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If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between your freedom and a verdict of "guilty" is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Talahi Island, GA.

Those who have been arrested before know that life in the legal system is no laughing matter. Aside from the imminent ramifications of fines and jail time, any goals you have of bettering yourself and advancing your life could be compromised. Without a trusted attorney by your side, you could face a lifetime of embarrassment and poor employment prospects due to a tarnished criminal record.

The good news? Dennis O'Brien and his team of experienced lawyers in Talahi Island are ready to clear your name. By retaining the help of a criminal defense attorney early in the legal process, you have a much better chance of securing your freedom and living a life as a productive member of society.

At O'Brien Law Firm PC, our practice was founded to fight for the rights of individuals accused of or charged with a crime. Our team of legal experts is well-equipped to take even the most difficult, contentious cases. From violent felonies to DUI, there is nothing we haven't seen and handled. As a former law enforcement officer, founding attorney Dennis O'Brien knows exactly how much a person can lose if convicted. That's why we work tirelessly to secure a verdict that is favorable for our clients.

Regardless of how serious or minor your case may be, know that we will fight fearlessly on your behalf. You deserve zealous representation - when you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC, you will receive nothing less.

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The O'Brien Law Firm PC Difference

Many of our clients are surprised to discover that founding lawyer Dennis O'Brien was a police officer prior to his criminal defense career. As a former Field Training Officer for the Memphis Police Department, he has over two decades of knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. Dennis truly understands the nuance and complexities involved in a criminal defense case. This rare experience gives Dennis a clear edge in any criminal defense case and gives clients priceless peace of mind when they need it the most. Unlike some criminal defense attorneys in Talahi Island, Dennis O'Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Talahi Island criminal defense firms will take weekends off or pass along cases to paralegals, Dennis personally reviews each of his cases. There is no case too small or big for O'Brien Law Firm PC. When you hire our firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will be by your side when the going gets tough.

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Here are just a few reasons why O'Brien Law Firm PC is Talahi Island's top choice in criminal defense:
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  • Fierce Dedication to Clients
  • Unmatched Experience
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  • Prompt Response to Inquiries and Questions
  • Commitment to Defending Your Rights
  • Thorough, Effective Research and Investigation
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Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients in Talahi Island and is highly qualified to take your case. Some of our specialties include:

Drug Cases in Talahi Island, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Talahi Island, it can change your life forever. Georgia imposes very strict punishments for drug offenses. The truth is, it's hard to get your life back on track with a drug charge on your record. Your freedom and way of life could be in the hands of your criminal defense attorney. As such, you need a competent lawyer with years of experience handling drug cases. Leaving your fate in the hands of an incompetent attorney could have long-lasting effects on your family and may result in a conviction.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Talahi Island often include:

  • Jail
  • Prison
  • Heavy fines
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling
  • Probation or parole
  • Permanent criminal record

While the consequences for a drug crime in Georgia are serious, there's reason to be hopeful: O'Brien Law Firm PC is here to fight for you. Remember - being charged with a drug crime is NOT the same thing as being convicted.

Our stellar team has represented many clients facing numerous drug-related charges. While each situation varies, one constant remains the same for clients facing drug charges: a fear of what lies ahead. At O'Brien Law Firm PC our job is to help you overcome the fear of the unknown. We do so by ensuring you understand your charges, the possible outcomes associated with those charges, and the options you need to consider from a criminal defense standpoint.

With more than a decade of experience as Talahi Island drug crime attorneys, we have the experience and resources to defend you in court no matter what your charges may be, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy

No matter what charge you are facing, our team has the experience and resources to build a comprehensive defense strategy for your drug case in Talahi Island, GA. Without a criminal defense attorney acting as your advocate, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Here are a few punishments you could be facing for drug crimes in Talahi Island:

  • Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession
    Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession:

    Having less than a gram (or one milliliter for liquids) of this type of drug results in a prison term of one to three years. Having four grams or milliliter carries a term of one to eight years.

  • Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession
    Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession:

    Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.

  • Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession
    Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession:

    If you have less than two grams or milliliters of this substance, punishments can be between one year and three years. Having up to four grams or milliliters results in a prison sentence of one to eight years.

  • Possession of Marijuana
    Possession of Marijuana:

    Those who are in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are subject to a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Fines may be no more than $1,000. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana can result in a prison term of one to 10 years.

