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Volume 5 Issue 16 FREE December 11, 2009

Sullivan’s Island • Isle of Palms • Goat Island • Dewees Island

Interpreting
Lundeen's work
By Lori Dalton

C
harleston has so much to
offer that I am constantly
amazed with the diversity
of opportunities. On Friday,
November 20, I attended the
Dewees Island Arts Council’s
private showing of works by artist
John Lundeen.
Finnish-American artist John
Lundeen works from his studio
on the shores of Lake Superior
and brought a few of his
beautiful pieces to the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Huyler, residents
of Dewees Island.  Images of
the lake act as a backdrop
for Lundeen’s metaphorical
paintings where boats, fruit,
and mathematical formulas all
float above the surface of the
water in a playful expression of
the wonders of nature and the
human experience. The image Tis the Season
(above and below) Sullivan's Island Tree Lighting, December 4, 2009.

see Art show on page 4


IOP Tree Lighting, December 3, 2009.

Inside Island Eye

Surf Expo page 4 Recycling contest page 10 Sustainable islands page 15


December 11, 2009 3

"A People of the Land:


Lowcountry Portraits"
L u cky D og Pu bl i sh i n g
of S C , L L C
Publisher of the Island Eye News, The
Island Connection and The Folly Current.
photography exhibit Lynn Pierotti

M
Publisher
cKissick Museum at traveled to other South Carolina Sewee Visitor & Environmental lynn@luckydognews.com
the University of South libraries and galleries throughout Education Center from December
Carolina’s newest 2009, including the Chapin 2009- February 2010. Plan a visit Kristin Hackler
traveling exhibition, “A People of Memorial Library in Myrtle to Sewee Visitor Center to enjoy Editor
kristin@luckydognews.com
the Land: Lowcountry Portraits”, Beach, the Georgetown County this wonderful display.
features the work of photo- Library and the Charleston For more Information, please Swan Richards
documentarian and Lowcountry County Library. The exhibit is Graphic Designer
call 928-3368, Tuesday through swan@luckydognews.com
native Vennie Deas Moore . This scheduled to be displayed at the Saturday, 9am - 5pm.
exhibition has been traveling Ali Akhyari
throughout South Carolina Assistant Editor
since December 2008 and will be ali@luckydognews.com
appearing at the Sewee Visitor &
Lori Dalton
Environmental Education Center Advertising
this December. lori@luckydognews.com
Moore has devoted much of
Chelsea Langan
her career to the exploration of Advertising
vanishing traditions along the chelsea@luckydognews.com
South Carolina coast. Her recent
photo-essay of black-and-white Ellie Smith
Graphic Intern
photographs documents the
fishing, timbering and farming •
industries of the Lowcountry
through the portraiture of those Contributors
Emily Abedon
who inhabit the waterways. As Anne Anderson
a native of McClellanville, Moore Jules Anderson
presents an “insider’s” unromantic David Farrow
view of places and people seldom Dimi Matouchev
National Park Service
seen. Moore’s photographs Diane Oltorik
present the interconnectedness Seewee Visitors Center
of culture, the value of work,
and the symbiotic relationship
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Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
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at Stith Park on Sullivan’s Island lished every two weeks and is for and about
I just read in The Island Eye that Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ will soon be the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Goat Island
hosted by Creative Spark has hosting the first annual Bert’s Bar Reunion at its newly-remodeled site in
been postponed until the official and Dewees Island. Copies are mailed free of
the old Bert’s Bar building. No doubt the owners mean well, but I do not charge to every active mailbox in our coverage
closing in January. The Party will think they realize how sad, sensitive, and controversial the closing of Bert’s area and are also available at area businesses
be held on the first Sunday of the was. Many of us who frequented Berts miss those good ol’ days. Bert’s Bar and by subscription to non-islanders. Sub-
bridge closing. Look for updates is a special, unforgettable memory that should rest in peace. The Dodgers scriptions are $30 per year for non-residents
and the rescheduled date for both don’t play in Brooklyn anymore. and are available by sending a check to Lucky
the party and the official bridge   Dog Publishing, LLC, P.O. Box 837, Sullivan’s
closing in upcoming editions of Hal Coste Island, SC 29482. Contributions of information,
the Island Eye, as well as online Sullivan’s Island pictures and articles are welcomed and are
at www.islandeyenews.com. used according to space limitations and news
value and cannot be returned except by spe-

