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Issue 1.67 | Thursday, July 9, 2009 | Grab the bug spray


SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: PrimeTime Fitness on Sullivan’s Island recently awarded scholarships to several local students to recognize their dedication to health and fitness. Pictured with PrimeTime owner Meredith Nelson (left) are winners Terry Chandler, Caroline Warren and Laura Jean Varadi. Check out the Good News column to learn more. (Photo provided.)


TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Scoring school supplies

CURRENTS

:: A new kind of tithe

FEEDBACK
:: Send us your thoughts

THE LIST
:: 5 keeping cool tips

GOOD NEWS
:: Scholarships, social media, Wiz

ALSO INSIDE

___:: CALENDAR: This week ... and next
___:: REVIEW: Truman book
___:: HISTORY: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
___:: QUOTE: Nevill on conversation
___:: BOOKSHELF: Interesting reading
___:: SPOTLIGHT: Meet an underwriter


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TODAY'S FOCUS
Scoring school supplies for needy kids through camp
By JAMES LEE
President, Hoopster's Heaven
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com

JULY 9, 2009 -- Hoopster’s Heaven has partnered with Velocity Sports Performance and will conduct the first “Back to School” Basketball Camp and School Supply Drive this month. The entry fee to the basketball camp will be school supplies, and all supplies collected will go to benefit Charleston County schools. Unfortunately, there are families here in Charleston that cannot afford the necessary supplies their child or children need to start the school year. This is where, as a community, we need to step up and make a difference. No child should be without the school supplies necessary to gain an education.


Lee

The basketball camp will be the week of July 27 through July 31 and will be held at Velocity Sports Performance, located at 411 Wando Park Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Velocity Sports has a wonderful state-of-the-art facility! We are going to have two sessions per day and a week filled with fun and excitement. The morning session will consist of kindergarten through third grade and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The afternoon session will consist of fourth through seventh grades and will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. We will have guest speakers at 1:30 p.m., and everyone is welcome to listen in.

As I stated earlier, school supplies will be the entry fee for campers. We need to go beyond that! It is our community’s responsibility to nurture and help in the education process of our youth. We need families, businesses and churches to get involved and make a difference this year.

There are numerous ways to get involved. The next time you are in Wal-Mart, pick up a few school supplies that are listed below. Box them up and e-mail hoopstersheaven@hotmail.com to arrange a pick-up. It’s that simple! All monetary donations will go to purchase new computers for area schools. We have had some businesses donate just because it is easier and it’s a tax write-off. Hoopster’s Heaven is committed to placing one new computer in a school for the upcoming school year. We would love for area businesses to match that!

Some of the team members working for our cause include the Daniel Island Networking Group, lead by Mike Morris, Joe Campbell of First Reliance Bank and Seacoast Church, Walker Jackson Mortgage Group, and Powerhome Technologies, just to name a few. We need more involved to make a major impact! There is nothing better than knowing you made a difference in child’s life.

School supplies we need donated are No. 2 pencils, pens, paper, markers, composition books, notebooks, glue sticks, folders, etc. For monetary donations, e-mail hoopstersheaven@hotmail.com for instructions. As you can see, Hoopster’s Heaven is committed to changing the landscape of our youth. The best way to do that is the combination of academics and education in a supervised, safe environment. So who is Hoopster’s Heaven? We are a year-round basketball training and event management company. We are at the “grass-roots” level of introducing the game to young kids and also organizing and directing NBA player camps. Josh Howard, Chris Paul and Brendan Haywood are just a few of the players I have worked with.

Basketball is game learned at a young age that you can play your entire life. With our youth obesity rate at 45 percent, why not introduce a game that can be loved? We don’t preach that you have to be a great basketball player, but a great listener. You want to become a skilled player? Our belief is that the only way to reach full potential on the basketball court is through comprehensive teaching. Through the numerous programs we have to offer, any child can improve his or her game.