To avoid these life-changing punishments, you must take action now. Contact O'Brien Law Firm today for a consultation about your case.

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Violent Crime Cases in Talahi Island, GA

Violent crime offenses in Talahi Island typically involve some form of bodily harm to another individual, actions committed against an individual's will, or threatening someone with bodily harm. Aggravated violent offenses are more severe charges and often occur when a violent crime is made more serious due to circumstances like deadly weapons.

Much like serious drug cases, violent crimes create an added layer of negativity that follows the accused for the rest of their life. In these cases, even an accusation is enough to cause irreparable damage to a person's reputation. Those convicted of a violent crime face severe penalties that can include years in a correctional facility.

Common crimes of this nature include but are not limited to:
  • Murder
  • Assault with the intent to murder
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking

When you are accused of any of the above crimes, your freedom hangs in the balance. The outcome of your case will determine whether you leave the courtroom with your freedom intact or stripped away to serve time behind bars. Because the punishments for violent crimes are so extreme, you should be seeking legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney in Talahi Island, GA, as soon as possible. As a former police officer with a long record of positive verdicts in violent crime cases, Dennis O'Brien is well equipped to represent you in court.

Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side is the best way to avoid the serious punishments associated with violent crimes. These punishments usually result in prison time if convicted and include:
Forced rape: 20 years
Armed robbery: Up to 20 years
Simple assault: Up to 12 months
Aggravated assault: 10 to 20 years
Aggravated battery: Up to 20 years
Involuntary manslaughter: One to 20 years
Vehicular homicide Up to 15 years
Murder: Life in prison or the death sentence
Zealous Representation Without Judgement

As a former police officer, Dennis O'Brien has seen the toll it takes on a person when charged with a crime. His time in law enforcement allows him to empathize with his clients who desperately need competent representation. Despite being innocent until proven guilty, accusations are scary, and conviction could be a reality. That is why you must work with a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer in Talahi Island, GA who will work tirelessly to clear your name.

Clients choose O'Brien Law Firm because we believe in open communication, honesty, and hard work. It is not our job to act as judges for those who have been accused of crimes. Rather, our goal is to find the best defense that allows us to protect our clients' rights and freedoms.

DUI Cases in Talahi Island, GA

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common crimes committed in Georgia. Punishments for such a crime can be severe, and for understandable reasons - when a person operates a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they're putting their life and the lives of others at risk.

While DUI is a serious crime that completely upend the accused's life, the earnest desire to end drunk driving can make police officers too eager to catch a person who they believe is under the influence.

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The city of Talahi Island, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Talahi Island could face:

  • Very expensive fines and fees
  • Loss of license
  • Incarceration

Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, there is hope. This is particularly true when the accused is administered a breath or blood test for DUI. In fact, cases that involve a breath and/or blood test are beaten daily. When you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC, we will dive deep into your DUI case in Talahi Island and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:

  • Was the stop legal? If not, your case could be dismissed
  • Is there enough evidence or probable cause to arrest you? If not, Dennis O'Brien will file a pre-trial motion and will fight hard to have your case dismissed before trial.
  • Did the police read you your implied consent rights? If not, your case could be thrown out. Failure to read implied consent rights to the accused is one of the most common police errors.
  • Were your blood testing records and breathalyzer results maintained? Breath testing comes with inherent weaknesses that can create doubt in a juror's mind.

There are numerous ways to beat a DUI case in Georgia, from unreliable field sobriety tests to inaccurate state-administered breath tests. As a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Talahi Island, GA, Dennis O'Brien has the knowledge and experience to expose the state's mistakes and fight for your rights. When you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC your chances of dismissal are greatly increased. When your case is dismissed, you can continue living life without the burden of a criminal record.

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If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Talahi Island, GA, don't leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it's too late.

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New Realm Brewing Savannah closes -are we surprised?

I wish I could say I am surprised.Unfortunately, I am not.Virginia-based New Realm Brewing Company announced on Monday that they would be closing their Savannah location. The reaction from the community? A whole lot of “meh.”That would include the view from this seat.The idea seemed like a good one. A very popular brewery and eatery from Atlanta was going to open up here in the heart of downtown Savannah. There ...

I wish I could say I am surprised.

Unfortunately, I am not.

Virginia-based New Realm Brewing Company announced on Monday that they would be closing their Savannah location. The reaction from the community? A whole lot of “meh.”

That would include the view from this seat.

