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April 26, 2012

Here come the grooms!

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By Lanier Laney
Twenty-five Beaufortonians traveled to New York City to join 45 others from NYC and LA for my nuptials with Terry Sweeney this past weekend. We were blessed with a  glorious warm and sunny spring day after weeks of grey rain in Manhattan. The wedding and reception happened at the beautiful New York apartment and roof garden of Marianne and Steve Harrison. Judge Ned Tupper, who performed the ceremony, wrote some very touching vows that several people requested afterwards. Mike Rainey was Best Man and Laura Trask, Maid of Honor.
Twelve of our gal pals back in Beaufort pitched in and got us a honeymoon suite at the swanky Surrey Hotel. My heartfelt thanks to everyone in Beaufort for all your tremendous kindness to us! It was a miracle and we felt everyone’s love!  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! XO

Henry and Lacy.
Terry and Lanier, the wedding toast, moments after their ceremony.Caroline, Kit and Terry.

Beaufort’s ‘Christmas Tree’ removed from Freedom Park

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Beaufort city crews removed a diseased and dying cypress tree —the city’s unofficial “Christmas Tree” — from Freedom Park on Bay Street Monday and will replace it next fall with a different species.
“We removed the tree and our next steps will be to treat the soil and prep the area for replanting a new tree later in the year,” said Isiah Smalls, public works director for the City of Beaufort. “During the interim, we’ll make Freedom Park as aesthetically pleasing as possible.

Beaufort’s diseased Leyland Cypress tree in Freedom Park is removed Monday.

“It was unfortunate the tree had to be removed, but based on its condition and eminent demise, we had no choice,” he said.
The Leyland Cypress tree suffered from Sciridium Canker, one of the worst diseases for Leyland cypress, according to Michael Provencher, a certified arborist with All Care Tree Surgery of Hilton Head.
The canker disease is a fungus that forms on the branches and twigs of the tree, causing foliage above the canker to die. Affected branches turn yellowish first and later turn brown or reddish brown.
Last winter, city crews applied green paint to the tree to make it look healthier during the winter holidays, knowing they’d be removing the tree this spring, Smalls said.

LIBPA sponsors Clerk of the Court candidate’s forum

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The Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association will conduct a forum at its Tuesday, May 8, meeting for Ms. Jerri Ann Roseneau (incumbent) and Mr. Ray Garza, who are candidates in the June 12 Republican Primary for Office of Beaufort County Clerk of the Court.
It should be noted that, since there is not a Democratic candidate for the office, unless there is a petition candidate, the June primary election will in effect determine the next Clerk of the Court. As with all LIBPA candidate forums, the order of speaking will be alphabetical, each candidate will be allowed 10 minutes to speak on any subject they choose to address with the remaining time devoted to questions and answers. Following the question and answer period, each candidate will be provided three minutes for a final summary.  The following are subjects that may be of interest to LIBPA members during the question and answer period.
• Have adequate checks and balances been implemented in the Clerk of the Court office to avoid misuse of public funds?
• What is the biggest future challenge to the Clerk of the Court?
• What qualifications should the Clerk of the Court possess?
• What changes would you make in the office of the Clerk of the Court?
The forum will be held on Tuesday, May 8, at the Beaufort County Realtor’s Association Headquarters located in the Palmetto Business Park (behind BB&T) on Lady’s Island Drive and is open to the public.

County offers electronics recycling and document shredding event

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The Beaufort County Division of Solid Waste and Recycling is holding a special Electronic Goods Collection and Document Shredding event Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at two locations.
Residents are encouraged to bring their broken computers, televisions, and other electronic appliances for disposal. S.C. law enacted last year prohibits dumping appliances in the landfill or at County convenience centers. Secure shredding of personal and tax documents will also be provided at no charge at the event.
Two county public works sites will accept the items: the Public Works North site at 140 Shanklin Road site near the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, and the Public Works South site at 9 Benton Field Road off Burnt Church Road, Bluffton.
Acceptable electronic items include computers, printers, scanners, power supplies, monitors, UPS, hard drives, servers, laptops, cables, wires, surge protectors, switch boxes, sound equipment, tape drives, power supplies, calculators, copy machines, VCRs, DVD players, electric motors, cash registers, overhead projectors, transformers, test equipment, telephones, cell phones and other goods.
For more information or for instructions regarding the recycling of large quantities, please call the Beaufort County Division of Solid Waste and Recycling at 255-2734.

