Center focuses on personalizing care
By DR. LISA BARON
Medical director and co-founder, Charleston Breast Center
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
12, 2009 -- When a doctor expresses concern about your mammogram,
it's scary. That's why the staff and physicians at the Charleston
Breast Center, a nonprofit, community-based medical facility, are
quick to explain what will happen next in a way that is empathic
to the fact that the patient is worried and overwhelmed.
most patients have normal exams and screenings, some come in with
symptoms or problems. We carefully walk patients through the process,
discussing in real time what to expect and helping them navigate
the process. We understand this is stressful, so we try to minimize
the amount of time patients have to wait and wonder.
focus on patient care is why we created the Charleston Breast Center
three years ago. It's a facility where women receive state-of-the-art
breast cancer screening and detection in a compassionate environment.
chance to help
of local businesses are hosting events or offering special
promotions this month - Breast Cancer Awareness Month - to
benefit the Charleston Breast Center.
October: Castle Keepers of Charleston will donate 10 percent
of the cost of any chemical-free cleaning booked during the
month of October when the customer mentions Breast Cancer
15, 22, 29: Circa 1886 restaurant will offer a $75 tasting
menu every Thursday night in October, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.,
with 10 percent of the price donated to CBC.
15: From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mad River Bar & Grill will
donate 10 percent of its proceeds to CBC.
18: Gold's Gym will accept $15 donations to the CBC to
take a Spinning class from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to
5 p.m. The gym will also be selling raffle tickets to benefit
the CBC for a chance to win prizes.
21: Local T-Bonz, Liberty Tap Room & Grill and Pearlz
restaurants to donate 10 percent of proceeds to CBC.
22: Chicks with Checks event at Facelogic in Mount Pleasant.
Get a facial screening/analysis for $35 and $25 will go to
24: Bond Street Imports and Tristan Restaurant will host
a 5:30 p.m. wine tasting with all proceeds to benefit CBC.
Cost is $35 per person.
Charleston Breast Center hosts a weekly breast tumor board where
the staff discusses newly diagnosed patients with the team, including
surgeons, pathologists, oncologists, radiation therapists and others.
At this team meeting, a care plan is initiated and then shared with
the patient. It's all part of providing patients with excellent
care and trying to give them as many resources as possible - all
under one roof.
though we "think pink" every single day, Breast Cancer
Awareness Month is a time for us to remind women to be proactive.
As women, we tend to put ourselves last, focusing on everyone else
first. But women need to pause and remember how important it is
to take care of themselves. Don't put aside preventive care like
a mammogram. Focus on health and then become an advocate and a role
model for the other women in your life.
message of personal care and education is so important and is such
a part of what we do at the Charleston Breast Center. The center
relies on the generosity of donors to support its mission and reach
as many women as possible. A donation to the Charleston Breast Center
is an investment in the community, and 100 percent of the money
is used for services in the Lowcountry. We truly appreciate the
many businesses and individuals who support our efforts and provide
Lisa Baron is the medical director and co-founder of the nonprofit
Charleston Breast Center. Its mission is to bridge state-of-the
art breast cancer detection and treatment with education and compassionate
comprehensive care. For more information or to make a donation,
Gaillard might be around the corner
ANDY BRACK, publisher
12, 2009 - Spoleto Festival USA Chairwoman Martha Rivers Ingram
says Charleston needs a world-class performance hall. Otherwise,
the community might miss out on some of the arts it deserves.
are people who will not buy tickets for the Spoleto Festival events
of the future
because of the Gaillard Auditorium," the
Nashville billionaire told members of the Rotary Club of Charleston
last week. "It's fixable. It's only a matter of determination
and money - and we intend to find the money to go with the determination."
who grew up in Charleston and is sister to local businessman John
Rivers Jr., hired a New York design firm to develop a transformational
idea of what the Gaillard could become if it were renovated. The
cost? About $80 million, less than half of what it would cost to
tear down the 1960s auditorium and start from scratch. Other
estimates are up to $105 for the change.
