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Country Day drama troupe wins awards

Savannah Country Day School's Theatre 15 acting group garnered dual awards for Best Play and Best Actor at the 2004 Region One-Act Play Contest held Nov. 1.

The winning play performance was Dario Fo's political farce The Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

Trevor Hardigan won for Best Actor. It was the twenty-fourth straight Best Actor or Actress regional award for Theatre 15.

“I am very proud of the troupe. It has to perform the one-act for Region and State while preparing a main-stage play, says Richard Braithwaite, the group's director.

“Despite the double rehearsals every night between August and December, the troupe has placed third or higher at the State Finals for the past thirteen years and has had the Best Actor Award the past ten years.”

Numerous students audition each year for a spot on the Theatre 15 cast, but only fourteen actors and two technicians are chosen.

SSU UN team gets funds

The Savannah State University Model United Nations (UN) team was presented with $10,000 from Nadra Enzi in memory of his mother, Eryldelle DeVeaux Jones, to support the SSU students who will be attending the Harvard World Model UN in Edinburgh, Scotland, on March 27-31, 2005.

The Model UN is an activity that lets students undertake the complex work of international diplomats, assuming the roles of “ambassadors” from the 185 UN member states.

Enzi, who attended Savannah State from 1985-1988, was an active member of the Model UN program and participated in various Model UN conferences organized by Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Knowledge job board open

The Creative Coast, a local nonprofit economic development initiatives, has launched a free job board designed to help the area's technical and creative employers and employees find each other.

The job board at is “specifically designed for knowledge-based employers and their workers -- brainy people in print, web and broadcast design, software development, maritime logistics, specialty engineering, business consulting and film/video publishing, among other professions,” according to a spokesman.

Information can be posted free of charge.

While knowledge-based businesses make up only 5 percent of Chatham County's companies, they pay an average yearly salary of more than $50,000.

“So it's important that we help facilitate their growth,” says Chris Miller, executive director of The Creative Coast.


Counting down the days

A local couple has found a creative way to express their frustration with the re-election of George W. Bush.

Steve and Leilani Lowry have created a “Countdown to Retirement” four-year calendar, available at

“I was pretty upset over the election. I thought it would be fun if I had a calendar to cross off the days until Bush is gone,” says Lowry.

The calendar contains pictures of George Bush along with many of his quotes. “I thought the person who best explains why he should not be president is Bush himself,” Lowry says.

A red “Official Mark-Out Bush” pen is included with the calendar so people can mark off the days until inauguration day 2009.

New Buy Local prez picked

Joe Ippolito has been chosen as the new president of Buy Local Savannah effective January 1, replacing John Powers, Jr. of Sullivan Administrative Managers.

Ippolito, eMarketSouth’s sales & marketing director, has been a Buy Local member for two years.

Buy Local Savannah is an organization of locally-owned businesses that encourage area companies to buy from one another and to reinvest profits into the local community.

Ippolito’s responsibilities will include recruiting local business leaders to join the organization, working with the board of directors on the future vision of the group, and helping to coordinate monthly events.


A Savannah Arts Academy recruitment ad in the issue before last contained numerous errors which were all entirely our fault. We apologize for the oversight.