MUSICAL NOTES: Although Clerodendrum incisum is commonly called Musical Note Plant, Charlestonians should rename it Spoleto Plant. Related to the familiar Mexicali Rose (C. bungei), this tropical annual sprouts quarter notes that unfurl into elongated trumpet-shaped flowers. Could there be any better botanical statement to mark our festival's finale? Photo by P.J. Gartin.
CALENDAR: This week ... and next
:: QUOTE: All of those cheeses
:: BROADUS: Big lizard in my backyard
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JUNE 9, 2011 -- Four mini-grants to area non-profits are part of a robust community effort to increase access to healthy foods and physical activity among the people in the neighborhoods around the Naval Base in North Charleston.
made by Healthy North Charleston, a community-based initiative led by
the city of North Charleston and the Department of Health and Environmental
Control, and joined by a host of partners, address nutrition, physical
activity and tobacco use and exposure.
The grant winners and their programs are:
The mini-grant applications were open to community organizations such as schools, after-school programs, community centers, health care organizations, neighborhood councils, clubs, churches and non-profits that support the healthy lifestyles movement.
In the southern end of North Charleston, there are no full-service grocery stores and few options for purchasing fruits and vegetables. Nearly two-thirds of adults are not at a healthy weight in the Lowcountry, and it's even worse in North Charleston. Of those who are overweight or obese, 37.5 percent have high blood pressure, 11.7 percent have diabetes, and 5.1 percent have coronary heart disease.
Community efforts to address this critical issue are too numerous to list here, but most often focus on early prevention of chronic disease and increasing access to healthcare. Both issues are intertwined with healthy lifestyle issues. Health issues are also the number one reason that children miss school. Poor health can interfere with children's education and limit their long-term ability to earn income and maintain financial stability.
Healthy North Charleston is an initiative supported by ACHIEVE: Action Communities for Health Innovation and Environmental Change. ACHIEVE is designed to enhance local communities' abilities to develop and implement policy, systems and environmental change strategies that help prevent or manage health-risk factors through specific activities that promote healthy eating and physical activity and prevent chronic disease. Other Healthy North Charleston partners include: BCD-Council of Governments, Tri-County Black Nurses Association, Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities, Charleston County School District, Franklin C. Fetter Family Health Center, MUSC College of Nursing and Royal Baptist Church.
Why I'm running for city council
By ANDY BRACK, publisher
2011 -- After I announced this week that I was running for the District
11 seat on Charleston City Council to represent folks in parts of West
Ashley and James Island, some friends slapped my back and congratulated
me, saying it was about time I ran again for public office.
clear, however, from the look on others' faces that they wondered why
anyone would want to be on council -- or any office, for that matter.
Perhaps, in part, that's because of the mess one has to go through to
frankly, I believe it is important for every American to be involved in
some kind of public service, whether that's volunteering at a church,
helping a nonprofit or pitching in to lead a community in public office.
running for council to make sure people in West Ashley and James Island
get the high-quality local government services they deserve.
in Charleston to have a responsive city government that does a pretty
good job in doing the things local governments are supposed to do: fixing
potholes, picking up the trash, protecting public safety and delivering
an array of other core services to improve our lives.
But I believe
our city can and must do better. People in District 11 deserve better
representation. Our popular, polite and growing city can have the best
municipal government in the nation. Here's why I want to serve on council:
a public policy column for almost 10 years, readers know that I call 'em
like I see 'em. I will offer the same pragmatic look as a member of Charleston
City Council. To learn more, visit the campaign Web site at: www.AndyBrack.com.
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JUNE 9, 2011 -- Be Green Packaging LLC, expects to generate about 175 jobs in Jasper County over the next few years. They manufacture environmentally useful food packaging, as well as other useful packaging components. Given the news recently about Amy's Kitchen opening a food processing plant, sounds like a green cooperative movement!
Wind Quest: Charleston is hosting the September 'Offshore Wind Quest' conference, which is designed to bring together those in business and industry who are wanting to advance the cause of clean sustainable energy here in the Southeast.