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2009 Joe Hiller Longboard Classic


and Fall Surf Expo
O
n Saturday, October 24, complimentary Kona beer and a Longboard Divisions. Pete Kohn, be displayed in their future Folly
and Sunday, October 25, preview of the Surfer Poll Movie of longtime friend of Joe Hiller’s, Beach Surfing headquarters.
the Isle of Palms was host the Year, Still Filthy. edged out Tanner in the Legends   Dave Mello won the flex deck
to a tidal wave of longboard and Winners of this year’s Longboard Divisions. skateboard donated by Parrot
stand up paddle (SUP) surfers competition included 2009 ESA  Rick Anson scored the framed Surf Shop, which certainly took
competing in the popular Joe East Coast Masters Longboarding and autographed Endless Summer the sting out of Dave’s stand up
Hiller Longboard Classic and Fall Champion Kai Dilling, who won poster donated by Robert August paddleboard getting impaled on
Surf Expo. the Masters Longboard Division, and the Folly Beach Red Dot Store, the Isle of Palms Pier during the
Named for Joseph Hiller, Legends SUP and the SUP  race, but in a gesture of good will, Anson SUP race.
former owner of Liquid Motion while local legend Glenn Tanner donated the poster back to the   A memorable incident during
in the Mount Pleasant Towne took both the Open and Vintage ESA with the promise that it will this year’s surf competition
Center, the tournament began was a rough wipeout by surfer
as a fundraiser by the Eastern Katherine Lundy, who suffered
Surfing Association (ESA) to help from a compressed vertebra, torn
pay for Hiller’s medical expenses rotator cuff and two missing teeth.
as he fought bravely against a However, Katherine came straight
brain tumor. After his passing in from the emergency room to the
2006, the competition continued after party at Seel’s Fish Camp on
as a celebration in his memory. Sullivan’s Island wearing a neck
Proceeds from the competition brace and a toothless smile.
have traditionally gone to local Thanks from the ESA go to
charity organizations, and this Robert August for the wine
year was no different, with tasting at Seel’s, Kona Brewery
proceeds benefiting Surfer’s for their awesome support, and
Healing, a program which helps Charleston Watersport Outfitters
children with autism by exposing surf shop in Mount Pleasant for
them to the unique experience of their sponsorship of this year’s
surfing. competition, providing both long
Participants attended a party sleeved t-shirts for all competitors
at the Windjammer on the and hundreds of dollars in gift
Isle of Palms the night before cards for the winners.
the competition, enjoying

Art show from cover for the beauty and value of the
natural environment. The only
of water and sky provide a base transportation is by golf cart
from which one can depart into and I had the pleasure of riding
a visual world where anything alongside Jim Anderson, long-
is possible. ”It is my hope that time resident, as he transported
each viewer will construct their me to the Huyler’s home and
own vision and interpretation of told stories of life on Dewees.
my work rather than rely on my Relaxed. Beautiful. Natural.
explanation,” says Lundeen. Inspiring. Lundeen’s work
Lundeen’s work is a perfect was an inspiration to all that
tie-in to life on Dewees Island. attended, and the entire evening
Tucked away at the ocean’s was a wonderful experience I
edge just north of Charleston, will not soon forget.
Dewees Island is a residential For more information on the
community designed to live Dewees Island Art Council, or
in harmony with its natural artist John Lundeen, visit www.
surroundings. Life on Dewees deweesisland.com.
heightens your appreciation

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Reflecting on the year as it comes to an end


by Emily Perlman Abedon

“G
ratitude and corner seat was free and when said Drew, eliciting hearty nods crowd became family, connected
celebration” is always the crowd at the counter cleared, of agreement from Michelle and by a form of love that had been
a perfect pairing, and the discussion of decadently I. We shared our notes, for a few condensed, purified, and parceled
one which, I have noticed, is a delicious foods continued as cafe a minutes, on locals who deserve out - selflessly and in droves. 
shared theme among islanders proprietors, Michelle and Drew, blue ribbons for benevolence; Sympathy and empathy
as we look back on this year. schooled me in the stellar delight then it was time for me to head on become one at a time like that
Although every family’s Reasons- of Chocolate Beer Ice Cream home. It made my heart soar to because the fact is, over a lifetime
Floats.  know that within the beam few of us escape the inevitability
for-Thanks list has unique items,
It took a minute for my of our storied and quirky- of unimaginable hardships or
it is noteworthy how much we
brain to get around this cool lighthouse - from the unspeakable losses.
have in common. concept. I set the words perspective of a couple The experience, to me, feels tied
out one by one in my who hear the talking to another that occurred on the
Back to the Basics mind like this: points which percolate island last year: the afternoon of
“How are you?” I asked a Chocolate.  over coffee and wine Carl “Tucker” Dodson’s funeral,
neighbor last week as I pulled Beer.  sit downs – that the with full military honors, which
up outside of Cafe Medley. An Ice Cream.  current state of the was deeply moving, inspiring,
earnest, wide grin preceded his Float.  human spirit flows and meaningful. That winter
answer:  “I woke up another day And I floated away like liquid gold.  day, though as sad as can be,
- right here.” on that for a cafe Pedalling away, I also contained the dual gift
As simple as his words were, minute.  reflected on the many of celebration and gratitude,
the tone suggested more than After Michelle moments over 2009 enabling those of us who knew,
a noting of the recent stretch blessed me with the in which I have been respected, and loved the man and
of lovely weather or the unique, news that they are fortunate to witness his family to share in an occasion
natural paradise by which we selling take-and- or hear about acts of of profound appreciation for the
are blessed to be surrounded. bake pasta dinners at kindness, thoughtful meaning of sacrifice, bravery,
Rather, his response made an Medley now  (which I caring, and un- liberty, and legacy.   
understated reference to the served to a bevy of house acclaimed heroism that I would like to wish "Happy
losses which so many of us have guests over Thanksgiving are breathtaking to me.  Holidays" and offer an expression
endured over the past few years, weekend after dolloping it First to mind came the of sincerest thanks to all of our
and to the kindnesses within our into a pretty bowl so it looked warm night when many neighbors who are veterans
barrier-island community that like I made it myself (don’t of us gathered in our friend’s of tough wars or tough times,
serve as salve to our wounds.  tell!)), we continued to chat about front yard and received the gift and particularly to our armed-
I parked my bike beneath the things that are good.  Eventually of hearing him speak about his services men and women and
cloudless sky and scrambled we made it past the topic of edible extraordinary daughter, who their families, for all that they do
up the Charleston-green steps items, and sailed into the heart of had touched so many lives and to ensure that we may all have the
towards my favorite Medley chai the matter.  passed away too young. There, freedom to gather with our loved
tea in those mega-big mugs. Inside, beneath the spread of a live ones, safely, and simply rejoice,
a group of guys was boisterously Superstars surround us  oak’s branches, all differences with gratitude.
lauding the joys of real butter.  I “The people here are amazing,” disappeared for a moment. Our
was so happy that the comfy

