In memory of Smokin’ Joe Frazier

Beaufort and the boxing world lost a legend when Smokin’ Joe Frazier died from liver cancer at age 67 on Monday, November 7. Smokin’ Joe Frazier was born Joseph William Frazier in Beaufort, South Carolina, on January 12, 1944.  He is considered one  of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all times.  Frazier left Beaufort at the age of 16 and moved first to New York and then Philadelphia, escaping the poverty and segregation of the South to pursue his dream to box. He won the Gold Medal in the heavy-weight division at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.  He turned pro and went on to hold the heavyweight title from 1970 to 1973, defeating Muhammad Ali in the “Fight of the Century” in 1971. After retiring, he opened Joe Frazier’s Gym in one of Philadelphia’s troubled neighborhoods to train urban youth. Governor Mark Sanford awarded Frazier the  state’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto, on September 27, 2010. Frazier would visit Beaufort several times a year and family... ...

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Parade, events honor Veterans Day

On Friday, November 11, Beaufort community members can show their respect to the men and women who’ve dedicated a lifetime to serving our country by attending the Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony. Edward Ray, Beaufort Country Veterans Affairs Officer, said small tributes like attending the parade and ceremony go a long way in showing appreciation: “Our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen deserve a great deal of appreciation for preserving our freedom and our American way of life. The gratitude of our citizens means a lot to them.” The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Rogers Street near the national cemetery and will move along Boundary Street toward downtown, onto Bay Street, right onto Bladen Street and back to the cemetery. At 11 a.m., the Veterans Ceremony will have a keynote speech at Beaufort’s National Cemetery (1601 Boundary Street) by Gen. Lori Reynolds, Commanding General at Marine Corps Parris Island Recruit Depot. Retired Sgt. Major Carl R. Green, USMC, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, will be the grand marshal of... ...

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Responding to visitor criticism

By Mayor Billy Keyserling Here is an email I received on Monday morning November 1: “Visited your city last Tuesday and received a parking ticket for an expired meter. My fault. I don’t understand how you can promote tourism for your downtown area and not provide free public parking. This is nothing but a money grab run by a private company for the city. Talking with some of the business owners they are not happy with the situation. I’ll never visit your city again and will spread the news. John D Cespedes” My Response on Monday afternoon, November 1: Dear Mr. Cespedes: Thanks for your kind and thoughtful note. I am glad you had an opportunity to visit beautiful Beaufort and am sorry our value proposition of fine shops, excellent restaurants, our world class waterfront park, the open vistas throughout our city, the ancient moss draped oaks and history whichever way you turn, is not worth giving up a little something. “Giving a Little Something” has nothing to do with... ...

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Weekend Crime Reports

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Last Saturday, an irate female customer at Smokers Express threw a can of beer at a clerk, damaging the credit card machine. The woman left the scene but a warrant was obtained for her arrest on account of vandalism of property. Now, if she had just stuck to what she came there for (uh, smoking?) there wouldn’t have been said problem. Go to a meeting, girl, it will change your life. DEFRAUDING AN INN KEEPER: Relax, incident reports tend to sound a lot more dramatic than they truly are. See what happened was a broke female ate a meal at Applebee’s for $11.32, probably the Asiago peppercorn steak with herb potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Well, see, she ate that meal knowing she couldn’t pay for it and then tried the not-so-old-fashion dine-and-dash maneuver in which one leaves a restaurant without paying.  However, an employee stopped her and held her until officers arrived. Oh snap, that’s embarrassing. She should probably try the $5.99 all-you-can-eat lunch combo. URBAN PUNCH: Yes,... ...

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News Briefs

Main Street Beaufort holds awning project The Design Committee of Main Street Beaufort, USA announces plans for an Awning Project to be completed in first quarter of 2012. Any business and/or property owner in the Main Street Beaufort designated area in need of a new or replacement awning is eligible to participate. The vision of the project is to give downtown a makeover with multiple new awnings. Participating business/property owners will receive design renderings free of charge, assistance with city applications and review boards processes, and a discount on the awning. Requests for proposals for awning companies wishing to participate in the project are now available and due by December 2nd. Since the project has a goal of 12 participants and is asking for a minimum of 8 participants, Main Street Beaufort is requesting a considerable discount for the bulk purchase. The designated area of Main Street Beaufort, USA is the area bounded on the west by Ribaut Road, on the south and east by the Beaufort River, and on... ...