Opening: Mast General Store is opening a store in Columbia. One of the reasons sighted by Mast for opening there was Columbia's renewed interest in greenways, waterways and outdoor activities. Can Charleston be far behind?
Neighbors sharing with neighbors: You may be reading about what seem to be called "peer to peer" sharing services springing up around the country, but I can't find any here in Charleston yet. If you know of any folks involved here, please let me know. Services work like this: Instead of all of us owning say ... a shovel/ lawnmower/etc. that does get used too often, there is a 'share' system set up. Saves on resource usage and costs. The 'Zipcar' service in some cities, 'Relay Rides' in Boston, 'Getaround' in San Francisco, and others are setting up formal programs to encourage us to share usage of our cars. A step beyond carpooling indeed!
Project SeaHawk, an SCRA-managed collaboration was recently awarded a Przirembel Prize Honorable Mention at InnoVenture Southeast in Greenville. Project SeaHawk is a pilot port security project which was created by Congress in 2003 in the Port of Charleston.
is an innovative program that enhances port security operations, capabilities
and coordination and is a model for future Interagency Operations Centers.
The SeaHawk Interagency Operations Center brings together stakeholders
from federal, state and local law enforcement, FEMA, TSA and the maritime
industry together to work collaboratively in daily partnerships to ensure
South Carolina's ports stay safe and open for business.
Citadel offers new graduate-level homeland security program
The Citadel Graduate College has opened enrollment to a new graduate certificate in homeland security. The new program will introduce students to basic homeland security concepts, applicable management principles, policy analysis as well as skills necessary to successfully address security challenges within the United States and abroad. Classes are scheduled to begin in the fall.
"With our legacy for producing principled leaders and our strong academic reputation as well as our ties to military, state, and federal law enforcement, The Citadel is in a unique position to offer a program in homeland security," said Brig. Gen. Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college.
Five three?credit hour courses are required to complete the graduate certificate. Two courses will be offered this fall. The Homeland Security course will be taught by Jonathan Hoffman. Hoffman is the former deputy assistant secretary for intergovernmental programs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he helped coordinate the relationship between state, local and tribal governments and Homeland Security.
Domestic and International Terrorism and will be taught by David Hurley. Hurley, who has a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati, is currently a senior counterintelligence analyst in the U.S. Army Reserves. Hurley has worked with the U.S. Central Command Center of Excellence for Afghanistan and Pakistan and the U.S. European Command Regional Joint Intelligence Training Facility where he developed courses, analyzed the various tribal and ethnic components of the Afghan conflict, and tracked socio-cultural differences via geo-based intelligence tools.
Applications accepted for Master Gardener training
Is your thumb green? If not, do you want to work towards having a green thumb? Can you commit to putting your knowledge and skills to work through volunteer service? If you answered yes, then the South Carolina Master Gardener program may be for you!
are now being accepted for the next training course, which will begin
in September 2011. Information
and an online application are available here.
to apply is July 10, so give it some thought. Your garden will love you
for it. Join the approximate 300 gardeners in the tri-county who are fortunate
to call themselves master gardeners.
One year and one month after being released back into the Atlantic Ocean following a successful rehabilitation at the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital, Scute, a loggerhead sea turtle, was recently recaptured during a regional turtle trawl survey managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
research vessel Lady Lisa and her crew caught Scute off the coast of Kiawah
Island. Between release and recapture, Scute's weight increased from 102
to 127 pounds and the length increased almost 3 cm (1 ¼ inches),
which is a normal rate of growth for a juvenile loggerhead of this size.
initially found with a rope entangled around its neck, and a shell covered
completely with tube worms and barnacles. The turtle was also anemic,
severely emaciated and moderately hypoproteinemic (low levels of protein
in its blood). Treatment included fluids, iron, vitamin B and antibiotics.
Soon, Scute became an aggressive eater and perfected catching and consuming
live blue crabs, a preferred prey item for loggerheads in the wild. After
approximately eight months of care, Scute was released on May 1, 2010.