The idea seemed like a good one. A very popular brewery and eatery from Atlanta was going to open up here in the heart of downtown Savannah. There was certainly brand recognition. There was certainly stable financial backing to make it all work, but it didn’t take more than a couple ‘walk bys’ and/or visits to pick up on the fact that the Savannah version of this very popular Atlanta beltline watering hole appeared to be under performing.

I don’t ever recall seeing it at anything close to capacity. Meanwhile, I was at their Atlanta spot a few months ago Memorial Day weekend and it was hopping. On a Sunday afternoon.

In the wake of Ghost Coast Distillery closing up shop a month or so ago, you have to begin to wonder what’s up. Savannah is many things, including a drinking town. So how could two large scale adult beverage operations like these shut their doors?

Clearly they were not too big to fail.

Would you believe I saw a first red flag within a week of them opening their doors last year? It was the moment I was told they were opening a location in Charleston a few weeks down the road. I have nothing to add here about the current state of affairs at New Realm-Daniel Island, but I did wonder at the time if someone was biting off more than they should be chewing. New eateries always need time to catch on and start making money. I don’t care how popular the flagship is, every market is different.

Sometimes I wonder just how much thought and research goes into some of these decisions. Because while I don’t know a whole lot about what it takes to open a multi million dollar brewery, I do know Savannah and the people in it very well.

This has traditionally been a tough sell in the copy and paste department. But people keep trying to tap in to the 14 or so million people who visit here every year.

Exhibit A would be 39 Rue de Jean. One of my favorite spots for a bite and a glass of wine or four in Charleston. I have always loved that space. However, the cookie cutter box they put in front of us at the Embassy Suites here never came close to capturing the vibe they have in Chucktown. Not even close. They closed very quietly during Summer 2020.

The point here is that what may work at your place may not necessarily fly here. Why not? Let’s start with prices.

Any regular reader of my work knows that I have never-nor will I ever-question what something costs. Dining out, especially lately, has gotten pretty pricey. Food? It is what it is. But drinking in this town? For starters, the locals all know where best value is for booze around here and very little of it is North of Liberty Street.

If I had a nickel for every local who has complained to me about prices for a beer or cocktail at the Plant Riverside District, I’d be driving that Range Rover by now. Visitors to our city will gladly pay what they ask because no one told them that Dub’s Pub-about 200 feet away-has that same beer for probably half price. And a rock star bloody mary, too.

I don’t know any of the details behind the reasons why Ghost Coast Distillery shut down, but I’m guessing that $15 cocktails in their tasting room wasn’t doing them any favors.

Is a local from, say, Wilmington Island going to come downtown, fight for parking and/or walk a bunch for the right to spend $75 on a round of drinks with friends? Maybe, if you’ve got someone in from out of town, but otherwise? Not so much.

All of this said, the blessings our city can enjoy these days cannot be discounted. Our food scene is chugging along nicely, and people in increasing numbers are coming here specifically for experiences with food. I’ve heard this from a few different sources. Which is great.

As I write this, I have a list of FOURTEEN eateries on tap for Savannah sitting right in front of me. So clearly someone believes there is enough juice to go around.

But a lot of downtown businesses will tell you they need local traffic as well to thrive and in some cases survive. Without locals filling in some of the dead spots on the calendar (because a few still exist) or a random Tuesday night, well then the fancy pants space from your city is unlikely to fly here.

The only thing I loved on the menu at New Realm Savannah were the chicken wings. They were solid. But the rest? There was nothing there to make me go out of my way. And I live close enough to walk there. So how about those that don’t?

Just one big ‘meh’

Let’s hope whoever goes in there next brushes up on their homework first.

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Eat It and Like It launched in Savannah, Georgia with television personality Jesse Blanco as the host. His passion for food and travel has made Eat It and Like It a two-time EMMY nominated program about contemporary and traditional Southern food.

New Realm Brewing Savannah closes -are we surprised?

I wish I could say I am surprised.Unfortunately, I am not.Virginia-based New Realm Brewing Company announced on Monday that they would be closing their Savannah location. The reaction from the community? A whole lot of “meh.”That would include the view from this seat.The idea seemed like a good one. A very popular brewery and eatery from Atlanta was going to open up here in the heart of downtown Savannah. There ...

I wish I could say I am surprised.

Unfortunately, I am not.

Virginia-based New Realm Brewing Company announced on Monday that they would be closing their Savannah location. The reaction from the community? A whole lot of “meh.”

