Memorial Day events

On Monday, May 28, there will be the annual Memorial Day Parade through downtown Beaufort, starting at 10 a.m. at the corner of Rogers and Boundary streets, looping along Bay Street and back. Then at noon on Saturday, the Beaufort National Cemetery will have a Memorial Day ceremony, with keynote speaker Capt. Joan Renee Queen, the commanding officer at Naval Hospital Beaufort. With American flags placed on the graves, it’s a fitting place to remember the meaning behind Memorial Day and honor the men and women who have served our country. ...

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Making waves: Beaufort River Swim benefits Learn to Swim program at YMCA

Wardle Family YMCA’s 6th Annual River Swim will take place this Saturday, May 26. This event attracts swimmers from all over the Lowcountry from teens to seasoned adults in their 70’s, including Pete Palmer, an avid swimmer and a member of the Master Swim Team at the Y. The event is a three mile, open water swim along the shoreline of the Beaufort River. The River Swim continues to grow in popularity and the Y is hoping for an even greater turnout over previous years. Proceeds from the Beaufort River Swim benefit the YMCA of Beaufort County’s Learn to Swim Program. Last year the Y raised more than $2,000 for the swimming programs. In addition to support from the River Swim, a scholarship program and outside grants from nonprofits such as the United Way and Rotary helped raise and contribute more than $28,000 to aquatics in 2011. More than 500 individuals were impacted through swim lessons and aquatic programming and education that were provided by the YMCA throughout the year.... ...

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A photo for the future: Student wins state award

By Tess Malijenovsky Mattie Jo Thomas, a Lady’s Island Middle School eighth-grader, won top honors in a statewide competition for her black-and-white photograph, the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee announced this week. The statewide contest highlighted the committee’s 2020 Vision — that all South Carolina students will graduate with the knowledge and skills to compete in the global economy. Students were asked to write an essay, create a poster or take a photograph in response to the following question: What does education mean to me and my future? The caption of Mattie Jo’s raw, unedited photograph read: “The world is at my fingertips. Education will determine the course my life takes.” Mattie’s teachers Lynn Jester and Cadra Rooney coordinated student entries at Lady’s Island Middle. There were 1,076 entries overall from students in schools across South Carolina. State Rep. Andy Patrick from Beaufort County and Education Oversight Committee Interim Executive Director Melanie Barton presented the award and an iPad courtesy of private donations at a ceremony at the school Tuesday,... ...

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Beaufort to install mooring field in harbor, upgrade marina docks

An improved mooring area in the Beaufort River and upgraded electrical connections will make Beaufort more appealing to visiting boaters through a $100,000 federal grant received by the City of Beaufort and the Downtown Beaufort Marina. “For boaters who travel up and down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Beaufort will be a much more appealing place to stop for a night or two or three,” Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson said of the marina upgrades and new mooring field. “For too many years we’ve overlooked this important part of marketing our city to the boating community.” Work is expected to run from July 1 through December. The U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Services are the federal funding agency for this Boating Infrastructure Grant. Key elements in the project include: • Installing two step-up transformers to increase the electrical voltage from 208 to 240 volts on the marina’s outermost dock which serves visiting vessels. The improvement will provide better customer service and make the marina more attractive to larger vessels... ...

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DNR to hold courtesy boat inspections

In an effort to keep state waterways safe during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings. The Memorial Day holiday weekend is considered the first blast of summer and one of the busiest weekends of the year on state waters. DNR boating safety and enforcement officers will perform a quick, but thorough, inspection for items such as required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration. Those who are not in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements will not be ticketed during the complimentary inspections. Boaters will be given an opportunity to correct the problem before they launch. “Boaters should pay special attention with keeping their safety equipment up to date. Boaters should inspect their lifejackets to ensure that they are in good serviceable condition and without tears or holes. The boat operator is responsible for having a proper fitting U.S. Coast Guard type II lifejacket for all passengers... ...