be worth it because the Gaillard isn't optimally configured now
and also isn't that attractive, although Ingram said it in much
nicer terms: "The sixties - it was a very challenging time
plan at present, which still has to get approved by the city and
pass muster of a public-private partnership to make it work, is
for the exterior of the building to be recast as something that
would fit in at the College of Charleston, just blocks away. (See
the interior is where big changes would come. A cozier concert hall
would be reconfigured with two center aisles, smaller balcony overhangs
and a slightly smaller stage. A second floor would be added to the
Exhibition Hall, which would double its floor space.
said Charleston Mayor Joe Riley is gangbusters about the project,
which we're told he sees as a signature for the twilight of his
long career, particularly because of the associated economic impact
a revitalized auditorium would bring to the downtown area. It doesn't
hurt that there's already an anonymous gift of $20 million for the
Symphony Orchestra Music Director David Stahl says' he's excited
about the possibilities for the auditorium, which could begin as
early as 2011 depending on approvals and money.
you kidding? Wow. It's been a dream for 25 years," Stahl said.
hope this dream becomes a reality so that the gem of Charleston
is able to shine in new ways for the arts.
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to focus on school-business partnerships
will Lowcountry businesses get future employees? What are the schools
doing to prepare future members of the workforce? How can local
business get involved? Those are the kinds of questions that the
Education Foundation plans to address at its 14th annual Business
Education Summit on Oct. 28.
summit, with the theme "Building the Pipeline," will be
held from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the College Center at Trident Technical
College. The focus will be on how schools and businesses can work
together to ensure that all students graduate equipped with the
knowledge and skills they'll need to further their education or
move directly into the workforce.
Education Foundation, an initiative of the Charleston Metro Chamber
of Commerce that helps build partnerships between the business community
and the schools, has been working with the region's businesses,
school districts and the Ford Motor Co.'s Next Generation Learning
Community national network. The Ford program's co-developer, Rick
Delano, will be the keynote speaker at the summit and will outline
how the nine communities in the Ford network have transformed their
schools, what this has meant to students and employers, and why
Charleston has been invited into the network.
Ford Next Generation Learning Communities program is not just about
greater student achievement," Delano says. "Motivating
ninth- and 10th-graders to learn by allowing them to choose a career
field in which to study is a very powerful 'on' button that the
community can push. Creating this type of opportunity for students
is a net positive, but there is also value to the community in workforce
cost of the summit is $50 for educators, $85 for others, and includes
a full breakfast. For more information or to register, visit
other operas from the Met come to Main Library
Charleston County Public Library will launch its 2009-10 season
of operas from the famed Metropolitan Opera House in New York City
with an Oct. 31 showing of "Tosca." The Puccini opera
will be shown at 1:30 p.m. in the Charleston County Main Library
Auditorium, 68 Calhoun St., in high-definition video and 7.1 surround
is the story of a famous opera singer, a free-thinking painter and
a sadistic chief of police who are caught in a net of love and politics.
Upcoming operas in the Met series include Verdi's "Aida,"
Puccini's "Turandot," Bizet's "Carmen," Thomas'
"Hamlet," and Offenbach's "Les Contes d'Hoffman."
more information about this series, call 805-6930 or visit
will focus on sustainable seafood classics
South Carolina Aquarium and the restaurant Wild Olive will salute
National Seafood Month with an Oct. 19 dinner featuring sustainable
seafood classics and seafood education. The dinner will begin at
6:30 p.m. at Wild Olive, 2867 Maybank Highway, Johns Island.
Olive Chef Fred Neuville will give local seafood a traditional Italian
touch in a menu that includes mussels with white wine, fennel, sundried
tomatoes and garlic butter'; grilled mahi mahi served over sweet
potato, ricotta gnocchi and finished with a tomato, spinach ragu;
and tiramisu for dessert. Each course will be paired with wine.