Victories great and small


Brian Duffy, IOP
Councilman, is pictured above
on his way to completing his
10th Marine Corps Marathon
on October 25, 2009, in
Washington DC. While
completing a marathon is
an accomplishment in itself,
Duffy was truly happy to
finish this, his first marathon
since sustaining a back injury
three years ago.

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Fort Moultrie bicentennial birthday


Provided by the National Park Service

O
n Saturday, December soldiers from 1776 to 1945, with day in 1809, the U.S. Army Corps Fort Moultrie in 1798, but was
19, Fort Moultrie will formal presentations at 11am, of Engineers completed the fort’s destroyed by an 1804 hurricane.
present Sol­diers through 1pm, and 3pm. At the 1pm construction and two companies The current Fort Moultrie was
Time, a living history event from program, Lieutenant Colonel of the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment completed in 1809 and was not
10am to 4pm. Park rangers and Jason A. Kirk, Commander of the served as its first garrison. There closed by the US Army until
re-en­actors will portray soldiers Charleston District, U.S. Army have been three forts on this 1947.
of the major time periods of Corps of Engineers, will make a site since 1776. The first Fort Fort Moultrie is a unit of Fort
Fort Moultrie’s history from the brief historical presentation. All Moultrie, built of palmetto logs Sumter National Monument and
Revolution­ary War through World activities and programs will take and sand, is the location of the is located at 1214 Middle Street,
War II. place inside Fort Moultrie and first major Patriot victory of the Sullivan’s Island. For more info
Visitors will be able to see are free. American Revolution on June 28, call 883-3123 or visit www.nps.
the changes that took place in December 19, 2009, marks the 1776. Abandoned after the war, gov/fosu.
the uni­forms, weapons, and official bicentennial of the Fort this fort was replaced by a second
related items carried and used by Moultrie one sees today. On that

Gilford gets recycling


C
harleston County’s Environmental Management
Department recently held the 2009 Creative Recycling
Art Contest to celebrate America Recycles Day 2009. The
contest was a success for Charleston County. A total of 68 adults
and students entered the contest, which required artwork to be
made using only recyclables and discarded material.
Gayle Gilford, a resident of the Isle of Palms, placed first in
the adult category for her “Clock” sculpture, which was made
from computer parts, CDs, toys, lipstick, pens, markers, light
bulbs, keys, wires, turkey timer, broken jewelry, pop tops and
discarded party decorations. Gilford won a $150 gift certificate
from Lowe’s and a $150 gift certificate from Artist & Craftsman
Re-enactors dress in uniforms of the major time periods of Fort Moultrie's history. The Supply. Second place winner was Austin Abt of Charleston for
Soldiers Through Time event will be held at Fort Moultrie on December 19. her “Avian Construct”, and Sandra Dumas of Summerville placed
third with her “Recycled Weaving” piece.
 The contest showed that one person’s trash can be another
person’s art,  with entries demonstrating how  cardboard, ink
cartridges, bottle caps, plastic
bottles, newsprint  and other
“trash” can be made into one-of-
a-kind, creative art pieces.
America Recycles Day is
celebrated year-round and
culminates every Nov. 15 to
remind citizens that recycling
is working, and the important
part each of us plays in its on-
going success. The nationwide
celebration is designed to
encourage people to recycle and
buy products made from recycled
materials.  For more information
on America Recycles Day, visit First place in the adult category.
www.americarecyclesday.org.