Hoopster’s Heaven feels that although improving your basketball skills is very important, our ultimate goal is to have fun and convey the important of listening, social skills, exercising, academics and, most importantly, having fun. Whether you are a beginner to the game or possess advanced skills, Hoopster’s Heaven has a program to improve your level of play and make you a better player and teammate! Please get involved today.

James Lee is president of Hoopster’s Heaven, which is based in Charleston. He played basketball on a four-year scholarship to Campbell University, where he was part of the 1992 NCAA Tournament team that lost to the eventual champion Duke Blue Devils. He can be reached at hoopstersheaven@hotmail.com, 814-7775 (mobile) or 849-7149 (office).

CURRENTS
Perhaps a new way to tithe
locally
By ANN THRASH, editor
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com

JULY 9, 2009 -- If you want to do more than just talk about helping the local economy and Lowcountry businesses, here’s the chance to put your money where your mouth is.


Thrash

Lowcountry Local First, an organization that advocates “a local living economy” by encouraging community support for independent, locally owned businesses, is having a party tomorrow night to launch its 10 Percent Shift campaign. The goal of the 10 Percent Shift is to get everyone in the Lowcountry – individuals, governments, businesses and nonprofits – to take a good look at their spending habits and commit to shifting 10 percent of their annual budget to local independent businesses. As project organizers put it in a recent press release, “We all know that our local independent businesses are the heart of our community. They are our friends and neighbors. The 10 Percent Shift gives us the tools we need to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.”

Lowcountry Local First Executive Director Jamee Haley says the 10 Percent Shift Launch Party will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday (tomorrow) at 10 Storehouse Row in North Charleston. Admission is only 10 cents – that’s right, just one thin dine. There will be food and drink for sale from great vendors such as the BBQ Joint, Taco Boy, Monza, Street Food, Firefly Vodka and more, and the local band Part-Time Heroes will provide the music.

Haley says party-goers will be able to pick up a coupon good for 10 percent off at participating local businesses, and there will be a paint-by-number area to show different options for making that 10 percent shift in your own business or home. “We’ve had a tremendous response (since the campaign was announced) from the local business community, local governments, the media – it’s been great,” Haley tells us. With the economy still dragging, “people are really looking at spending their money closer to home, and I think they’re ready to come back to that,” she says.

You might have heard the old saying (from a U.S. congressman, actually) that “a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it all adds up to real money.” The same holds true even on a smaller scale: If you think your individual 10 percent shift won’t amount to much, just think about the impact if everyone in your family, everyone in your office, everyone at your church, everyone on the street where you live, all made that same shift. Pretty soon it adds up to real money, which means real jobs and real cash cycling back through the Lowcountry.

Need more concrete proof of how you can make a difference? How about this: An organization called Civic Economics did a study of Grand Rapids, Mich., which is similar in size to the tri-county area, and the study found that a commitment to a 10 percent shift could create 1,600 jobs, generate $50 million in new wages and create $140 million in new economic activity for the region – in just one year.

Lowcountry Local First’s goal is to shift 10 percent of the local market share to independent, locally owned businesses by 2012. Think what kind of impact that could have on all of us.

If you want to know which businesses are on board for the 10 Percent Shift campaign, go to http://www.10percentshift.org/sc. To learn more about Lowcountry Local First and how you or your business can get involved, go to http://www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org.

FEEDBACK
Send your comments

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SPOTLIGHT
Lowcountry Food Bank

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GOOD NEWS
Health club awards scholarships to local students

Three local students who have shown dedication to health and fitness – their own as well as others’ – have won scholarships from PrimeTime Fitness on Sullivan’s Island.

PrimeTime annually awards three scholarships of $500 each to college and/or high school seniors, says owner Meredith Nelson. Applicants for the awards are scored on several criteria, including their GPA, involvement in fitness activities, fitness goals, and a personal essay on the impact that fitness has made on their lives.

This year’s winners are Terry Chandler of Mount Pleasant (Wingate University), Caroline Warren of James Island (College of Charleston) and Laura Jean Varadi of Isle of Palms (USC-Columbia).

Nelson established PrimeTime in 2000. For more information, go to http://www.primetimefit.net.

