liver is a perfect example of textures, flavors and satisfaction.

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The last menu change at this popular group of Savannah/Tybee Island restaurants was six years ago. The menu took a swing last week when it received a face lift. Among the new additions are, yes, a bacon waffle — pretty self–explanatory choice and one well worth pursuing! Also, check out the BELT, a BLT with egg, the breakfast burger (burger, egg any style, cheese, mayo on a toasted English muffin), and the breakfast dog — a Nathan’s All–Beef Hot Dog topped with egg cooked to order, cheese and bacon. Looks like Sunrise is going extreme American menu — fun stuff. Of course, all of your usual breakfast favorites remain. Find a location near you and view the full menu on Facebook, keywords “Sunrise Restaurant.” cs


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Elemental Visions — Nancy Adams, Kristine Kennedy and Denise Elliot-Vernon share an anthology of art. Opening reception Sat., Nov. 19 5-8 p.m. Dragonfly Studio, 1204 Highway 80, Tybee Island From the Top — “Unseen views from Savannah’s Signature Buildings.” A collection of high rise and architectural photography by artist Tim Foster. Art is displayed in the 2nd floor, formerly the cafe. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St., Holy Windows, Batman! — “…a cathedral view” by Erica Rollings features modern interpretations of historic cathedral windows from around the world. Nov. 3-Dec. 1. Liquid Sands Gallery, 5 W. York St. Home and Abroad — Photographs by Elyzaveta Bateham and Debra Zumstein and drawings by Jamie Kutner. “Home and Abroad” considers these three artists’ perspectives on travel imagery as it relates to a sense of home and sense of self. Opening reception Nov. 16, 7-9 p.m. Thinc Art, 35 Barnard St. Interwoven Dialogues — Work by Sally Clark and Abigail Kokai. Opening reception Fri. Nov. 18, 6-9 p.m. Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Ave.

Magic Passion Love — An opportunity to co-create positive energy with other artists. Nov. 9-Jan. 8 at Caraway Cafe. Denise ElliotVernon, Eric Wooddall and Doug Chayka are the judges of the theme entries. Art will be on display at Caraway Cafe until January 8 and available for purchase. Caraway Cafe, Abercorn & Broughton Streets Merry Art Market — Local Handmade pottery, jewelry, and more. First three Saturdays in December, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Savannah’s Clay Spot, 1305 Barnard St., www. Midway — Laney Contemporary features work by Tobia Makover, who exhibits never-before-seen multimedia photo encaustics that center around this small Georgia town, rich with Civil War and Civil Rights history. Oglethorpe Gallery, 406 E. Oglethorpe Ave. New Paintings — New work by Jacqueline Carcagno and William Weyman. Daedalus Gallery, 129 E. Liberty St. Projectives — Recent photographs by Elise Marie Wille. Reception Nov. 18, 6-9 pm. A series of platinum/ palladium inkblot-like tests that focus on the psychological responses to the medical and creature-like imagery. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

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‘Projectives’ at Gallery Espresso features recent photographs by Elise Marie Wille. Reception Nov. 18, 6-9 pm. Projectives — Recent photographs by Elise Marie Wille. Artist’s reception November 18, 6-9 p.m. Wille’s recent work is a series of platinum/ palladium inkblotlike tests that focus on the psychological responses to the medical and creaturelike imagery. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

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St. Paul’s Small Works Show — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church hosts 2nd Annual Small Works Art Market. The show provides an opportunity for the community to purchase one-of-a-kind, two-dimensional art for gifts or to add to their personal collections. All artworks featured in the show are no larger than 18“ x 18”, with a price tag no larger than $250. Nov. 6-Jan. 2. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1802 Abercorn St. State of Nature — Collage by Marcus Kenney; old wall paper, shopping bags, children’s book illustrations, receipts, taxidermy, personal letters and reproductions of proverbial paintings are jumbled together in a disarming melange of imagery. Nov. 3-Dec. 3. 1704 Lincoln, 1704 Lincoln St., The Artist’s Hand (A show of appreciation for Robyn Reeder) — A collaborative and interactive exhibition featuring work by Andrew Brodhead, DRZ, Matt Hebermehl, Adolfo Hernandez, Panhandle Slim, Rachael Perisho, RAABstract, Jose Ray and Zteven. Nov. 12-Dec. 4. Nine artists create a portrait from a template image on panel. Defining the exhibition is a portrait of Robyn Reeder, an influential and beloved figure in the Savannah community. The











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There’s nothing like eating pancakes under the udders of the world’s largest fiberglass cow. At least according to filmmaker Amy Elliot, who visited the giant statue in New Salem, ND, while shooting the documentary World’s Largest. “The locals put on this whole breakfast up there every year, and it’s fantastic,” said Elliot over the phone from her New York home. “You can see the whole town.” The colossal cow is one of 58 such small town ginormities featured by

Elliot and her co–director Elizabeth Donius, lifelong BFFs who have been collaborating on film and video projects since middle school. The pair hit upon the idea to document the United States’ vast collection of over– sized statues while looking for an excuse for a road trip. But what was meant to be a kitschy look at Americana quickly turned into a deeper look at small town life. “We began to spend time in these

communities, finding out the stories behind these things instead of snapping a picture and moving on,” said Elliot. “And everywhere we went, we found a similar story.” The tale goes like this: A town with a relatively stable economy, usually based in industry or agriculture, goes bust when the factory closes or the farms fail. In an effort to draw visitors and their much–needed dollars to local restaurants and other businesses, community leaders erect the “world’s largest” gargantuan apple/ watermelon/Paul Bunyan effigy (there are three of the latter vying for the true designation.) For many towns, it’s been a creative and effective plan for revitalization. “What we have is people repurposing the icons of what sustained them before and rebranding the town into a tourist destination,” explained Elliot. “And for some, it’s really working.” In some cases, what might repel people is the very thing that brings them in: Take Hildalgo, Texas, the original site where killer Africanized honeybees first crossed into the U.S. from Mexico in 1990. Rather than downplay the location’s history of insect terror, Mayor John Franz used $20K from the city budget to construct the world’s largest killer bee, which now attracts thousands of visitors every year. Throughout the six years it took to film World’s Largest, Elliot and Donius made several trips to Soap Lake, WA to follow its efforts to transform itself from a depressed “ghost town” to the home to the world’s largest lava lamp. The film uses Soap Lake to focus on the economic and personal need to feel “big,” even if your community is small. The film is currently making the rounds as part of the Southern Circuit of Independent Film with a screening in Savannah this Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Lucas Theatre. Included in the price of admission is a Q&A session and reception with Elliot, who’s delighted to say more about the world’s largest olive, buffalo and ear of corn. To inspire interest in the film series, Lucas Theatre Managing Director Meaghan Gerard hit upon the idea of inviting students to create original art to display at the screenings. For World’s Largest, she asked the sixth grade visual arts majors at Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts to paint their

own versions of the world’s largest whatevers. “We showed them the clips and told them they could get as wild as they wanted,” said Walsh. On a visit to Garrison, it was evident things were getting a little wild judging from the vibrant watercolor paintings of the world’s biggest pair of scissors, Christmas tree, paint palette, waffle and more. Brianna Thayer, one of the school’s visual arts teachers, has been impressed with how enthusiastic her students have been about the project, especially since it’s been coupled with a lesson in a new technique. “This is the first time we’ve used watercolors and pen–and–ink in here, and they’re doing really well,” said Thayer as she moved around the room checking lines and offering suggestions. “It’s interesting to see where they placed their objects.” Leo Meza held up his painting of an enormous UFO: “This is in Roswell, New Mexico. I based if off of War of the Worlds.” The world’s largest tube of paint, created by Elijah Kenney, stands in a city with an erupting volcano. “I think it’s in Hawaii,” he said. While the film spotlights the theme of creating a sense of worth for small towns, this project has helped students realize their own role as artists. “It’s a great way to show the students how to connect their work with the rest of the world,” said Catriona Schaefer, Garrison’s other visual arts teacher. “They get to see how their art can be used.” The students’ art is currently on display in the lobby of the Lucas and will available to view through the screening. As for Elliot, she’s already thinking about where to point her camera next. She thinks she’s found another tall topic to tackle: Garbage. “I’ve been thinking about paying a visit to the largest open dump in North America,” she muses. “How we deal with our waste seems like it needs to be explored.” Sounds like it could big. Huge, even. cs “World’s Largest” screening and filmmaker Q&A When: At 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Tickets: $8 Film info:

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No one could possibly have fathomed that someone as handsome as Leonardo DiCaprio and someone as homely as Ernest Borgnine would ever play the same character, but the actors indeed share the same screen DNA by both having portrayed J. Edgar Hoover, the controversial Federal Bureau of Investigation director and one of the most powerful figures of the 20th century.