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Friday, December 11
Nominate houses and
advance reservations by calling
849-2061. Tickets:  $2/person.
Isle of Palms Light It Up Contest   Contact Tina Carter at 849-2061
or visit www.townofmountpleasant.
Christmas at the Sottile
The Charleston Men’s Chorus
will present Christmas at the
Sottile, a concert filled with
I s l a nd E y
businesses that “light up” the Isle
of Palms with holiday spirit by
calling the Recreation Center at
com.

Saturday, December 12
joyful and sacred holiday music
as only the Charleston Men’s
Chorus can sing it. Sottile
December 11
886-8294.  Judging will take place Theatre, 44 George St. at 3pm.
at 5:30pm on Thursday, December First Day of Hanukkah Shake off a Blue, Blue Christmas
Admission is $15/adults; $10/ Michael Viljac and the Elvis
17.  Winners will receive awards.    seniors; Free/children under 6.
Pat Conroy book signing Tribute Band will perform your
1pm to 3:30pm at Blue Bicycle Tickets at Monster Music & Movies favorite holiday songs as performed
“Santa’s Christmas Party” (West Ashley) and Royall Hardware
Presented by the Columbia Books. The famed Southern author by the King of Rock and Roll
will be signing copies of his latest (Mt. Pleasant). For more info, call himself at the Glenn L. Jeffers
Marionette Theatre 10am at the 720-8505 or visit www.cmchorus.
G.M. Darby Building, Mount novel, South of Broad. There is no VFW, located at 1411 Stuart
charge to attend. For info, go to com.   Engals Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.
Pleasant.  Come enjoy the fun in
this brand new show with Santa, www.bluebicyclebooks.com or call If you haven’t seen Michael
722-2666. Page’s Thieves Crafters Market Viljac performing as Elvis the
Jack Frost, an ice skater and Every Saturday at Page’s Thieves
Frosty the Snowman.  Please make King, you are missing a fantastic
from 9am – 2pm. Items for performance. Tickets are $10 and
sale include locally made art, may be purchased by calling 345-
photography, floral, scents, 9084.
jewelry and more. For more
info, call 884-9672 or visit www. Great Outdoor Gear Sale
pagesthievesmarket.net. 1460 Ben Come out to James Island County
Sawyer Blvd. Mount Pleasant. Park 9am to 12pm for your chance
to get great deals on great gear. 
A trail in the forest We’re selling some of the tents,
Meet at Sewee Visitor Center at kayaks, mountain bikes, camping
9am for a guided walk along a trail accessories, and more that we’ve
in the Francis Marion National used.  For more info, call 795-4386
Forest. Plan for about an hour or visit www.ccprc.com
walk on a maintained Forest
trail. Dress for the weather, wear Charleston Ballet presents: The
comfortable shoes, bring drinking Nutcracker
water and insect repellant. call to December 12 & 13 Gaillard
register: 928-3368. Auditorium, and December 19
at the N. Chas. Performing Arts
Barrier island adventure with Center. Set in the streets of
Coastal Expeditions downtown Charleston circa 1865,
Join Coastal Expeditions from the ballet has teamed with the
10am – 3pm for a guided walk on dance programs and children of
Bull Island, Cape Romain National the Dorchester 2 school district for
Wildlife Refuge. The walk begins this massive holiday production.
on Bull Island, where we begin to This treasured classic is the perfect
discover the maritime forest.  For remedy for the hustle and bustle of
more info and to register, Call the holiday season. Tickets may be
Coastal at 884-7684 or visit www. at 723- 7334 or at the CBT
coastalexpeditions. Box Office at 477
King Street.

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y e Cale ndar nighttime parade will begin


at Shem Creek and end
at Sea Island Shopping
Center on Coleman
Friday, December 18
Friday Night Hoops
From 6 – 8pm at the Isle of Palms
more. For more info, visit www.
hometeambbq.com or call
883-3131.
 
