It's full speed ahead for agency that offers rides to seniors
By JIM LEDBETTER
Executive director, ITNCharlestonTrident
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
27, 2010 -- ITNCharlestonTrident, a dignified transportation alternative
for older people who can no longer drive, recently provided its
20,000th ride since beginning service in the Lowcountry on Nov.
provides rides 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for seniors 65 and
over and the visually impaired 21 and over. We serve the Greater
Charleston, Greater Mount Pleasant and Greater North Charleston
areas. ITN is a community-based and community-supported transportation
program utilizing volunteer and paid drivers.
rider Annette Vinson took the 20,000th ride on the afternoon of
Thursday, April 22, with the destination her regular beauty shop
appointment. Mrs. Vinson, who lives in the West Ashley area, has
utilized the services of ITN for the three and a half years it has
served the community with the alternative transportation program.
Franklin, the volunteer driver who provided the ride for Mrs. Vinson,
serves as chairman of the ITN Volunteer Committee. "Being a
volunteer driver is a very rewarding experience since ITN can make
such a huge difference in the ability of a senior to remain independent
and to successfully age in place," Mrs. Franklin says.
Vinson (left) was the passenger for the 20,000th ride provided
by ITNCharlestonTrident, a service that offers transportation
to local seniors as well as to other adults who are visually
impaired. Barbara Franklin (right) was the volunteer driver
who took Mrs. Vinson to her beauty parlor appointment. (Photo
by Jim Ledbetter)
Vinson uses the program for her medical appointments, shopping,
going to the pharmacy and, of course, her visits to her hair salon.
There are no restrictions on ride purpose. Offering a door-through-door
service, ITN drivers also assist members in going up and down steps,
opening doors and helping with packages. All ITN drivers are thoroughly
screened and trained before providing their first ride for ITN.
riders establish personal accounts with ITNCharlestonTrident that
are credited with funds that are then debited for the cost of rides
on a mileage basis; this establishes a cashless system. Member riders
call ITN to schedule a ride, preferably 24 hours in advance of the
ride. Because of the efficiencies of the system - volunteer drivers,
donated automobiles and community financial donations - the ride
costs and charges to the member rider represent only half the actual
cost. Further, mileage charge reductions can be obtained by the
member rider through advance scheduling, establishing a fixed ride
schedule, sharing rides, etc. The dollar balance in personal accounts
can be established by direct pay by the rider, through donated car
value, through gifts by family, friends, churches, organizations,
etc., through the donated value earned by volunteer drivers (they
earn value for their own future needs or can donate the value to
others) and so on. "Road Scholarships" are available through
community donations and other operational structures for those who
are unable to pay for all or part of the costs of rides.
is actively seeking volunteer drivers to meet the growing needs
in the community. The program is flexible, so volunteers can drive
in the areas they want and as often as they want. ITN thanks its
volunteers for the great effort put forth in helping to achieve
this major milestone and its community partners for their support
in helping to make the ITN program a big success.
man on 'Bachelorette'; local woman in Folgers finals
By ANN THRASH, editor
27, 2010 -- We haven't gone Hollywood here at CharlestonCurrents.com,
but we do have some celebrity news to pass along today. (Just call
us Rona Barrett - anybody remember her?)
a young man from Charleston is one of the contestants this season
on "The Bachelorette," which aired its first show Monday
night - and the online gossip sites say he ends up as one of the
last two men standing. And second, we've got an update on Charleston
resident Amanda Lowers, who we wrote about recently when she was
a contestant in a Folger's coffee jingle contest. She's heading
to New York City next week as one of five finalists nationwide in
up, the local bachelor on "The Bachelorette." We don't
usually watch the show, but some little birds told us earlier this
week that one of the contestants, Roberto, was from Charleston -
so we tuned in on Monday night to check it out. Sure, enough, there
he was, introducing himself to Ali (the Bachelorette), who looked
on the verge of a full-blown swoon and pronounced him "hot."
