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Company of horses continues on page 21
n Sunday April 27, Charleston
Area Terapeutic Riding hosted
its 6th annual fundraiser, In
the Company of Horses.
Te event, held at the
organization’s home, the
Brickhouse Equestrian
Center on Johns Island,
included live music, dinner
and a silent auction. Te
evening raised over $60,000
or CATR’s scholarship
“CATR’s policy is
to never turn anyone away
due to fnancial need.” Amanda Gerald,
community relations director for CATR,
said. “For the families who are able to
pay, we charge a minimal fee representing
1/3 of the actual cost of a lesson.”
With surprising success, CATR serves
those with special needs to develop
trust, self-confdence, independence,
physical balance and
muscle tone. Te event
included a demonstration
of the program’s work
starring Michelle, who had
progressed from riding with
four helpers to one, and from
a walk to trot.
Michelle’s mother gave a
truly moving testimonial to
the assembled guests, most of
whom were knowledgeable
supporters who knew each other well,
creating a family atmosphere.
policy is
to never
turn anyone
away due to
Amanda Gerald
The Hunt Begins
Kiawah Island was overrun by egg-seekers during the Kiawah Island Easter Egg hunt and Egg Toss.
Thriving in the company
of horses
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Michelle has progressed from riding with four helpers to being able to trot with just one
The Island
Lynn Pierotti
Jennifer Tuohy
managing editor

Swan Richards
senior graphic designer
Lori McGee
sales manager
Alejandro Ferreyros
graphic designer
Ralph Secoy
Resident Photographer
Kathryn Casey
Mike Todd
Grace Newland
Mike Vegis
Carol Antman
Kara Viacrucis
Maria Gurovich
helen Legare
Bob Hooper
Daphne Timmons
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Meetings are held at the Berkeley Electric Co-op located at
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Monday, May 12
Kiawah Arts Council Meeting
3 – 5 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Tuesday, May 13
Kiawah Communications
Committee Meeting
3 – 5 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Wednesday, May 14
Kiawah Public Safety
Committee Meeting
2 – 4 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Seabrook Town Planning
Commission Meeting
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall
Monday, May 19
Kiawah Board of Zoning and
4 – 5 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Seabrook Council on next page
Before the regular Town Council
meeting began, Mayor Pro Tem Ciancio
gave a brief summary of the frst quarter
online marketing report. Some highlights
of the summary were:
•Te Town website had a 95 percent
increase of visitors from Q4 2013 to Q1
•83 percent of the visitors to the Town
website in Q1 were new visitors and this
shows that new visitors are continuing to
discover Seabrook Island and the website
is working as a portal to deliver visitors to
other websites.
•Te website page from which most
visitors exit is the Stay page and that
means that most of the people visiting the
site got to the Stay page and left by means
of a link to another site.
•Adwords that drive guests to the
Town’s website tend to have “beach” in
Mayor Pro Tem Ciancio reported that
total of the Town’s fund balances for the
year to date is $2,957,460. Revenue for
the month of March was $81,155 and the
revenue for the year to date is $228,621.
Tese fgures are below budget because
the Berkeley Electric Franchise fee was
budgeted to be received in March and
should have been budgeted for December.
Expenses for March were $93,060 and
were over budget by $29,136. Tis
overage occurred because the roadway
maintenance/drainage work that was
approved by Council previously was all
completed and billed in March. Year to
date, expenses are under budget by about
Reports of Standing Committees,
Commissions, Boards:
Community Relations
Councilman Romano reported that
he had attended a Property Owners
Association Planning Committee meeting
recently. Te annual survey results
have been compiled and will be sent to
the Board. Councilman Romano also
reported that Amelia Island has initiated
a program to do benchmarking for
community planning. Tey have selected
14 communities to assist them in that
benchmarking and Kiawah and Seabrook
Island are two of the communities
Councilman Gregg reported that
the Seabrook Island Club Long Range
Planning Committee met on April 10 for
the frst time this year. Te meeting was to
begin the planning activity that will take
place in 2014. Teir next meeting will be
May 8 and it is expected that they will
have the analysts’ reports from the annual
survey along with some reading material
that will assist them with the planning
efort. Te Board of Governors will meet
with the Planning Committee in July
to identify objectives of the planning.
Once the Board has had the opportunity
to weigh in, the Club’s Long Range
Planning Committee will generate a plan.
Councilman Turner reported that the
Visibility Committee met recently and
one of their main topics was updating and
coordinating websites. Te Club and the
Property Owners Association (POA) are
about to engage a consultant to do this
work on their websites and would like
for the Town to coordinate with them
also. Tis coordination should not afect
the Town’s agreement with Obviouslee
Janet Gorski, who is on the
Environmental Committee at the POA,
contacted Councilman Turner and told
him that she had been given the assignment
by the POA Planning Committee to
look into beach management plans and
conservation plans. Councilman Turner
intends to set up a meeting with Stan
Barnett within the next week and ofered
to allow someone from the Environmental
Committee to attend the meeting.
Planning & Development
Ciancio reported that editors from
two local magazines each spent full days
visiting Seabrook Island during the month.
Te two editors were Kinsey Gidick, who
is managing editor of the Charleston City
Paper and also a freelance writer for several
travel publications, and Margaret Pilarski,
who is editor of Where Charleston and
Skirt Charleston. Hopefully, these visits
will result in a favorable article about
Seabrook Island similar to the one that
appeared in Charlotte Roads magazine
last month.
Mayor Pro Tem Ciancio also reported
that, during the month, he approved an
invoice for $8,838 for a 1/3 page full-
color ad in the April/May issue of Gun
and Garden magazine. He also confrmed
that the Town will run the “Bikes” ad in
the June/July issue of Gun and Garden
magazine along with an ad in May in
the online version of Gun and Garden.
In March, the Town ran the “Bikes” ad
in Southern Living. Te “Bikes” and the
“Boat” ad will run in May. A mail out
was done in March for over 1,000 written
inquiries for information as a result of
Southern Living ads. An invoice was
approved in March for $630 from the
Charleston Area Convention & Visitor’s
Bureau for a display ad. Te Town will
have a similar ad in April.
Te Town received a contract from
Obviouslee Marketing for the proposed
work to be done on the Town’s website.
Councilman Gregg has made substantive
comments on the agreement and it has
been forwarded back to Obviouslee
Marketing for their review.

Public Safety
Councilman Gregg moved for the
Town to contribute $1,500 toward the
2014 Disaster Awareness Day, which is
sponsored jointly by the Towns of Kiawah
Seabrook Town Council
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Island and Seabrook Island. Te event
will be held on Tursday, June 12, 2014,
at the River Course on Kiawah. Te
$1,500 contribution from the Town will
help defray the cost of the free lunch and
prizes that will be awarded to attendees.
Councilman Romano seconded the motion
and the vote to approve was unanimous.
Planning Commission
Johns Wells, Chairman of the
Planning Commission, reported that
the Town’s Planning Commission will
meet on Wednesday, May 14, at 10 a.m.
Dr. Tim Kana will be attending this
meeting and should have fnished at least
a summary of his part for the Town’s
Beach Management Plan. Te Planning
Commission will meet from 10 a.m.
to 11:30 a.m. and, after taking a break
for lunch, will take a tour of the beach
beginning around 1 p.m. Councilman
Turner commented that the POA wants to
make sure that the Town will be looking
at alternatives to the beach nourishment
usually done by relocating the inlet.
Board of Zoning Appeals
Te Board of Zoning Appeals met on
Wednesday, April 10th, at 10 a.m. in regard
to Appeal #149. Te appeal was denied.
Accommodations Tax Advisory
Te Accommodations Tax Advisory
Committee will meet in May in regard to
a contract for the July freworks display.