Borgnine is just one of the many actors to have essayed the role in past productions (mostly on television), but it’s clear that DiCaprio’s turn at–bat will be the new measuring stick, mainly for being at the center of Clint Eastwood’s major new film, J. Edgar. DiCaprio’s performance is interesting, respectable, measured, unfussy and just a touch dry, qualities he shares with the ambitious picture surrounding him. It’s always hard to encapsulate an entire life in one running time, but Eastwood and scripter Dustin Lance Black (who won an Oscar for penning the excellent Milk) give it a shot – make that scattershot. Saddled with a worthless framing device in which an elderly Hoover recounts his career for the biographers, the film moves back and forth through different eras to show Hoover’s start at the Bureau of Investigation in 1919 (the “Federal” was added in 1935) right up through his death in 1972. Many of the watermarks surrounding Hoover and his G–Men are included, albeit accorded different measures of importance: The kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s baby is given ample screen time, as is the Bureau’s pursuit of notorious 1930s gangsters. But his persecution of radicals and civil rights groups – his real legacy, as far as many people are concerned – never truly takes center stage (Martin Luther King is mentioned, but hardly a whisper is uttered about the Black Panthers), and several career blunders are sidestepped in order to present a fair and balanced portrait. But the same problem affects J. Edgar that affected Oliver Stone’s Nixon and W.: We aren’t dealing with fair and balanced individuals, and the bending over backwards in an attempt to muster tears – even crocodile tears – is an unfortunate decision. As for the personal aspects of Hoover’s life, the rumors that he was a closeted homosexual who entered into a lifelong

Less than 48 hours before I embarked on the courageous journey to attend the screening of Jack and Jill, a co–worker offered his theory that Adam Sandler deliberately makes movies out of the stupidest ideas he can conjure, simply to prove that his fans will see him in anything. I stated that the comedian’s next film will be Diarrhea Man, about a guy who spends his entire life sitting on a toilet making flatulent sounds, and the fact that my colleague couldn’t tell whether I was joking or not says everything anyone needs to know about the cesspool of cinema known as the Adam Sandler Oeuvre. Jack and Jill certainly ranks near the very bottom; it’s stupid and infantile, of course, but it’s also lazy and contemptuous, a clear sign that Sandler and director Dennis Dugan (his seventh Sandler film; stop him before he kills again!) aren’t even trying anymore, safe in the knowledge that audiences will emulate Divine in John Waters’ Pink Flamingos and chow down on whatever dog doo is presented to him. Here, the stench is particularly potent, as this story about an obnoxious ad man (Sandler) and his whiny, overbearing sister (Sandler in drag) is a nonstop parade of scatological bits, prominent product placements, faux–hip cameos (Johnny Depp, welcome to the halls of whoredom), wink–wink chauvinism, racism and xenophobia, icky incest gags, annoying voices (not just Sandler as Jill but also the made–up language spoken by the siblings), and the usual small roles for Sandler’s beer buddies (including, groan, David Spade in drag). Al Pacino co–stars as himself,

inexplicably smitten with Jill; he provides the film’s only two or three chuckles (especially a line about the Oscars), but even long before the sequence in which he raps about doughnuts, it’s clear that he’s become an even bigger sellout than Robert De Niro. Now that’s saying something.



Cineastes won’t allow something as trivial as Tower Heist to dislodge Dassin’s Rififi or Kubrick’s The Killing as their caper film of choice, but as far as seasonal multiplex blockbusters go, this one’s not bad at all. The much maligned Brett Ratner, whose last two features were the godawful Rush Hour 3 and the series–sapping X–Men: The Last Stand, basically stays out of the way of his four writers and 10 stars, allowing them to strut their stuff in this comedy about a group of working stiffs who decide to take financial revenge on the crooked Wall Street fat cat (Alan Alda) who swindled them out of their savings. The characters are far more interesting than the actual heist that eats up the final portion of the film, so it’s a good thing we’re allowed to spend plenty of time getting to know them during the first hour. Ben Stiller is fine as the building manager who plots the robbery; Eddie Murphy displays some of that ’80s brashness (long buried under family–film complacency) as a career criminal who lends a hand; and Matthew Broderick, Michael Pena and Precious star Gabourey Sidibe contribute some well– timed laughs. Then there’s Tea Leoni as a diligent FBI agent; her drunk scene is one of the highlights of the film and makes me wish that Hollywood would remember to employ her on a more consistent basis.

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Can a movie survive on premise alone? That would be a resounding no, since its success also rests squarely on the shoulders of the execution. Yet in the case of In Time, the premise is ingenious enough to cut some slack elsewhere. The movie may not probe as deeply into its subject as desired, but it’s nevertheless an enjoyable watch, full of propulsive action and intriguing scenarios. It’s a world order in which everyone is genetically designed to live until 25 years of age, at which point they’re given one extra year to keep for themselves or use as currency. Because in this story, time literally is money, as a cup of coffee costs four minutes, a bus ride costs two hours, and so on. The rich have the means to acquire hundreds of years to tack onto their lives, while the poor barely have enough time to struggle from day to day. In Time focuses on one of the 99 percent: Will Salas (Justin Timberlake), whose life is turned upside down after a disillusioned millionaire (Matt Bomer) transfers a full century to him. Amanda Seyfried co–stars as the rich kid who joins Will on the lam, Cillian Murphy plays the Timekeeper (aka lawman) who’s in hot pursuit, and writer–director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) is the one who deserves credit for crafting this heady mix of science fiction and social commentary.



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Milady de Winter, heretofore only known for scheming and blackmailing behind the scenes, has been transformed into a kick–ass warrior, even dashing Indiana Jones–like down a hall that’s shooting deadly weapons from both sides. As the title trio, Matthew Macfadyen (Athos) and Ray Stevenson (Porthos) aquit themselves admirably, although Luke Evans (Aramis) is a trifle dry in his portrayal. Two fine actors, Christoph Waltz and Mads Mikkelsen, leave little impression as the heavies (Cardinal Richelieu and Rochefort, respectively), while current It Girl Juno Temple barely registers as the Queen of France. CS


him from acknowledging that The Rum Diary, an adaptation of a 1959 Thompson novel that wasn’t even discovered until 1998 (reportedly by Depp himself), is a crushing mediocrity. As he did in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the actor again plays a fictionalized version of the influential journalist – here, he’s pre–gonzo Paul Kemp, a mild–mannered writer whose stint at a struggling American newspaper in Puerto Rico allows him to eventually discover his fire, his passion, and his desire to stick it to the “bastards.” Unfortunately, fire and passion are just two of the elements missing from this arid, disjointed effort, which isn’t


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Activism & Politics Chatham County Democratic Party

For info, contact Tony Center, Chair, at 912233-9696 or For daily updates, join our Facebook page (Chatham Democrats Georgia) and visit our web site: Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, 313 W. York St. , Savannah

Drinking Liberally

An informal, left-leaning group of folks who meet to talk about politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, and anything else that pops up. Every first and third Thursday, around 7:30 p.m. at Loco’s, 301 W. Broughton St., upstairs. Come join us!