Jonah and his whale: Part III

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By Danette Vernon
Once upon a time in the far-flung past, my vocation was teaching teens pre-employment skills: how to shake hands and look people in the eye (all at the same time), how to fill out a resume, etc. Three of the young men in the class tended to nip out as early as possible in order to hang out, or maybe smoke a little pot.
Five years later, I walk into a cell phone establishment, and a welcoming voice sounds across the room. It is one of the three young men. He hugs me and firmly points out that the job he has now — and his wonderful family — are all due to those few awkward classes.
Last week I had someone tell me that the time we had spent together at Therapeutic Solutions had caused them to “rewrite” their life story. They had taken a pronounced memory — which had for decades ploughed through them, year after year, with anger and hurt — and rewritten its story. What had seemed a wound was now viewed as life’s inspiration, as it was always meant to be.
Wounds, we all have one, or some.
We may feel that things didn’t work out as planned, or that our lives themselves didn’t work out; we did something, or someone did something to us, we tell ourselves. But how did the two people noted above happen to arrive at the magic of a rewritten past, or conversely grow the ability to “write in” a new future?
I can’t speak for them, but I would hazard a guess that they were finally open to the realization, remarked upon by philosopher Wayne Dyer, “that the not working out, is a part of things working out.” He meant that we don’t have to wait, as Mitch Albom purports, to meet our “five people in heaven” who are lingering there to tell us the meaning of our life, because we can find it for ourselves. We have only to look back over our lives, and truly see what we see.
For me, my mother was mentally ill, and my father left early on. Wipe away only those two things from my childhood and the gain of being able to feel comfortable with people who are struggling may no longer exist within me. In addition, my ability to find the good in those whom others have long since lost hope in, may be gone. Wipe away my childhood, and much good goes with it.
You plan your life, and then something else happens. To wit, Jonah in the Bible had promised a city a bit of “hellfire from heaven” if they didn’t change, and then something else happened, and that is how life goes; the “something else” is the blessing, not the curse. If only you can see it that way.

Earth Day: It’s a Coosa tradition

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By Tess Malijenovsky
Last Friday, April 20, fourth grade students at Coosa Elementary left their roots by planting yellow Lantana and blue Agapanthus donated by Team Depot, The Home Depot’s community service team.
Creating an Earth Day tradition at Coosa Elementary, school counselor Nicole Bossak collaborated with The Home Depot for a second year. Team Depot volunteers, William and Wandra, came to Coosa around 8 a.m. with a bounty of donated flowering perennial plants. The team pre-dug holes for the students around the Crape Myrtle that last year’s fourth graders planted before they graduated.
Students were excited to come outdoors early that morning and learn about planting with William and Wandra. They formed groups of four, each student with a different role, putting into the soil a flower that they will see each year that they come back to visit Coosa.
Through The Home Depot Foundation and its ongoing partnerships with nonprofit organizations, Team Depot donates countless hours, tools and supplies each year to community service projects. For their last project, Team Depot paired with Habitat for Humanity to build a wheelchair ramp for a paraplegic citizen.

School briefs

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• Thursday, April 26, Beaufort Academy is having a Blood Drive, 12-4 p.m.
• Saturday, April 28 is Beaufort Academy’s Prom, 8 p.m.
• Monday, April 30, Riverview Charter School’s soccer team plays away game versus Hilton Head Prep.
• Wednesday, May 2 is Beaufort Academy’s Parent/Student appreciation lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Stay tuned: The PreK and Kindergarten students are expecting their chicks to hatch and their butterflies to emerge any day!)

Having a blast at Barrier Island Eco Camp
Elementary students from E. C. Montessori & Grade School spent three days at Barrier Island Eco Camp this month.  The mud pit was one of the children’s favorite activities, in addition to many other lessons in biology, ecology, conservation, astronomy, and botany.

Congratulations to Judi Babalis, Finalist for Teacher of the Year
Beaufort Academy Pre-K teacher Judi Babalis was one of three Lower School teachers from across the state honored on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, as a Finalist at the Annual Teacher of the Year Awards Banquet in Orangeburg, SC. The awards are presented by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA), whose member schools total more than 100 independent schools in South Carolina.

Computer Programming for 3rd – 6th graders
During the weeks of March 26 and April 2, Beaufort Academy offered an after-school program at no cost for students in grades 3 through 6 on computer programming through a program called Scratch. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.  As students create and share projects with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively. Using Scratch, students learned important concepts such as iteration and conditionals in a meaningful context; and also, important mathematical concepts such as coordinates, variables, and random numbers within the personal context of how they applied it to their own program.

Recycled Rookery
Elementary students from E. C. Montessori & Grade School created a project called “Recycled Rookery” where each child’s bird was displayed on old kudzu vines cut down to save trees that were overgrown with the invasive vine.  The work was displayed at Habersham’s Earth Day Celebration where it won “Most Creative” and the “People’s Choice” award in the children’s division.

Healthy hearts at BES
Beaufort Elementary School students did a fantastic job with Jump Rope for Heart this year raising nearly $3,000 — almost double that of the past two years. Several students raised more than $250 individually. Also, 56 students received “The President’s Physical Fitness Award” for their outstanding fitness scores on the five-component assessment.  Each student had to demonstrate muscular strength, flexibility, endurance, speed and agility, and score in the 85th percentile or higher in all five.

