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People in the News, 10/12/2009

Garden City's fire chief, Jim Crosby has been officially inducted into Cambridge Who's Who registry for demonstrating outstanding dedication, leadership and excellence in fire and rescue services.

In 1966, Crosby joined the Garden City fire fighting team as a volunteer. Nearly 44 years later, he holds the top position as fire chief with the Garden City Fire Department. An expert in fire prevention and rescue services, he utilizes his extensive career experience to oversee the operations of two fire houses, coordinate training programs and attend simulations and classes with trainees in an effort to set a positive example for new firefighters.

In addition to his service to the Garden City Fire Department, Crosby has also served 15 years as a police officer, mostly in Garden City, as well as 13 years as a Chatham County emergency medical services paramedic supervisor and five years as a firefighter with the Southside Fire Department.

Crosby attributes his success to a strong work ethic, dedication and top-notch management skills. His professional affiliations include the Georgia State Firefighters Association, the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Freemasonry.
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Jenny R. Bernard has joined Daniel Kitchen & Bath as the newest member of the design and sales team.  She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in furnishings and interiors, as well as accreditation from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). 
Bernard brings a wealth of experience, including working with Clive Christian in Atlanta. Jenny’s talents have been recognized by HGTV (2008 Top 10 Amazing Kitchens), the Historic Savannah Foundation, the 13th Colony Society and her work has been featured on “Designing with Jessica” on WJCL, according to President Jim Daniel.

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The board of directors election for the The Landings Association, voted on by the more than 9,000 residents at The Landings at Skidaway Island, has been concluded. Three new directors were chosen who will begin serving three-year terms in 2010. They are Chuck Beck, Jim Rich and Jim Scott. They were chosen from a field of six candidates.

Beck was with Procter & Gamble and Colgate Palmolive.After returning from a five-year assignment in Brussels, the Becks became permanent residents of The Landings in 2001. He ran the operations part of the European Division for Colgate, and also served as corporate cice president, establishing Colgate’s first global purchasing, product sourcing, and customer service organization.

Rich is retired from Tenneco, as a vice president general manager in the International group responsible for Asia and South America. Prior to this position, he was vice president, North America Sales and Marketing.

A native of Atlanta, Scott relocated from Switzerland to The Landings and the Scotts currently have twins at Savannah Country Day School. He worked with the U.S. Department of State, Texaco, Inc., and Philip Morris International, where he spent the last 22 years working overseas.
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Skidaway Institute of Oceanography professor Dana Savidge has been awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation for $207,450 to study ocean currents called Langmuir supercells.

Langmuir circulation cells occur during strong winds and waves and appear as long lines of bubbles or floating material aligned with the wind on the ocean surface.

“These lines are the surface expression of currents beneath the surface,” said Savidge. “The Langmuir cells are like huge counter-rotating jelly-rolls, aligned longways with the wind, with currents spiraling from the ocean surface into the deep and back up, while also moving downwind.”
Savidge has been observing Langmuir circulation on the Georgia shelf using a custom-built acoustic Doppler profiler, which uses sound waves to monitor the movement of the ocean water. When Langmuir cells reach the sea floor, the so-called “supercells” can pick up sediment and organic material, transport it high up into the water and carry it long distances horizontally. While Langmuir currents have been studied for years, they have only recently been observed reaching the sea floor.

“Our measurements suggest this process may affect sediments all across Georgia’s shelf, from the shallow near-shore environments out to the shelf edge in 50 meters of water,” Savidge said.

Savidge will use the new grant to define how these cells interact with strong tides and surface heating in Georgia’s ocean waters. She will be working closely with scientists and computer modelers from Old Dominion University (Virginia) and the University of South Florida to develop ways of including these turbulent processes in models used to predict ocean circulation and horizontal transport of the material it contains.
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Richard S. “Rick” Thompson of Gainesville has been named chairman of the State Board of Workers’ Compensation by Gov. Sonny Perdue. Prior to his appointment to the board, Thompson was a partner at Drew, Eckl & Farnham, LLP. He is a former administrative law judge with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

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