Savannah Area Young Republicans

For information, visit or call Allison Quinn at 308-3020.

Savannah Tea Party

meets the first Monday (excluding Holidays) of each month from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at the SRP offices located at 11 East 73rd Street. All persons interested in America’s Future are invited. Contact Marolyn Overton at 912-598-7358 for additional info.

Urban Hope of Savannah Seeks Board Members

If you would like to make a difference in the lives of inner city children, consider being a member of the Urban Hope board. Plan and organize fundraisers and events for the children at Urban Hope. Call or email for more information: 912-398-9811 or or visit

Benefits A Gracious Christmas

First Presbyterian sponsors a holiday entertaining/decorating extravaganza benefiting women’s charities. Dec. 1, 9:30am-1pm. Keynote: Kimberly Kennedy, author of “The Art and Craft of Entertaining” and lifestyle contributor on CBS’s “The Early Show.” Luncheon and demos by chefs and caterers Trish McLeod and Steven McInerney, floral designer Holley Jaakkola, interior designer Adrian Robinson and gardening expert Jennifer Melear. First Presbyterian Church/Savannah, 520 Washington Ave. Tickets: $45 @ or 912-354-7615.

Adopt a Dolphin for Christmas.

The Dolphin Project offers a great gift option for all ages. Receive a dorsal photo of the dolphin of your choice, plus dolphin information, activity pages, dolphin bookmark and dolphin certification of adoption. Donation benefits

research and education programs led by The Dolphin Project. Download an adoption application: html (PS: you don’t get to keep a real dolphin. They are wild animals that must remain wild and free) Info: Charlotte Keenoy: 912-921-1633

Angel Tree: Holiday Gifts for Savannah Children who are Homeless

Adopt the holiday gift wish list of a local family or child who is homeless, through Union Mission’s Angel Tree. Or, contribute an unwrapped new gift or a financial donation. Deliver to Union Mission, 120 Fahm St., before Dec. 15. (912) 236-7423.

Donate Blood in November--Win Free Groceries

The Blood Alliance, and Piggly Wiggly, are offering one lucky blood donor a chance to win a free three minute grocery grab at the Pooler Piggly Wiggly (1042 W. Hwy 80, Pooler, GA 31322) on November 22, 2011. Donate blood at any Blood Alliance mobile blood drive from Nov 1-18, or at the “last chance to enter the grocery grab” blood drive on Saturday, November 19, at the Pooler Piggly Wiggly, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. One winner will be drawn and notified on Monday, November 21, 2011. To make an appointment to donate visit www.igiveblood. com, or call The Blood Alliance at: 888-99-TBA HERO (888.998.2243).

Food Bank donations = Discounts at Fleet Feet Sports

Bring cans of food for America’s Second Harvest to Fleet Feet Sports and receive a discount on your entire purchase through December 3. Donate 5 cans of food for 10% off or 10+ cans of food for 20% off. Fleet Feet Sports: 3405 Waters Ave. or call 912-355-3527.

Gobble, Gobble at the Grill

North Beach Bar and Grill 33 Meddin Dr. on Tybee Island, is holding a bountiful buffet to benefit America’s Second Harvest Food Bank. $15 per person. Sunday, Nov. 20. 12-3pm. Live entertainment and raffles. For information call 706-338-9377

Household Supplies Drive

Park Place Outreach, youth emergency shelter is accepting canned food and household supplies. Household items needed include, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, fabric softener, paper towels and toilet paper. Please visit www. for directions.

Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week

National Collection Week is Nov 14-21 for this worldwide Christmas gift-giving that’s hand delivered 86 million gifts to kids since 1993. Savannah volunteers are filling empty shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and notes of encouragement for children overseas. Local activity coordinated by Lifebridge Church,

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National Collection Week is Nov 14-21 for this worldwide Christmas gift-giving that’s hand delivered 86 million gifts to kids since 1993. Savannah volunteers are filling empty shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and notes of encouragement for children overseas. Local activity coordinated by Lifebridge Church, 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Call 912-224-4597 or visit

Purchase Phone Cards for Deployed Soldiers

The Coastal Bank, is raising funds through Nov. 23 for the USO’s Operation Phone Home, which provides pre-paid phone cards to deployed military personnel to call loved ones while away from their families this holiday season. A $5 donation with a personalized message will provide a soldier with a phone card to call home. Cards will be given to deployed members of the U.S. military in December. Donate at or at any Coastal Bank branch.

St. Jude Give Thanks 5k Walk

Non-competitive fundraising 5k benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Sat. Nov. 19. Daffin Park, Savannah. Check in 7am, walk starts at 9am. One of 80 walks across the US. Contact Jasmine E. Boyd, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,, (770)906-3438.

Ten Can Run 5k or 10k

Savannah Christian Church will host this run or walk on Thanksgiving morning, Thurs. Nov.24. Participants donate ten cans of food to the Lighthouse Ministry and People Helping People, to feed local people in need. Includes a free 1/4 mile kids run and 1 mile walk. Registration: 6:30am. Kids Run: 7:15am 5k or 10k: 7:30am 55 Al Henderson Blvd., and Henderson Golf Course. Register at, Keyword Ten Can Run,

Artists and fine craftspeople wishing to be considered for participation in the 2nd Annual Telfair Trunk Show during the Cool Yule event, contact Lisa Ocamp 912-790-8830 or ocampol@telfair. org. Cool Yule will be held Saturday December 3 at the Jepson Center.

Casting Call

NY Production Company casting for Spring 2012 shoot. Film is period piece on a slave plantation. Need Young African American lead, White male lead, Mature female African American lead & Young African American female. Please send head shots/resumes to twicebornfilm@gmail. com. Free exhibit space for artists, writers or musicians for artwork, photography, or venue for book/CD signings in Midway, Georgia boutique. Information: email: acc_ave@yahoo .com. Accessory Avenue, 9754 East Oglethorpe Hwy, Midway, GA.

Grant Applications Sought by Junior League of Savannah

The Junior League of Savannah is now taking applications for three grant programs. “Done in a Day” grants are for projects using League volunteers through hands-on volunteer work plus funding of up to $1500.00 per project. “Community Projects” are organizations that partner with the Junior League of Savannah and receive funding and volunteers. “Community Assistance Funds” are awarded once a year in the spring and represent an additional financial commitment to the community. For nonprofits within the program focus area of Women and Children’s Advocacy. To apply, visit www. or call 912-790-1002. Deadline

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Donate $10 via text message to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Text HUNGRY to 50555 and $10 will be donated to the food bank via your mobile phone bill. Details on Text for Turkeys at

Decoration Contest

Decorate your home for the holiday and enter the contest. Registration Dates: Nov. 25-Dec. 10. Registration fee: $25. Enter by calling 912398-9811, emailing, or online at

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Call for Entries Auditions--Seeking 2 African American Males for Local Musical

The Savannah Community Theatre is looking for 2 African-American males between the ages of 35 and 70 for parts in their upcoming musical “Hands of the Spirit.” Show dates are December 10-11-12 in the Trustees Theatre. Rehearsals are one day per week until the week of he show. Call 912-247-4644 for an audition appointment. Role descriptions: Reverend Crawford - An African-American minister. Age 40-70. Kind and encouraging. Solo singing. Deacon Samuel - African-American man, a church deacon and arrogant politician. Age 35 -60. Solo singing.