New club promotes social media's uses, more
 
A new local club has been established to bring together those who are interested in learning more about social media and how to maximize its potential. Social Media Club Charleston held its first meeting last month at the College of Charleston, with more than 50 people attending. The event was a panel discussion on the impact of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) on journalism.

Social Media Club Charleston was founded by local residents with an interest in connecting with others in the Charleston community who share an interest in social media. Organizers include Jeff Webster of Rawle Murdy, Heather Solos of Home-Ec101.com, Jared Smith of the College of Charleston, Nick Tompkins of Patriots Point, Chad Norman of Blackbaud, and Lyn Mettler of Step Ahead, Inc.

The local group is part of the international Social Media Club, an organization whose aim is to share best practices, establish ethics and standards, and promote media literacy. Membership is free. There are currently 65 active chapters around the world.

Social Media Club Charleston’s next meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 14 at Taco Boy, 217 Huger St., downtown. The meeting is free and open to anyone interested. For more information, follow the #SMCCHS hashtag on Twitter or visit the group’s Facebook page here.

Library plans free showings of Jackson's ‘The Wiz’

The Charleston County Public Library is doing its part to help the community remember the late entertainer Michael Jackson by offering two free showings of the movie “The Wiz.”

The 1978 film, based on L. Frank Baum’s classic book “The Wizard of Oz,” stars Diana Ross as Dorothy, Jackson as the Scarecrow, Ted Ross as the Lion, Nipsey Russell as the Tin Man and Richard Pryor as the Wiz. It also features the music of composer Quincy Jones.

Before and after each screening, music videos highlighting Jackson’s career will be shown.

The film will be shown at 1 p.m. July 10 and 6 p.m. July 15 in the auditorium at the Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. For more information, go to http://www.ccpl.org or call 805-6930.

REVIEW
“Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure”

The title got me on this one. I’ve always enjoyed the Bill and Ted adventure movies and wondered how one of my political heroes, Harry Truman, could have a big adventure. Radio reporter Matthew Algeo does a great job in weaving a fun tale about a 2,500-mile trip taken by Harry and Bess Truman without special security about five months after he became an ex-president. The trip, in a 1953 Chrysler New Yorker, stretched from Independence, Mo., to Washington, Philadelphia and New York. Along the way, Truman connected with lots of regular people who still remember his visit 56 years ago. And readers will get a refreshing portrait of this "Buck Stops Here" president who called it like he saw it. 

– Andy Brack, publisher, CharlestonCurrents.com

HAVE A REVIEW? If you have a review of a book, movie, restaurant or local arts endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to editor Ann Thrash. Make sure to include your name and full contact information.

HISTORY SPOTLIGHT
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
(Second of two parts)

Following the Revolutionary War, Pinckney devoted his efforts toward rebuilding his law practice and his rice plantations. In 1787 he served as a delegate to the constitutional convention, where he ardently and ably defended the exporting and slaveholding interests of southern planters. A staunch Federalist, Pinckney was important in South Carolina’s ratification of the federal Constitution in 1788. He later helped draft the state’s 1790 constitution.


Pinckney

Over the next several years Pinckney rejected President Washington’s numerous offers to serve in federal office — as commander of the army, as associate justice of the Supreme Court, as secretary of war, and as secretary of state — explaining that he needed to remain at home to restore his fortune. However, in 1796 Pinckney accepted Washington’s offer to serve as minister to France. The next year President John Adams appointed him as one of three commissioners to negotiate a treaty with the French government. When French diplomats demanded a bribe from their American counterparts to facilitate discussions, Pinckney is credited as having exclaimed, “No! No! Not a sixpence,” and urged his government to raise “millions for defence but not one cent for tribute.”

In 1798 President Adams, anticipating war with France, appointed Pinckney commander of the southern department of the United States Army. He was discharged from military service in 1800.