Recreation Center, 24 Twenty-
- December 18 Boulevard.  Free event.
Contact Su McManus-Frost
at 884-8517 or visit www.
eighth Avenue. For more info, call
886-8294 or visit www.iop.net.
Christmas Cocktails:
A Musical Revue
A holiday musical benefit
townofmountpleasant.com. sponsored by Sprinkles
Sunday, December 13 1st Annual Home Team Christmas Entertainment, with partial
Gemenids meteor shower Monday, December 14 Party and Bert’s Bar Reunion
 December 18 and 19, enjoy live
proceeds to benefit
One of the most visible meteor Bulls Island archery-only deer hunt the Low Country’s Children With
showers of the year, the meteors music, drink and food specials at Aids. Dates: December 18 & 19 at
The harvest of surplus animals Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ on
should become visible between is one tool used to manage 8pm, and Sunday, December 20 at
9 and 10pm, peaking at 2am on Sullivan’s Island. Music begins 5pm. Tickets are $20/adults and
wildlife populations. Refuge at 4pm with a surprise artist
December 14 with as many as 50 hunting permits are required. $15/seniors/children. Broadway
meteors per hour. appearing both nights at 10:30pm. Performing Arts Black Box Theatre,
For more info, visit www.fws.gov/ Specials include fried flounder and
caperomain, or call 928-3368. located at 607-A Johnnie Dodds
Charlton Singleton Trio presents shrimp, half priced wings, $1.50 Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
December 14 – 19, 2009. Pabst Blue Ribbon, and much
Christmas Jazz Vespers
Circular Congregational Church,
150 Meeting St. at 6pm. For
Tuesday, December 15
more info, call 577-6400, email Santa’s Cookie Workshop
circularchurch@bellsouth.net.  Santa wants a plate of cookies
under the tree!  Decorate them
Mount Pleasant Holiday Parade at Santa’s Cookie Workshop
5:45pm – 7:15pm from the corner from 4-6pm at the Isle of Palms
of Coleman and Pelzer Drive to the Recreation Center.  All materials
Sea Island Shopping Center. are provided for this free event,
but space is limited so participants
Support the Scouts Food Float must pre-register by calling 886-
Support local Cub Scouts Packs 8294.
470, 519 and 59 by donating your
canned goods to fill the Scouts Wednesday, December 16
Food Float during the Mount East Cooper Dementia Caregiver
Pleasant Holiday Parade. The Education and Support Group
parade will begin at 5:45pm at This week, the support group
the intersection of Coleman and will be a regular session where
Pelzer Drive. It will continue past caregivers gather to give and
Shem Creek to conclude at the Sea receive support regarding the
Island Shopping Center around challenges they face, as well as
7:15pm. the rewards they receive, while
providing care for their loved one.
Blue Christmas Service – IOP From 9:30 - 10:30am at All Saints
Methodist Church Lutheran Church, 2107 Hwy. 17
At 4pm in support for those who North, Mount Pleasant.  For more
have experienced a loss during the information, please contact Ginger
past year. Special music, words of at 810-5576.
comfort, and memorial candles will
be lit in memory of each individual. Thursday, December 17
The First United Methodist Church Open Jam sessions at Seel’s on
is located at 21st Avenue at Palm Sullivan’s
Blvd, for more info, call 886-6610 Bring your acoustic instruments
or check our website at www. and your talent for the first open
iopmethodist.com. jam session at Seel’s Off the Hook
on Sullivan’s Island. Jam sessions
The 14th Annual Town of Mount will be held weekly. All levels
Pleasant Christmas Light Parade welcome and encouraged! Hosted
At 5:45pm, Join Town dignitaries by The Good Tenants, brother/
for an exciting fireworks display sister Jason & Marci Shore, and
sure to rocket viewers Captain John Irwin of Fly Right
into the holiday Charters. 7pm – until. For more
spirit.  Following the info, call 883-5030.
fireworks will be
the 14th Annual
Christmas Light
Parade.  This lighted

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What sustains an island? IOPNA thanks


2009 contributors
By Anne Anderson

“S
ustainability” was a • The Nature Conservancy
watchword for Dewees (TNC)  By Diane Oltorik