During dinner, Megan Westmeyer, the aquarium's sustainable-seafood
coordinator, will offer information on what "sustainable seafood"
means, as well as tips on buying and serving fresh fish.
dinner is $44 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are
required and must be made by Oct. 16; call Wild Olive at 737-4177
to reserve a space.
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endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to editor Ann
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nowhere in the United States have greens been so beloved as in the
South. South Carolina has a long history of cooking greens-typically
collards, turnip greens, and some wild leaf greens. Greens came
to South Carolina from around the world. Collards are widely believed
to have arrived here from Africa via the slave route, and turnips,
originally eaten more than thirteen hundred years ago, made their
way from Asia. England's love of greens is also reflected in our
cuisine. Some greens, such as poke salat and dandelion greens grow
wild. Others are the tops of a vegetable (beet tops and turnip tops)
while others are loose greens (some varieties of turnips that have
no root vegetable) or headed greens (cabbage).
complete list of other greens might include collards' cousin kale
(also known as cole, colewort, Dutch kool, German kohl and English
cole, collarats, and collard-leaves), cabbage sprouts, beet tops,
mustard greens, broccoli raab (also called rape and turnip broccoli),
and spinach. Cabbage is not commonly included among "greens."
Any and all of the above can and are used separately or in conjunction
with the traditional collards and turnip greens. Turnip and collard
greens are considered better after a frost.
greens must be washed thoroughly to avoid grittiness. The traditional
southern method of cooking collards and turnips is to make a broth
with fatback, streak o'lean, ham hocks, or other salted pork or
bacon and water (sometimes hot peppers are included). The greens
are stripped of tough or yellowed stems and leaves and added to
the boiling water. The heat is reduced and the greens left to simmer
for up to two hours. They are then cut into smaller pieces and served
hot, sometimes with the pork fried and served as well. Modern cooks
frequently substitute chicken broth for the pork. Vinegar with chipped
onions, tomato preserves or hot pepper sauce is frequently kept
on the table for seasoning the greens. The pot liquor may be used
as a broth or served with the greens in a side dish or bowl.
are highly nutritious; a source of riboflavin, calcium, and iron
as well as vitamins A and C. It is thought that the use of salt
pork was also important to the diet of southerners in the early
days of settlement and following the Civil War, when meat was scarce.
When served on New Year's Day, greens are considered a promise of
"greenbacks" in the coming year.
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In a recent
CNN/Travel + Leisure magazine survey rating 30 popular American
cities, Charleston fared well, coming in at No. 1 in the "Thanksgiving
Travel" and "Best B&Bs/Inns" categories. That's
great news, but what really caught our eye about this poll was that
it included some categories we don't often see in travel surveys.
Here's how the Holy City fared in five of them. For full survey
People: We're No. 3, behind Miami and San Diego, respectively.
People: No. 5, behind New York, Miami, San Francisco and Los
Markets: No. 5, behind Seattle, Portland (Ore.), New Orleans
No. 3, behind Portland (Ore.) and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Quiet: No. 2, behind Santa Fe.
ourselves as others see us would probably confirm our worst suspicions
P. Adams, American journalist (1881-1960)
Branding Seminar: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 12, Wescott Plantation
Clubhouse, 5000 Wescott Club Drive, Summerville. Sponsored by the
Summerville chapter of the American Business Women's Association
(ABWA), the program is open to the public and will ABWA members
Shauna Heathman of Mackenzie Image Consulting and Cheryl Smithem
of Strategic Marketing & Charleston PR, experts on personal
image, strategic marketing and public relations. They will be discussing
the significance of building an effective and appealing personal
brand to help you reach your career goals. Cost: $20 ABWA members,
$25 nonmembers; price includes dinner and tea or water. Register
by Oct. 3 by contacting Kathy Berman by email
or at 795-9751.