Roberto is an insurance agent, according to his profile
page at show's online site.
show has already finished filming for the season, and the Internet
rumor mill says that Roberto and the bachelor named Chris L. end
up being the final two men that Ali chooses between in her search
for the man of her dreams. The show and its "The Bachelor"
counterpart don't have a very good track record for creating long-lasting
unions, but we'll see how it plays out this time. We didn't watch
the whole show on Monday, but we're told Roberto got the "first
impression rose" - in other words, he's off to a good start
as far as Ali is concerned.
you might remember reading in this space, back on April 1, that
Charleston's Amanda Lowers was one of 10 semifinalists in a nationwide
Folger's Coffee jingle contest. The finals of the contest are June
3 in New York City, and we caught up with Amanda yesterday to get
the contest, folks from all over the country submitted short videos
giving their own musical twist to the longtime company jingle, "The
best part of waking up is Folger's in your cup." Amanda and
nine others were named semifinalists, and their videos were posted
online so the public could vote. In her video (which
you can see here), Amanda is shown playing a ukulele and sipping
a cup of Folger's on a cold February morning on Folly Beach. She
told Charleston Currents last month that she had gotten the ukulele
for Christmas last year and really didn't have any musical experience
to speak of.
few weeks ago, Folger's notified Amanda that she was one of the
top five vote-getters. She leaves early next week for New York City,
where she and the other finalists will perform their songs for a
panel of judges that includes Kara DioGuardi, one of the judges
on "American Idol." If Amanda wins, she gets $25,000 and
could even have her song featured in a new Folger's commercial.
who works at the Apple store on King Street, says she's very excited
about the trip - her first to New York City. She says the company
hasn't offered many details about all the activities they'll enjoy
in New York, but she gets the impression that there are some cool
surprises in the works.
was scheduled to be on 95SX this morning at 8 a.m., and we're glad
to lend her our support as well. She's promised to keep us posted
on what happens in the Big Apple, so stay tuned.
Thrash is editor of Charleston Currents. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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faces the music, sort of, on privacy rules
PETER LUCASH, contributing editor
27, 2010 -- Facebook
Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems to think that the site's 500
million users want to share all of their information with the world.
"People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more
information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people,"
he has said - and, recently, "The default is now social."
after regulators, Congress and users piled on, he grudgingly backed
off. On Wednesday, Facebook announced changes that make it easier
for users to shield their information to some extent. It's still
complicated, and advertisers will still have access. While this
is better, the basic rules apply: be careful about what you post;
do not "friend" co-workers, employers or potential employers;
and purge your "friends" list periodically.
blog post explaining the changes - - and CNET's
site creates online village for Lowcountry moms
Charleston's only local mom-driven Web site, Newby
Mom, was launched last Friday at a party at Charles Towne Landing.
Run by seven professional moms, the online subscription-based Web
site offers a network of online resources for mothers such as:
rooms for mom-to-mom Q&As
of child care centers, pediatricians and educational facilities
Consigning Corner to recycle children's clothing
board for child care needs
tips for moms on the go
health and wellness videos
calendar with family-friendly events
contributors to the site include well-known local moms Cathy O'Hara
and Angela May, both former Charleston television anchors. Creator
and editor-in-chief Katie Newingham brings over ten years of new-media
management experience to the venture.
I was pregnant with my daughter, I had so many questions about local
resources. When I couldn't find what I was looking for, I decided
then and there to devote my skills and abilities to creating an
online network to help other new local moms," said Newingham.
"It takes a village to raise a child, and I want to help moms
find their village."
to the rescue for ash-cloud-stranded fliers
the volcanic ash cloud closed airports throughout Europe last month
(and on a limited basis within the past week), hundreds of thousands
of passengers were left stranded, unsure when -- or how -- they
would be able to return home. My brother and sister-in-law were
stuck in Paris (admittedly, there are worse places!). The situation
was constantly in flux, and airline phone lines were flooded. They
e-mailed me and asked me to poke around and find out what was going
on -- and lo and behold, I found that the European Air Traffic Control
Authority, known as Eurocontrol, had started to tweet updates. The
agency quickly had over 28,000 followers. I was feeding information
to my brother, and to my daughter who was scheduled to return from
a semester abroad in London the following week. They were very appreciative
that I had found this source -- it was the real-time information
that they had access to.
Lucash is a Charleston-based businessman who runs Digital
CPE, a training, consulting and information media company that
works to improve the business management of organizations. You can
read and subscribe to the full edition of the Business
Indigo blog here.
marker will note park as site of nation's first Memorial Day
city of Charleston and the Charleston Horticultural Society will
unveil a plaque on Memorial Day to mark Hampton Park as the site
of the first Memorial Day commemoration in America. The ceremony
will take place at 3 p.m. Monday in the gazebo at the downtown park.
plaque tells the story well: "At the time of the Civil War,
Hampton Park was the site of the Washington Racecourse, which was
owned by the South Carolina Jockey Club and was one of the most
famous racetracks of the antebellum South. In late 1864, this site
became a large open-air prison for thousands of Union troops evacuated
from the Andersonville, GA prison in advance of Sherman's March
to the Sea. Before Charleston fell in February 1865, several hundred
of the prisoners died and were buried in mass graves. In an effort
led by African-American churches in April 1865, the dead were reinterred
in orderly graves enclosed by a picket fence. Over the gate was
written: Martyrs of the Race Course.
