Here come the grooms!

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 ...

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Beaufort’s ‘Christmas Tree’ removed from Freedom Park

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. “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... ...

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LIBPA sponsors Clerk of the Court candidate’s forum

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... ...

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County offers electronics recycling and document shredding event

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.... ...

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Jonah and his whale: Part III

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... ...

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Earth Day: It’s a Coosa tradition

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... ...

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School briefs

• 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... ...

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Japanese cuisine at its finest at Fuji Teppanyaki

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!) 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... ...

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

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... ...

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The Indie Film Corner: ‘Brake’

“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... ...

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