St. Johns Fire District Meeting
Ciancio reported that he attended
a meeting of the St. Johns Fire
Commission on April 14th at the request
of Sue Holloman, Seabrook Island’s
representative on the Commission. A
presentation was given by the Town of
Kiawah Island regarding their RFP that
has been issued to retain a consultant to
evaluate current police, fre and EMS
services being provided to Kiawah Island.
Te St. Johns Fire Commissioners think
the RFP will create problems since the
St. Johns Fire District has issued its own
RFP that is designed to examine issues of
efciency and modernization on a district
wide basis. Te Commission thinks
Kiawah’s RFP could cause confusion on
the part of contractors responding to both
RFP’s. Tere would also be a signifcant
demand on the district for information
to be provided to both sets of contractors
and there might also be a problem with
morale of members of the St. Johns Fire
Department assigned to Kiawah, who
might have concerns regarding the viability
of their current positions. Tamika Rucker,
Town Administrator of Kiawah Island,
stated that she had prepared the RFP at
the request of the Kiawah Town Council
and that the term “consolidation” as used
in the RFP did not mean that Kiawah was
looking to create its own fre district. Ms.
Rucker also stated that Kiawah, as a major
stakeholder in the district, is entitled to
information concerning the services and
think the request is reasonable. Mayor
Pro Tem Labriola stated that Kiawah
does not have any intention of creating
its own district. Te RFP was designed
to give information to Council to allow
it to understand the police, fre and EMS
services being provided to their community.
Meeting with Charleston Symphony
Mayor Pro Tem Ciancio reported that
he and Town Administrator Pierce met
with Monica Jenks, the Development
Director of the Charleston Symphony
Orchestra (CSO) on April 2. At this
meeting, the CSO wanted the Town
to donate $10,000 to participate in an
educational initiative on Johns and
Wadmalaw Islands called “Composition
and Critique.” Mayor Pro Tem Ciancio
informed Ms. Jenks that the Town has a
policy of not contributing to non-proft
activities but would consider engaging
the CSO for a performance either at the
July 4th freworks or Memorial Day. It
has been determined that the Club has
already engaged musical performers
for the freworks display. Alternatives
will be discussed with the CSO and
a formal proposal will be brought
back to Town Council at a later date.
Purchase Space in Te Seabrooker
Mayor Pro Tem Ciancio stated that
Council previously concluded that
they would not contribute funds to
Te Seabrooker to defray its operating
expenses. Council was unanimous in
its view that Te Seabrooker provides a
valuable service in providing information
regarding the Town to our residents and
is the only vehicle that the Town has to
consistently provide information to our
non-resident property owners. Since it
is important that Council communicate
on a regular basis with both resident
and non-resident property owners and
Te Seabrooker is an appropriate vehicle
for that communication, Mayor Pro
Tem Ciancio believes it is appropriate
for the Town to purchase a half page
space in the newspaper on a month to
month basis. Tis space is to be used on
a rotating basis by the Mayor, members
of Council and the Town Administrator
to write monthly articles concerning
matters of interest within their respective
areas of responsibility. Mayor Pro Tem
Ciancio moved that the Town purchase a
half page space in Te Seabrooker, on a
month to month basis at current market
rates, not to exceed $600 per month.
Councilman Turner seconded the motion
and the vote to approve was unanimous.
Town Administrator
Town Administrator Pierce reported
that the copier at the Town Hall needs
to be replaced. A sheet giving prices on
three diferent models of copiers with the
price to purchase and the price to lease
was included in Council packets. Te
copier can be bought or leased on the
State contract so it will not be necessary to
obtain other bids. Councilman Romano
moved that the Town should lease the
Xerox-WC 7845 copier. Councilman
Gregg seconded the motion and the vote
to approve was unanimous.
A specifc proposal and contract will be
brought to Council next month regarding
the July freworks. Mayor Pro Tem
Ciancio stated that he had asked the Town
Administrator to look into increasing the
amount of the contract from $10,000
to $15,000. Tis would not result in a
longer freworks display but the increase
in the intensity of the freworks would
be substantial. Because the expenditure
comes out of Accommodations Tax,
Council will need a recommendation
of the Accommodations Tax Advisory
Committee and that committee will meet
the second week of May. If the committee
makes a positive recommendation, it
will be brought back to Council at their
May meeting for consideration. Town
Administrator Pierce stated that the
freworks display will be on Tursday,
July 3, with a rain date of Saturday, July 5.
Utility Commission
Chairman Jef Bostock reported that
the Seabrook Island Utility Commission
(SIUC) met April 16. Te March fnancials
were within budget and operations of both
water and waste water treatment were
normal. Te new, annual contract with
Hawthorne Services was approved and
signed at the April meeting. Tis contract
begins on May 1 and there was no cost
increase. Chairman Bostock reported
that the contract for the maintenance on
the water tower is still not approved as
language is still being debated. Hopefully,
the contract will be signed at SIUC’s next
meeting on May 21.
Petitions Received, Referred or
Disposed of:
•Temporary Use Permit #191 – 2014
Governor’s Annual Invitational Billfsh
Tournament – June 4 to June 7, 2014 –
Town Administrator Pierce reported that
Temporary Use Permit #191 has been
approved by the Planning Commission
but needs approval of Council since the
duration of the event is more than 72
hours. Bohicket Marina is required to
meet several requirements – additional
police service at the site, contracting with
a towing company to keep the egress and
ingress clear and notifying EMS and the
Fire Department of the event. Tere is
also a provision that no loud music will
play after 9:30 p.m. Councilman Gregg
moved to approve Temporary Use Permit
#191. Councilman Romano seconded
the motion and the vote to approve was
Island Connection seeks
community reporter
he Island Connection is looking to hire a part-time reporter to cover municipal
government on Seabrook and Kiawah Islands. Te successful candidate will be
required to attend various municipal committee meetings and Town Council
meetings and translate the information succinctly and accurately to the citizens of
the islands. He or she will also have the opportunity to contribute feature stories to
the newspaper.
Previous reporting experience preferred, but training will be ofered to a candidate
who demonstrates enthusiasm and interest in the subject matter.
To apply for the position please email a cover letter, resume and samples of your
writing to jennifer@luckydognews.com.
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Arts & Events
Create art in the park
For The Island Connection
May 09, 2014 5
he Charleston County Park and
Recreation Commission invites the
Lowcountry to Old Towne Creek
County Park, and to let its beauty inspire
a work of art this May.
Art in the Park will be held on Sunday,
May 11 from 2 – 4 p.m. and from Tursday,
May 22 from 6 - 8 p.m. Experts at Fear
No Easel will help participants create their
own masterpiece of art en plein air (“in
the open air”) in the laid-back setting of
Old Towne Creek County Park. All skill
levels are invited to participate and follow
step-by-step guidance on a painting.
Art in the Park is open for ages
12 and up. Space is limited and all
participants should register in advance.
Registration includes all painting supplies
and a complimentary glass of wine (for
participants ages 21 or older). To view the
artwork that will be instructed as part of
this event, visit CharlestonCountyParks.
com. Outside alcohol will not be allowed.
Fees to participate in Art in the
Park are $48, or $40 for residents of
Charleston County. Register at www.
or call 843-795-4386.
Because of their outdoor location, rain
dates have been scheduled for both events.
In case of inclement weather, the May 11
Art in the Park will be rescheduled for
May 18 and the May 22 event will take
place on May 29.
Currently, Old Towne Creek County
Park is only open for special event purposes
and private rentals, but along with several
other property holdings throughout the
Lowcountry, it will one day become a
county park available for regular use.