May 1, 1865, a parade in honor of the prisoners of war who died
here took place with ten thousand participants, according to contemporary
accounts. Nearly three thousand were school children from the new
Freedman's Bureau Schools. The children led the parade, carrying
armloads of flowers and singing patriotic songs. They were followed
by women's organizations, church leaders, Unionists, recently emancipated
slaves, and Union troops, including the 54th Massachusetts. The
soldiers were later buried in Beaufort and Florence National Cemeteries
or in their hometowns. Annual events to honor the dead of both sides
of the Civil War eventually became known as Memorial Day. The event
in what is now Hampton Park is acknowledged by most historians to
be the first Memorial Day in the United States of America."
'Little Red Wagon' begins shooting in Lowcountry
photography begins earlier this week in Charleston on the movie
"Little Red Wagon," based on the life of Zach Bonner,
whose efforts on behalf of America's homeless youth began when he
was six years old. Based on an original screenplay by Patrick Sheane
Duncan, who wrote "Mr. Holland's Opus," the film stars
Chandler Canterbury, Anna Gunn, Frances O'Connor, Dylan Matzke and
Daveigh Chase. The director is David Anspaugh ("Rudy,"
Red Wagon" spotlights Zach Bonner (Canterbury), an 8-year-old
boy living in Tampa, Florida, with his Realtor mother, Laurie (Gunn)
and 16-year-old sister Kelley (Chase). In the wake of Hurricane
Charley, Zach uses his toy wagon to collect water, food and clothing
for families made homeless by the storm. The experience ignites
something deep within Zach, which leads him to found the Little
Red Wagon Foundation and create "Zach Packs," backpacks
filled with life's bare essentials - plus a toy - to show homeless
kids that someone cares about them. Zach strikes upon the idea of
walking from Tampa to Tallahassee to bring help and hope to homeless
youth, but must overcome bureaucrats, blisters and a crumbling family
dynamic in order to fulfill his goal.
Canterbury recently starred in the thriller "Knowing"
opposite Nicolas Cage and Rose Byrne, and in "Repo Men,"
opposite Jude Law, Forest Whitaker and Liev Schreiber. He also portrayed
the eight-year-old version of Benjamin in "The Curious Case
of Benjamin Button."
plans open house June 5 to offer tax assistance
Internal Revenue Service will host an open house at its Charleston
office, 1 Poston Road, west of the Ashley, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
June 5 to help people solve their tax problems. IRS staff will be
available on site or by telephone to help taxpayers, and the office
will be equipped to handle issues involving notices and payments,
return preparation, audits and a variety of other issues.
than 200 taxpayers in the Carolinas received assistance during our
most recent open house on Saturday, May 15," said Mark Hanson,
IRS spokesperson for the Carolinas. "These extra Saturday hours
could be helpful for busy taxpayers who need assistance but are
not able to visit our offices during our normal business hours Monday
United Way partners with the IRS during tax season to provide free
tax preparation for low- and moderate-income people in the tri-county
area. This past year, the partnership helped 2,600 families claim
$3 million, a 31% increase over the previous year.
Without Hope' a tale of survival against odds at sea
Schuyler went on a day-long fishing trip with three friends and
was the only one who returned. After 42 hours in the water, the
Coast Guard found him barely alive and totally alone. In "Not
Without Hope," Nick gives a detailed account of his time in
the water and tells the reader exactly what happened to his friends.
His book is a tragic story of unbelievable loss and an amazing tale
of miraculous survival.