That would include the view from this seat.

The idea seemed like a good one. A very popular brewery and eatery from Atlanta was going to open up here in the heart of downtown Savannah. There was certainly brand recognition. There was certainly stable financial backing to make it all work, but it didn’t take more than a couple ‘walk bys’ and/or visits to pick up on the fact that the Savannah version of this very popular Atlanta beltline watering hole appeared to be under performing.

I don’t ever recall seeing it at anything close to capacity. Meanwhile, I was at their Atlanta spot a few months ago Memorial Day weekend and it was hopping. On a Sunday afternoon.

In the wake of Ghost Coast Distillery closing up shop a month or so ago, you have to begin to wonder what’s up. Savannah is many things, including a drinking town. So how could two large scale adult beverage operations like these shut their doors?

Clearly they were not too big to fail.

Would you believe I saw a first red flag within a week of them opening their doors last year? It was the moment I was told they were opening a location in Charleston a few weeks down the road. I have nothing to add here about the current state of affairs at New Realm-Daniel Island, but I did wonder at the time if someone was biting off more than they should be chewing. New eateries always need time to catch on and start making money. I don’t care how popular the flagship is, every market is different.

Sometimes I wonder just how much thought and research goes into some of these decisions. Because while I don’t know a whole lot about what it takes to open a multi million dollar brewery, I do know Savannah and the people in it very well.

This has traditionally been a tough sell in the copy and paste department. But people keep trying to tap in to the 14 or so million people who visit here every year.

Exhibit A would be 39 Rue de Jean. One of my favorite spots for a bite and a glass of wine or four in Charleston. I have always loved that space. However, the cookie cutter box they put in front of us at the Embassy Suites here never came close to capturing the vibe they have in Chucktown. Not even close. They closed very quietly during Summer 2020.

The point here is that what may work at your place may not necessarily fly here. Why not? Let’s start with prices.

Any regular reader of my work knows that I have never-nor will I ever-question what something costs. Dining out, especially lately, has gotten pretty pricey. Food? It is what it is. But drinking in this town? For starters, the locals all know where best value is for booze around here and very little of it is North of Liberty Street.

If I had a nickel for every local who has complained to me about prices for a beer or cocktail at the Plant Riverside District, I’d be driving that Range Rover by now. Visitors to our city will gladly pay what they ask because no one told them that Dub’s Pub-about 200 feet away-has that same beer for probably half price. And a rock star bloody mary, too.

I don’t know any of the details behind the reasons why Ghost Coast Distillery shut down, but I’m guessing that $15 cocktails in their tasting room wasn’t doing them any favors.

Is a local from, say, Wilmington Island going to come downtown, fight for parking and/or walk a bunch for the right to spend $75 on a round of drinks with friends? Maybe, if you’ve got someone in from out of town, but otherwise? Not so much.

All of this said, the blessings our city can enjoy these days cannot be discounted. Our food scene is chugging along nicely, and people in increasing numbers are coming here specifically for experiences with food. I’ve heard this from a few different sources. Which is great.

As I write this, I have a list of FOURTEEN eateries on tap for Savannah sitting right in front of me. So clearly someone believes there is enough juice to go around.

But a lot of downtown businesses will tell you they need local traffic as well to thrive and in some cases survive. Without locals filling in some of the dead spots on the calendar (because a few still exist) or a random Tuesday night, well then the fancy pants space from your city is unlikely to fly here.

The only thing I loved on the menu at New Realm Savannah were the chicken wings. They were solid. But the rest? There was nothing there to make me go out of my way. And I live close enough to walk there. So how about those that don’t?

Just one big ‘meh’

Let’s hope whoever goes in there next brushes up on their homework first.

# # #

Eat It and Like It launched in Savannah, Georgia with television personality Jesse Blanco as the host. His passion for food and travel has made Eat It and Like It a two-time EMMY nominated program about contemporary and traditional Southern food.

Hargray Fiber Expands Ultra-Fast Fiber Internet in Savannah and Island Communities

SAVANNAH, Ga., May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Hargray Fiber announced plans to expand the company's ultra-fast, state-of-the-art, all-fiber Internet network into residential neighborhoods in the Savannah, GA area, including Windsor Forest, as well as Wilmington, Whitemarsh, and Talahi Islands. The company began serving businesses in Georgia in 2010, and the expansion into residential areas is part of Hargray Fiber's long-term goal to bring the most advanced and fastest Internet available anywhere in the world to more than 500,000 homes and bus...