Old Towne Creek County Park,
formerly Ashem Farm, was home to
Charleston preservationist Emily Ravenel
Farrrow and her St. Andrews Riding
Academy. Located in West Ashley, the
67-acre estate is dotted with open felds
mixed among groves of Live Oaks. Te
public is invited to come be inspired by
the legacy of the Lowcountry’s nature
and history with views from the park of
South Carolina’s frst English settlement
at Charles Towne Landing, and winding
Old Towne Creek.
Art in the Park is brought to you by
Fear No Easel and Charleston County
Parks. For more information, visit www.
CharlestonCountyParks.com or call
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he weather was perfect for Sea
Islands Habitat for Humanity
Beam-A-Ton at Freshfelds
Village, Saturday, April 26. Participants
purchased beams for $20 and had fun
decorating them with the art supplies on
hand. Te beams will be used to build the
2014 Women Build home on James Island
the week of May 3.
Sea Island Habitat for Humanity,
the third-oldest Habitat for Humanity
afliate in the world, is an independent,
nonproft, ecumenical Christian housing
ministry that partners with people of all
beliefs. Sea Island Habitat for Humanity
has served its community as an afliate of
Habitat for Humanity International since
1978 and has provided housing solutions
for over 300 local families.
A Woman’s Touch
For The Island Connection
May 09, 2014
arts & events
Freshfelds hosts
free concerts
For The Island Connection
he unofcial start to summer in
the Lowcountry is Memorial Day
weekend, so celebrate with, free
concerts nightly at Freshfelds Village
from 6 to 9 p.m. Head to the Village
Green Friday, May 23 through Sunday,
May 25 for the Memorial Day Weekend
Concert Series, as three high-energy
bands perform. Barrier Island Marine will
also have their latest boats on display.
Friday, May 23 – JAVA: Tis band
of six musicians includes a lead guitar,
saxophone, bass, drums, keyboard and
vocalist. Performing a wide variety of
tunes, including jazz, ‘70s beach, beach,
Motown, Top 40,
‘80s and more.
While performing
throughout the
United States, JAVA
has played with top
artists like Earth,
Wind & Fire,
Chicago, Michael
McDonald, Wild
Cherry, Anthony
Hamilton and
Saturday, May
24 – Suckerpunch:
S u c k e r p u nc h ’ s
members hold
music degrees and
they use them to rock the house with the
best in pop, dance, R&B, ‘60s, rock and
recent hits.
Sunday, May 25 – Gracious Day: Enjoy
the sounds of country and Southern music
with Gracious Day, which will bring
its full band to the Village Green stage.
Expect vocal harmonies as they perform
the best in vintage and contemporary
Guests are encouraged to bring beach
chairs or blankets, and food and beverage
will be available for purchase. Te series is
sponsored in part by Te Town of Kiawah,
Barrier Island Marine and Charleston
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Osprey Point closed
for the summer for
major renovations
For The Island Connection
n Tursday, May 1, Osprey Point
closed for the summer for major
renovations. Since 1988, the
Tom Fazio-designed Osprey Point has
been a guest favorite on
Kiawah Island. Using
the natural beauty of
the maritime forest on
the eastern side of the
island, it gracefully
weaves its way around
four natural fresh-
water ponds to
provide players of all
levels challenging yet
enjoyable rounds of golf.
It has hosted numerous
c h a m p i o n s h i p s
including the 2000
Eastern Regional PGA
Club Professional Championship, and the
Golf Digest magazine’s “Best Places to
Play” give it a near perfect 4 ½ star rating.
However, in the over 25 years since the
course opened, the natural environment
has altered the course from its original
design—through the years greens have
reduced in sized limiting pin placements,
winds have shifted bunkers, and the tees
are no longer as level as what would be
considered ideal. On May 1, under the
directions of course architect Tom Fazio,
the resort initiated major renovations to
the Osprey Point Golf Course to return it
to its original grandeur.
According to Fazio,
while he won’t be
making any major
architectural changes to
the course, guests will
see vast improvements.
“What we’re aiming
for here is what Kiawah
is known for—
outstanding course
conditions,” said Fazio.
“Te owners and
management of the
resort have a tradition
of maintaining
top-conditioned golf courses. Our eforts
to increase tee space, detailing greens and
renovating the bunkering will return the
course to its original pristine condition.”
Using what was learned at Te Ocean
Course, all of Osprey Point’s greens, tees
and fairways will be converted to
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What we’re
aiming for here
is what Kiawah
is known for—
Tom Fazio
Paspalum, the salt-tolerant strain of
grass that is currently on Te Ocean
Course. Te playing surface provided by
Paspalum received high praise from both
players and announcers during the PGA
According to Director of Golf, Brian
Gerard, the teeing areas will be enlarged
and laser-leveled giving more teeing
options on each hole. Plus, all of the
bunkering on the course will be reworked
as part of the renovation.
“Over the years, the winds common to
Kiawah Island have reshaped many of the
bunkers on the course, altering edges and
mounding around the greens. Tat will be
addressed. Additionally, the mounding
on the last 100 yards or so of No. 18 will
be softened.” Gerard said.
Head PGA Professional, Ric Ferguson,
believes the work around the greens will
be one of the most noticeable of the
“Over the years the greens have lost
between 25 and 30 percent in area.
Restoring them to their original size will
give us more pin position options.”
According to Ferguson, another task
that will be accomplished is working on
drainage on No. 2, No. 9 and No. 18.
“In addition to some recontouring, sand
will be added to the soil on those holes to
allow for better drainage,” Ferguson said.
“Tose holes will no longer have prolonged
wet conditions after a rain.”
Te newly renovated Osprey Point is
scheduled to reopen in October, 2014.
“Osprey Point has always been one
of the favorite courses on the resort,
ofering both great scenery as well as an
enjoyable round of golf,” Gerard said.
“Te improvements will greatly enhance
both the aesthetics as well as the playing
conditions of the course.”
Kiawah’s Osprey Point golf course will re-open in October after a summerlong remodel.
Osprey continues from previous page
May 09, 2014 9
10 May 09, 2014
Battle of Charleston
celebrated for 10th year
For The Island Connection
he 10th annual Battle of Charleston, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Te
Battle of Bloody Bridge, took place March 22 and 23 at Legare Farms on Johns
Hundreds of re-enactors flled the felds bringing to life one of the many memorable
events in Charleston’s storied history.
Tis three-day battle, took place July 6-9, 1864 and is also known as the Battle
of Burdens Causeway. It was the largest battle on Johns Island during the Civil War.
Raptors in Flight at
Kiawah’s Night Heron Park
For The Island Connection
recent educational program by the
Center for Birds of Prey at Kiawah’s
Night Heron Park ofered a rare
and intimate encounter with a
variety of live raptors.
A variety of birds of prey,
including two recently hatched
Barn Owls, were shown of
by Meghan Sparkman, an
educator at the Center for Birds
of Prey. She used the bird to
provide information about the
natural history of these birds
and encourage discussion of
the environmental challenges
faced by apex predators.
Te event was well attended
and the crowd was thrilled as
a Harris Hawk few over their
heads and perched majestically
in the lofty rafters above.
Operating under the
umbrella of the Avian
Conservation Center, the
Center for Birds of Prey is
a non-proft organization
founded in 1991 to contribute to the felds
of science, education, and conservation.
Its on-site clinic and oiled bird response
Once rehabilitated, these birds are
then returned to the wild to continue
procreation of the species. In fact, over
6,000 birds have been treated in the clinic
since its inception in 1991.
Te Center for Birds of Prey is
located on 152 acres of Highway 17
North in Awendaw. Only 20 minutes
from Charleston, the Center is open to
the public on Tursdays, Fridays and
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors
to the Center will enjoy expertly guided
walking tours and fight demonstration
featuring an exciting array of falcons,
hawks, owls and other birds of prey.
Admission to the Center is $15 for
adults, $10 for youth (ages 6-17) and free
for children younger than six. Discounts
are available for seniors, active-duty
military, AAA cardholders and groups of
25 or more.