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Magic in your pocket (and other lessons from Boston)

By Jack Sparacino Our son Jack recently flew down from Boston for a weeklong visit.  He’s very grown up now at 26, with a fascinating job in a terrific city.  When he was a little fellow, it was always fun to teach him things. Now the tables are somewhat turned, and that’s fun too.  Here are a few of the lessons I was able to absorb while he stayed with us. 1. How old did you say I seem? We had perfect weather coming home from Savannah.  Jack drove and I got to ask questions about his flight and the music we listened to on the radio. After a neat blast from the 60’s courtesy of The Doors (“Hello, I Love You, Won’t You Tell Me Your Name”), we heard several songs that apparently came from another galaxy.  One that actually started to grow on me (did I really just say that?) was “Glad You Came” by The Wanted.  Jack laughed and agreed there might still be some hope for... ...

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From Jonah to Judas, Part V

By Danette Vernon Khalil Gibran, a poet who lived more than 100 years ago, once beautifully wrote, “Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.” We rush through our days. We take files home from work and fall asleep over them. We tell ourselves we have to because, “We can’t keep up as it is.” We fill our children’s days, and therefore our own, with soccer, ballet, and any empty spaces which are left, we fill quickly with volunteering at church or some other worthy organization. We’re busy, “We have no time to think.” Exactly. Who can deny, or question our goodness as a mother, or a volunteer, when we so faithfully serve our children or the community? But what if we did sit quietly for a moment at the “river of silence,” and all that we can’t forgive, or forget, in ourselves or in others, comes up … then what? Buddhist Meditation Master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche provides guidance, and encourages us to not be... ...

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To love and let love, starting with yourself

By Takiya Smith For the past few years I have embarked on an amazing journey of love. Loving myself, loving others and, in turn, learning to let others love me. Loving oneself might not necessarily sound impossible, just as much as letting others love you sounds inane. However, believe it or not, loving oneself as well as the latter reference of loving others doesn’t always come first hand, second nature or internal as we would all like to think. For starters, let’s define love as an infinite and exponential form of emotion, thought, and contentment towards a person, place or thing. Webster’s defines love as an intense feeling of deep affection, however, being in love is not the subject at hand. When we love ourselves, infinitely, it means to be never ending and forever. Loving, exponentially, means to have a continuous and rapid growth of increase. Furthermore, an emotion is a state of mind that replicates our thoughts into feelings and ultimately leads to being verbalized or actualized. When we... ...

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Locals train for marathon, raise money for cancer research

Over the past several years local residents have raised over $50,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by training for marathons, half marathons and triathlons.  Now they are preparing to do it again!  The program, Team in Training (TNT), is a training and fundraising program in which participants train for an endurance event while raising funds for blood cancer patients in South Carolina. Local coaches put together group trainings for the walkers, runners and triathletes.  TNT also hosts clinics on topics such as stretching and nutrition to assist participants along the way.  Since it’s inception, TNT has trained over half a million participants across the US.  TNT participants have also raised over $1 billion to fund life saving cancer research and to provide programs for patients and their families. Last year, several Beaufort residents teamed up in memory of one participant, Wendy Garcia.  Members of Team Wendy completed the Nike Women’s Marathon and the Savannah Rock N Roll Half Marathon in her memory and have raised over $38,000 for... ...

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The Indie Film Corner: ‘Joffery: Mavericks of American Dance’

“JOFFREY: Mavericks of American Dance” from The Documentary Series presented by Emerging Pictures in HD at USCB Center For the Arts on Tuesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. Synopsis: This film documents how The Joffrey Ballet revolutionized American ballet and dance by daringly combining modern dance with traditional ballet technique; combining art with social statement and even setting ballets to pop/rock musical scores. Ratings & Reviews: Like most documentaries, the ratings are directly proportional to the interest the audience and critics have in the subject.  On that score, the film does very well with Rotten Tomatoes  audience rating of 100%.  Not enough critics have seen the film to develop a consensus rating, but, based on early reviews, it is likely to be middle of the road. Previewer Comments: This documentary shows some very early footage of the Joffrey and its development over the years. It relates to the ups and downs of a remarkable dance company that operated “outside of the box.” It shows the fragileness of support for the... ...

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