FroYo and wine? Free samples on Friday
A new frozen yogurt shop in Mount Pleasant is offering a free tasting Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Lil' Yo Yogurt opened its doors June 2 at Square Onion Too at 411 Coleman Blvd. Lil' Yo Yogurt serves frozen yogurt along with a wide variety of toppings, many of which (cookies, brownies and more) are made in-house at the Square Onion. But this new addition to Coleman Boulevard has a unique twist unlike other frozen yogurt shops in the Lowcountry, as patrons can not only build their own frozen yogurt creation but can also enjoy adult libations like beer and wine.
Located in the heart of the newly-titled Coleman Point Village on the corner of Coleman Boulevard and Hibben Street in Mount Pleasant, Lil' Yo Yogurt will offer four flavors: chocolate, vanilla, tart and the flavor of the season. This summer's flavor is Very Strawberry. Lil' Yo Yogurt is open 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will be offering extended hours throughout the summer as dictated by demand.
"With so many people traveling down Coleman Boulevard on the way to and from the beaches, we thought it would be a perfect place for people to cool off ... either with frozen yogurt, a glass of wine or a frosty beer," co-owner Ginger Hodge, said.
"It's a perfect combination of enjoying a sweet treat and relaxing with a glass of wine. Whether it's a girls day out or a way to cool off after a day of errands, we wanted a place that had something for everyone," said Mary Zapatka, owner of Square Onion Too and co-owner of Lil' Yo Yogurt.
Hampton formed, financed
unit called Hampton's Legion
Wade Hampton III, was the eldest son of Wade Hampton II, considered to be one of the wealthiest planters in the South with extensive plantation holdings in South Carolina and Mississippi. When Wade Hampton II died in 1858, his son inherited a substantial fortune and the largest collection of slaves in the South.
In 1861, Wade Hampton III devoted his time to the management of his plantations and his service in the South Carolina State Senate. Hampton opposed secession but, once South Carolina separated from the Union, he remained fiercely loyal to his home state. After the April firing on Fort Sumter, Hampton resigned from the state senate and enlisted as a private in the South Carolina Militia.
Despite his lack of any military experience, Governor Francis Pickens insisted that Hampton accept the commission as a colonel. Hampton did so and announced plans to form and finance Hampton's Legion, a unit composed of infantry, cavalry and artillery. Volunteers from Charleston's Washington Light Infantry arrived in Columbia on June 1, 1861, offering their services. Hampton greeted the men enthusiastically and served breakfast to all arriving at his Columbia mansion.
Hampton formed six companies of infantry: Company A - Washington Light Infantry Volunteers from Charleston; Company B - Watson Guards from Edgefield; Company C - Manning Guards from Sumter; Company D - Gist Riflemen from Anderson; Company E - Bozeman Guards from Greenville; and Company F - Davis Guards from Greenville. He also formed three companies of cavalry: Company A - Edgefield Hussars from Edgefield; Company B - Brooks Troop from Greenville; and Company C - Beaufort District Troop from Beaufort. The Washington Artillery from Charleston formed the one company of artillery for the Legion. Hampton personally paid for all of the weapons for the entire Legion.
The Ladies of Columbia made a flag of satin for Hampton's Legion. One side was blue satin and bore the palmetto tree and crescent. The other side was made from Mrs. Preston's wedding dress. It was a "brilliant deep pink color with a purplish tinge" bearing a "wreath inside of which was inscribed - Hampton's Legion." President Jefferson Davis, on behalf of the ladies of Columbia, presented the flag to Colonel Hampton.
June, after three weeks of drilling, Hampton's Legion left Columbia by
train for Richmond, Virginia. Through the four-year war, elements of Hampton's
Legion participated in almost every major campaign in the Eastern Theater.
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Five tips to help sea turtles
You can help the South Carolina Aquarium help sea turtles in South Carolina. Lighting and habitat disturbance are detrimental to sea turtle nesting and hatchling emergence. Because of this, the aquarium recommends the following steps to minimize any negative impact on sea turtles on the beach:
"How can you
govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?"