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Thursday, November 17. 5:30-9:00pm. Join Hasani X in his condensed version of a full day seminar as he provides you with the best communication techniques to improve your communication skills, ability to persuade, and connect with people. At ThincSavannah, 35 Barnard Street, Suite 300. Information:

Adult Pottery Classes at Savannah’s Clay Spot

Adult classes begin week of Oct 24 in Beginning Wheel, Clay on and Off the Wheel, Dishes, Porcelain, Jewelry, and Holiday Themed Work. Classes are 4, 5, or 8 weeks. Prices vary. Call for information 912-509-4647, or go to www. Savannah’s Clay Spot, 1305 Barnard St.

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1 Month where Star Wars Day falls on the 4th 4 Posh word of surprise 8 Pax ___ (1st and 2nd centuries A.D., roughly) 14 “Go, torero!” 15 Stick in the database 16 Password partner 17 Daring predicament? 19 White part of the eyeball 20 Christmastime 21 “Bring the punk out for a second performance!” 23 Sign it’s time to throw something out 25 Ruins a perfect game 26 Go like the tide 29 They lay dark green eggs 30 Tuna type 33 Engulfed in flames 34 Suckers 35 Former CIA agent/spy Aldrich ___ 36 Cooking a metal point, like you would with short ribs? 39 “Sesame Street” roomie 40 Guitarist Lofgren 41 ___ Martin (luxury car) 42 “___ little bit nervous...” 43 Personal list item 44 Egg-shaped things 45 In ___ (at heart) 46 “The Giving Tree” author Silverstein 47 Sheep named after a late AC/DC frontman? 51 Involved in 55 Donny Osmond, by birth 56 Where monsters are created? 58 Copy room cartridges 59 Napoleon’s isle of exile 60 Article written by Voltaire 61 Football Hall of Famer Jim 62 “Kilroy Was Here” band 63 “Reach for the ___!”


1 Techno artist behind “Everything Is Wrong” 2 Multigenerational baseball surname 3 Tarzan’s trademark 4 Category that telepathy falls into 5 Mess up the audio 6 Circumvent 7 Cotillion figures 8 #1 Paula Abdul hit of 1991 9 Awards on Feb. 26, 2012 10 Liquefies plastic, say 11 Bellicose god 12 Robert De ___ 13 Just ___ (small amount, as of hair gel) 18 Bad mark 22 Entices 24 Pindaric poems 26 Teacher of the Torah 27 Zimbalist, Jr. of “77 Sunset Strip” 28 One-named R&B artist 29 Bird in the opening of “The Colbert Report” 30 Surname associated with expensive Italian violins 31 Biblical king 32 Numerals on novels 34 Be toadyish 35 Vodka with artistic ads 37 Sort of 38 Icicle’s spot 43 Black key that’s the first of a threesome 44 Passionate utterance 45 Cyberspace 46 Refine metal 47 Ashtray item 48 Alternately, as abbreviated in chat rooms 49 iPod variety 50 Lincoln and Vigoda 52 Too 53 Tetra’s house 54 Do as you’re told 57 Instrument that wails


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Fall Ballet and Dance Classes

Based upon the internationally accepted standard in Project Management from The Project Management Institute. 9am-3:30pm, Oct. 21 & 29, and Nov. 11th & 19. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. Best Practices in Initiation and Closing Projects; Success Planning for Your Project; Project Simulation for Success and Execution; Best Practices in Project Control and Project Manager Professional Responsibility. Toll free registration. 1.855.478.5551 (toll-free $1300 in advanced; $1400 on-site. conted/projectmanagement.html



The Ballet School has a full fall schedule of classes for children and adults including Ballet, Modern Dance, Barre/Body Sculpting, Pre-professional, and Zumba. Artistic director: Heidi M. Carter. Information: The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn Ext., Ste 8. 912-925-0903 or

Family Law Workshop

The Mediation Center has three workshops a month to assist citizens who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support and/or visitation and contempt. Schedule: 1st Tuesday, 5:30-7:30pm. 2nd Monday, 2-4pm. 4th Thursday 10am-12noon. Fee:$20 to cover all documents needed to file. Register at or 912-354-6686.

Art,-Music, Piano and Voice-coaching

For all age groups, beginners through advanced, classic, modern, jazz improvisation and theory. Serious inquiries only. 961-7021 or 667-1056.

Beading Classes

Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced at Bead Dreamer Studio, 407A E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 920-6659. Bead Dreamer Studio, Savannah http://www.

Champions Training Center

Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children are held at 15 E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 921-4646 or 220-6570 to register. Savannah

Feldenkrais Classes

Offers a variety of classes and training opportunities in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for youth and adults at all levels of expertise. 525 Windsor Rd. Call 912-349-4582 or visit http://www.ctcsavannah. com/

Creative Photography

Photography principles, aperture and shutter combinations, bracketing and composition. You’ll need a DSLRcamera, changeable lenses, and a tripod, and you must be able to write files to aUSB drive for critiques. Instructor: Paula Williamson. Tues. & Thurs. Nov. 1, 8 and 15, 6:30-8:30pm at the Coastal Georgia Center. Sats, Nov. 5 and 12, 8:30-10:30am in the field. $100. Call for info: 912-644-5967 or Register at:


Group Guitar Lessons

Join us for a fun time, for “group” guitar lessons, at the YMCA on Whitemarsh and Tybee Islands (adults and teens only). “Hands-on” instruction, music theory, ear training, sight reading, ensemble playing, technique, and rhythm drills, by teacher Tim Daniel (BS in Music). 912- 897-9559. $20 per week.

Guitar, Electric Bass & Double Bass Lessons

Drawing Instruction

Instruction for all ages of beginner/intermediate students. Technique, chords, note reading, and theory. Learn songs and improvisation. Studio located 2 blocks from Daffin Park. Housecalls available. Call 401-255-6921 or email to schedule a 1/2 price first lesson!

DUI Prevention Group

Guitar, mandolin or bass guitar lessons. emphasis on theory, reading music and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. 912232-5987

Private and group drawing lessons by Artist and former SCAD Professor Karen Bradley. Call or email for details, (912)507-7138.


Meets at various locations in the Savannah area. Contact Elaine Alexander, GCFP. Information: 912-223-7049

Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, DWI, offenders, and anyone seeking to gain knowledge about the dangers of driving impaired. A must see for teenage drivers seeking a drivers license for the first time or teenage drivers who already received a license. The group meets once a month and the cost is $30.00. For more info: 912-4430410.


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Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center

The Housing Authority of Savannah hosts a series of regular classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. 1407 Wheaton Street. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri of month, 9-11am. Basic Computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3-4:30pm. For more info: 912232-4232 x115 or




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Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call 912-7132718 for more information. This is a new instructor and contact information, effective Nov. 1.

Learn to Speak Spanish

Spanish lessons offered by an experienced native speaker. Flexible schedule and affordable rates. Classes are held at the Sentient Bean Café. Call 912-541-1337.

Mindfulness Meditation Class

Instruction in mindfulness stress reduction meditation. Group practice with time for questions and comments. Wednesdays, 7:008:15pm. Yoga Co-op Savannah. 2424 Drayton St. $13/class (less with membership). www. or 912-429-7264.

Ms. Amy’s School of Music

A small privately owned studio offering: Private and Group Lessons, Piano, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, and more! Parent & Me classes for infants - toddlers. Group preschool music classes WWW.MSAMYSCHOOLOFMUSIC.COM

Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments

Savannah Musicians Institute offers private instruction for all ages in guitar, drums, piano, bass, voice, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, flute, and woodwinds. 7041 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Info: 912-692-8055 or smisavannah@gmail. com.

New Horizons Adult Band Program

A music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school or college and would like to have the opportunity to begin playing again. Dust off your instrument every Monday night at Portman’s Music Store (Abercorn) at 6:30p.m. The cost is $30.00 per month. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Contact Pamela Kidd at 912-354-1500 for more info.