Aquarium: Daily until Nov. 1, South Carolina Aquarium,
100 Aquarium Wharf. "Ghouls and buoys" of all ages can
celebrate the scariest season with "Legends of South Carolina,"
a program that focuses on some of the state's spooky stories and
inhabitants. Kids can track down the case of the Lizardman on a
family-friendly Haunted Hike through Camp Carolina, embark on the
trail of the Stumphouse Tunnel or puzzle over the creepy deep-sea
creatures. Kids in costume get a $2 discount on admission. More
info: 577-FISH (3474) or online.
in Place: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at Faith Sellars Senior
Center in Summerville, Oct. 13 at Christ Episcopal Church in Mount
Pleasant and Oct. 15 at Lowcountry Senior Center on James Island.
Three free programs that focus on resources and information for
older citizens who want to be able to safely, comfortably and independently
remain in their own home as they age. Music and food provided. More
Thursday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 15, Hutchinson Square,
downtown Summerville. The monthly Third Thursday event for October
features the bluegrass and gospel strings group Down the River,
along with extended evening hours at businesses around the square.
Sponsored by Summerville DREAM. More info: 821-7260 or http://www.summervilledream.org.
Shop Sale: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 17, Philadelphia Alley
next door to the Footlight Players Theater at 20 Queen St. The Footlight
Players recently cleaned out their vast costume shop and are selling
items to the public to benefit the theater. Items available will
include vintage hats, band uniforms, shoes, suits, evening and cocktail
dresses, everyday clothing and furniture.
Charleston Style: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 30
through Nov. 18, Culinary Institute of Charleston's Palmer Campus,
66 Columbus St., Charleston. A series of short courses celebrating
the many facets of entertaining with a focus on Charleston style
and traditions. Guest presenters include hosts, event professionals,
authors, collectors, stylists and other specialists known for their
distinctive contributions to local hospitality and tourism. Light
beverage and cocktail samplings will be provided. Cost: $149. More
ONGOING AND SOON
Council Districts 8 and 12 Forum: 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Charleston
County Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun St. Sponsored by League
of Women Voters of the Charleston Area and the Charleston Metro
Chamber of Commerce. District 8 candidates Yvonne Evans and Michael
S. Seekings are expected to take part, as are District 12 candidates
Craig T. McLaughlin and Kathleen G. Wilson. Free and open to the
public. Audience may submit questions at forum for candidates to
Forum: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20, Charleston Marriott.
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerces Annual Growth Forum
will have recommendations from the city of Charlestons Green
Committee (CGC), which is advising the city in the creation of a
local action plan for climate protection and sustainability. Charleston
County Deputy Administrator Kurt Taylor will provide an update on
major road projects that are being funded through the half-cent
sales tax program. Cost: $45 chamber members, $60 nonmembers. To
this Web page.
Great Presentations: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Center
for Women, 129 Cannon St. The Entrepreneurial Woman Series, which
focuses on helping women create, manage and build businesses, will
look at how to make a great presentation and maximize your time
in front of a client or customer. Debbie Cooler of Dale Carnegie
and Claire Gibbons of Powerspeak Communications will lead the program.
Cost: $20 for CFW members, $40 nonmembers. Register
City Council Districts 2 and 10 Forum: 7 p.m. Oct. 21,
West Ashley High School, 4060 W. Wildcat Blvd. Sponsored by League
of Women Voters of the Charleston Area and the Charleston Metro
Chamber of Commerce. District 2 candidates William Blake Hallman
Jr., Rodney Williams and Stephen Ziker are expected to take part,
as are District 10 candidates Arthur L. Beane Jr., Dean C. Reigel
and Virginia (Ginger) Rosenberg. Free and open to the public. Audience
may submit questions at forum for candidates to answer.
in the Swamp: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and Oct.
24, Cypress Gardens, 3030 Cypress Gardens Road, Moncks Corner.
Haunted boat ride through the swamp at Cypress Gardens; participants
will be dropped off on a haunted walking trail through the woods.
Includes campfire and marshmallow roasting, storytelling, a game
room for kids, lighted pumpkin trail and music. Food will be available
for purchase. Event is not recommended for young children or those
with weak hearts. Tickets: $15 (includes general park admission).
More info: 553-0515 or online.
of Sleepy Hollow': 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 3 p.m. Oct.
