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September 15, 2011

Kooky Mooky’s: Great food to eat in the park

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By Pamela Brownstein

The Lunch Bunch spent a sunny, spectacular September afternoon in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park chowing down on super food from Kooky Mooky’s.

Owners Dave and Kelly Marcy.

Located in the cute little white building just off of Bay Street and across from Saltus, Kooky Mooky’s practically sits in the park. Owners Dave and Kelly Marcy have been running the operation and serving up tasty favorites like hot dogs and sandwiches to hungry families and visitors for the past two years.
The menu is written on blackboards and the tiny shop has a cozy, eclectic feel. There’s not much room inside, so it is a perfect opportunity to eat at the nearby picnic tables in the park, especially this time of year.
Kim, Elizabeth, April and I welcomed our new reporter Tess to her first Lunch Bunch outing. She ordered one of the many varieties of hot dogs, the Carolina Dog, and she said the coleslaw on top was awesome.
April and Elizabeth both felt like turkey, so April chose the turkey wrap and Elizabeth got the turkey on foccacia bread with basil mayonnaise.
I tried the Best Steak Wrap Ever Made — a bold claim, no doubt — and it was excellent, living up to its name. I also had an amazing orange creamsicle milkshake: I don’t know how they did it, but it tasted just like the delicious ice cream bar that brought me back to the summer days of my childhood.

The Lunch Bunch outside Kooky Mooky's.

Although we all enjoyed our meals, I coveted Kim’s bacon cheeseburger and think it was a must-have. It looked so fresh and juicy; it didn’t make it any easier that she kept raving about how good it was and then ate the whole thing.
The next time you are downtown and in a hurry for lunch, satisfy your cravings here. They also serve 12 flavors of Blue Bunny ice cream, if you feel like treating yourself. And don’t forget to ask Dave how the place got its funky name — it’s a great story.

Lt. Dan Weekend returns

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Beaufort welcomes Gary Sinise, the Lt. Dan Band, and all the wounded veterans and their families

On Friday, September 16, at 8:30 p.m. in the Henry C. Chamber Waterfront Park, the Lt. Dan Band and actor Gary Sinise will take center stage in front of wounded veterans and their families who are attending the second annual Lt. Dan Weekend. Gary and the band have traveled worldwide to entertain those serving in the military. The band is named for “Lt. Dan”, the character Gary portrayed in the 1994 film “Forrest Gump,” a role for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
As Gary began visiting troops around the world, people (even little kids) who didn’t know him as Gary Sinise the actor, would recognize him as “Lt. Dan”. Those in the military also identify strongly with the character. And so, the name for his group became an easy choice: Lt. Dan Band! The band plays everything from Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix classics to contemporary songs by Kelly Clarkson, Evanescence, Beyonce, Lonestar, the Zac Brown Band and much more.
Each show highlights the musical diversity of the band, as well as the passion and energy each member brings to the stage. Whether performing for troops overseas or a local crowd, their goal is to have fun and rock the house!
Learn more about the band’s history and its talented musicians by visiting





Tickets are now on sale at the following Beaufort locations:
• Fordham Market, 701 Bay Street, Beaufort
• Cravings on Bay, 928 Bay Street, Beaufort
• Chick-fil-A, 2405 Boundary Street, Beaufort
• Berry Island Café, 1 Merchants Lane, Suite 102, Lady’s Island,
• Tickets are $25 each for all funds going to support severely wounded heroes for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.


On Thursday, September 15, at 8 p.m. at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Jonathan Flora — producer, director, and recipient of the inaugural Santini Patriot Spirit Award — will host a free screening of his award-winning documentary, “Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good.”
American Airlines and Armed Forces Insurance are sponsoring this event on behalf of our severely wounded veterans, their families, and caregivers who are attending the second annual Lt. Dan Weekend. Also teaming up for the troops are the Beaufort Film Society, Jack Carter’s Lemonade Stand, and the Independence Fund. The Waterfront Park will be open to the public and sponsors encourage residents and visitors to enjoy the free screening and to buy a glass of Jack’s lemonade to benefit the troops. Before the movie, the Groove Tones will entertain those gathering at the waterfront park.