Open Pottery Studio at Savannah’s Clay Spot For potters with experience who want time in the studio, Choose from 4 hour time slots. Registrations are based on a monthly, bi monthly, and quarterly time commitment. Savannah’s Clay Spot, 1305 Barnard St. Information: 912-509-4647 or

Pet and People Portraits

Painted in oils or pastel by fine artist Karen Bradley. Call to commission. 912-507-7138

ReSource Center at Habitat ReStore

1900 East Victory Drive. New home ownership resource center for anyone wanting to learn more about home ownership, homeowners insurance issues, home safety and security matters, and proper preparation for hurricanes and other severe weather. Includes two internet-ready computers.

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The Savannah Charlesfunders meet every Saturday at 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds, and better investing. Meetings take place at Panera Bread on Bull and Broughton. Contact us at for more information.

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Be bilingual. Call 272-4579. e-mail or visit Free folklore classes also are offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Savannah Learning Center, 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr. , Savannah

Sewing Class & Designer’s Workspace

Beginner Sewing Course (5 weeks, 2.5 hours/ session) $550, and Refresher Sewing Course (5 weeks, 3hours/session) $440. Also offering private sewing workspace and shared workspace for rent. 912-335-8106. Classes by Gentleman Jim. Savannah Sewing Academy, 1917 Bull Street, Savannah. (Across from Bull Street Library)next to Foxy Loxy.

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March 21–April 19 If you go into a major art museum that displays Europe’s great oil paintings, you’ll find that virtually every masterpiece is surrounded by an ornate wooden frame, often painted gold. Why? To me, the enclosure is distracting and unnecessary. Why can’t I just enjoy the arresting composition on the naked canvas, unburdened by the overwrought excess? I urge you to take my approach in the coming weeks, Aries. Push and even fight to get the goodies exactly as they are, free of all the irrelevant filler, extraneous buffers, and pretentious puffery.


April 20–May 20 “Judge a moth by the beauty of its candle,” said the 13th–century poet Rumi. More prosaically put: Evaluate people according to the nobility and integrity of the desires they’re obsessed with. Do you want to hang around with someone whose primary focus is to make too much money or please her parents or build a shrine to his own ego? Or would you prefer to be in a sphere of influence created by a person who longs to make a useful product or help alleviate suffering or make interesting works of art? It’s an excellent time to ponder these issues, Taurus — and then take action to ensure you’re surrounded by moths that favor beautiful candles.


May 21–June 20 In Santa Cruz there used to be a nightclub that featured live rock bands on a big stage but enforced a strict policy forbidding its patrons from dancing. The one time I went there, the music was loud and infectious, and I naturally felt the urge to move in vigorous rhythm. Moments after I launched into my groove, a bouncer accosted me and forced me to stop. I think this situation has certain resemblances to the one you’re in now, Gemini. Some natural response mechanism in you is being unduly inhibited; some organic inclination is being unreasonably restrained or dampened. Why should you continue to accept this?


June 21–July 22 During the time a blue crab is growing to maturity, it is very

skilled at transforming itself. It sheds its exoskeleton an average of once every 18 days for an entire year. You’re in a phase with some similarities to that period of rapid ripening, Cancerian. Your commitment to change doesn’t have to be quite as heroic, but it should be pretty vigorous. Could you manage, say, two moltings over the course of the next 30 days? If done in a spirit of adventure, it will be liberating, not oppressively demanding.


July 23–Aug. 22 “Progress isn’t made by early risers,” wrote author Robert Heinlein. “It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” That’s exactly the kind of progress you are in an excellent position to stir up in the coming weeks. You don’t have to match the stress levels of the Type A people who might seem to have an advantage over you, and you won’t help yourself at all by worrying or trying too hard. The single best thing you can do to supercharge your creativity is to think of yourself as a “happy–go–lucky” person while you go around dreaming up ways to have more fun.


Aug. 23–Sept. 22 “Our elders know you don’t find the answer by asking thousands of questions,” says an essay on the website of the environmentalist group The Last Tree (thelasttree. net). “The wise way is to ask the right question in the beginning.” I recommend this approach for you in the coming weeks, Virgo. Given the sparkly mysteriousness that now confronts you, I know you may be tempted to simultaneously try a lot of different routes to greater clarity. But the more effective strategy in the long run is to cultivate silence and stillness as you wait expectantly for the intuition that will reveal the simple, direct path.


probably intensify in the coming weeks. You are in a phase of your astrological cycle when you’ll be asked to absorb and integrate a voluminous amount of interesting stuff. Don’t be hard on yourself if you sometimes need to slow down to digest what you’ve been taking in.

from fighting against the water,” says architect Koen Olthuis. “We are beginning to make friends with the water.” I recommend you adopt this as a useful metaphor, Capricorn. During the coming months, you should be doing a lot of foundation work. What can you do to add buoyancy?



In his poem “Ode to the Present,” Pablo Neruda tells us how to slip free and clear into the luxuriously potent opportunity of the present moment. The here–and–now is so ripe and willing, he says, so malleable. “Take a saw to its delicious wooden perfume,” he continues, and then “build a staircase. Yes, a staircase. Climb into the present, step by step, press your feet onto the resinous wood of this moment, going up, going up, not very high . . . Don’t go all the way to heaven. Reach for apples, not the clouds.” Such good advice for you, Scorpio! It’s a perfect time to learn more about the magic of the present moment as you free yourself from “the unrepairable past.” (Read the poem at

According to my old philosophy professor Norman O. Brown, “Our real choice is between holy and unholy madness: open your eyes and look around you — madness is in the saddle anyhow.” Let’s take this hypothesis as our starting point, Aquarius. I propose that in the coming weeks you make an effort to get more accustomed to and comfortable with the understanding that the entire world is in the throes of utter lunacy. Once you are at peace with that, I hope you will commit yourself to the sacred kind of lunacy — the kind that bestows wild blessings and perpetrates unreasonable beauty and cultivates the healing power of outlandish pleasure.


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Seminal psychologist Carl Jung wasn’t afraid of applying his scholarly analytical skills to the phenomena of pop culture. Late in life, he even wrote a thoughtful book on UFOs called *Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies.* To be as thorough and careful as he could possibly be about such an elusive subject, he wrote an afterword to his main argument, to which he added an epilogue, which in turn was followed by a concluding supplement. I hope that you are as scrupulous in wrapping up loose ends in the coming week, Sagittarius, especially when you’re dealing with enigmas and riddles. As you seek resolution and completion, go well beyond the bare minimum.

Sept. 23–Oct. 22


In a review of James Gleick’s book *The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood,* *The Week* magazine reported that “the world now produces more information in 48 hours than it did throughout all human history to 2003.” From that dizzying factoid, we can infer that you are more inundated with data than were all of your ancestors put together. And the surge will

A great deal of land in the Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea by human effort. But the system of dikes that holds back the primal flow is not a foolproof or permanent guarantee against flooding. That’s why more and more people are building homes that can float if they have to. “We are actually trying to move away

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It won’t be enough to simply maintain your current levels of strength, clarity, and intelligence in the coming weeks. To stay healthy, to keep up with the rapidly evolving trends swirling in and around you, you will have to actively push to get stronger, clearer, and smarter. No pressure, right? Don’t worry, the universe will be conspiring to help you accomplish it all. To trigger the boost you’ll need, imagine that you have a reservoir of blue liquid lightning in the place between your heart and gut. Picture yourself drawing judiciously from that high–octane fuel as you need it, bringing it first to your heart and then to your brain.

Starfish Cafe Culinary Arts Training Program

This 14-week full-time program is designed to provide work training and employment opportunities in the food service industry, including food preparation, food safety and sanitation training, customer service training and job search and placement assistance. Call Ms. Musheerah Owens 912-234-0525 ext.1506 The Starfish Cafe, 711 East Broad Street , Savannah http://www.