For more information, visit www.
thecenterforbirdsofprey.org, call
843.971.7474 or like the Center for Birds
of Prey on Facebook at www.facebook.com/
May 09, 2014
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of the
Lowcountry on offer
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Tidal current direction changes and tide time predictions can be
very diferent. Tide predictions are PREDICTIONS; they can be
wrong so use common sense.
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There are other
For The Island Connection
f you have not heard, Microsoft, in the
guise of Windows Internet Explorer,
had to admit recently that its premiere
Internet browser IE 11 has a bit of a
problem; like a truck could drive through
the security and hack your computer,
yikes. Ten it was Adobe Flash Player 13
in combination with IE 11 that was the
problem. By the time this column hits the
doorstep the fx is supposed to be out and
all will be well, except the browser still
does not perform the way it should.
Now is the time
to look at some
alternatives to IE
11, such as Firefox,
Chrome, Safari,
Pufn and, from way
back when, Opera.
Below I will give you
some good and not so
good about each. One
thing to remember
about browsers is that
they all do one thing:
access the Internet.
Firefox has a lot
going for it and I
would recommend
trying it instead of IE.
You can use IE to go to www.frefox.com
and download the program. It is a very
easy to use installer and will even transfer
all your favorites (called bookmarks in
Firefox) and settings over from IE. If you
spend just a bit of time with Firefox, as
well with other browsers, you can add all
sorts of plug-ins or add-ons that will stop
annoying ads, tracking cookies, etc.
One of my favorite add-ons is an
extension called AdBlocker Plus that
prevents pop-up ads and embedded ads
in websites. About the only real minus
to Firefox is that is seems every other
week they want to install another update,
which can change some settings. I usually
wait through a couple of updates before
allowing them.
Next up would be Chrome, which
has some wonderful benefts with one
drawback in my opinion. Tey follow you
wherever you go. I know in today’s world
it’s almost impossible to be anonymous
online, but I don’t like the thought of
agreeing to be followed. To download
Chrome go to www.google.com/chrome.
A ll new browsers will want to
make themselves the “default” browser,
and that’s fne if you are moving to them,
just remember that means any link in an
email or on your desktop will now open in
Chrome (or whatever browser you have).
One nice beneft of Chrome is how well
it plays with Gmail since it’s all the same
Safari is the only browser that was
made for Apple frst, but can now be
used by Windows-based computers.
Some enjoy seeing the same layout when
away from their beloved
Apple products, such
as iPhones and iPads. It
seems that many have a
Windows based desktop
or laptop for work and
use the Apple products
for and play and work.
Having the same browser
on both makes jumping
from the iPad to the
laptop simple, with
the only real drawback
being that Safari was not
intended for Windows in
the beginning and can
get a bit wobbly (crash)
using it on your laptop.
You can get Safari by just typing “Safari
for Windows” in Google.
Speaking of using Google, do not click
on the top results that have a yellow “AD”
next to them, instead scroll down and click
on a link that does not have ad next to it.
Pufn is more for Apple products in
that it allows you to view Flash Player
enabled videos on your Mac, iPhone and
iPad products. It is available thru the
iTunes store and has a free versions and
a paid version. I would go with the paid
version; it just seems to work better. With
it you can view videos that would not
normally work on Apple products because
they will not install Flash Player or do not
support it correctly. Pufn runs a cloud-
based Flash Player and allows the videos
to be seen.
Lastly, I just wanted you to know that
Opera is still around, as are hundreds of
other web browsers. Remember that a
browser, be it IE 11 or Firefox or another
choice, is just that, a way to access and
“browse” the Internet. All have the same
basic function with lots of additions to
make you want to use them.
Now is the time
to look at some
to IE 11, such as
Firefox, Chrome,
Safari, Puffin.
Bob Hooper
For The Island Connection
egare Farms started its CSA vegetable
deliveries next week April 28th.
You may still join at anytime at a
prorated amount. Community Supported
Agriculture is a way for the community
to form a relationship with a local farm
and get fresh local vegetables each week.
By making a fnancial commitment to the
farm, people pay for the season up-front.
Members help pay for seeds, fertilizer,
water, equipment maintenance, labor, etc.
In return, the farm provides, to the best
of its ability, a healthy supply of seasonal
fresh produce throughout the growing
season. Shareholders take a risk along with
the farmer on the crop. Farming is a risky
Becoming a member creates a
responsible relationship between people
and the food they eat, the land on which it
is grown and those who grow it. Tis will
be the 7th year Legare Farms has ofered a
CSA program.
Legare Farms’ CSA is unique because
it is not a drop and go type CSA. A
member of the Legare family or staf is at
the pick up location to meet each member
and share what is going on at the farm.
A CSA is to form a relationship between
the farmers and the members and the
only way to do this is to get to know each
other better each week. Legare Farms staf
will share tips for preparing vegetables
and members are encouraged to share
tips as well as recipes. In order to form a
community the farmers must know their
members and the members must know
their farmer.
Locations are available at Trident
Tech on Rivers Ave., West Ashley, James
Island, Mt Pleasant, and at the farm.
Legare Farms’ CSA provides a half bushel
of produce for a total of 15 weeks. A half
share is also available. Nine weeks in the
Spring/Summer and six weeks in the fall
with a mid summer break. Tere is an
assortment of vegetables every week. Te
basket of produce may include tomatoes,
green beans, sweet corn, okra, squash, and
radishes. Early spring and fall may include
winter crops such as collards, turnips,
beets, onions, arugala, and lettuce. Te
produce baskets are packed with whatever
is ready to be picked that week. Te cost
for the CSA season is $355 for a full share
and $245 for a half share.
Legare Farms is a ninth generation
family farm on Johns Island. Legare
Farms also raises free range eggs, hormone
and antibiotic free beef, pork, and poultry.
Contact Legare Farms at 843.559.0788
or by e-mail legarefarms@bellsouth.net.
May 09, 2014
10 May 09, 2014
Island Connection Calendar
Folly Beach Bird Walks
8-10 a.m., Folly Beach County Park for
ages 12 and up. Tis event is free. Tis walk
focuses on the southern shoreline of Folly
Beach. A variety of shorebirds and seabirds
such as American Oystercatchers and
Wilson’s Plovers are expected for sightings.
A chaperone is required for participants ages
15 and under. For more information visit
Fear No Easel Painting Workshop: A
Members-only Program
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Free your inner artist
and receive painting guidance from the
experts at Fear No Easel. A fnished product
would make a great Mother’s Day gift, or
better yet, bring Mom along and paint
together. Supplies will be provided, and
tickets are $25. Recommended for ages
8-16. Reservations are required. To reserve
your spot or for more information, call
Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw
8:30-11:30 a.m., Caw Caw Interpretive
Center. Fee is $5/free for Gold Pass Holders.
A trek through many distinct habitats
will allow participants to view and discuss
a variety of birds, butterfies, and other
organisms. A registered and paid chaperone
is required for participants ages 15 and
under. Pre-registration is encouraged,
but walk-in registrations at Caw Caw are
welcome. For more information visit www.
Yoga: Yogathon
9:30-10:30 a.m., Palmetto Islands County
Park for ages 16 and up. Fee is $10/$8
CCR discount. Renew a sense of adventure
and recharge energy with the community-
minded, Mother Nature-inspired yoga
programs. Celebrate the moon and the sun
during a month-long yoga series. From the
beach to the meadows of the county parks,
yoga takes on a whole new dimension with
earthly views. Participants will truly reach
their arms to the skies, take in the sights
and sounds of nature, and ignite childlike
wonder and awe. For more information visit
Volunteer at McLeod Plantation—
Information Session
10-11 a.m., CCPRC Headquarters. Tis
is a free event for ages 16 and up. McLeod
Plantation will open soon and needs
volunteers to help tell the site’s fascinating
history. Tis is for those who enjoy history
and want to share with others. Join to
learn more about upcoming opportunities.
