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  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:28 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) will host a Forum for candidates running in the May 20, 2014 election for President of the Savannah Chatham County School Board.

    WHERE:                 
    Coastal Georgia Center • 305 Fahm Street • Savannah, GA
     
    INVITED CANDIDATES:
    Sadie C. Brown
    Jolene Byrne
    Chester A. Ellis
    George Seaborough
    David Simons
     
    WHEN:                   
    Today, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    SCHEDULE:
    5:30 p.m. - Cocktail / Social Hour for DNA Members
    6:15 p.m. -  Seating / Brief Announcements
    6:20 p.m. – SDRA Update from Dicky Mopper
    6:25 p.m. – Introduction of Candidates
    6:30 p.m. - Forum begins

    ABOUT:
    The event is open to non-Downtown Neighborhood Association Members who are invited to join the organization in person or online at SavannahDNA.org. For non-members wishing to enjoy the catered cocktail hour, there is a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

    DNA’s Mission is to enhance the quality of life in the Historic Landmark District, protect Savannah’s unique downtown environment, and advocate public policies; which support these objectives. We protect the Landmark District’s architectural heritage, encourage restoration & beautification, and support local organizations that enhance the community through aid to Savannah’s citizens, education, safety, music, and children’s activities.
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:48 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)
    SAVANNAH, Ga. – Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading preservation organization committed to preserving and protecting Savannah's heritage, is pleased to welcome award-winning preservationist, Donovan D. Rypkema, to Savannah’s Preservation Festival on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 6 p.m., to lead a lecture on the economic impacts of historic preservation in Savannah. The lecture will take place at Arnold Hall, located at 1810 Bull St., and is free and open to the public.
     
    “To say Donovan’s lecture is a timely topic in historic downtown Savannah is an understatement,” said Daniel Carey, president and CEO of Historic Savannah Foundation. “The positive economic impact of historic preservation is often taken for granted or not fully understood, so we can all learn something and benefit from Donovan’s vast experience studying these issues in cities across the country.”
     
    Following Rypkema’s lecture, Carey will facilitate a panel discussion on preservation, development and neighborhood revitalizationundefinedfocusing on how the public and private sectors can collaborate in spurring those initiatives.  Rypkema will be joined by Ben Carter of the real estate firm Ben Carter Enterprises and Becky Wade of the Community Development Department for the City of Knoxville, Tenn.
     
    Rypkema is the principal PlaceEconomics, a real estate and economic development consulting firm in Washington, D.C., and specializes in services to public and non-profit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. Rypkema also established the Heritage Strategies International, a new firm created to provide similar services to worldwide clients, and teaches a graduate course in preservation economics at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2012, he was awarded the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the organization’s highest honor, for his work in the preservation field.
     
    PlaceEconomics is currently undertaking an impact study on the effects of preservation on Savannah’s economy for Historic Savannah Foundation.
     
    The Savannah Preservation Festival will take place in Savannah on May 8-10, 2014. Ticket packages are available at www.myHSF.org. An All-Access Pass, which includes admission to all events as well as a discounted HSF Preserver Membership, is $250. A 20% student discount is available on all ticket prices.
     
    For more information, please contact preservationfest@myHSF.org or call 912.233.7787.  
  • Monday, April 21, 2014 11:09 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)
    DNA Member Meeting on Wednesday, April 23: School Board Candidate Forum
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    Let's Help Clean Up Broughton Street!

    We hope as many DNA volunteers as are able will join us on Tuesday, April 22 from 7 - 11 a.m. at the Broughton Street Clean up organized by the Savannah Downtown Business Association. DNA has been assigned to the 0 to 100 Blocks East and West sections of Broughton. You may email us to confirm your participation or check in on Tuesday morning on our block or at 24e.

    Please bring brooms/leaf blowers/gloves if you have! The City of Savannah and other generous donors are providing the majority of the supplies and tools. Smoothie King on Broughton will donate a smoothie to each volunteer as well as water.