SAVANNAH, Ga., May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Hargray Fiber announced plans to expand the company's ultra-fast, state-of-the-art, all-fiber Internet network into residential neighborhoods in the Savannah, GA area, including Windsor Forest, as well as Wilmington, Whitemarsh, and Talahi Islands. The company began serving businesses in Georgia in 2010, and the expansion into residential areas is part of Hargray Fiber's long-term goal to bring the most advanced and fastest Internet available anywhere in the world to more than 500,000 homes and businesses across the United States by 2027.

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Hargray Fiber's Southeast President, Ashley Phillips, stressed the importance of the company's investment in consumers and the broader local community. "We are headquartered in Savannah, so expanding our high-speed internet to families in this area is extra special. We live and work in these communities and want to see them continue to thrive," said Phillips.

"We are looking forward to Hargray Fiber's expanded investment in the greater Savannah community," said Savannah Mayor, Van R. Johnson, II. "As we continue to seek equity in the delivery of all services, this expansion will allow more Savannahian residents to attain much-coveted high-speed internet, making Savannah an even more attractive place to live, learn and work."

Featuring gigabit download and upload speeds, Hargray Fiber will bring ten times more speed to consumer doorsteps at a time when fast, reliable Internet is becoming increasingly critical to modern households. "More and more, we see households where multiple bandwidth-intensive activities occur simultaneously and many consumers' Internet connections just aren't up to the task," added John Robertson, Savannah Region General Manager. "The Hargray Fiber network solves that problem."

For many consumers, the Internet touches every facet of daily life. Remote work, telehealth, and virtual learning all require robust, reliable connections. A 2021 study by Deloitte indicated that 55% of U.S. households include one or more remote workers, and 43% include at least one household member attending virtual classes.

Hargray Fiber has begun construction in the Georgetown neighborhood and is slated to begin in Windsor Forest, as well as Wilmington, Whitemarsh and Talahi Islands in the coming months. For more information, visit https://residential.hargray.com/hargrayfiberexpansion.

About Hargray Fiber

Hargray Fiber is an Internet service provider based in Savannah, GA that operates a more than 2,000 route mile fiber network serving business, enterprise, and residential customers in a wide range of communities throughout the Midwest and Southeastern United States, including Savannah, Pooler, Macon, and Valdosta. Hargray Fiber belongs to the Clearwave Fiber family of brands, serving cities across the Midwest and Southeast regions of the United States.

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Mother's Day 2022: Here are some things to do in Savannah this year to celebrate your mom

While it is important to celebrate mom 365 days out of the year, it's always nice to make her day in May a little bit special.Savannah is home to a myriad of activities to celebrate mom, but here are some events to mark down as you plan your weekend:Savannah African Art Museum creating collages for momThis workshop is an opportunity to create a piece of art that lets participants – children and adults alike – demonstrate how interested they are in their moms’ and mother figures’ s...

While it is important to celebrate mom 365 days out of the year, it's always nice to make her day in May a little bit special.

Savannah is home to a myriad of activities to celebrate mom, but here are some events to mark down as you plan your weekend:

Savannah African Art Museum creating collages for mom

This workshop is an opportunity to create a piece of art that lets participants – children and adults alike – demonstrate how interested they are in their moms’ and mother figures’ stories.

Attendees will create collages about their mothers or mother figures, highlighting things like her birthplace, things that bring her joy, her taste in music, books and art, and places she’s visited or would like to travel to. Participants may choose to create a timeline with images and dates.

The museum will supply attendees with a canvas, paint, crayons, markers, fabric, glue, and magazines. Participants are encouraged to bring personal photos, other visuals or mementos, keepsakes, written words, etc., to create collages that tell their moms, “Yes Mom, I see you, happy Mother’s Day!”

All workshops will be held on the second floor of the museum’s Upbeat Village Terracotta Gallery. Please note that it is stair access only, no elevator or wheelchair access available. However, the main museum building does offer elevator and full wheelchair access for tours. The event will be held from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Mother's Day Champagne Brunch at Plant Riverside District

Plant Riverside District will host a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch featuring a lavish buffet with an assortment of chef-prepared delicacies as well as Villa Sandi Prosecco or Prosecco Rosé. All mothers in attendance will also receive a special rose as a gift.