For more information visit www.
Sea Kayak Instructional Classes: ACA
Introduction to Kayaking—Level 1
12-4 p.m., James Island County Park.
Tis is for ages 16 and up. Te fee is
$42/$35 CCR discount. Learn a new sport
comfortably and enjoyably. Using a variety
of boats, this entry-level course teaches
participants the basic strokes and skills to
have fun on the water. Tere will be an
opportunity for fast track improvements
with ACA-certifed instructors who will
keep an eye on safety while creating
an exciting learning environment. Pre-
registration required. For more information
visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com.
Bird Walk at the Dill Sanctuary *
8:00-10:30 a.m. Grab your binoculars and
join us for a rare nature treat at the Dill
Sanctuary, the Museum’s wildlife sanctuary
on James Island. Billy McCord, a local
naturalist recently retired from SCDNR,
will guide us through various habitats found
on this scenic site located alongside the
Stono River. Early registration is strongly
recommended - only 10 spaces available!
Participants need to provide their own
binoculars. Tis walk is designed for adults
and mature teens. Register online or call
843.722.2996 x235. $15/member, $25/non-
Turtle Patrol Season Begins
Sunrise at the beach. Visit www.
Art in the Park
2 p.m., Old Towne Creek County Park.
Create a masterpiece of art en plein air with
step-by-step guidance from the experts
of Fear No Easel. All skill levels will fnd
inspiration in the laid-back setting of Old
Towne Creek County Park. Space is limited
and no on-site registration will be available.
No outside alcohol will be allowed. Register
in advance at www.CharlestonCountyParks.
com or call 843.795.4386. Price per person:
$48 or $40 for CCR. Registration includes
all painting supplies and a complimentary
glass of wine.
Family Climbing: Family Belay Lesson
1-4 p.m., James Island County Park. Tis is
for ages 4 and up. Te fee is $18/$15 CCR
discount. Spend time together climbing
and learning new skills. A registered and
paid chaperone is required for participants
ages 15 and under. Children ages 4-13
will climb while parents learn to belay.
Children ages 14 and up can learn to
belay as well as climb. Pre-registration
required. For more information visit www.
Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic 7th
Annual Celebrity Golf Invitational
River Course on Kiawah Island
Lakehouse Tech Forum: Beyond the
Basics iPhone Program
4-5:30 p.m., at the Lake House. For those
iPhone users on Seabrook Island interested
in an advanced program or in continuing
beyond the basics, plan to attend the next
Forum in the Activities Committee’s series,
which will focus on the more sophisticated
functions of the iPhone. For more
information or to reserve a seat call Dave
Osborn at 703.304.4010.
Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw
8:30-11:30 a.m., Caw Caw Interpretive
Center. Fee is $5/free for Gold Pass
Holders. Te trek will take place in
many distinct habitats that will allow
participants to view and discuss a variety
of birds, butterfies, and other organisms.
A registered and paid chaperone is
required for participants ages 15 and
under. Pre-registration is encouraged,
but walk-in registrations at Caw Caw are
welcome. For more information visit www.
College Days at the Climbing Wall
12-5 p.m., James Island County Park. Te
fee is $12. Climbing is a fun way to get into
shape and to meet new people. It is also a
great social activity. Students with a current
ID will receive a free harness and shoe
rental with the regular price of admission.
Registration is not necessary. Visit www.
charlestoncountyparks.com for more
New Public Charter School in Downtown
A public information meetings will
be held by the planning committee to
discuss the August 2015 opening of a new
public charter middle/high school that
will ofer a focus on music instruction on
the Charleston Peninsula. Te meetings
will be held: Wednesday, May 14 from
5:30-7:30 p.m. at Marshall Walker Real
Estate, 582 Rutledge Ave., Charleston,
SC, and Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from
5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Main Branch of the
Charleston County Public Library, 68
Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC. Allegro
Charter School of Music will serve students
May 9
Island Connection Calendar May 22
in grades 6-12 (opening with grades
6-9 in 2015) in downtown Charleston.
For more information, visit www.
Birding Trips: Santee National Wildlife
7 a.m.-4 p.m., James Island County Park.
Tis event is for ages 16 and up with a
$21 fee or $17 with CCR discount. Join
CCPRC’s birding experts for a trip to
this diverse refuge that spans 13,000
acres on the northern shore of Lake
Marion. Search for a variety of shorebirds,
neotropical songbirds, and birds of prey. A
registered and paid chaperone is required
for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-
registration required. For more information
visit www.charlestoncoutnyparks.com.
Stand Up Paddleboard One Design Race
5:30-6:30 p.m., James Island County Park.
Tis event is for ages 16 and up with a $6
fee or a $5 fee with CCR discount. Join
for friendly SUP competitions in this race
series: the BIC SUP One Design Challenge.
All competitors will use the same board
design and gear. All competitors will be
entered into a national drawing for a stand-
up paddleboard. For more information visit
ACA Instructor Certifcation Courses:
L-2 Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor
Certifcation Workshop
May 16-18, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., James Island
County Park. Tis is for ages 18 and up.
Te fee is $300/$275 CCR discount. Tis
workshop (IDW) with the certifcation
exam (ICE) is for the ACA’s L-2 Basic Stand
Up Paddle Board (SUP) Instructor. Tis
certifcation is for those teaching students
in areas with mild winds and modest tidal
currents. It emphasizes safety, efciency,
and self-reliance for those traveling by
SUP in controlled conditions. Participants
must be a current member of the ACA and
have an ACA number by the start of your
course. For more information, visit www.
Basic Sailing: Basic Sailing Level 1
May 16-18, Friday 5:30 -8 p.m., Sunday
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., CCPRC Headquarters.
Tis event is for ages 16 and up. Fee:
$132/$120 CCR Discount. Learn the
basics of sailing from US Sailing Certifed
Instructors, and feel comfortable on the
water. Learn basic sailing nomenclature,
along with rigging and de-rigging skills,
safety, and the basics of tacking, jibing,
and docking. Pre-registration required.
For more information visit www.
Seabrook Island Community Yard Sale
It’s back! Clear out the clutter and join us
for the Seabrook Island Community Yard
Sale! When: Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m. -12
p.m. Where: Seabrook Island Town Hall
Parking Lot. Te community yard sale will
be OPEN to the public, but sign-ups to sell
items are for Property Owners only. Setup
may begin at 7 a.m., and we ask that sellers
bring any tables/chairs they need. To reserve
your spot, please contact the Lake House at
843.725.1580 or jmogus@sipoa.org.
Indigo at Old Towne
10 -11:30 a.m., meets at Old Towne Creek
County Park, Ages 5 and up, Fee $15/$12
CCR Discount. Indigo, Mother Nature’s
magical dye, has brightened life for ages.
Bring a t-shirt to dye and while letting it
set, take a tour of Old Towne and learn
about Indigo’s history in West Ashley. A
registered and paid chaperone is required
for all participants ages 15 and under. Pre-
registration required.
Alligator Adventure
10 a.m.-12 p.m., Meets at Wannamaker
County Park, Ages 9 and up, Fee $9/$7
CCR Discount. Search for alligators and
separate fact and fction on this journey
to learn why these large reptiles carry
the special title of “keystone species.”
A registered chaperone is required for
participants ages 15 and under. Pre-
registration required.