T
Island long before • Representatives from other
he Isle of Palms Blvd. Mount Pleasant, 388-5270)
most developing barrier islands barrier island communities
realized the need for sustainable with whom we share a Neighborhood Association The Boathouse at Breach Inlet
development.  common coast line and (IOPNA) wishes to (101 Palm Blvd, 886-8000)
On this quiet island, an common challenges. acknowledge the restaurants and Acme Cantina (31 J C Long Blvd,
innovative lifestyle is being lived   businesses that have contributed 886-0024)
out every day: a community built The event began with a 10am throughout 2009  to the Gift Hudson’s Market in Wild
within a nature preserve.  Respect Aggie Gray ferry ride to the Bag Program, a new resident Dunes (5757 Palm Boulevard,
for and enjoyment of all life is the island.  At the Landings Dock welcoming project begun by the 778-1876)
guiding philosophy of Dewees, on Dewees, our guests were met IOPNA more than a year ago The Lettered Olive in Wild
where the residents strive to live by homeowners and Dewees
to introduce the newest Isle of Dunes (5802 Palm Boulevard,
in harmony with nature and with staff, outfitted with golf carts,
each other. and directed toward the activity Palms residents to the many 886-7306
Throughout the years, of their choice.  Tours began wonderful features, businesses
the Dewees community has at the Nature Center for a brief and amenities of the island.  Retailers: 
consciously worked to create orientation and the chance Thanks to all the Isle of Palms Red & White Supermarket
an environmentally responsible to enjoy wildlife exhibits and businesses that have helped (1513 Palm Blvd., 886-6250)
habitat.   A holistic approach is artifacts from the island. Guests make this program a success. We Pelican Cleaners (1521 Palm
evident from the first planning were then given the choice look forward to continuing this Blvd., 886-4200)
stages of home construction between an island eco-tour by the partnership in 2010.  The Gift Bag Sailfish Vacation Supply (1679
to the most recent island-wide Environmental Programs Board,
Program is designed to encourage Lauda Drive, Mount Pleasant,
eradication of invasive Chinese a history tour with the Archives
Tallow trees, to established Committee or an exploration residents to support our island 743-8901)
policies protecting habitats of the island on their own.  We businesses so they will thrive all Salon & Company Hair (1400-F
of all native species of plants were fortunate with the weather year long.   Palm Blvd., 886-3800)
and animals. Dewees residents - a beautiful, mild 68 degree day Splash Clothing (1012 Ocean
practice a “harvest only what you - and the guests were afforded Following are our Blvd, 886-9253)
can eat for one meal” sea food some fantastic bird sightings.  A contributors for 2009: Primetime Fitness (2120 Middle
guideline and contribute to the light lunch and a cup of warm St, Sullivan’s Island, 883-0101)
support of a full time naturalist for apple cider completed the day as Oli-NahKiteSurfandPaddleboard
Restaurants:
the island’s on-going education the visitors hurried to catch the
Huck’s Lowcountry Table (1130 (1204 Palm Blvd., 886-3337)
program, as well as housing for return ferry home through the
turtle interns. beautiful surrounding marsh. Ocean Blvd, 886-6772) Island Time Beach Shop (1011
On November 6, the Dewees It was our goal to share our belief Banana  Cabana (1130 Ocean Ocean Blvd, 886-8776)
Island community recognized in the importance of an enviro- Blvd, 886-4361) Beach House Spa (1030 Carolina
several of the public agencies and conscious existence, and to allow Coconut Joe’s (1120 Ocean Blvd, Blvd., 886-8883)
non-profit corporations that have our guests to observe the beauty 886-0046) Island Roots Landscaping (609-
been invaluable environmental of our natural resources, as well The Windjammer (1008 Ocean 5781)
resources for the island. as understand our conservation, Blvd, 886-8596) ReStore at ECCO (1145 Six Mile
Organizations included: preservation, education and Rd., 849-9220)
Barefoot Bistro (1101 Ocean
• South Carolina Department restoration efforts. 
Blvd, 886-4445)
of Natural Resources The exchange of ideas was
(SCDNR) enlightening, and many of the Long Island Café (1515 Palm As chairperson for this program,
• College of Charleston guests’ suggestions may be Blvd. # A, 886-8809) I speak for all those who worked
• US Fish and Wildlife (FWS) very helpful in future planning. Taste of China (1400 Palm Blvd to make this program a success
• National Oceanic and Thus we found relationships # B, 886-4363) when I wish our contributors
Atmospheric Association strengthened and extended our Morgan Creek Grill (80 41st Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas
(NOAA ) hands to a widening circle of Ave, 886-8980) and a prosperous New Year!
• The Audubon Society environmental partners. Budiroe’s (1528 Ben Sawyer

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Financial December 11, 2009

Your year-end investment checklist


By Dimi Matouchev

W
e’ve pretty much seen add more money to your portfolio balance and long way, you’ll be better able to
it all this year: a bear 401(k) or other retirement term goals, you may want to align all your assets with a
market, a long rally and plan before the year ends. sell some investments that central, unified investment
even a period of “neither up nor By increasing your 401(k) have lost value to take the strategy.
down”. But even though we have contributions, you can tax losses. If these losses
only a few weeks left of 2009, lower your adjusted taxable exceed your capital gains • Review your insurance
you still have time to make some income while you potentially from selling appreciated coverage. Over the course of
moves that can pay off for you in build more resources for stocks, you can deduct a year, you could experience
2010 and beyond. Here are a few retirement. up to $3,000 (or $1,500 significant changes in your
suggestions to consider: for married couples filing life: marriage or divorce,
• Convert your traditional IRA separately) against your the birth of a child or the
• “Max out” on your IRA and to a Roth IRA. Depending on other income, reducing the departure of an older child
make regular contributions your individual situation, amount on which you must from your home, the start
next year. For the 2009 tax a Roth IRA, which offers pay taxes. And if you lost of a new job or retirement,
year, you can contribute up the potential for tax-free more than $3,000, you can and so on. That’s why you’ll
to $5,000 to a traditional growth provided you meet carry over the excess into want to make sure you have
or Roth IRA, or $6,000 if certain conditions, may be subsequent years. Consult the right amount and type
you’re 50 or older. And you a better choice for you than with a tax advisor before of insurance to protect your
have until April 15, 2010, a traditional IRA, which selling investments to claim family and your financial
to fully fund your 2009 IRA. offers the potential for a tax loss. future. By making these
Of course, it’s not always growth on a tax-deferred moves, you can close out
easy to come up with a basis. Consequently, if • Consolidate your invest- 2009 on a positive note
lump sum, but do whatever you meet eligibility limits, ment accounts. while positioning yourself
you can to make up for any you may want to convert for progress on your long-
shortfalls in your IRA for your traditional IRA to a • Instead of having an IRA term goals.
2009. In 2010, consider Roth IRA. However, this with one firm, investments
setting up automatic conversion is likely going with another firm and a This article was provided by
monthly contributions to to be a “taxable event”, so cash-value insurance policy Edward Jones, located at 1505
your IRA — it’s a much more you’ll need to have money with a third, you might want Palm Blvd on the Isle of Palms.
efficient way to maximize available outside your IRA to consolidate your assets You can reach them at 886-9229
a great retirement savings for the tax bill. You’ll want with one provider. That or visit www.edwardjones.com.
vehicle. to discuss this move with
your tax advisor.
• Increase your 401(k)
contributions. If your • Sell your “losers”. If it’s
employer permits it, try to appropriate for your