Tina Arnoldi, Mount Pleasant, SC
If you have a review or recommendation 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.
bright ochre mixed pickle, this recipe is one of the world's oldest,
and its path to South Carolina was along the international spice
and slave trade routes. Atzjar originated in Java, where each district
has its own version. Recipes for achar traveled through Asia and
India, where the term is generic for both oil and brine pickles;
to Madagascar, where pickled mangos were prized; to South Africa,
where the Dutch imported Malaysian slaves; up the west coast of
Africa, whence came South Carolina rice plantation slaves; and directly
in the lowcountry does the recipe appear in English-language cookbooks
of the time. Harriott Pinckney Horry recorded her "Ats Jaar
Pickle" in her South Carolina colonial plantation cookbook
about 1770. It contains garlic (rare in English cookery of the period),
ginger, cabbage, long pepper, vinegar, mixed fruits and vegetables,
and turmeric, which is native to Java and gives the pickle its distinctive
color. The dish is typical of the traditional lowcountry kitchen,
and it accompanies the area's unique, elaborate rice dishes.
the first half of the twentieth century, Charleston restaurants
routinely offered atzjar pickles before meals. The elaborate two-day
pickling process was out of favor for many years, but the recipe
was revived with the resurgence of interest in regional foodways
in the late 1980s.
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has played a significant role in the history in jazz -- in fact,
that was the subject of The
List in the first issue of Charleston Currents.com with some
help from Jack McCray, co-principal of the Charleston Jazz Initiative.
The CJI is saluting the city's connection to this distinctly American
music with its "Legends Festival" during Piccolo Spoleto.
Here are five free or low-priced jazz events during the Legends
Festival. Get details and tickets here
"The Charleston" -- 3:30 p.m. June 4, Sottile Theatre,
44 George St. A group of 180 fourth-graders from Hilton Head Island
School for the Creative Arts will perform this original musical
about Charleston's acclaimed Jenkins Orphanage Bands. Free. RSVP
by June 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 953-4843.
Legends Master Class -- 5 p.m. June 4, Cato Center for the Arts,
Room 234, 161 Calhoun St. Slide Hampton and Jimmy Heath, world-class
bandleaders and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters, discuss
their careers and their composing and arranging techniques. Free,
but seating is limited. RSVP by June 1 to email@example.com
Livingston -- 6 p.m. June 6, Riviera Theater, 225 King St. This
cabaret affair celebrates Charleston songwriter/arranger Fud Livingston
and his career as a big-band arranger during the swing era. Features
Brad Kay, pianist and author of the CD liner notes for Fud Livingston
(Jazz Oracle, 2009). Cost: $21.
Preserving South Carolina's Jazz Legacy -- 8 p.m. June 4,
Avery Research Center, 125 Bull St. See photo, letters, music scores,
and other material from CJI's Collection. Features a talk with the
legendary Heath Brothers (tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and drummer/percussionist
Albert "Tootie" Heath) and a book signing ("I Walked
With Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath"). Free, but
limited seating; RSVP by June 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Legend Houston Person Live -- 11 a.m. June 4, Stern Center Gardens,
College of Charleston, 71 George St. Hear Florence native, tenor
saxophonist and two-time Grammy finalist Houston Person perform
and discuss his career at this jazz luncheon. Cost: $36 adults;
$16 student. Requested attire: "summer white with a splash
dreaming vs. living
us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose
garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are
blooming outside our windows today."
Carnegie, salesmanship and self-improvement guru (1888-1955)
VS. BRACK CONTEST
to adopt a duck
To adopt a
duck in the Charleston Duck Race and have a chance to win part of
$30,000 in cash and prizes -- and maybe $1 million -- go
to this Web site. Then complete these steps:
- Click on
the registration link and fill out the online form to adopt a
duck of your own.
- In the drop-down
menu beside "Name of Rotary Club," select "East
Cooper Breakfast" if you want to help editor Ann Thrash's
club or "Rotary Club of Charleston" for publisher Andy
- Then fill
in Ann's or Andy's name as the "Rotarian to Be Credited."
Signings: 5 p.m. May 27, Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King
St.; also 3 p.m. May 29, Charleston Cooks, 194 East Bay St.
Joe Dabney, the author of "Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread, and
Scuppernong Wine," will be signing copies of his new book,
"The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking." The
book includes regional voices, old photos, stories and recipes from
Charleston, Beaufort and Savannah.
Tea: May 28 to June 6, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
at Marion Square. The ninth annual tea benefits the church's Outreach
Learning Center, which provides a food bank and programs for residents
of the neighborhoods near the church. Tea sandwiches, desserts,
and music daily, plus art and a boutique. Hours: noon to 4 p.m.
Monday through Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. More
Art Tour: 4 p.m. each Thursday, May 28 through June 24,
Heyward-Washington House, 87 Church St., downtown. Explore the art
of portraiture and satirical engravings popular with wealthy colonial
Charlestonians. The Charleston Museum's art collection at the house
features portraits by Jeremiah Theus, Samuel F.B. Morse and Henry
Benbridge; later copies by Johann Stolle and George Whiting Flagg;
and original, irreverent engravings of William Hogarth. Cost: $10
adults, $5 ages 3-12; free for Charleston Museum members. Reservations
not required. More info: 722-2996, ext. 235.
