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Jack Leigh highlighted in TV special this weekend

Georgia Public Broadcasting will honor the late great local photographer Jack Leigh in a segment of its quarterly series, “State of the Arts.” Premiering this Wednesday, October 20 at 8 p.m., “State of the Arts” encores Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. and Tues., Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

People interviewed for the segment on Leigh include John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; Susan Laney, director of the Jack Leigh Gallery; photographer Lisa Robinson; and Alan Campbell, who co-authored Ossabaw: Evocations of an Island with Leigh.

Best known for his “Bird Girl” photograph on the cover of Berendt’s bestseller, Leigh also authored five books of images of the South. He passed away at his downtown home May 19.

Skidaway to host new marine archaeology office

Georgia has established a new office devoted to underwater archaeology on Skidaway Island, officials say.

Established by the Department of Natural Resources’ Historic Preservation Division, the new “Underwater Archaeology Station” is the fruit of a partnership between DNR, Georgia Southern University, and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

The Station “is a natural fit, because the center of marine sciences for Georgia is here on Skidaway Island,” says DNR Underwater Archaeologist Jason Burns.

The new office has already received a grant from the National Park Service to conduct underwater research in the Ogeechee River near Ft. McAllister.

Burns encourages people who know of underwater archaeology sites deserving of further study to e-mail him at or call him at 598-3346.

Local activist honored

A Savannah resident spoke last week at the 2nd World Congress Against the Death Penalty.

Martina Correia of Savannah spoke to the International Council of the meeting, held in Montreal. Correia was also set to receive a National Grassroots Award in Washington D.C. later in the week at a meeting of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Kudos for CASA

The local Court Appointed Special Advocates program (CASA) was certified at the national level last week -- a seal that says the local group “has demonstrated a strong capacity to provide excellent services to the abused and neglected children within their community,” a spokesperson says.

Founded in May 1991, Savannah-Chatham CASA volunteers have advocated for 562 abused or neglected children in the local court system who might not otherwise have someone speaking for their best interests.

Currently the program has 103 volunteers. Contact CASA at 447-8908.

Monday march to encourage early voting for John Kerry

Chatham Democrats invite Kerry supporters to take part in a march on Monday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. starting at the county Democratic headquarters at Houston and Oglethorpe.

The march will go from there to the Board of Registrars “to bring attention to early voting, show Chatham that we have an abundance of Kerry supporters, and to give Sen. Kerry the early lead in Chatham,” says organizer Tony Center.

Cops target Cloverdale gang

Local police “are aggressively working to disrupt the activities of a local gang that has been recently developing in the Cloverdale area of west Savannah,” a spokesman for the Savannah/Chatham Police says.

The Low Valley Kings, or LVK, have members have at least 25 members ranging in age from 14 to 22, police say, and have been linked to at least five recent burglaries in the Cloverdale area.

So far, police have arrested two suspects and questioned two others.

Guess Pooler really is cooler

The Jameson Inn in Pooler will soon offer free high-speed wireless Internet access to guests, a spokesman says -- even poolside.

“Our guests have been telling us they wanted high speed Internet connectivity,” says Brian Mock, General Manager of the Jameson Inn in Pooler. “We understand that today’s business travelers have to meet incredible demands for time, and we’re sure high speed connectivity will help them successfully meet those demands, allowing them more time to relax and enjoy a job well done.”

New Goonies date

Postponed last month because of hurricane threats, SCAD’s “An Evening with The Goonies” has been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., in Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. The event is $3 for general admission seating and $1 with a valid SCAD ID.

After a screening of the 1985 movie, there will be a Q&A session with Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk in the movie.

For Connect’s interview on the topic, go to, click on Archives, and use key word search “Goonies.”