Happy Mother’s Day to our Mommy Makeover winner

Congratulations to Robin Sepulveda, the winner of The Island News’ Mommy Makeover 2012 contest! She had the most votes of the top five finalists on our website. Robin, seen above with her kids, will receive a mani-pedi and makeup done by Aqua Med Spa; a $50 gift certificate to eat at Southern Graces; a facial and massage at Beaufort Day Spa; hair cut, colored and styled by Salon Aria Off Bay; and clothing from Grace & Glory Uptown. Thank you to all our readers who voted to pamper this deserving mom.   ...

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Special tricycle gives little boy more mobility, freedom

By Marie McAden Playtime just got a whole lot better for 4-year-old Matthew Boyles. The Ridgeland toddler — incapacitated by a heart attack two years ago — now has a tricycle he can ride. His occupational therapist arranged for the donation of a specially equipped three-wheeler to provide him with the opportunity to play like other kids his age. “Over the last one and a half years, he has made slow and steady progress,” said Megan Mack, supervisor of Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s HealthLink for Children. “I wanted to give him an age-appropriate activity he could do with his cousins.” The tricycle was donated to him by the Little Red Dog Foundation, a Beaufort-based nonprofit organization that provides custom-built therapeutic cycles for people with mobility issues. The red three-wheeler features a head rest and chest brace to hold up Matthew’s limp body. His feet are secured onto the pedals with Velcro straps and his hands held to the handlebars with special gloves. “We are so grateful for the donation,” said his... ...

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As important as the air a woman breathes is the character of women around her

By Cherimie Crane Weatherford Running through the fields with the Mississippi heat searing down, I felt the rye grass like cool velvet against my short little legs. Without a care in the world, I made my way down a purpose beaten path to a place of comfort, peace and most importantly to the porch of a kindred spirit. Just passed the muddied cow pond, over the second hill and down the always dusty gravel road, Proud Mary would be working in the field, mending a fence, tending to the garden or if the sun was fading, sitting on the levy challenging the bass to a duel. Once I reached the top of the hill, the familiar scent of Magnolias and honey-suckle vines proceeded the sound of a chain saw or hammer. Once my Southern-worn bare feet hit the gravel, I was on her land, her terms and in the warm comfort of her strength. I have my Daddy’s eyes, my Momma’s nose but my impossible temperament and devil-be-damned determination is... ...

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Big hats equal big fun at Dataw Derby party

By Lanier Laney Jayne and Bill Krebs hosted their annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 5, at their beautiful home on Dataw Island with the help of the Dataw GRITS (Girls Raised In The South) Club. I am told that if you had bet $2 on the winner, at the actual race track in Kentucky, you would have won $48,000. Not a bad “investment”! Here are some pictures from the fun and stylish event.               ...

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Relay for Life passes the torch

By Tess Malijenovsky Beaufort’s Relay for Life made great strides in cancer research around Beaufort Middle School’s track throughout the night of April 27. Hundreds of citizens participated in the overnight event to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost, and raise money for the American Cancer Society. But, the entire event would not be possible without Linda and Joe Arp, who stepped up to the challenge and have made Relay a reality in Beaufort the past two years. One afternoon Linda, a three-year breast cancer survivor, was approached by a representative from the American Cancer Society at one of her Beaufort Belles support group meetings to become the chairperson of Beaufort’s Relay for Life event. “Linda said, ‘Yea, but my husband’s going to all the work,’ ” Joe, Linda’s husband, joked. So for the next two years, the personable pair volunteered an enormous amount of time and energy into bringing their community together in the fight against cancer. Joe said there were 56 teams this year, each with captains who attended... ...

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This Mother’s Day … think pink!