What other events are happnening this weekend?

September 14 to 18 marks the second annual Lt. Dan Weekend, a four-day event that honors severely wounded veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. From Beaufort to Ridgeland, Hilton Head to Fripp Island, Bluffton, Lady’s Island, and Parris Island, neighbors and merchants have banded together earning money for this worthy cause. In March 2011, the Independence Fund, sponsor of the Lt. Dan Weekend, needed $75,000 to make the 2nd annual Lt. Dan Weekend possible. As of September 1, more than $180,000 has been collected in cash and other in-kind donations thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers, the generosity of residents and merchants, and corporate donors. Fundraising aside, the Lt. Dan Weekend is a much needed retreat for wounded veterans and their loved ones.
On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the veterans, their families and caregivers arrived at Palm Key in Ridgeland, where they were welcomed with open arms by owners and volunteers who will make their stay a memorable one. That evening, local favorite Shannon Tanner performed a concert. During the next four days, they will enjoy true Southern hospitality including lodging, meals, live entertainment, and a variety of recuperative programs.
Today, Thursday, September 15, the veterans will travel to Beaufort for the Conflict Zone Photographic Exhibition. The Conflict Zone is a groundbreaking look at war through the lenses of the world’s leading combat photographers with proceeds to help injured troops and journalists.
After the exhibit at City Hall, veterans will travel to Waterfront Park for the screening of “Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good”, hosted by the producer and director, Jonathan Flora. The 8 p.m. airing of this film is free and open to the general public.
On Friday, Sept. 16, a concert that will rock the Lowcountry takes place at 8:30 p.m. at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. A movie comes to life when Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band take the stage in front of 150 wounded veterans and their loved ones. The concert is open to the general public for a modest ticket fee, and all proceeds benefit our wounded veterans. Gates will open at 5 p.m. Ticket holders are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets for seating, but no coolers, strollers, or pets.
Earlier that day, the 2nd Annual Lieutenant Dan Golf Classic will take place on the Parris Island “Legends” course.
On Saturday, Sept. 17, a Lt. Dan 5K Run will kick off at 8:45 a.m. Also on Saturday, a Lt. Dan Bike Ride will take place at the Marine Corps Air Station from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the self-contained 11-mile loop within MCAS.
Also on Saturday, Sept. 17, locals, wounded veterans and families and Beaufort visitors will line the streets in the historic district for Beaufort’s 300th anniversary parade. Actor Gary Sinise will serve as grand marshal and will share his ride through downtown Beaufort with two Medal of Honor recipients, Jay Vargas and Drew Dix.

9/11 Commemoration in the park solemn, reflectful

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By Lanier Laney

The city of Beaufort and 20 area church groups worked together in partnership for a day of remembrance commemorating 9/11 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort last Sunday. Beaufort County’s own local first responders were honored and applauded by the large, very appreciative audience in attendance. Between speeches by local dignitaries and music by local groups, “Taps” was played four times as audience members stood to honor those who died during each of the four attacks.
Beaufort resident and 9/11 widow Teri Maude gave a very moving speech. Her husband, Lt. General Timothy J. Maude, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for personnel, was killed when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into his Pentagon office. Her husband, along with everyone else who died, was a hero, she said, adding, “Today is Patriot’s Day. Today is about every single individual who gave their life on Sept. 11. Today we come together to remember and fulfill that promise we made to one another to never forget.”
Awards were given to Fireman of the Year Ross Vezin and Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Investigator George Erdel.
The 9/11 event was conceived of and spearheaded by Councilwoman Donnie Beer more than a year ago.  The Riverview Charter School, The Naval Hospital Choir and Michelle Hunter and Karen Deer provided the music.  City of Beaufort Police First Sargeant  Chris Cushman and Lt. Alfredo Givens with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department performed “Taps.”
Mike Green, pastor of the Link Church, chaired the beautiful 10:30 program which involved 20 different Houses of Worship. Many thanks to all these individuals and groups who volunteered and worked many long hours to create such an outstanding and moving event for Beaufort to honor the heros of 9/11.