    School Board Candidate Forum on April 23rd

    DNA's April meeting will focus on the upcoming School Board Election for President. Candidates will debate questions from the audience. DNA Members are encouraged to attend. The event is open to non-members. A suggested donation of $5 for the catered happy hour is encouraged for non-members wishing to partake in the food and beverage offerings. DNA Members will receive priority seating.

    Location: Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm Street
    5:30 p.m. - Cocktail / Social Hour for DNA Members
    6:15 p.m. - Seating
    6:20 p.m. – Announcements & Introduction
    6:30 p.m. - Forum begins

    Candidates include: Sadie C. Brown, Jolene Byrne, Chester A. Ellis, George Seaborough, and David Simons, all of Savannah, will each run for the seat currently occupied by Joe Buck. All but Simons have confirmed participation at this time.

    Brown is retired educator, Byrne is a college sociology instructor, Ellis is a pastor, Seaborough is a community activist and Simons is a political consultant.

    The Forum will be moderated by DNA President, Hank Reed.
    Historic Savannah Foundation Events

    Preservation Awards
    Each year, Historic Savannah Foundation celebrates the best of preservation by presenting Preservation Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation. The award winners will be announced at HSF’s Preservation Awards Luncheon, sponsored by KEIM Mineral Coatings, on April 30, 2014 at the Hilton Desoto. To purchase tickets please click here.  For more information please contact Danielle Meunier at 912.233.7787.

    Preservation Festival 2014
    HSF's Preservation Festival will be May 8-10 and includes tours, lectures, tastings and parties. DNA members are invited to attend and may learn more and purchase tickets here.
     
    We hope you will put May 13th on your calendar to join us for the Annual Spring Picnic! If you have not renewed your DNA Membership, this is the perfect opportunity! Advance renewal is strongly encouraged to avoid the line at the door so you'll have more time to enjoy socializing with neighbors! Click here to renew. For questions about membership, email us here.
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  • Friday, April 18, 2014 2:00 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)
    We hope as many DNA volunteers as are able will join us on Tuesday, April 22 from 7 - 11 a.m. at the Broughton Street Clean up organized by the Savannah Downtown Business Association. DNA has been assigned to the 0 to 100 Blocks East and West sections of Broughton. You may email us to confirm your participation or check in on Tuesday morning on our block or at 24e.

    Please bring brooms/eaf blowers/gloves if you have! The City of Savannah and other generous donors are providing the majority of the supplies and tools. Smoothie King on Broughton will donate a smoothie to each volunteer as well as water.

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:31 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)
    Each year, Historic Savannah Foundation celebrates the best of preservation by presenting Preservation Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation. Join HSF as they celebrate a range of preservation achievements and this year’s winners are recognized.

    Wednesday, April 30

    11:30am – 1:00pm

    Madison Ballroom, DeSoto Hilton

    Purchase Tickets: $45 Individual / $360 Table of 8


  • Wednesday, April 09, 2014 10:47 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Some downtown residents were so convinced they needed additional security around their homes they offered to pay the city for surveillance cameras.


    The city, however, was less than eager to accept their money.


    City spokesman Bret Bell said officials appreciated the residents’ initiative but were concerned about the message they would send by accepting the donation.


    The city does not want to create the perception that residents are only as safe as they can afford to be, Bell said. Instead, the city decided to use funds paid by organizers of a fashion show at Monterey Square in 2012.


    The $15,000 impact fee almost equaled the cost of installing the two cameras and wireless routers needed to operate them at the square, Bell said. Prior to the decision, police had identified a need for the cameras along the highly travelled corridor, he said.


    Both cameras are expected to go online by the end of the week.


    Reed Dulany said the installation comes after he and other area residents agreed to cover the $15,000 cost of the cameras, by donating about $600 per household, due to concerns about crime in the area.

    Dulaney said he did not think Monterey Square was more dangerous than other squares, but the cameras are worthwhile in helping apprehend offenders and, more importantly, preventing crimes before they occur.