Wilderness First Aid
May 17-18, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., meets at James
Island County Park. Tis event is for ages
16 and up. Tis intensive 2-day hands-on
certifcation, taught by Wilderness Medical
Associates, covers how to deal with medical
emergencies in the wilderness, at summer
camp, or on the trail. Class supplements
lectures with realistic simulations. Pre-
registration required. Fee: $237/$215 CCR
Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw
8:30-11:30 a.m., meets at Caw Caw
Interpretive Center. A trek through many
distinct habitats will allow participants
to view and discuss a variety of birds,
butterfies, and other organisms. A
registered and paid chaperone is required
for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-
registration is encouraged, but walk-in
registrations at Caw Caw are welcome. Fee:
$5/Free for Gold Pass Holders.
Outdoor TRY IT Adventure Sampler
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Meets at CCPRC Outdoor
Recreation, Fee $10/$5 Youth ages 12 &
under. Join for a day of outdoor fun with
the family. We will ofer opportunities
to experience outdoor activities such as
kayaking, climbing, slacklining, stand up
paddle boarding, archery, and more. On-site
registration only. Chaperone is required for
participants ages 15 and under.
Intermediate Climbing: Climbing 205:
Top Rope Rescues
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Meets at James Island
County Park, Ages 16 and up, Fee $44/$36
CCR Discount. Learn valuable rock
climbing rescue skills. Rescue theories, belay
escapes, and counter balance ascents will be
covered. Participants should have a current
CCPRC Belay Card. Pre-registration
Advanced Climbing Clinics: Climbing
301: Intro to Trad Climbing
May 20-25, Tuesday 5:30 p.m-6:30 p.m.,
Saturday depart 12 p.m. and Sunday return
8 p.m., Meets at James Island County
Park, Ages 16 and up, Fee: $165/$150 CCR
Discount. Trad climbing, in the mountains
of North Carolina, opens up a world of
new opportunities for other climbing
destinations. Learn the basics, including
gear placement, anchor building, and
belay techniques, so that you have a solid
foundation for a safe start. Participants
should have a CCPRC Lead Belay card
or equivalent experience. Pre-registration
Seabrook Island Artist Guild Close of
Season Meeting and Party
Te last “formal” meeting of the Seabrook
Island Art Guild was April 15. Tere will
be a part to celebrate such a fne season.
Te meeting part of the party will be
important as the subject of Art and Craft
Show sales will be voted upon. Tere will
also be a review of the upcoming shows
and classes scheduled for the fall. Discount
membership cards for the Artist and
Craftsman Supply will be available at the
meeting. For more information visit www.
College Days at the Climbing Wall
12 -5 p.m., Meets at James Island County
Park, Fee $12. Climbing is a fun way to
get into shape and to meet new people. It
is also a great social activity. Students with
a current ID will receive a free harness
and shoe rental with the regular price of
admission. Registration is not necessary.
Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw
8:30 -11:30 a.m., Meets at Caw Caw
Interpretive Center, Fee $5/Free for Gold
Pass Holders. A trek through many distinct
habitats will allow participants to view
and discuss a variety of birds, butterfies,
and other organisms. A registered and
paid chaperone is required for participants
ages 15 and under. Pre-registration is
encouraged, but walk-in registrations at
Caw Caw are welcome.
Art in the Park
6 p.m., Old Crowne Creek County Park.
Create your own masterpiece of art en plein
air with step-by-step guidance from the
experts of Fear No Easel. All skill levels will
fnd inspiration in the laid-back setting.
Space is limited and no on-site registration
will be available. No outside alcohol will
be allowed. Register in advance at www.
CharlestonCountyParks.com or call
843.795.4386. Price per person: $48 or $40
for CCR. Registration includes all painting
supplies and a complimentary glass of wine.
14 May 09, 2014
he Kiawah Seabrook Exchange
Club is an active service club with
a long history of supporting area
charities. Te club was sponsored by
the Charleston Exchange Club and was
chartered in April, 1982. It is afliated
with the National Exchange Clubs.
Te local Exchange Club supports
agencies that help prevent child abuse,
provide scholarships and educational
activities to local students and support
Americanism projects. Te club also
provides annual support to many local
not-for-profts such as the Barrier Island
Free Medical Clinic, Our Lady of Mercy
Outreach, Habitat for Humanity and
many other smaller charities. Most of the
grants are awarded to people and agencies
on Johns and Wadmalaw Island.
Twenty-two grants were awarded in the
last funding cycle. Grants to help prevent
the abuse of children have totaled well over
one third of all the dollars over the years.
In the 32 year history of the Exchange
Club it has provided over $2,000,000 to
support these local causes.
Te leadership of the recent club
presidents, Roger Steel, Kimber Smith,
Mike Morris and Jim Tilson and the hard
work of many club members, has enabled
these contributions to worthy causes.
Te Kiawah Seabrook Exchange Club
produces a handbook/phone directory for
the residents of the area. Club members
sell advertisements to businesses who ofer
products and services on the islands. Te
proceeds from this book provide funding
for the local charities and educational
institutions. Wayne Billian is the
chairperson of the directory efort for the
second year.
Requests for grants are received during
late summer each year. Awards are made
to the not-for-profts and educational
projects based in the local schools late in
the calendar year.
Exchange Club
donated over $2 million
For The Island Connection
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local favorite, La Tela Pizzeria, was purchased this week by Johns Island resident
David Robb. Te Rinaldi family, long time owners and founders of the Italian
restaurant, have decided to transition ownership to pursue new adventures. Robb
is set to carry on the business and continue with the same La Tela name, recipes, and
La Tela, which was founded in 2009, has become a favorite gathering place for visitors
and locals alike. Located in the Freshfelds Village between Kiawah and Seabrook
Islands, the restaurant is well-known for its Neapolitan style pizza, Italian cuisine, and
fantastic wine list. With an open kitchen that features an imported Italian wood-fred
pizza oven and pasta machine, La Tela exudes a casual, friendly atmosphere.
David Robb believes the restaurant’s success has been a direct result of the focus on
quality, farm fresh ingredients combined
with the Rinaldi’s passion and hands-on
ownership. Robb intends to maintain this
philosophy as the new owner.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity
to build upon the great culture already
established at La Tela,” said Robb.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute
of Charleston, Robb has been working
in the food service industry for the last
15 years. Most recently he returned from
Richmond, VA where he worked under
Executive Chef Walter Bundy of Lemaire
Restaurant located in the Jeferson Hotel.
Prior to that Robb was a Sales/Territory
Manager with US Foods, Inc. Over
the course of his culinary career, David
Robb has also cooked at many notable
restaurants such as Noble’s in Greensboro,
NC and High Cotton in Charleston.
For more information on La Tela
Pizzeria visit www.latelapizzeria.com or
call 843.768.1951.
daily daily
La Tela Pizzeria
changes hands
May 09, 2014 15
ccording to the Institute of
Medicine at least 100 million adults
in the United States sufer from
chronic pain. Te American Academy of
Pain Medicine reports
that chronic pain afects
more Americans that
diabetes, heart disease
and cancer combined.
Yet the experience can
be strangely isolating,
causing people to feel
that they have failed or
should be able to fx it.
Pain and chronic illness
can strike at any age and
puts pressure and stress
both on the individual
and their family.
Chronic illness includes asthma,
allergies, respiratory problems, back
and neck pain, headaches, diabetes and
cardiovascular and autoimmune disorders.
Although these problems are present with
children, adolescents and young adults,
they become more prevalent as we age.
Having a painful condition is often
exacerbated by anxiety and depression
which are common emotions linked to
stress the entire system is experiencing.
Unfortunately, stress can contribute to a
range of health problems, including high
blood pressure, heart disease, obesity,
diabetes and depression and anxiety.
Te APA reports that 72 percent of all
Americans are now being treated for stress
related disorders such as anxiety and
Chronic illness and pain may seem
incompatible with wellness, but there are
many interventions that support wellness,
despite the sufering and discomfort.