Clubs & Organizations Avegost LARP

Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. Generally meets on the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. Email: Kaza Ayersman, or visit www.

Buccaneer Region SCCA

is the local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America. It hosts monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. Visit http://buccaneerregion. org/solo.html.

Coastal MINIs

Local MINI Cooper owners and enthusiasts who gather on the first Sunday of the month at 10 a.m. to go on motoring adventures together. Visit Starbucks, Victory Drive and Skidaway Road , Savannah

Energy Healers

Meets every Monday at 6pm. Meditation and healing with energy. Discuss aromatherapy, chakra systems and more. Call 912-695-2305 for more info.

Exploring The American Revolution in Savannah

Interested in exploring the role Savannah played in the American Revolution? Join like-minded people including artists, writers, teachers and historians for discussion, site exploration and creative collaboration. Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 6pm at Gallery Espresso. Email, Kathleen Thomas: exploretherevolution@gmail. com for more info.

Historic Savannah Chapter of ABWA

Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is the price of the meal. RSVP to 660-8257. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr , Thunderbolt

Honor Flight Savannah

A non-profit organization dedicated to sending our area World War II veterans to Washington DC to visit the new WWII Memorial. All expenses are paid by Honor Flight Savannah, which is not a government-supported program. They depend on donations from the community to fund their efforts. For more info:

Islands MOPS

A Mothers of Preschoolers group that meets at the First Baptist Church of the Islands on two Wednesdays a month from 9:15-11:30am. Our website is

Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

Every Wed. 5:00PM at My House Consignments & More, 206 W. Broughton St. No fees. Wanna learn? We love to show what we know. Many different levels get together in the store. Talk, knit, share have fun! Call 912-236-4111

Low Country Turners

This is a club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Contact Steve Cook, 912-313-2230.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. Call 786-4508. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. , Savannah


For mothers of school-aged children, kindergarten through high school. Come as you are, to experience authentic community, mothering support, personal growth, practical help, and spiritual hope. Islands MOMSnext meets every first & third Monday of the month, excluding holidays. Childcare is available upon request. A ministry of MOPS International. For more info or to register for a meeting, call (912)898-4344 or email kymmccarty@hotmail. com.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Join other moms for fun, inspiration, guest speakers, food and creative activities while children ages birth to 5 are cared for in a preschool-like setting. Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:1511:30 am Call 898-0869 and 897-6167 or visit First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd , Savannah

Old Time Radio Researcher’s Group

International fan and research group devoted to preserving and distributing old-time radio broadcasts from 1926 to 1962. Send e-mail to Jim Beshires at or visit

Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. For a nominal annual fee, members will receive monthly training sessions and seminars and have weekly runs of various distances. Kathy Ackerman,756-5865 or Billy Tomlinson 596-5965.

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet twice a month, on the first Sunday at 4 pm. at 5429 LaRoche Ave and the third Tuesday at Super King Buffet, 10201 Abercorn Street at 7:30 p.m. Call 3082094, email or visit www. Savannah

Safe Kids Savannah

Safe Kids Savannah, a coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries, holds a meeting on the second Tuesday of every month from 11:30am-1pm. Visit www.safekidssavannah. org or call 912-353-3148 for more info

Savannah Adventure Club

Savannah Browns Backers

This is an official fan club recognized by the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. Meet with Browns fans to watch the football games and support your favorite team Sundays at game time at Tubby’s Tank House in Thunderbolt. The group holds raffles and trips and is looking into having tailgate parties in the future. Call Kathy Dust at 373-5571 or send e-mail to or Dave Armstrong at or 925-4709. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr , Thunderbolt

Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

A dinner meeting held the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Club. Call John Findeis at 7487020. Hunter Army Airfield, 525 Leonard Neat St , Savannah

Savannah Fencing Club

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Come meet the Local Chapter of the Guardian Angels on the 1st Monday of every month from 7pm-9pm at Elite Martial Arts in Pooler,GA. Free snacks and drinks and info on the Guardian Angels. For more info:www.

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Savannah Jaycees

Meeting and information session held the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6pm to discuss upcoming events and provide an opportunity for those interested in joining the Jaycees to learn more. Must be 21-40 years old to join the chapter. 101 Atlas St. 912-353-7700 or Jaycee Building, Savannah

Savannah Kennel Club

Monthly meetings are open to the public and visitors. Meetings are held at Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, 11301 Abercorn St. on the fourth Monday of each month, September through May. Dinner starts at 6 pm and meeting starts at 7:30pm. Guest Speakers at every meeting. For more info, call 912-238-3170 or visit

Savannah Newcomers Club

Everyone that loves to sing is invited to join with the Savannah Sacred Harp Singers Sat. Sept. 10, 1pm. Faith Primitive Baptist Church, 3212 Bee Road in Savannah. All are welcome to participate or listen in on one of America’s most revered musical traditions. Information: 912-655-0994 or visit savannahsacredharp. com.

Love a laid-back lifestyle? Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check out savannahphc. com for the events calendar or e-mail Wendy Wilson at

The non-for profit art association, the Southeast’s oldest, is currently taking applications for membership. The SAA offers workshops, community programs, exhibition opportunities, and an artistic community full of diverse and creative people from all ages, mediums, and skill levels. 912-232-7731 for more info.

Helps you improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Conference Room C. 484-6710. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue

Savannah Art Association

Savannah Brewers’ League

Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Call 447-0943 or visit and click on Clubs, then Savannah Brewers League. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 W. Bay St. , Savannah

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Beginner classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. Fees are $60. Some equipment is provided. After completing the class, you may become a member of the Savannah Fencing Club for $5 per month. Experienced fencers are welcome to join. Call 429-6918 or send email to savannahfencing@

Dedicated to pursuing adventures, both indoors and outdoors, throughout the Low country and beyond. Activities include sailing, camping, skydiving, kayaking, hiking, tennis, volleyball, and skiing, in addition to regular social gatherings. Free to join. Email or visit www.

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Open to all women who have been in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includesmonthly luncheon and program and, in addition, the club hosts a variety of activities, tours and events that will assist you in learning about Savannah and making new friends.

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Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

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meets second and fourth Tuesdays at 7pm at Books a Million to discuss, share and critique writing of fiction or non-fiction novels, essays or short stories. A meet-and-greet precedes meeting at 6:30pm. Contact Carol, 912-9208891. 8108 Abercorn St , Savannah cs




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Coastal Home Care is hiring for Certified Nurse Aides and Personal Care Assistants in the Savannah and Island areas. Applicants must have prior personal care experience and reliable transportation. There are eight and twelve hour shifts available! Please come by the office to apply or call if you have any questions. 6600 Abercorn St, Suite 208, Savannah, GA 31405. (912)354-3680. Ask for Patrick. Bilingual applicants are a plus! MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR Must have 2 yrs experience on the job in an industrial setting. Day Shift. Benefits. Salary DOE. Please email a resume to


For custom drapery shop. Experienced preferred but willing to train. Apply in person: Unique Window Creations, 310 Montgomery Crossroads, Suite 28 or call 912-692-0075.


Drivers WanteD 625 Exp. CDL Class A Driver with good MVR- Equip. operating exp. helpful. Pays $1.00/per mile or $3.00/per mile for owner operator. Local hauls. Sav’h Area (912)727-3425


Space available immediately. Weekly booth rent. Discount booth rent for students. Call 912-272-0316 or 912-349-5111 WEEK AT A GLANCE Does what it says. Only at

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HOmes fOr sale 815 4/2.5 EXECUTIVE HOME in Coffee Bluff-Close to marina. 2-Car. Den w/FP, Balcony, Mediterranean. Renovated. Large Corner Lot. Was $419K, now $339K. Tom Whitten, Realty Executives Coastal 912-663-0558; 355-5557 ofc.