A day to remember deserves more than a day

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For those who were not able to make it to the doubleheader Day of Remembrance ceremonies on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, you missed two moving back to back events.
The first was organized by Mayor Pro Tem Donnie Beer on behalf of the city of Beaufort; the second was organized by the faith community, spearheaded by Pastor Shannon Mullen and his colleagues from the Beaufort Ministerial Alliance.

Mayor Billy Keyserling at the 9/11 Commemoration. By Captured Moments Photography

Both were a community celebration of those who were lost during 9/11 and the heroes who worked tirelessly and at great risk trying to save those they could.
As we focused again on the first time in the lives of many Americans — when we were surprised and forever burdened by the loss of thousands of innocent people on our own soil — tears rolled down our cheeks, we cheered for our own first responders and heard inspirational speeches and readings followed by prayer.
Immediately following the tragic series of events on 9/11, we were reminded how the nation pulled together selflessly working to help others bringing together our nation together with a unity of purpose. We were one and we were strong.
I am also reminded how, among our daily challenges individually and as a nation, it is easy to lose this sense of unity that gives our great nation the strength and wherewithal to lead.
No more finger pointing. No more name calling. No more disrespect for each other. Civil discourse, honest efforts toward compromise and forward movement that benefit all should be another remembrance from that day of tragedy.
We are a great people and the Day to Remember should become a launching pad for more unity, more understanding and more collaboration in these troubled times so that we leave a safer and more productive world to those who will follow us.
What better way could we honor the victims and heroes of 9/11?
Mayor Billy Keyserling
September 11, 2011

Street Music in Port Royal

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On Saturday September 10 at 6 p.m. the fourth graders from Lady’s Island Elementary School sang their newly composed school song and a few more international selections with artist-in-residence Elise Witt from Atlanta. Elise Witt spent four days working with students at Lady’s Island Elementary. This experience was made possible through a grant provided by ARTworks and the Arts Council of Beaufort County.

‘Art-in-the-Barn’ art sale

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En plein air is a French expression which means “in the open air”, and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors.
Looking for great art for sale by artists who paint on location in the open air? Experience this beauty by perusing the works of Widgeon Point on Lemon Island from the Low Country Plein Air Society artists. The Low Country Plein Air Society includes both new and experienced artists and provides a venue for artists to meet, paint, interact, encourage and learn from one another.
Painting directly from nature is a pursuit unlike any other painting technique. It challenges artists to concentrate every sensory nerve on the information in front them. They absorb it all, from sight to sound, from temperature to atmosphere, and then channel those feelings from head to hand, re-creating their impression in paints on paper or canvas.
It is the purpose of the Low Country Plein Air Society to further the tradition of plein air painting both in and outside the art community and to preserve the landscape which is our inspiration through support of organizations whose emphasis is conservation of our natural resources.
As a group, they partner with organizations (such as the Open Land Trust) that are dedicated to the preservation of the waterways, land, wetlands and history of the Lowcountry. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork at this event will be donated to the Open Land Trust. There will be two paintings up for auction as well. Light refreshments will be served. This event is FREE and open to all Open Land Trust members and all guests!
You can learn more about the society at:

Port Royal: A town on the move

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By Joe Lee, Councilman, Town of Port Royal Council
In late July I was invited to provide an update on the status of the Town of Port Royal.  I  accepted the invitation knowing full well there would not be any problem coming up with sufficient content for such a report.  Our August has been a whirlwind of activity.
First, as a community, we had to fight hard to convince the school board to keep open one of the few community schools left in America. With solid support from the entire county, we were successful.
Now we are on to planning the “Century of Learning” celebration on September 24, a special afternoon recognizing Port Royal Elementary School at 100 years old — one of only two active schools in the state at 100 years. In conjunction with the school’s 100 year celebration, the town is sponsoring a homecoming dinner for all current and former Port Royal residents and the town is planning events for next year’s celebration of the 450th anniversary of Jean Ribaut’s landing at Parris Island. This established the first settlement of Protestants in the new world, years ahead of St. Augustine and Jamestown.
We recently met with Governor Haley and the Budget and Control Board in Columbia on August 9 to have them approve the sale of the port property for $17 million dollars.  Although we have been to this step before, we feel with local developers and local planners, we will have a better opportunity to close the sale this time.  Estimates put the actual closing at November.  There are plenty of details to work out and council will be intimately involved if changes come to our 2006 development agreement or PUD.
On August 12 we broke ground for our Cypress Wetland project.  This takes a stormwater management system and turns it into an amenity for citizens, students and tourists who want to photograph birds, wildlife and local flora.  This project designed to retain stormwater prior to it’s flowing into the Beaufort River at 12th street has a $600,000 dollar price tag and will be funded by using a combination of TIF funds and stormwater receipts. We already have calls from tour companies seeking to add this to their itinerary.
The town purchased The Shed this summer for $500,000 using hospitality tax revenue.  We are currently working with management companies to develop a plan going forward to utilize The Shed to the best advantage of the town, the residents and the region.  We feel this along with the wetlands project will attract visitors who will eventually lead to the re-development of our retail area along Paris Ave.  We can’t wait for the development of the port to mature in order to attract businesses; we need the vitality that a dynamic retail environment brings to the area NOW.
We must remind everyone that we have a $4.7 million dollar annual budget, 10,000 residents and less than 45 employees — with these facts, our $1.1 million dollar investment in amenities is something that makes us standout among our peers.
Our day-to-day activities account for the energy that is stored up for a re-vitalized Paris Avenue.  Our Historic Port Royal Foundation has active committees working on expanding the museum in the Union Church — we must point out the high level of cooperation we are receiving from our neighbors at the Parris Island museum.  Historic Port Royal Foundation sponsors a series of lectures on local history every winter and free community suppers to bring neighbors together.
We are about to open the second span across the Beaufort River and this winter we will be paving Ribaut Road from the bridge to the bridge over Battery Creek and we will likely, in the future, see SCDOT re-route U.S. 21 through Port Royal to eliminate the difficult left turns at Ribaut Road and the bridge. Our challenge now is to get residents who live in the areas at the base of the bridges to make turns against the increased traffic at the increased speeds.
And, finally, this is an election year in Port Royal, our mayor and two council members are up for election.  We use the off-year cycle to increase interest in local issues.

Weekend Crime Report

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NICE TRY: An 18-year-old boy was caught drunk in public with possession of alcohol near Bay St. and Wilmington St. After writing him two citations, the police officers turned the boy loose to some of his friends who were supposed to take the boy home. Only a half hour later, the boy was spotted vomiting on the sidewalk still heavily intoxicated. This time, he was placed under arrest and it was later discovered that he had given the officers a fictitious name. Maybe the next time you try to pull one over on the police, you should find a less public place to hurl, or you’ll risk upchucking your identity too.

THE RUNS: When an officer attempted to pull over a car with no taillights, the car sped off trying to flee arrest. The man bailed on his friends in the car, making a run for it on foot. Not only did the passengers in the car identify him, but his photograph was also found. But hey, sometimes you gotta go when you gotta go.

TAXI NAP: One ticked off taxicab driver had to call a police officer when his intoxicated passenger passed out in the cab. The officer had the man sit outside on a bench while he attempted to find him a new ride. When the man came to, he became feisty and verbally abusive toward the officer and was then placed under arrest. It’s a bit sad when even a taxicab won’t give you a ride home, don’t badmouth the officer, man. He’s just trying to hook you up with a ride because no one else will. C’mon now.

RSVP: Two accounts of theft from vehicles this past weekend. One victim left her purse on the front seat of her car with the windows rolled down. Later the purse was found minus a Benjamin. The other victim left her car keys dangling in the trunk lock and, when she returned, her purse and contents valued at $480 were stolen. Just to keep you guys in the know, leaving car windows rolled down or keys in the trunk lock while your valuables are inside the car is as close to a formal invitation as a crook needs.

ELECTRIC THIEF: Over the weekend a television and video games valued at $1,000 were stolen at a location off Second St. Also stolen, $3,200 worth of electronics from Rogers St. and $950 worth of electronics from Hogarth St. Jiggle-a-mesa-cara, this thief is pumpin’ like a matic! If any of your friends with shiny new toys was ever a big fan of the Electric Slide, he/she might be suspect.