Pinckney returned to politics in the election of 1800 as the Federalist Party’s vice-presidential candidate. In 1804 and 1808 he was the Federalist candidate for president, but realizing that he had little chance of winning, he never actively campaigned. Instead, Pinckney devoted the remainder of his life to agricultural experiments (he was a member of the South Carolina Agricultural Society) and civic service. He helped establish South Carolina College in 1801 and served on its first board of trustees. ... He died in Charleston on August 16, 1825, and was buried in the cemetery of St. Michael’s Church.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Keith Krawczynski. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)

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THE LIST
Five stay-cool tips

The folks at Santee Cooper recently passed along the following five U.S. Department of Energy tips for avoiding heat buildup in your home during these steamy summer months.

  • Take advantage of daylight, but avoid direct sunlight.

  • Install efficient lighting that runs cooler, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs.

  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.

  • Take short showers instead of baths.

  • Use spot ventilation in the kitchen and bathroom to remove the heat and humidity from your home.

QUOTE
On conversation


Nevill

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”

– Travel and memoir writer Dorothy Nevill (1826-1913)

CALENDAR: THIS WEEK

Bike Path Meeting: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 9, St. Andrews Elementary School, 30 Chadwick Drive, West Ashley. Charleston County officials are holding a public meeting to gather input on a proposed project for a new bicycle and pedestrian path from Albemarle Road to the Ashley River Bridge. The project would be funded with the Transportation Sales Tax. Those who attend the meeting will be able to register their comments, ask questions, review conceptual designs and vote on alternative alignments for the path.

People of the Land Exhibit: Through July 15, Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. The work of Lowcountry native and documentary photographer Vennie Deas Moore will be featured. Moore has devoted much of her career to exploring the vanishing traditions along the S.C. coast, and her photographs show the connections between cultures, the value of work and the symbiotic relationship between the black and white communities. On June 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Moore will discuss her photographs and her new book, "Home: Portraits from the Carolina Coast." More info: 805-6930.

CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON

Wine Dinner: 6:30 p.m. July 13, Crave Kitchen & Cocktails, 1968 Riviera Drive, Unit O, Mount Pleasant. Summer fare paired with California wines in a five-course dinner, with local wine experts offering tasting notes. Cost: $54 plus tax and service charge. Reservations (required) or more info: 884-1177 or online.

Preparing Your Nonprofit for a Crisis: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 16, Charleston County Library Main Branch, 68 Calhoun St. Learn from experts how to prepare your organization for a crisis and how to handle the potential of a media and public firestorm. More info: 805-6930.

Networking Night for Entrepreneurs: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 16, Charleston County Library Main Branch, 68 Calhoun St. Bring your business cards and meet other entrepreneurs at this event, which is held monthly. More info: 805-6930.

Palette and Palate Stroll: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 17, downtown Charleston. The Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association's Fourth Annual Palette and Palate Stroll features art and food "pairings" at 13 downtown galleries. Tickets: $30 per person; reservations required. Call 819-8006 or go online.

(NEW) Reggae Nights: 8:30 p.m. July 18, James Island County Park. Join the Eclectic Roots Ensemble at the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series. In addition to the music, there will be Caribbean fare, pizza, Lowcountry favorites and crafts. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $8 or 5 books of Greenbax; free for children 12 and under. Annual Gold Passes will be honored. More info online.

(NEW) Free Skin Cancer Screenings: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18, Isle of Palms County Park, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 8, Splash Zone at James Island County Park. Dermatologists from MUSC will bring the MUSC Mobile Health Unit – a fully equipped doctor’s office on wheels – to the county parks to offer free skin cancer screenings. More info: MUSC Health Connection, 792-1414. 

Flip Flop Ball: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 18, Gold Bug Island, foot of the Ben Sawyer Bridge (Mount Pleasant side). The Fourth Annual Flip Flop Ball will benefit Wings for Kids, a program that helps children who grow up in poverty learn the skills needed to succeed in life. Charleston Bay Gourmet will serving barbecue, and Two 3 Ways will provide music. Open bar and beer kegs available. Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the gate. More info/tickets: http://www.wingsforkids.com.