GREAT DEALS on Cable, Internet & Phone. Discounted Installation. Get installed fast. CALL TREY, Your Local Representative 912-658-4592 30 Day Money Back Guarantee HOUSE FOR SALE: 2001 Linnhurst Drive. 4 blocks from SSU. Built 2001. 3BR, 2-bath, 2-car garage. $135,000. 354-1854 or 398-4107


Available For Sale! $140,000. Executive style home 3BR (possibly 4), 2BA, LR, DR, large family room w/fireplace, dishwasher, washer/dryer connections, utility room, carport, plus deluxe backyard shed. New wood floors, New paint, New ceiling fans, and New vinyl floors in bathroom, kitchen & laundry room. This spacious home is located just blocks from Armstrong University, near Windsor High School, shopping, and various restaurants. Also it is located within a few minutes of HAAF. Call Preferred Realty’s Cindy Osborne, 912-489-4529 or Scott Berry,912-920-1936 for an appointment today! WINDSOR FOREST Available For Sale for $69,900! 3BR/1.5BA, LR, DR, utility room, carport. New wood floors, New paint interior & exterior, and New vinyl floors in bathrooms, and New ceiling fans. This home is located just blocks from schools, shopping, and various restaurants. Also it is located within a few minutes of HAAF. Owner financing maybe available. Owner is licensed Georgia real estate agent. Call Preferred Realty’s Cindy Osborne or Scott Berry, 912-489-4529 or 920-1936 for an appt. today!

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HOUSES 3 Bedrooms 36 Deerwood $1125 101 Wilshire Blvd $995 510 Red Oak Rd $925 143 Bordeaux Ln $895 5 Arthur Cir $895 2012 Nash St. $750 Garden City 105 Nelson Ave. $895 2 Bedrooms 315 E.58th $775 118 W. 56th St $625 APARTMENTS 2 Bedroom 1107 E.57th St. $600 654B E.36th St. $595 1128 E.53rd St. $495 FOR DETAILS & PICTURES VISIT OUR WEB PAGE WWW.PAMTPROPERTY.COM Pam T Property 692-0038 100 LEWIS DRIVE: 2BR/1.5BA CH&A, furnished kitchen $600/month, $400/sec dep. Call 912-308-0957 1011 East 39th Street: Upstairs Apartment 1 BR Apartment, Water& Electric is included in rent. $625/ $500/Deposit. 912-398-4424

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Student & Military Discount! Spacious, well-maintained 1 & 2 BR Apts. 1/2-OFF 1ST MONTH’S RENT! Rent A Manufactured home,14x70,on high/wooded lot. 3BR/2BA,save $$$, Gas, heat and stove, central air, refrigerator,full mini-blinds, carpeting and draperies, washer/dryer hookups, 48sqft. deck w/hand rails and steps, double-car cement parking pad. Swimming pool, recreational areas, on-site garbage service(twice weekly) and fire protection included, cable TV available, guest parking. Starting at $500/month,including lot rent. 800 Quacco Road. 925-9673. 1309 E. ANDERSON: Newly carpeted & painted Downstairs 2/3BR Apt. CH&A, furnished kitchen, Nice front porch & back yard.$700/month includes gas for cooking, $500/deposit.Section 8 Welcome. 912-354-1453

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1926 CLEMSON: 3BR, nice bedrooms, covered carport $750. 1517 GROVE: 3BR, new carpet, wonderful kitchen, W/D included $775. Call 912-257-6181

4BR/2.5BA FOR RENT: 2017 DELESSEPS AVE. near Truman Pkwy. Brick house. Sep LR, sep DR, sep. den, washer/dryer hookup, CH&A, carport, no appliances, total electric. $1000/month. 912-507-8127

1BR Apt., walk-in closet, LR, all electric, W/D connection. $575/month, $200/deposit 11515 White Bluff Road. 1812 N. Avalon Ave: 2BR/1.5BA Townhouse $675/month, $200/deposit. 259 Croatan St: 2BR/1BA near Oglethorpe Mall, W//D connections $675/month, $200/deposit. 1303 E.66th: 2BR/1 Bath, W/D connection, near Memorial Hosp. $700/month, $400/dep DAVIS RENTALS 310 E. MONTGOMERY XROADS 912-354-4011 OR 656-5372


1720 E.39th Street off Victory Drive & Hibiscus, across from AutoZone. No appliances,no w/d hookup,no pets. $400/month. 912-507-8127 2019 E.38TH 1BR/1BA, LR and kitchen w/appliances. Very nice apt Convenient neighborhood to shopping and Home Depot at Victory Drive. No pets. $550/rent, $500/deposit 912-352-4391 or 912-658-4559 2 BEDROOM Apartments Available. Section 8 Welcome. New appliances plus washers and dryers,laminate and ceramic tile. Call Eddie, 912-308-7672 or 912-231-0963 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT: Washer/Dryer. Handicap Ramp, CH/A $650/month, $500 Deposit. Section 8 Welcome. Call 912-352-3080/ 912-257-3000


730 E. 46TH: 2BR/1BA $875/mo 1317 GOLDEN AVE. 2BR/1BA $450 1304 E. 39th 3BR/ 2BA $ 895 +DEPOSIT, NO-PETS NO-SMOKING CALL BILL or TONYA :650-2711

78 Altman Terrace 2BR/1BA, CH&A, new renovation. Available Dec. 1st. $700/month. 1911 New Mexico 2 large BR, 1.5BA, hardwood floors, w/d and equipped kitchen, CH&A $725/month. 19 Arline Drive, Southside 3BR, fenced yard, CH&A. Available Dec. 1st $750/month. 108 Evora St., Westside 3BR/1.5BA, large garage, fenced yard, CH&A $750/month. 237 W.73rd St. near HAAF 2BR Duplex, heat/air, equipped kitchen $500/month. *$35 Non-Refundable App. Fee Req. Hal Brodmann, 912-713-7957

9B OAK FOREST LANE 2BR/1BA, Washer/Dryer Connection, Alarm System . $650/$650 Deposit. 912-398-4424

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MOVE-IN SPECIALS AVAILABLE 32 Liberty Heights Dr. 3BR/2BA, LR, DR, den, fenced yard, central heat/air, carpet $970/month. 718 West 38th St. 3BR/2BA, LR, DR, central heat/air, laundry room, fenced yard $725/month. 2BR/1BA Apts. Newly Renovated, hardwood floors,carpet, paint, appliances, central heat/air, washer/dryer hookups. $600-$650/month, utilities may be added to rent if requested. 844-3974 SECTION 8 WELCOME EASTSIDE: 2BR/1BA APARTMENT: Refrigerator, stove, washer/dryer hookup, central heat/air. $600/month + $600 deposit. No pets. 912-657-4583

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House For Rent 12 Gerald Drive 3 BR, 1 BA, large LR, DR, Kitchen, CH/A, New Carpet, Fenced. $750/$850 Dep 912-429-9446/352-8464 NEAR BUCKHALTER 2BR/1.5BA Mobile home on private lot. Available soon; taking applications. $525/month + deposit. NEAR ARMSTRONG 3 or 4BR/2BA, 2-story, very private, no pets. Taking applications $795/month + deposit. 912-234-0548; No Section 8

NEWLY RENOVATED 2BR/2BA. No pets. Largo/Tibet area. First month’s rent 1/2 Off. $665 Rent, $600 Deposit. Call 912-656-7842 RENT-TO-OWN

Large 3BD/2BA & 2BD/2BA remodeled mobile homes in nice Garden City mobile home park. Pool, basketball court, playground, clubhouse. Low down affordable payments. Credit check required. Call Gwen or Della, 912-964-7675.