Wellness is a physical and a mental state
that is achievable for everyone, but most
people need coaching, counseling and
support to integrate wellness patterns into
our lives. We are often too busy to know
how to live well and achieve consistency.
Wellness and reducing pain and
symptoms of chronic conditions begin
with the mind. Psychologist and
counselors are trained to help you develop
awareness of thoughts that interfere with
your goal of wellness and can increase your
pain. Tese professionals help you develop
new ways to think about problems and
fnd solutions. Studies have found that
some psychotherapy can be as efective
as surgery for relieving chronic pain
because psychological
treatments for pain alter
how your brain processes
pain sensations.
Tese days it is
much more common
for Psychologists to
work collaboratively
with medical providers
to identify the most
efective treatments
and then assist in
implementing an action
plan, including reducing
pain, decreasing
medication and increasing quality of life.
Tips for Coping with Chronic Pain
• Stay Active
• Know Your Limits
• Exercise
• Make Social Connections
• Distract Yourself
• Don’t Lose Hope
• Follow Prescriptions Carefully
• Above all, believe in your ability
to live well and reach out to professionals
who can support your lifestyle and
wellness goals
Daphne J. Timmons, PhD, a Licensed
Clinical Psychologist practices full time
at the Charleston Counseling Center in
Mount Pleasant. She is also a certifed
Internal Behavioral Health Consultant.
72 percent of
all Americans
are now being
treated for
stress related
disorders such
as anxiety and
Daphne J. Timmons
Living well with
chronic pain and illness
For The Island Connection
For The Island Connection
urprise your family or friends with
their names as characters in New
York Times bestselling author
Brad Taylor’s upcoming novel. Taylor
has graciously donated this unique
opportunity to raise needed funds for the
Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic at its
7th Annual Celebrity Golf Invitational to
be held at its the River Course on Kiawah
Island, Monday, May 12.
Knowing many Lowcountry residents
would enjoy gifting spouses, siblings,
children, friends or associates with
their names in print, the BIFMC Golf
Tournament Committee is extending this
ofering to the public. Here’s a synopsis of
Taylor’s forthcoming work:
No Fortunate Son - Coming January
15, 2015
In former Delta Force operator and
New York Times bestseller Brad Taylor’s
latest thriller, Pike Logan and Jennifer
Cahill are cut loose from the Taskforce,
but their paths are about to collide with a
hostage situation that will leave America’s
most powerful political elite at the mercy
of their worst enemies.
All Taskforce units have been redirected
to a developing situation. An unknown
terrorist organization has targeted
military relatives of key members of the
United States government, including
the Vice President’s son. Teir seizure of
hostages was not only far-reaching, but
carefully coordinated, and the full extent
of the threat—and potential demands—
has thrown the US government into
turmoil as they face a terrible choice: cease
counter-terrorist operations or watch them
die one by one. How much is one life
worth? Unless the Taskforce can decipher
the web of lies devised by their enemies,
the United States is about to fnd out.
Names to be replaced by auction:
Captain Michael Bayle and Lieutenant
Tabitha Bayle, captured in Okinawa,
Japan, son and daughter of Windsor Bayle,
Chair of the Senate Select Committee on
Tey are taken, along with several other
service members, ostensibly to leverage US
Foreign Policy. Te truth is a little deeper,
as Pike and Jennifer will fnd out.
Tis silent auction item is actually a
three-for-one bid because Brad Taylor has
to replace the surname of the Chair of the
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
as well. Whoever wins can replace both
Tabitha and Michael or just one of the
names. Up to the winner.
Brad Taylor, Lieutenant Colonel (ret), is
a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry
and Special Forces, including eight years
with the 1st Special Forces Operational
Detachment – Delta, popularly known
as Delta Force. Taylor retired in 2010
after serving more than two decades and
participating in Operation Enduring
Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom,
as well as classifed operations around
the globe. His fnal military post was as
Assistant Professor of Military Science at
Te Citadel.
Taylor has written fve New York
Times bestsellers. His sixth book, Days
of Rage will be released on July 15, 2014.
When not writing, he serves as a security
consultant on asymmetric threats for
various agencies. He lives in Charleston,
SC with his wife and two daughters.
Minimum bid is $300. Call
843.991.5662, leave your name and bid
amount through Tuesday, May 12 by 3 p.m.
All bidders will be called between 5 and 6
p.m. to see if they wish to raise the highest
bid received (bidding closes at 6 p.m. on
Be the star of a thriller
16 May 09, 2014
arts & events
One thing that
keeps me returning
to festivals like
Spoleto is their
commitment to
present new works
or old works that
are brought to
life within a new
Dana DeMartino
Follow the arts mavens to Spoleto
For The Island Connection
ranscendent moments: a hushed
audience before the curtain goes
up, time-traveling on music from
centuries ago, immersing yourself in a
character until you forget he’s an actor;
art that brings tears, memories, laughter
or insight.
Beyond entertainment, we’re all hoping
our Spoleto tickets bring enlightenment
and joy. Tat’s a
tall order. Over 150
performances with such
claims as “a spellbinding
thriller,” “breathtaking
feats”, “revolutionary
instrument techniques”
and infuences ranging
from Brazilian choro
music to South African
ancestors, not to
mention ticket prices
up to $100 can be
intimidating. To cut
through the confusion,
I’ve polled arts mavens
for their suggestions.
As the purveyor of fne instruments all
over the city, Charles Fox of Fox Music
recommends the opening ceremonies.
Free, lively and short, this is a perfect
splash of culture to begin the 17 days of
artistic experiences.
“I dearly enjoy the feel and connection
of the opening ceremony at city hall,”
he says. And there’s always an artistic
surprise. One year it was a composition
played on car horns, once an elephant. I
hear this year involves opera. Catch it on
Friday, May 23 at noon outside City Hall,
the corner of Meeting and Broad Streets.
Judy Vane, long-time arts supporter
and former Spoleto board member is
looking forward to the Leoš Janáček opera
“Kat’a Kabanova.” Te
themes of freedom and
guilt set to shimmering
20th century music
promise a provocative
“We had a whole
weekend dedicated to
Janáček a few years
ago so I learned to
appreciate him,” she
said. Which you can
also do by attending
the free artist’s talk
with the opera’s
director Garry Hynes
on May 24. Judy’s also a big fan of the
Gate Teatre.
“Tey’ve become friends of mine, since
they’ve performed in the festival several
times,” she said. “My Cousin Rachel,”
a play by Daphne du Maurier is a new
production by the company this year.
Another fan of the Gate Teatre is
Dana DeMartino, a local actress who
trained at conservatories in music, dance
and theatre.
“One thing that keeps me returning to
festivals like Spoleto is their commitment
to present new works or old works that
are brought to life within a new concept,”
she said. “I love the company at the Gate
Teatre and fnd whatever they’re doing
exciting to watch. Tey have often taken
a very dated piece of theater and turned it
into a gem.”
Ellen Dressler Moryl, the retired
director of Charleston’s Ofce of Cultural
Afairs says, “Te older I get the more I
need excellent choir music to sustain my
soul.” She recommends the Westminster
Choir and especially Handel’s “Te Deum.”
She also describes John Adams as “a
groundbreaking composer in every way”
and is looking forward to his opera “El
Nino” with its mixture of Mexican poetry,
the nativity story and female voices.
Music lovers recommended the
Chamber Music series. As local futist
Susan Kraybill said, “I always like the
Dock Street Chamber series, but then,
who doesn’t?”
Charles Wadsworth’s able protégé
Geof Nuttall curates these twice-daily
programs that always include familiar
gems beside unfamiliar works. Composers
may premier new pieces while listening
from the audience. It’s an intimate, often
humorous and casual way to hear the
country’s best small ensembles play their
hearts out. Many of the musicians are
rising stars following the path of such
luminaries as Jean-Yves Tibaudet who
performed here before he became an
international sensation.