24 and Oct. 25, Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Charleston
Stage opens its Piggly Wiggly Family Series with Washington Irving's
spooky classic story about a headless horseman and his ghostly ride
through the hamlet of Sleepy Hollow. Family-oriented production
is described as "scary, but not too scary" by director
Marybeth Clark. Tickets: $19 adults, $15 students; call the box
office at 577-7183 or order
Picnic: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25, Dill Sanctuary, 1163
Riverland Drive, James Island. The Friends and Needed Supporters
(FANS) of the Charleston Museum will host their annual family picnic,
which includes nature walks, live bluegrass by the Eagle Creek Band,
a Lowcountry dinner (fried chicken, ham, red rice, etc.), a
touch tank with marine animals, games, hayrides and demonstrations
by experts from the Center for Birds of Prey. Cost (all-inclusive):
$15 FANS member adults; $20 nonmember adults; $7 for children; free
for ages 5 and under. Advance reservations are required; call 722-2996,
ext. 264, or register
online through the calendar.
Pleasant Voters Forum: 7 p.m. Oct. 26, Mount Pleasant
Municipal Complex, 100 Ann Edwards Lane. Sponsored by League of
Women Voters of the Charleston Area and the Charleston Metro Chamber
of Commerce. Mayoral candidates Joseph M. Bustos, Gary K. Santos
and William D. Swails will make statements, and audience can ask
questions. The 19 Town Council candidates will make short statements.
Free and open to the public.
Graham Dance Company: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Gaillard Auditorium,
77 Calhoun St. The Charleston Concert Association opens its 73rd
season with the Martha Graham Dance Company, a modern-dance company
called "one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe"
by the Washington Post. Tickets: $25 to $99; on sale at the Gaillard
box office or order
online through TicketMaster. More info: http://www.charlestonconcerts.org.
Education Summit: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 28, the College
Center at Trident Technical College, North Charleston. The Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce's Education Foundation will host the 14th
annual Business Education Summit. The theme is "Building the
Pipeline" within the public schools so that all students graduate
equipped with the knowledge and skills to further their education
or go directly into the workforce. A representative from the Ford
Motor Company's Next Generation Learning Communities program will
outline its national model and discuss why the nine communities
in the Ford network have been successful in transforming their schools,
and why Charleston has been invited into the network. Cost: $50
for educators, $85 for others. Registration
is online here.
of Palms Voters Forum: 7 p.m. Oct. 28, Isle of Palms
Recreation Center, 24 Twenty-Eighth St., Isle of Palms. Sponsored
by League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area and the Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce. Mayoral candidates Richard Cronin and
Jimmy Ward are expected to take part, as are City Council candidates
Barbara Bergwerf, Marty Bettelli, Ron Denton, Barbara Gobian, Sandy
Stone and Douglas A. Thomas. Free and open to the public. Audience
may submit questions at forum for candidates to answer.
Red Party: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 29, Old City Jail,
21 Magazine St. The American College of the Building Arts will present
the party, during which the always-spooky Old City Jail will be
transformed into a rich red venue. Attendees are asked to dress
in red and wear masks. The event features a raffle and silent auction
with items such as luxury trips to Africa and the Caribbean. DJ
Arthur Brouthers will provide music for guests to dance to on a
color-changing, illuminated dance floor. Open bar; food by Carolina
Catering. Tickets: $55 in advance, $65 at the door. To purchase,
call 577-5245, visit
online or e-mail
at the Museum: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30, Charleston Museum.
A special Halloween-season edition of the popular event will feature
glimpses of rarely seen animal mounts, fencing demonstrations, a
colonial nautical touch table, new historical figures, and an elaborate
scavenger hunt. Kids will be able to make Halloween crafts, learn
about the Museum's funerary collection, and more. Costumes welcome.
Cost: museum members, $10 per adult, $5 per child; nonmembers, $20
per adult, $10 per child; under 3 get in free. A light pizza supper
is included with the ticket price. Registration (required): online
or 722- 2996, ext. 264.
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