OPERATION SANTA PAWS NEEDS DONATIONS!!  SCMPD, in conjunction with the Savannah-Chatham Humane Society are encouraging animal lovers and pet owners to make donations to "Operation Santa Paws" to help local humane societies throughout the year. Donation boxes are located at all five precincts to collect dog and cat toys, treats and other needed items. The boxes will be picked up after December 30th, 2009. For more information, call (912) 525-3117.

COLLEGE DEADLINES  Deadlines are looming for key forms and applications for college. January 1st is the deadline for 2010 college applications. Students and parents can go to for any information you may need on college applications.

"PAY AS YOU THROW" WASTEZERO  An innovative approach to waste management, with an emphasis on recycling that's taking the country by storm, and it started right here in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Go to for more information.

GREAT GIFT IDEAS FROM E SHAVER BOOKSELLERS  A few examples: South of Broad, by Pat Conroy(Autographed copies!), $29.95; Flannery, A Life, by Brad Gooch, $30; Fancy Nancy: Slendiferous Christmas, by Jane O'Conner, $17.99; The Christmas Magic, by Lauren Thompson, $16.99; The Southern Cosmopolitan, Sophisticated Southern Style, by Susan Sully, $50; National Geographic Atlas of the Civil War, $40; The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer, $65; Savannah Memories: A Pictorial Retrospective of the 1940s, '50s &'60s, $39.95; Savannah Cemeteries, by Matthew Propst, $19.99; The Sea Island of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, A Photographic Portrait, by Karen T. Bartlett, $26.95. E Shaver is located at 326 Bull Street, behind the Desoto Hilton in downtown Savannah. Call (912) 234-7257 for store information.

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