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20 December 11, 2009

A green-eyed monster
T
he burrfish, or spiny Boxfish
(Chilomycterus schoepfi) ,is a member of
the porcupine fish family Diodontidae.
Although it is often mistaken for a puffer fish,
the burrfish is shorter than an average puffer
fish and is rounder in appearance, with
immovable
spines
covering its
body. The
burrfish
can inflate
its body by
taking in
either air
or water,
but it’s not
poisonous,
like the
puffer fish.
Burrfish can be found all along
the Atlantic coast, from the West
Indies to Cape Cod, and are
Jacob Cahalan, 2, caught this striped regularly found in the summer
burrfish off the Daniel Island pier on a and fall in the vicinity of New
foggy day last week. York. PHOTOS BY Jerry Cahalan

Eye Spy
Do you know what this is?

Kids, send your guess for this week’s Eye Spy to:
info@luckydognews.com or call 886-NEWS. Please include
your mailing address with your submission. The first one to
send in the correct answer will receive a coupon for a free
ice cream at Café Medley on Sullivan's Island.

No one guessed last week's


Eye Spy it was the firefighter's
training ground on Sullivan's
Island . Send your guess for this
week's Eye Spy to:
info@luckydognews.com.

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December 11, 2009 21
Do You Know Your Charleston
The next boat to District 45
By David Farrow
For years, I have been ranting about the It should not surprise you that I think cap of the Charleston administration, to build a
changes in Charleston. The area has grown and trade is malarkey as well. That doesn’t small city surrounding a 2,000 year old oak
like Topsy. The municipalities and county mean that I don’t think we shouldn’t be good tree on Johns Island?
have been trumpeting “green jobs”. What an stewards of the earth. Do you not find it Probably the best quote I have heard about
absolute load of palaver. ironic that the very group which pats its head the Boeing plant was from my mother, Emily
We are talking about a group of people who publically about the creation of green jobs is Ravenel Farrow. She is 94 and cogent of her
closed down the incinerator for the sake of encouraging developers, headed by friends surroundings, but she doesn’t spend a lot of
reducing our “carbon footprint”. Okay, fine. time watching the news. When I told her that
So what do we do with the trash? Oh, that’s Boeing was going to build a plant, her head
right. You haven’t a clue. Boeing is coming… whipped up.
Jobs, jobs, jobs. Green jobs? Well, maybe “Where?” she snapped.
not. A single Boeing 787 generates an annual “North Charleston by the airport.”
carbon footprint of 7.6m tons. She was visibly relieved. “Well, as long as
Well, at least the stimulus is working. Go they don’t build it in Charleston.” She would
to Recovery.gov and you find that the 45th be what we call a “been ya”.
congressional district of South Carolina, Although I harp about the changes round
alone, saved 16 jobs with $1,070,000 in these parts, you might be surprised to learn
federal stimulus funds. Wow! That’s one that no one called me to ask if it was all right.
of my favorite parts of the state! I savor No one questioned me on my opinion on any
the memories of lolling in a Pawley’s Island of this… not one bit. Well, I’ll just use the
hammock while the tidal creek jumped with free broadband we were promised five years
shrimp and pelicans wafted above the pristine ago to contact the “powers-that-be”. Darn it,
salt marsh. The district is also known for that didn’t happen either. Hmmm… I wonder
its high paying jobs. Those sixteen people when the next boat leaves for District 45.
alone make $66,685 a year. Whew, dodged a Read more by David Farrow at davidfarrow.
bullet there. I was thinking of moving when I wordpress.com
realized, “Wait! District 45 doesn’t exist.” David Farrow, Charlestonian.