Memorial Day, Patriots Point: 9 a.m. May 31, Patriots
Point Naval & Maritime Museum's Vietnam Support Base area, Mount
Pleasant. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Myron Harrington will speak
on sacrifice and help visitors honor the fallen on Memorial Day.
Parking and admission free until 9:30 a.m.
ONGOING AND SOON
and Farming Course: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays for nine weeks,
beginning in June. The Food and Farming Entrepreneurship Course
is offered by FastTracSC and Clemson Extension for those who are
interested in becoming food-system entrepreneurs (urban/rural farmers,
local food artisans, chefs/caterers, bakers, food media, processors,
etc.). Cost: $145. More info: email@example.com.
Annual Meeting: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 3, Charleston
Area Convention Center. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's
annual meeting will feature a keynote address from Marco Cavazzoni,
vice president/general manager of Boeing Charleston. Updates on
the past year and the presentation of the 1773 Awards and Workplace
Flexibility Awards included as well. Cost: $55 chamber members,
$85 nonmembers. Registration/more
at the Museum: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 4, Charleston
Museum, 360 Meeting St. Family-oriented event gives kids a chance
to see all the surprising things that go on at the museum after
dark. The theme is "History A to Z." Kids can enjoy curator
artifact stations, a scavenger hunt, classic cars from the Lowcountry
Model A club, medieval fighting demonstrations, and crafts. A light
pizza supper is included, and there will be an ice cream station
as well. Cost: $10 per member adult, $20 per nonmember adult, $5
per member child, $10 per nonmember child; free for age 3 and younger.
Registration (required). More
info or call 722-2996, ext. 264.
Beach Music Bash: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 4, U.S. Customhouse,
corner of Market and Concord streets downtown. Free concert for
all ages featuring beach and Lowcountry-themed music and entertainment
by acts such as the Panjamdrum Steel Drummers, the Explorer's Club,
DJ Mike Hart, and Palmetto Soul. Food and drink will be available
'Celebration of a Day': 5 p.m. June 5, Gage Hall, Archdale
St. The Unitarian Church in Charleston's Chancel Choir and accompanying
musicians will take part in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival of Churches
and Synagogues. "Celebration of a Day" is a service of
music, stories, poetry and songs, compiled by church member Susan
Conant. Songs and stories from cultures around the world including
Aztec Myth, Hawaiian chant, spirituals and music for cedar flute.
Open seating; tickets not required. Free-will offering will be taken
at the door to support the restoration of the church. More info:
723-4617 or online.
Night Meal: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 9, Lighthouse Church
JUVO Center, 1177 Gregorie Ferry Road, Mount Pleasant. Healing Farm
Ministries sponsors a community meal on the second Wednesday of
every month to raise awareness about the organization, which provides
a place and activities for members of the community to experience
relationships with those who have disabilities. Participants will
work together to prepare and share a meal. Open to anyone touched
by a disability or anyone who wants to learn more about HFM. More
info/registration: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 971-9300.
Skin Cancer Screening: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12, Whirlin'
Waters Adventure Waterpark, Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston.
The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and MUSC will
man a fully equipped mobile doctor's office to offer free skin cancer
screenings. The mobile unit will also visit the Isle of Palms on
July 10; it will be set up on the front beach from 9 a.m. until
1 p.m. that day. No appointments necessary. More info: 792-1414.
Class: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 19, Charleston Museum,
360 Meeting St. Learn to make traditional sweetgrass baskets with
basketmaker Sarah Edwards-Hammond, who comes from a long line of
basketmakers and has passed down the tradition to her own children,
grandchildren and others in the community. The instructor will share
a brief history of the art form, then participants will get started
sewing their own basket. Workshop fee includes a starter and all
supplies. No experience required; program is designed for adults.
Cost: $40 museum members, $45 nonmembers. Registration (required):
or call 722-2996, ext. 235.
Growth in down market
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On Jim Fisher
Rural Mission's needs
Fish to buy
to do on 4th
to nab skeeters
the Pump, more
to do locally
guide book for kids
looks at success
SC poll flummoxes
should be state meat
to new grads
veto cigarette tax
weekend of fun
counted in Census
economy is recovering
whips up support
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look at summer camps
should get out
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fair, CED venture
on working with Boeing
library text questions
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