Spoleto Festival USA: Full calendar for this week's activities.
Piccolo Spoleto: Full calendar for this week's activities.
ART FOR CHARITY: 5:30-7:30 p.m., June 10, 438 King St. A special reception and gallery event to benefit the American Red Cross. With entertainment provided by D&M Productions, food from Rue de Jean and wine provided by Ice Box. Suggested donation at the door: $10. For more information, go to artforcharitysc.com.
Upstairs at McCrady's: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. sets, Now through June 10, McCrady's, 2 Unity Alley. Jazz Artists of Charleston announces its 4th Annual JAC Jazz Series, regular sets at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. featuring some of Charleston's premiere jazz musicians, along with regionally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The series will include two special events, Holy City Homecomin' featuring Art of the Song and The Charleston All-Stars. Detailed ticket and program information are online.
Brown Bag and
Ballet: Noon, June 10 and 11, 477 King St, Charleston. One
of Piccolo Spoleto's most popular annual traditions, the short and sweet
Magnolia Garden Walks: 10 a.m., June 11, 18, and 25. Enjoy a morning garden walk at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens with garden director Tom Johnson at 10 a.m. every Saturday in June. After the hour-long walk, Magnolia will treat you to free snow cones and popcorn from the Peacock Café. The walk is free with the $15 garden admission. For more information, call 843-571-1266.
Charleston Arts Festival: The
city of North Charleston's Arts Festival continues through June 13
with dozens of lectures, concerts, displays and performances. Admission
to these events is free. Go
online for a complete listing. A few highlights:
CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON
You Are Safe: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday through June 25, Rick Rhodes Photography Gallery and Studio, 1842 Belgrade Ave., Charleston. An interdisciplinary art project presented by Tina Christophillis, visual art; Justin Nathanson, video/photography; and Brit Washburn, poetry. Admission: Free.
(NEW) Women and Power: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., June 14, 129 Cannon St. Why don't more women embrace power? Do women view power differently than men? Women traditionally have had a conflicted relationship with power. We are happy to fight for the rights of others as a worthy endeavor. Fighting for ourselves isn't often viewed as being equally worthy. Learn how to define power as a personal value and how to use it to serve your community and accomplish much more personally and professionally. Jennet Robinson Alterman, executive director, will share her experiences and the current research surrounding this topic. Admission: $25 members, $35 non-members. Registration required.
Library book sale:
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., June 17 and 18, and 2 to 4 p.m., June 19,
Charleston County Public Library Main Branch, 68 Calhoun St. The Charleston
Friends of the Library present That Summer Book Sale with great bargains,
good books and a chance to support your library system. Books, DVDs, and
CDs, will be available with prices starting at $1 for paperbacks and $3
for hardback books. Items include mysteries, romances, classics, children's
books, local histories, cookbooks and a variety of non-fiction topics.
and Music Festival: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., June 18, 411 Coleman
Blvd., Mount Pleasant. To celebrate the revitalization of an area of Coleman
Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, three local businesses, Square Onion Too,
Earthly Artifacts and Awendaw Green, present the first Coleman Point Village
Art and Music Festival with four live bands, unique art and a variety
of food and beverages. Admission is $10 and proceeds benefit local nonprofits
Daisy's Place and Southern Women Animal Task Force.
Living Local: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., June 30, Sweet Olive garden and gift boutique in I'On at 264 N. Shelmore Blvd., Mount Pleasant. With the wide variety of creative local artists and local products in the Lowcountry, Sweet Olive will hold a new free monthly happy hour to celebrate everything local. The first Living Local Happy Hour will have a culinary twist showcasing the creations from local vendors such as Purple Palmetto Dips, Neita's Charleston Vinaigrettes & Marinades, Charleston Mix Bloody Mary Mix and more. Future monthly themes will include locally made home products, artists and authors and horticulture. Wine and beverages will also be provided. Admission: Free.
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