    He said he would like to see the city do a better job of promoting partnerships with the public to help fund projects that could make Savannah a better place to live. “I think there is enough good will in the city,” he said.


    The city has partnered with organizations to fund projects in the past and has a program in which the city matches organizations up to $10,000 for landscaping and monument improvements, Bell said.

    All potential contributions are reviewed on a case by case basis, he said.


    In 2012, the Downtown Garden Club donated $10,500 to the city to cover the cost of a new wrought iron fence placed around the Nathanael Greene Monument in Johnson Square. That same year, Dulany’s family also made a donation for 50 palmetto trees along Victory Drive.

    While the Monterey Square cameras are able to feed off wireless service stemming from the Forsyth Park cafe and visitors center, most of the downtown squares do not have the network infrastructure necessary to have them installed, Bell said.


    There was a plan to fund cameras for all the squares, but the City Council wanted to expand their thinking citywide rather than just focusing on the Historic District, Bell said.

    Currently, 167 surveillance cameras are spread throughout the city.


    The sales tax referendum voters approved in November included $1 million that will go toward expanding wireless connectivity, but fiber-optic cable costs about $80,000 per mile, Bell said.

    “We recognize that $1 million isn’t going to get us very far,” he said.

  • Friday, April 04, 2014 10:42 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)


    DNA Member, Bill Gillespie is coordinating a Broughton Street clean up day scheduled for Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22. We will partner with The City of Savannah, The Downtown Business Association and The Historic Savannah Foundation from 7  - 11 am to do some general clean up, touch up paint on curbs/lamp posts, weeding and more. Stay tuned for more information on this as volunteers from DNA are need and appreciated!
  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:06 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)
    MOTORIZED CARTS/LOW SPEED VEHICLE UPDATE
    The Recorder’s Court hearing involving the use of golf carts as shuttle vehicles on City streets by the Savannah Hoppers has come to a conclusion. Chief Judge Tammy Stokes presided over the trial and on Monday issued a decision in favor of the City. Savannah Hoppers cannot operate motorized carts in Savannah until these vehicles are in compliance with both state law and local ordinances.  In the meantime, Savannah Hoppers will continue to offer low speed vehicles for rental.
     
    PUBLIC MEETING
    A public meeting will be held Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Chatham County Library, 14097 Abercorn Street, to discuss motorized carts and low speed vehicles.
     
    SHARED TOUR STAND AT OGLETHORPE AND BULL
    The shared stand at 10 E. Oglethorpe was approved by Council on March 6.  The movement of the motor coach stand will be occur before the end of next week.
     
    CARRIAGE COMPANIES
    Staff is continuing to work on a proposal for carriage operations to be permitted between the hours of 4:30 to 6:00PM, Monday thru Friday.  This includes reviewing boundaries and compiling data on special requests.
     
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3:46 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)
    THIS SATURDAY, March 29, at 9 a.m.
    Volunteers Needed at Mother Mathilda Beasley Park
    500 E. Broad Street

    Volunteer with the Savannah Tree Foundation in Mother Mathilda Beasley Park this Saturday morning, and help get the park ready for spring. Volunteers will learn the correct way to mulch trees, and about the environmental and economic benefits of urban forests. The Savannah Tree Foundation will provide volunteers with site specific training, knowledgeable team leaders, and the tools needed to help take care of this park. Activities will include:
    •spreading fresh mulch in the landscape beds
    •pruning back some overgrowth in the “wetland” area
    •cleaning up the park
    •working in the dog park
      •and more!

    Please wear long pants and sleeves to protect from the sun and bugs and wear closed toe shoes. Bring your own gloves and a hard tined rake if you have them--otherwise STF will provide hand tools.
    Meet at 9 am, Saturday, March 29th at the north end of the park, next to the parking area. RAIN OR SHINE! This is a family friendly event.

    Community service credit is available.

    Savannah Tree Foundation will provide beverages and refreshments, however please bring you own, refillable, water bottle. Questions? Call 912-233-TREE (8733).

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Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc.
P.O. Box 9416
Savannah, GA 31412

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