(NEW) Solving Business Challenges: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 21, Center for Women, 129 Cannon St., Charleston. The Center for Women’’s Entrepreneurial Woman Series will feature a workshop called “Solving Your Five Biggest Business Challenges.” What are the make-or-break issues you need to identify to keep your business successful? How can you best adjust to a failing economy and still thrive? Find out what resources are available to businesses through the federal stimulus plan and other resources to help entrepreneurs stay afloat during the economic downturn. Cost: $20 CFW members, $40 nonmembers. Registration (required).

Shagging on the Cooper: 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 25, Mount Pleasant Pier at Memorial Park, foot of the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant. Shag under the stars at the new pier. Music provided by The Sneakers (four-piece party band playing beach music, jazz, funk and blues). Beverages available for purchase on-site. Tickets: $8; only 800 tickets will be sold and must be purchased at the event (no advance sales). More info: 795-4386.

(NEW) Hurricane Preparedness for Businesses: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 30, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speissegger Drive, North Charleston. The chamber’s Business Continuity Planning Council will host the workshop, which features experts from local governments and utility companies explaining how to write a business continuity plan that works before, during and after a storm. Cost: $25 chamber members, $35 nonmembers. Registration (required).

ON THE BOOKSHELF

In this section, we offer a list of good reads that you might want to consider reading:

  • A Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson
  • The Book of Marie, Terry Kay
  • Charleston Jazz, Jack McCray
  • I'll Be Sober in the Morning: Great Comebacks, Putdowns, and Ripostes, Chris Lamb (List)
  • Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller

  • Suggest a book to us

FOCUS ARCHIVES

10/15: Bender: Special Olympics
10/12:
Baron: Breast Center
10/8:
Ginn: Growing prosperity
10/5:
Buffum: Waterkeeping
10/1:
Personal branding
9/28:
Acker: Designer fashion
9/24:
Spencer: Art galleries
9/21:
Riley, Moryl: MOJA
9/17:
Gaither: Green Room
9/14:
Chesson: Museum Mile
9/10:
Barnette: Chas. Ballet
9/3:
Deaton: Thrive Prize
8/31:
Rawl: Charting courses
8/27:
Jurcova-Spencer: Creatives
8/24:
Brooks: Rural Mission
8/20:
Yarian: New local music CD
8/17:
Fisher: Uses of social media
8/13:
Hall: Time for renovations
8/10:
Morris: Dog days at Drayton
8/6:
Lindbergh: Gifted school
8/3:
Jackson: Insurance tips

THRASH ARCHIVES

10/15: Bob's new food show
10/8: Robot ice cream
10/5: Costumes, snarks
9/24:
Must-see TV
9/17: Fall leaves
9/3:
Cold comfort, more
8/27:
Being a fan
8/20:
Good, bad, spineless
8/13:
Locals on Runway
8/6:
Cookie contest
7/30:
Vote on car tags
7/23:
True confessions
7/16:
New way of tithing?
7/9:
Lookout for manatees

BRACK ARCHIVES

10/12: Renovated Gaillard?
10/1: Napa wine trip
9/28: Anti-crime measures
9/21: Caw Caw park
9/14:
Debris policy
9/10:
Mystery solved
8/31:
This and that
8/24:
SC's treasures
8/17: RIP to old clunker
8/10: Lots to squeeze in
8/3: On flying Delta
7/27: Conspiracy theories
7/20: Protect carriage animals
7/13: Economic thaw here?

LIST ARCHIVES

10/15: Giving blood
10/12:
Top ratings
10/8:
Major league
10/5:
Book sale
10/1:
Citadel football
9/28:
Taste of Charleston
9/24:
Feeding the need
9/21:
Hugo
9/17:
History for sale
9/14:
Shrimp baiting
9/10:
Day of Caring
9/3:
Free legal clinics
8/31: CofC Class of 2013
8/27: Citadel Class of 2013
8/24:
7 stores, 7 days
8/20:
You know you're from...
8/17:
On the school menu
8/13:
Wines for grilling
8/10:
First Day Fest facts
8/6:
Sales tax holiday
8/3:
Twittering tips

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