By Terry Sweeney You know rosé (ro-zay) for so many years had quite the bad rep. There were so many mass-produced cheap floozies out there over the years that you wouldn’t even think of ever bringing one home to meet mother! Too many bad experiences with that infamous trollopy trio of Boone’s Farm, Riunite and White Zinfandel had left us jaded and with the feeling we got ripped off by those boozy working girls; waking up the next day with our heads hurting and our wallets missing. Never again we said! But good news, nowadays, far across the ocean on beautiful beaches in St. Tropez: There are French men and women washing down rosés that are spicy with fine virginal berry flavors, bone-dry yet with a flirtatious edge that makes them the perfect dance partner for the more seasoned garlicky seafood dishes of Southern France and beautifully pair with the wild herbs and olive oil that permeate so many of their dishes. I once had a rosé from Chateau D’... ...

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First Presbyterian Church turns 100

“Presbyterians in Beaufort sought to establish a church in the 1740s and 1880s. It was not until 1912 that 16 people formed a permanent congregation …” These are the opening words that will appear on a new historical marker located outside First Presbyterian Church. On Sunday, May 13, the church will kick off the celebration of its centennial with a dedication and unveiling of the historical marker, which was approved by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. A proclamation by the city has officially declared May 13, 2012, First Presbyterian Church Day in Beaufort. Also, on Sunday, May 20, the community is invited to help celebrate the church’s milestone with an anniversary reception following the 11 a.m. service. In commemoration of the centennial, historian and author and congregation member Page Putnam Miller has written a comprehensive book about the church titled, “Celebrating One Hundred Years: The History of First Presbyterian Church, Beaufort, South Carolina.” First Presbyterian, located downtown on the corner of Church and North streets, will also... ...

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Dying to succeed: Confessions of a workaholic

By Takiya Smith It has been close to two months since my last article and as I begin to write, I admit that I have missed these moments. Quiet, private moments where I can put pen to paper and let my soul flow. Since childhood, writing has always been a way of escape, release, peace and expression for me. It’s a God given talent and as I sit here, poolside on a much-needed family vacation, I’m listening to my children’s laughter and the splashing of water, and I now have a newfound purpose to His cause. Just a week ago I was in the ER, silent but inwardly fearful and believing that I was having a heart attack. Thankfully, after an EKG and some X-rays, I was cleared. However, the underlying cause of my sudden onset of short, painful breaths and tightening in my chest that radiated through my neck, shoulder and left arm were signs of something just as serious. Stress, anxiety and fatigue were my diagnosis. The doctor’s... ...

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Dying to succeed: Confessions of a workaholic

By Takiya Smith It has been close to two months since my last article and as I begin to write, I admit that I have missed these moments. Quiet, private moments where I can put pen to paper and let my soul flow. Since childhood, writing has always been a way of escape, release, peace and expression for me. It’s a God given talent and as I sit here, poolside on a much-needed family vacation, I’m listening to my children’s laughter and the splashing of water, and I now have a newfound purpose to His cause. Just a week ago I was in the ER, silent but inwardly fearful and believing that I was having a heart attack. Thankfully, after an EKG and some X-rays, I was cleared. However, the underlying cause of my sudden onset of short, painful breaths and tightening in my chest that radiated through my neck, shoulder and left arm were signs of something just as serious. Stress, anxiety and fatigue were my diagnosis. The doctor’s... ...

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Steamed: The 10 worst things since broccoli

By Jack Sparacino Well, I try to give equal time in this column.  Having written a few months ago about the 10 best things since sliced bread, and at the urging of several readers, here is my initial list of the 10 worst things.  Plus a bonus. Don’t hesitate to let me know if I left out any of your “favorites.” 1. Horrid foodstuffs. We’ve all got our hit list, so here’s mine after over 60 years of careful taste testing: sea urchins, radishes, canned green beans, sake and flavored water.  Yeah, I’m willing to take my lumps from the American Radish Foundation and Vegetarians for Democracy. And the guys who flavor water. (By the way, I actually like broccoli, though it seems to have acquired an unsavory reputation in some circles.) 2. Computer viruses. Aside from the fact that they keep some technicians employed undoing them, these bugs create incalculable damage, waste and expense. The fact that they are often caused deliberately should condemn the perpetrators to a punishment... ...

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