Dance lovers have much to anticipate
this year. Eliza Ingle, a local dancer,
choreographer and College of Charleston
dance professor suggests that you not miss
Hubbard Street Dance.
“A beautiful and powerful company
showing the best choreography of today,”
she said. But she has a hot tip for us.
“I’m told the sleeper is the solo work
from Gregory Maqoma from South
Africa doing a full evening dance/
storytelling evening.” A reviewer said of
this show “a runaway triumph in terms
of artistic excellence, aesthetic sorcery
and responses.” It does what Spoleto does
best: showcase an exotic culture through
a compelling mixture of artforms. Dottie
Ashley, journalist and dance expert also
recommends them. as well as Dorrance
Dance which she says is on the cutting
edge of the tap dance revival she’s noticing
on Broadway.
Shovels and Ropes, a local group, will be featured at the Spoleto fnale on June 8 at
Middleton Place.
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May 09, 2014 17
arts & events
It’s very unusual for a local group to
play Spoleto venues, but the fnale this
year features Shovels and Rope who have
catapulted from Lowcountry stages to
fame. Tey’ve been touring extensively
since winning the Americana Music
Honors and Award’s
Emerging Artist of the
Year in 2013.
“I’ve been in and out
of town for months,”
says Cary Ann Hearst
who performs with her
husband Michael Trent
in the duo. A large crowd
is sure to welcome back
their mixture of honky-
tonk, country, folk and
rock as it flls Middleton
Place on June 8 for the
all-day party of picnics,
beer and freworks
amidst the beautiful
Ellen Moryl
admonishes that it’s
easy to become a “jaded
voluptuary” and take for
granted this world-class
festival with its stellar
experiences. So choose
carefully but choose. You
will undoubtedly fnd
yourself transported,
enlightened and

Spoleto runs from May 23 to June 8
in venues throughout Charleston. For
more information and tickets visit www.
spoletousa.org. For more photos or to
make comments or suggestions visit www.
Spoleto continued from page 16
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May 09, 2014 19
Sarah’s Birds
For The Island Connection
he Purple Martin is our largest
swallow. Tis species is found in
the eastern half of the US and parts
of the West during the breeding season.
It spends winters in South America.
Males are easily distinguishable by their
dark bodies with iridescent bluish hues.
Females have duller brown tones. Purple
Martins feed exclusively on insects, which
they catch during fight. Tey are rarely
seen taking caterpillars from the ground
and gleaning from tree leaves. Contrary to
popular belief, they are not known to eat
Purple Martins usually forage during
the day high in the air, while mosquitos
stay closer to the ground and are out in
greater numbers in the evening. Eastern
populations of Purple Martins rely
exclusively on humans for their nest
sites. Tey nest in man-made houses and
gourds. In the west, where Purple martins
are much less numerous, they nest in old
woodpecker holes and even saguaro cacti.
House Sparrows and European Starlings
are a big threat to populations in the
Eastern US.
In order to reduce the numbers of
these two invasive species from nesting in
martin boxes, the unwanted nests must
be frequently and consistently removed.
Once House Sparrows and/or Starlings
have been established in a martin house, it
is unlikely martins will ever return. Ways
people can improve reproductive success
include installing starling-proof entrances
and porch dividers between entrance
holes. Snake-guards can also be installed
on the poles.
Eastern populations of Purple Martins rely exclusively on humans for their nest sites.
20 May 09, 2014
volunteer spotlight
Earlene Smalls
For The Island Connection
Editor’s Note: Volunteer Spotlight is a new column in Te Island Connection highlighting
members of the community who give their time to help others. If you know of a volunteer
who deserves the spotlight email jennifer@luckydognews.com.
am the oldest of eight children. I was
born in 1944 in Marietta outside of
Jackson, Florida. My dad worked for
the railroad, but when the fourth baby
was on the way my dad decided to settle.
In 1956, we moved down to Johns
Island where I grew up on the farm and
where my dad worked for Mr. Glover
spraying with pesticides. Ten, my dad
purchased property on Bohicket Road
and built a three bedroom house. I went
to school here on the Island. After harvest
time, I helped my mother at home. I
fnished night school at Haut Gap, and
then went to Man Power School on the
I met my husband Jacob in 1962. We
would put a quarter in Piccolo music
machine for six songs and dance for hours.
He walked me home and the courtship
began in my momma’s front yard. We got
married in November 1963. I graduated
from nurse’s aide school in 1968 and
worked at MUSC from 25 years. Taking
care of other people has been a part of my
life and I love it.
In 1992 I came to Our Lady of Mercy
Community Outreach to receive fnancial
help on my prescription medications and I
started volunteering that year. My health
is deteriorating now and I have been
fghting a foot problem and have to put
my feet up. But I still come. As long as
they need me and I am able to, I will be
here. I love volunteering.
Our Lady of Mercy Community
Outreach is a sponsored ministry of Te
Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy.
It serves James Island, Johns Island,
Wadmalaw Island and Te Neighborhood
House of Charleston. For more information
on how to get involved call 843.559.4109 or
email mariad@olmoutreach.org.
Earlene Smalls came to OLM for help and
now volunteers to help others
Along with dinner and children’s
activities, there were a number of
opportunities to support CATR: a large
silent auction, buying from the “Wine
Wall” with a surprise bottle, art by the
CATR horses, tee shirts and caps, and
the highlight: purchasing keys only one of
which unlocked winning a bicycle.
Te primary fundraising event was
the “Run for the Roses,” which asked for
support in multiples of the cost of one
riding session, $120 each. One rose was
conferred for each $120 bid, which started
at two dozen (that’s $2,880 for the math
Since 1991, CATR’s mission has been
to improve the lives of children and adults
with disabilities through therapeutic
horseback riding. CATR is the area’s
oldest nationally accredited therapeutic
riding center. Terapeutic riding has been
used for centuries. Ancient Greeks used
horseback riding to help cure those with
incurable illnesses.
Over the last decade, the spotlight
has been shone on therapeutic riding by
Lis Hartel. Hartel, a world renowned
dressage rider, thought she would never
ride again after contracting polio. Despite
being paralyzed below the knees she
continued to ride. Hartel pioneered a path
for others with poor muscle function and
disabilities to use riding as a
rehabilitation treatment.
Terapeutic riding has
been proven to help those
with a variety of disabilities
and afictions. CATR
currently serves people
with amputations, autism,
cerebral palsy, down
syndrome, intellectual
disabilities, learning
disabilities, multiple
sclerosis, multiple hero-
degenerative diseases,
post traumatic stress,
prader-willi syndrome,
impairments, spina bifda,
traumatic brain injury, and
visual impairments.
For more information, to
volunteer, or book lessons,
which helps support the
therapeutic program, visit
www.catrfarms.org or call
Murray Neale, head of the Brickhouse Equestrian Center, gives a speech during CATR’s
annual fundraising event.
Stopping to smell the roses. Each one representing a
riding lesson for a student in need.
Company of Horses continued from front
May 09, 2014 22
Lucky Dog
Take home
a Lucky Dog
aisy is a gorgeous retriever mix with a sweet disposition and a curiosity that
will make you smile. She is two years old and is available for adoption at
Charleston Animal Society.
Charleston Animal Society was just voted Charleston's Best Nonproft and is
South Carolina's most honored charity.
  If you are interested in Daisy, or any of the other animals looking for a new
home, please visit www.CharlestonAnimalSociety.org, or visit them at 2455
Remount Road in North Charleston.
Charleston Animal Society led the way to making
Charleston the frst No Kill Community in the Southeast
in 2013. It is South Carolina’s largest animal rescue
organization, taking in 90 percent of Charleston’s homeless