There are options outside of the Pool


By Jules Anderson

W
ith enormous population one part of that act, the state The Wind Pool has caused rate over-extended in coastal areas
growth and ever more expanded the areas that could hikes in surrounding areas. I have that can provide the total property
expensive coastal-area be covered by the SC Wind and to use the Wind Pool coverage insurance package for you.
homes, it is simply not possible for Hail Underwriting Association. because my insurance company So, shop around. You don’t
a single insurer to collect enough Commonly known as the Wind won’t cover me anymore.” have to call me. There are lots
premiums to cover all possible Pool, this independent association None of the above is true. Here’s of good insurance agents to help
property loss. In 2008, Hurricane was created by the state in 1971 to what’s true: you have options. you with your homework. Just
Ike cost Texas insurers more than serve as the insurer of last resort Don’t get me wrong. If, for don’t sit in the Pool complaining.
they had collected in premiums for homeowners and businesses some reason, you really do have Do something!
in the previous 38 years. in a narrow coastal zone. to avail yourself of Wind Pool Jules Anderson is president of
To get the highest solvency The 2007 expansion also coverage, South Carolina has Anderson Insurance Associates
ratings from agencies like allowed companies to write other the best managed Wind Pool in and chairman of the Independent
Standard & Poor, companies types of property and casualty the United States, but there are Insurance Agents and Brokers of
must be able to cover losses from independent of wind coverage numerous insurers who are not South Carolina (IIABSC).
two once-in-a-hundred-year in the expanded area. These
storms in a row. Sometimes, even provisions have proved worthwhile
with the widest possible pool, as at least 13 additional insurance
insurers can’t do this. They are companies now cover coastal
“overexposed” and have to greatly South Carolina.
increase rates or retreat from Recently, I have heard some
coastal areas. outrageously misinformed and
In 2007, the South Carolina exaggerated statements about
General Assembly passed the the impact of the Wind Pool, such
Omnibus Coastal Property as: “The Wind Pool area is purely
Insurance Reform Act. As arbitrary and politically inspired.

Jules Anderson, president of Anderson Insurance Associates.


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22 December 11, 2009

Police Blotter
The following police reports were cursing and yelling at the clerk. October 17, 2009: While in driver was cited and released.
provided by the Sullivan’s Island The subject had parked his the business district, an officer
Police Department for the month vehicle in a way which blocked observed a disturbance at Off the October 25, 2009: Officers
of October: the previous on-duty clerk and Hook. A subject had assaulted responded to a domestic dispute.
left the area. The vehicle was a female and thrown her to the On arrival they found the female
October 2, 2009: A moped was towed and when he returned he ground. The officer responded trying to leave in her vehicle.
observed disregarding a stop became irate. The subject had and learned that the two had a The female was intoxicated and
sign. The officer attempted to left when officers arrived. disagreement, which resulted in uncooperative. The officers also
stop the moped and the driver the physical altercation. learned that the female had
began to try to evade the officer. October 12, 2009: A broken out a window and cut
The driver proceeded into Mount complainant reported that October 23, 2009: An Isle of herself. She was offered medical
Pleasant and then dropped the someone had pried a door Palms officer conducted a traffic treatment, which she refused.
moped and fled on foot. The leading into the residence. stop. In the stop, he learned that Because of her intoxication, she
subject was arrested and lodged Nothing was reported stolen. the driver had been assaulted at was arrested and lodged in the
in Charleston County jail for a residence on Sullivan’s Island Charleston County jail.
multiple traffic offences and drug October 12, 2009: A by her boyfriend. Sullivan’s
offences. complainant reported that she Island officers conducted an October 26, 2009: Officers
was missing jewelry. The jewelry investigation into the incident received a report of a subject
October 2, 2009: A complainant was last seen in July. and advised the female of her passed out in a vehicle in the
came into the police station legal rights in the incident. parking lot of the Kangaroo.
and reported that someone had October 12, 2009: Officers She wishes to think about her In checking the subject, it was
damaged a water connection to responded to a residence to options. learned that the subject had an
a well on a vacant lot her family assist with a medical situation outstanding warrant through
owns. in which the person was October 24, 2009: A patron the Charleston County Sheriff
transported to the hospital. and a staff member of Off Office. A deputy responded to
October 3, 2009: A vehicle was the Hook were involved in a the location and arrested the
stopped for a traffic violation. October 15, 2009: An officer physical altercation. An officer subject.
While conducting the stop, the checked an illegally parked approached and attempted to
officer smelled burnt marijuana. vehicle, and the vehicle separate the two and, in doing October 26, 2009: A vehicle was
When the subject was registration revealed that the so, the officer was thrown to the stopped and cited for traveling
questioned about the marijuana, vehicle had been stolen from the ground, injuring his arms. 30mph above the speed limit on
the subject handed the officer a Isle of Palms. Jasper Blvd.
marijuana pipe with marijuana, October 24, 2009: A motorcycle
still warm to the touch. The October 16, 2009: Officers was stopped for a traffic October 28, 2009: A
subject was arrested and lodged assisted the Fire Department violation, and while conducting complainant reported that
in the Charleston County jail. with a house fire and stayed the stop it was learned that someone removed her medication
on scene until the cause was there were several violations from her purse while she was
October 11, 2009: A subject determined. including registration and working at Sullivan’s Restaurant.
went into the Kangaroo Station permit restriction violations. The
motorcycle was towed and the October 28, 2009: A
complainant reported that,
while she was parked at the
elementary school, someone
entered her unlocked vehicle and
removed several items.

October 30, 2009: A vehicle


was stopped for speeding and
in conducting the stop it was
learned that the driver’s license
was suspended. The driver
was cited and the vehicle was
released to a legal driver.

October 31, 2009: While on


patrol, an officer located a
juvenile on the ground with some
blood on his face. In checking,
it was learned that the subject
had been in an altercation with
his juvenile brother. The juvenile
was given medical attention.

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