Compiled by Tess Malijenovsky. Crime Report items are chosen from the files of the Beaufort Police Department. Please contact the police with any insider information on these cases.

New club in town focuses on moms supporting moms

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By Pamela Brownstein
When Kim Palmer found out her husband would be stationed at Beaufort and the family would soon have to move from Houston, Texas, she went online to check on the local chapter of the MOMS Club. She was surprised when her search came up empty. The wife of a Marine and mother of three had a feeling that would change when she got to town.
Having been actively involved with the MOMS Club in Pensacola, Fla., and in Texas, Palmer knows the value of the club and describes it as a great way for women to come together.

MOMS Club organizer Kim Palmer holds her son Ethan

The MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club is an international organization developed for stay-at-home mothers. The club helps them feel good about their decision to stay home, and gives them opportunities to share activities with other at-home mothers and their children.
Palmer said meeting up with other moms is helpful. “It’s reassuring to know you’re not the only one getting no sleep, without your hair done, and deprived of comforts.”
She realized the importance of having women to rely on when she was pregnant with her third child and living in Tunisia, where her husband was deployed. She said the isolation was hard, “I desperately needed the support of other moms.”
Local MOMS Club chapters have meetings with speakers and discussions, park play days, play groups for preschool children, baby sitting co-ops, activity groups like arts and crafts, and a monthly MOMS Night Out — something Palmer said she especially looks forward to because it is fun.
She is in the process of making a calendar of events, which will also include swimming days, going to the movies and a cooking club. Since she is new to the area, Palmer said she will like to get input and ideas from other moms who are more familiar with Beaufort.
Eventually, she hopes to reach out to the community through service projects and raising money for nonprofits that target women in need.
At a recent meeting at the playground in Waterfront Park, other mothers gathered with their young children, chatted about life in Beaufort, traded stories of motherhood and even divulged insider advice about the best clothes to wear while breast feeding.
Palmer said she aims to bring military and non-military moms together, and to create a nice group of women who give support and take support.
“It’s a lot of effort, but I really believe what the MOMS Club stands behind,” she said.
For more information about the MOMS Club of Beaufort, visit or email

Jets to play vital role in national defense, local economy

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Construction of a $33 million F-35 pilot training center and $37 million Joint Strike Fighter training hangar, along with improved flight trials of the Marine Corps’ F-35B model, are timely as China expands its military, local leaders said.
Marine Corps Air Station-Beaufort is slated to receive 88 F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, including three combat squadrons and two training squadrons. The first jets could arrive in 2014. Groundbreaking ceremonies earlier this month kicked off construction projects related to the new stealth jets’ arrival.
“This is a strategic day for this base and for our nation. I’m really proud of Beaufort …. The people of Beaufort deserve to be very proud. You earned this, you won this,” Maj. Gen. Jon Davis, Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Air Wing, said at the groundbreaking.
“The reason we are buying this airplane is to ensure that young riflemen have the protection to do the job. This airplane is going to save lives and protect our nation,” he said. Like all Marine Corps aircraft, the F-35B is designed to provide close air support to troops on the ground.
His comments came amid reports that China continues its push into weapons technologies where the United States traditionally has led, including stealth fighters such as the F-35 and large aircraft carriers.
“The pace and scope of China’s sustained military investment have allowed China to pursue capabilities that we believe are potentially destabilizing to regional military balances, increase the risk of misunderstanding and miscalculation, and may contribute to regional tensions and anxieties,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Michael Schiffer said recently.
“It is critical to our nation’s security that the F-35 program continues on schedule, and that includes the construction work here at MCAS-Beaufort,” said Lt. Gen. Garry Parks, USMC (Ret.), chairman of the Beaufort County Military Enhancement Committee.
“While we certainly need the injection of construction jobs associated with the $350-plus million to prepare for the Joint Strike Fighters, what we’re really looking at is our nation’s ability to defend itself and its interests globally, now and into the future,” Parks said.

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