•4602 Lanier Driver: 2BR Apt. $660/month + security. •1202 E.37th: 3BR/1BA house, LR,DR, kitchen, window AC, gas heat $600/month + sec. dep. •1202 McCarthy Avenue: 2BR Apt, window AC $450/mo + sec. dep. •812 W.39th: 2BR/2BA $600/mo. •1610 Ott St: 1BR Apt. $400/mo. + sec. deposit. ATTENTION LANDLORDS: If you are a landlord looking for a property manager, don’t just call a realtor, call one that specializes in rental property management. Lester Branch Property Management can assist you in the management of your property. Call Lester at 912-313-8261 or 912-234-5650. For Rent Very Nice 2 BR/ 1 BA Apartment Stove & refrigerator, ca/h, ceiling fans, kitchen. fenced yard, w/d con, near bus stop. $ 495 month. Section 8 welcome 912-667-7347/355-7886 Good Land Lord Seeking Good Tenant Retired/ Couple CLEAN’freshley painted 2BR/ 1 BA • Proof of income • Reference required • Background check 1314 E. 54th Street $495/$495 dep 912-897-3801


Mobile Home lots for rent. First month rent free! Wooden deck, curbside garbage collection twice weekly, swimming pool and playground included. Cable TV available.

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River Lot, near Hardeeville SC River lot w/ single wide mobile home, Water furnished $475/$475dep. . Lot on River /septic hook-up $ 225 / $225 dep water furnished, RV/ camper 912-964-4451


ONE, TWO & THREE BR Apts. & Houses for rent. Stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer. 1/2 month OffGood for this month only. 912-844-5996 OR 912-272-6820 SOUTHSIDE •1BR apts, washer/dryer included. Water & trash included, $625/month. •2BR/1.5BA townhouse apt, total electric, w/washer & dryer/$650. Call 927-3278 or 356-5656

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THE PATRICIAN APT’S - POOLER 111 E. Mell Street: 2 BR, 1 BA, Washer/ dryer hook up, 975 Sq Ft. Ceramic tile, Quiet & Convenient location. $675/month, $300 dep. 912-988-3724 or 912-704-7228 TOWNHOUSE- Lewis Dr. 2-Bedroom, 1.5-Bath, Stove, Refrigerator, washer/dryer connections, dishwasher, central heat/air, total electric, no pets. $600/month $600/deposit. 912-657-4583.


1 BR, 1 BA, washer/dryer. included : water, heat, electric and cable. $ 850 per month. Call Steve. 912-661-0758

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7315 Garfield: 3BR/2BA, freshly painted, fenced backyard, single car garage. Move-in Ready! $1150/month + dep.

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CLEAN, QUIET, Room & Efficiencies for Rent.On Busline, Stove, Refrigerator, Washer/Dryer. Rates from $85-$165/week. Call 912-272-4378 or 912-631-2909

FORD F250 Super-duty, 2005153k miles, new heads,new brakes,new tires, new oil cooler.EGR block off kit, K&N air filer & super chip,Gooseneck hitch. $20,000. 912-823-2955 or 912-844-1825



Furnished, affordable room available includes utility, cable,refrigerator, central heat/air. $115-$140/weekly, no deposit.Call 912-844-3609

FORD MGB-GT, 1974- MGB-GT, 1974. Runs, body in good shape. Mid restoration complete car, many new parts, $3000. Assembly required. 354-1854 or 398-4107


NEED A ROOM? STOP LOOKING! Great rooms available ranging from $115-$140/weekly. Includes refrigerators, cable w/HBO, central heat/air. No deposit. Call 912-398-7507.

HONDA ODYSSEY EX HONDA Odyssey, 2000- 1 owner, maint. records, great 7 passenger family car $7,500. (912)598-8688

*5621 Betty Dr. 2BR/1BA $650 *2220 E.43rd 3BR/1BA $825 *2042 E.60th 3BR/1BA $825 *15 Gerald Dr. 3BR/1BA $800 912-507-7934/912-927-2853 Available Now. 3BR/1BA, LR, family room, dining area, large kitchen, laundry room, central heat & A/C, shed w/electricity & concrete floor, newly painted interior & exterior.No pets or smoking.$879/Rent + security deposit $889. (1yr. lease required) **Special Discount available for Police officers on rent & sec.dep. No Section 8 Accepted! Call Scott Berry, Property manager at Berry Enterprises, 920-1936. CommerCial ProPerty For rent 890 OFFICES & Shop/warehouse for lease. 2500sq.ft. shop/warehouse w/roll up doors. 750sq.ft. office and showroom space. Fenced storage area, street frontage-1600 Dean Forest Rd, next to sign company. $1500/month negotiable, depending on lease term. Sorry, no automotive repair firms. 912-964-1900 rooms for rent 895

ROOMS FOR RENT Completely furnished. Central heat and air. Conveniently located on busline. $130 per week. Call 912-844-5995. SPACIOUS ROOMS FOR RENT Newly renovated on busline.2 blocks from Downtown Kroger,3 blocks from Historic Forsyth Park. $150/week w/No deposit. 844-5995 EFFICIENCY ROOMS Includes stove, refrigerator, private bath. Furnished! $180/week. Call 912-844-5995.


One & Two Bedroom Apartments with appliances, utilities included. $170-$225/weekly; Monthly $875. 912-319-4182


SAVE $$$$ MOVE-IN SPECIALS Clean, furnished, large. Busline, central heat/air, utilities. $100-$135 weekly. Rooms w/bathroom $150. Call 912-289-0410. Call 912-721-4350 and Place Your Classified Ad Today!


CLEAN, comfortable rooms. Washer/dryer, air, cable, HBO, ceiling fans. $110-$140 weekly. No deposit. Call Ike @ 844-7065

ROOM FOR RENT: Safe Environment. Central heat/air, cable, telephone service. $450-$550 monthly, $125/security deposit, No lease. Immediate occupancy. Call Mr. Brown:912-663-2574 or 912-234-9177. ROOMMATES WANTED West Savannah: Very Clean, newly remodeled w/central heat/air, stove,refrigerator,cable, washer/dryer, WiFi. On busline. Starting at $125/week. Call 912-272-6919


Fully furnished, central heat/air, washer & dryer, cable. No deposit. Safe environment. $125-$150/weekly & $450-$550/monthly. 912-228-1242


$50 Deposit Efficiencies $170/per week & up. Utilities included, Furnished, private bath. No Pets. Call 912-695-7889 or 912-342-3840


Liberty City: 1BR, private bath, living room and more. No pets. $300/month, half utilities. $300/deposit. 912-443-9043 transportation 900

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08 Honda Civic SI HONDA CIVIC SI, 2008 BLACK SEDAN 6 SPEED MANUAL, 56,000 MILES GOOD CONDITION $16,000.00 (912)927-3706

Nissan Sentra, 2006- 1.8 S Special Edition, fully loaded, 32 mpg, black 76K Great shape. Call 912-547-7905/ 233-7166 $8,600.00 WE PAY CASH for junk cars & trucks! Call 964-0515 Motorcycles/ AtVs 940

HONDA CBR 600 F3 1996- Good condition, new tires, runs great .$1,200/ OBO 912-414-7173

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CHEVROLET Camaro Z-28 Convertible, 1998. Corvette engine. 65K miles. Excellent condition $9,995 Call Stephen 316-734-1935


Paint & Body Work. Reasonably Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy wrecks. Call 912-355-5932. FORD Escort Wagon, 1994Automatic, cold A/C, low miles, super clean! $1,850. 912-441-2150

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Nov. 16, 2011 Connect Savannah Issue  

Featuring a special report on the controversial proposed deepening of the Savannah River, blues/rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, singer/songwr...

Nov. 16, 2011 Connect Savannah Issue  

Featuring a special report on the controversial proposed deepening of the Savannah River, blues/rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, singer/songwr...