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Mayor names Small Business Saturday

By Tess Malijenovsky Mayor Keyserling made the official proclamation at Tuesday’s public Beaufort City Council meeting that Saturday, November 26, (the first Saturday after Thanksgiving) will officially be “Small Business Saturday.” This proclamation was made in effort to support small, local businesses, which not only benefits the community and its economy but also that of the nation’s. During public comment, members of the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce (BCC) stepped forward to thank the council members for a grant that will help fund a rural Micro-entrepreneur Assistance Program. The money will be used for business-based technical training for small and/or disadvantaged business owners. Beaufort’s is the only Black Chamber of Commerce to receive the grant. With the support of City Council, the BCC achieved its first 2011 goal. During reports, councilman George O’Kelley pointed out that Thursday, November 10, is the 202nd birthday for the Marine Corps when Captain Samuel Nicholas formed two battalions of Continental Marines in 1775 in Philadelphia as naval infantry. ...

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Firefighters minimize damage of home blaze

Just after midnight on November 3, the Lady’s Island St. Helena Fire District was called to the Alston Road neighborhood of Lady’s Island for the report of a possible house fire. Information given to 9-1-1 was that the caller could see their neighbor’s home completely covered with fire. The first fire engine arrived in a matter of minutes of the call and was told by the neighbor that she feared the two male occupants of the home were still inside. “When we arrived there was a moderate amount of fire and a large volume of smoke coming from one side of the home” reported Jon Bekemeyer, company officer of the first in fire apparatus. Jon then relayed his findings to the additional in coming units and set about finding the homes occupants. Firefighters made entry into the structure and fought to keep the fire contained to one side of home to minimize damage. While Jon and his crew were fighting the fire and searching for those feared inside, the occupants... ...

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Celebration at Charles Street Gallery

Seven Lowcountry artists, with great international flair, fill the Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort with scenes of salt marshes, kayakers, horse paddocks, green rolling hills, Jordanian architecture, and French cabbage gardens. Join them for a reception and celebration of new work on Friday, November 18, at 5 p.m. Joan Templer fills the first floor gallery of the renovated home in historic downtown Beaufort. Her work is always grand, and can focus to bring a particular tonality to the viewer, or her canvas can open up into a wild neo-primoridial scene from Africa. Her book, Joan’s Eye, documents her career, and is also available. The Charles Street Gallery dedicates their second floor to the work of Lynn Brown, Sharon DeAlexandris, Carol Henry, Jim Rothnie, Sara Timmons, and Nancy Sturgis. The work of these six artists celebrates the wide world of colors, imagery and scenes that drip, slide and smudge from their brushes and esoteric artist tools— they know how to trumpet vibrant tones, share with holiday joy, and spread around beauty,... ...

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Growing up in an art town

ARTworks’ after school program spans visual, performing, and literary arts. When students, 6 to 16 years old, entered the studio-classrooms in the fall session, they created paintings on bark paper, baskets with reeds, gargoyles out of clay, short stories with inspiration from maps of Beaufort County, mandalas with compasses, and delved into nature art and the black box theater. When the classes ended, the students were asked what they had learned. Yancey Morena, said that he learned about “cutting the clay a certain way to make a box. People should make art so they can express themselves through a brush and their hands.” He mentioned that the clay class fueled his interest in origami. Like all the students, the basket making crowd filled out the survey about what they most proud of, and what they had a hard time with, and the answer to both questions was often “my basket,” which means that these kids tackled the process and produced a piece of art about which they can feel accomplished.... ...

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Fall series of Friday organ concerts continues

Jared Johnson, Canon Organist and Choirmaster of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, concludes the fall series of Friday Organ Concerts at noon on November 18 at the Parish Church of St. Helena (Episcopal).  The 45-minute recital is free and open to the public.  As an organ recitalist, Johnson has appeared in major venues throughout North America, Great Britain, Sweden, and Australia. Prior to his appointment at Trinity Cathedral, Mr. Johnson served on the music staffs of Trinity Church in Boston, the Memorial Church at Harvard, Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, CT, and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Johnson is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he earned a B.A. in English as well as a B.Mus in Organ Performance under the tutelage of Haskell Thomson. He earned his M.M, M.M.A and D.M.A. degrees at Yale University as a pupil of Thomas Murray. In 1997, he was awarded a Watson Fellowship for a year’s study of choral music and conducting in London . The Trinity Cathedral Choir... ...

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