Dates for Riverview’s new student lottery
Due to overwhelming interest in every grade level, all openings will be filled via public lottery on two dates:
On Thursday, May 3 at 5 p.m. all open openings for the 2012-2013 school year will be filled.
On Thursday, May 10 at 5 p.m. all remaining openings (including seats declined after the May 3rd lottery) will be filled.  Thereafter, all remaining lottery cards will be pulled to create the wait list for the 2012-2013 school year.

School briefs compiled by Tess Malijenovsky.
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Japanese cuisine at its finest at Fuji Teppanyaki

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By Pamela Brownstein
Lunch Bunch was loving the selections at Fuji Teppanyaki restaurant on Lady’s Island.
Elizabeth and I both ordered the gyoza appetizers, the steamed Japanese-style dumplings are my favorites. Elizabeth also had a bowl of tasty, and healthy, edamame (although she added extra salt!)

Steak and scallops combination with veggies and brown rice.

April also went with healthy options with a classic California roll and also CCCC — cucumber, crab and cream cheese roll. She liked it so much, April said, “Sushi is the bomb.” Kim went light also with the tuna tataki with spicy tuna sauce, which is so delicious.
Nikki tried the lunch special shrimp bowl made with shrimp sauteed with soy sauce and lemon and served with Fuji’s own shrimp sauce and dressed with onions and zucchini. There are also chicken bowls, beef bowls and vegetable bowls featured on the special lunch menu.
Buck and I both had combination meals with steak and scallops. You can choose any combination of shrimp, chicken, steak or scallops. It comes with rice — either white, brown or fried — and a side of awesome veggies, as well as a cup of miso soup.
My husband and I order take out from Fuji all the time because the food is always spectacular. I always get the steak and scallops and the steak is cooked perfectly and the seafood is fresh and tender, and their dipping sauces are heavenly.
Fuji is open for lunch and dinner and is located at 97 Sea Island Parkway, Hamilton Village, Suite 202, Lady’s Island. For take out and more information, call 843-524-2662 or online at

Read of the Week: ‘Edge of Dark Water’ by Joe R. Lansdale

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Hailed as a contemporary novel in the style of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Joe Lansdale’s new novel, “Edge of Dark Water,” offers a twisting tale not to be missed.
Four teenagers star in this gothic mystery of murder, money, and adventure. May Lynn’s dream of becoming a Hollywood celebrity is dramatically cut short when her dead teenage body is dredged up from the snake infested waters of the Sabine River.  In the shadow of her death, May Lynn’s friends Sue Ellen, Terry, and Jinx decide to take action. In an effort to make at least part of May Lynn’s dream come true, the band of strong willed youngsters hatch a plan to steal a raft and head downriver to catch a bus to Hollywood where they hoped to spread May Lynn’s ashes.  Only problem is, they need a raft and funding for their river adventure.   A clue leads them to a load of stolen cash enabling them to set off on an adventure of a lifetime.
Beaufort Branch Library manager Fran Hays says “pick this one for a dark and engaging journey not easily forgotten”.

The Indie Film Corner: ‘Brake’

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“Brake” from The Indie Series presented by Emerging Pictures in HD at USCB Center For the Arts, Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m.
Synopsis: Secret Service Agent Jeremy Reins is about to have a very bad day. He wakes up trapped in the dark, cramped trunk of a moving car with no recollection of how or why he’s there. The only light comes from the blood-red digital numbers ticking away above his head that signify one thing … he’s running out of time. As the captors reveal themselves and their motives, Jeremy realizes he is a pawn in their potentially catastrophic plot. He will not be set free until he gives up information about the president. No drinking in Columbian bars with “ladies of the night” for this agent.
Ratings and Reviews: This Indie film is so new that the two leading film web sites do not yet have a consensus. IMDb ratings are 5.9 and Rotten Tomatoes critics’ ratings are struggling to make it from green to red, but a positive audience of 57. Satisfactory marks.
Previewer Comments:  The star of this Indie loves the quirkiness that only Indies can mount. Jeremy is played by Stephen Dorff who lives for challenging and transforming roles that only come in Indie films.  So far he has acted in over 68 Indies! He was likely drawn like a moth to a light for this one because it is the closest thing to a one man film you will ever get in the cinema. He has the “stage” alone for 90% of the film. More than anything else, this film is worthwhile to experience due to his tour de force. The plot may be questionable, the endings implausible, but it’s his acting that counts.
Rated: Not rated, but likely to be R for fear, threats and a little actual violence.  This is a scary action film and is more likely to be enjoyed by those movie fans who love this genre. It is full of fear, heart racing adrenaline pumping stuff, guaranteed to exhaust you, but safer than jumping out of an airplane.
Tickets for adults are $7, seniors $6, students $5. Call USCB Center for the Arts box office @ 843-521-4145 or purchase day of performance.
Dennis Tavernetti is a resident of St. Helena Island and retired to the low country having a lifelong interest in the arts. He encouraged USCB’s Center for the Arts to investigate the possibility of utilizing new technology to bring  Indie, World and Documentary HD films to Beaufort.

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