The Mother’s Day Brunch will feature live performances by acclaimed jazz artists including Bill Mays, a pianist and composer who has worked on hundreds of noteworthy film soundtracks; Grammy Award-nominated pianist Elio Villafranca; and former American Jazz Pianist Competition winner Addison Frei.

Reservations are required and be made here. This event is open to the public.

Mother's Day at the Island

The Islands Farmer's Market will be offering a special line-up of Mother's Day festivities on Saturday, including booths from Renegade Paws Rescue, Islands Feral Cat Project and Live Oak Public Libraries. There will also be local honey, eggs, meat, bread, crafts, poultry, soaps, jewelry, candles, wreathes and more.

The market runs from 9 a.m. until noon at 401 Quarterman Drive on Talahi Island. Find more information here.

Scenic Siesta picnic for mom in Savannah

Take mom to a fancy picnic in the park!

Relax over a picnic in Forsyth Park in Savannah with this private experience. Dine al fresco in the middle of the park with everything you need to be comfortable: blankets, pillows, Bluetooth speaker, and picnic grub. Choose between different menus to ensure a picnic that suits mom’s taste. This private picnic is the perfect way to celebrate.

According to our Dine and Dash columnist Martina Yvette, "this isn’t your classic red and white checkered-print picnic. Scenic Siesta is a picnic experience for those who want to explore Savannah with a host who does the work for you."

The price ranges from $100 per person with more info here.

Zach Dennis is the editor of the arts and culture section and weekly Do Savannah alt-weekly publication at the Savannah Morning News and can be reached at zdennis@savannahnow.com.

Siblings keep passion for lifeguarding alive

The three siblings are now the third generation of their family to lifeguardWILMINGTON ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - If you want to hit the pool or the beach maybe the most important thing you’ll need, aside from your swimsuit, is a lifeguard to help keep you safe.But sadly, this last summer we saw just how challenging it was to find people willing to fill the role.“Thousands of pools across the country did not open this year because they could not find staff. They couldn’t find quality people,” said Coa...

The three siblings are now the third generation of their family to lifeguard

WILMINGTON ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - If you want to hit the pool or the beach maybe the most important thing you’ll need, aside from your swimsuit, is a lifeguard to help keep you safe.

But sadly, this last summer we saw just how challenging it was to find people willing to fill the role.

“Thousands of pools across the country did not open this year because they could not find staff. They couldn’t find quality people,” said Coastal Pool Management President & GM Kirby Rushing.

But luckily that wasn’t the case at the Wilmington Park Pool, in part, thanks to three lifeguards.

“Well, it all started, I was just kind of looking for a summer job and lifeguarding just kind of came about,” said Kayley Given.

Three years after stumbling upon the summer job, maybe to her surprise, it’s become much more than that for 19-year-old Kayley.

“I couldn’t imagine my life without lifeguarding in it. Like people say it’s part of my personality and I’m like, ‘I guess it is.’”

But perhaps more surprising than her newfound passion, is who would soon follow in her footsteps.

“If you told me a year ago that they would be lifeguarding with me I’d be like, ‘no way.’ Because I’d always talk about it and they’d be like, ‘eh whatever.’ They didn’t seem to excited about it,” Kayley says.

But, her younger siblings, 18-year-old Ella and 15-year-old Ian now joining her at the pool.

“I wanted to be part of everything she was part of, and it just looked fun,” Ella said.

“So, I decided to become one this year,” continued Ian.

Of course, working with your siblings can come with challenges.

“Sometimes we argue,” Ella says.

However, Kayley, who is technically their boss, says it’s been a perfect fit.

“I don’t think a lot of kids could work with their siblings. These two actually listen to me. I was worried about them being like, ‘no.’”

“She’s always been bossing us around since we were young, so, it kind of just came naturally,” joked Ella.

Maybe that’s because lifeguarding is in their DNA.

“When my mom found out we were doing it she was super excited because she used to do it. I mean our Grandma was a lifeguard as well, so, I guess it kind of just runs in the family,” Kayley said.

Although it’s their first year together, they don’t expect it to be their last.

“Yeah, I’m hoping we get to lifeguard together for a few more years because it’s really a family thing,” said Ella.

But if not, Kayley trusts she’s leaving the pool in good hands.

If you’re looking to join the Given siblings Coastal Pool Management, who helps staff lifeguards in the area, says they will have some pools open until October 31 this year and are always looking for help.

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