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Volume 5 Issue 18 Sullivan’s Island •

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: a year most of us will want to forget about, but will probably stick in the craw of history as a year of significant change. This year, we lost some of our nation’s most memorable icons, such as Walter Cronkite, Ed McMahon and Michael Jackson, and gained very little in return. The top national stories for this year range from the emergence of the swine flu in early summer, to the rapid decline of the auto industry, the blood-letting debate over health care, an increase of 30,000 troops to be sent into Afghanistan and worst of all, an economy to rival that of the 1929 stock market collapse. Locally, we lost faith in our Governor, Mark Sanford, following his announcement of an

almost decade-long affair, we saw South Carolina’s jobless rate reach 12.3% ranking it as the third highest area of unemployment in the country, and a serial killer ran loose in Walterboro, killing three and injuring six. But this year was not entirely a dark blemish on our history books. South Carolina gained the Boeing Company, and Clemson University received a grant to begin working on wind power as an alternative energy source. South Carolina also saw one of its quietest hurricane seasons in decades, and a trend of supporting one’s community has been blossoming nationwide. Throughout all of it, we should always be grateful that no matter what, we live in an absolutely stunning place. No matter what

dark turns the world takes, we will always have the sea breezes to cool us, the soft sound of waves to soothe us and the warm sand to comfort us even in the most troubling of times. January is a time for us to reflect on the many things we have accomplished over the past year and to look forward to the many things we will do in the year to come. In respect to 2009, The Island Eye News has created a timeline that reflects on many of the great things our islands have accomplished over the past year. With so many wonderful instances of giving and sharing and simply enjoying each other’s company, we can only look forward to the chance to make 2010 even better. (Timeline begins on page 4)

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Option four no longer an option
ullivan’s Island – Tuesday, December 15, 2009: Near the end of a four and a half hour preliminary discussion, Council member Pat O’Neil motioned for an addition to the principles and directions for the consultants hired to draft the Accreted Land Management Plan (ALMP), instructing the consultants that “The ALMP should not include any recommendations for construction of any dunes, berms or levys, with the exception of the placement of sand fences.” Although the room was packed at the beginning of the evening’s Council meeting, only a handful of residents remained as this motion was seconded and approved 5 – 1 with Council member Kaynard voting against. O’Neil clarified his addition, stating that the Council is “not closing the door in perpetuity [for an artificial dune], we’re just not paying the consultants to come back with this [the construction of an artificial dune] plan.” Perkis agreed. “Why ask them to look into something we won’t accept?” he concurred. Other notable changes to the documents included asking that the consultants submit the ALMP draft within 90 days of receiving


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the direction guidelines from the Town, designing the plan according to the management goal of managing the land for future generations by providing protection from storm and tidal impact and acknowledging that the Town recognizes that scenic views and breezes inside and outside of the accreted land as valuable natural resources. “The word ’scenic’ means ‘natural state’,” said Council member Perkis. “We have the right to provide views, but shouldn’t commit ourselves to improving them.” Council member Watson agreed, stating that the Town should specify that the consultants should “improve the views and breezes when possible”. The principle guideline concerning views and breezes under 5 – b – i, which was approved unanimously, reads that the “transition/edge band [the section states earlier that the Town’s management plan may include a transition or edge band that abuts privately held property that would be managed differently from, and more aggressively than, the (usually much deeper) seaward balance of the accreted land] should be managed to further the following objectives

when appropriate: 1. Provision of a buffer from unwanted wildlife; 2. Minimization of potential fire hazard; 3. Enhancement of public safety; 4. Enhancement of breezes; 5. Enhancement of possible sight lines to the property seaward of the band.” Just before adjourning, Council member McGee proposed the inclusion of a line in the directions, instructing the consultants to “Maintain island-wide economic impact”, specifying that any changes should be economically beneficial to the island. “It would be the easiest to measure 20 years from now,” she averred, but Council members Perkis and O’Neil argued, stating that it would be impossible to measure as they were drafting the plan. “It doesn’t need to be in the document at all,” said O’Neil. The proposed inclusion was turned down unanimously. However, the Council went on to discuss the potential drop in property values on the island in light of the current and possibly continuing economic climate, with Council member Perkis stating that if, in the unlikely event that property values drop, the Town would collect less revenue, but the property owners would also

pay less. “We spend too much time thinking about about the people who own $3 million homes on the beach, and not about the people who worked hard, saved up their whole lives and buy a $750,000 home on Sullivan’s Island,” said Council member Kaynard. “It makes a difference to them if their house is worth less than what they paid for it. We can’t ignore what’s happening in the rest of the country and we need to be aware of that and the economic impact [of the ALMP] on our lives.” Due to the length of the accreted land principles and directions discussion, the rest of the Council meeting was postponed and moved to the next Committees of Council meeting on January 4, 2010, at 6pm in Town Hall. This was also the first reading of the principles and directions for the ALMP consultants. As of this Council meeting, Sullivan’s Town Council plans on discussing the principles and guidelines again at their next Town Council meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at 6pm. For more information, visit

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Future of SIeS uncertain
district and state, is consistently rated as “excellent” and every year since its inception in 1998, it has received the Gold Palmetto Award. It is such a great school that it has engendered enthusiastic parental, community and business support. Through a strong PTA and The Friends of Sullivan’s Island School (FOSIS) Foundation, this coalition has provided scores of volunteers for the school and generated funds to supplement district funding to provide playground equipment, smart boards in the classrooms, computer and foreign language education and a full time nurse. This level of help to the school, its students, teachers and administrators undoubtedly contributes to the high morale seen daily in the halls of SIES. As one of the two oceanfront schools in the United States, Sullivan’s Island Elementary has recently applied to become a partial magnet, using its unique location on the ocean to develop an added focus on marine and environmental science. This and possible changes to its assessment area would allow SIES to share its rich traditions and new curriculum with other district schools and other areas, especially Mount plants that are known to be largest air polluters of emissions which contribute to climate change. Fifty years from now, all of this will be forgotten and people will wonder how so many intelligent Americans didn’t understand sooner that coal was such liability. While fighting carbon emitters, the League has actively educated the public on the importance of energy conservation and efficiency and renewable alternatives such as solar, wind and biomass. As the global climate change talks end in Copenhagen, the League believes that addressing environmental concerns must start at home because we (the U.S.) are still the leader of the free world and what we do can set the course for all nations. If we exercise the political will to



ullivan’s Island Elementary School (SIES) is an educational jewel of an institution with a 50 year reputation for providing the best elementary education in the Southeast, all in a modest cinderblock structure by the sea. It is also facing an uncertain future because new seismic codes require it to be rebuilt, a process which first requires the approval of the County school board which is currently considering which schools will be put on a critical “rebuild list”. During the month of January, SIES parents and community volunteers will canvas political officials, individuals, churches, organizations, and businesses of Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Mount Pleasant to document the widespread support for the rebuilding of our community school. These letters will be presented to Superintendent Dr. McGinley, school district officials and the Charleston County School Board in February to help secure approval so that the school can move forward on planning and rebuilding. For decades, SIES has been rated as one of the best schools in our

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Pleasant. Community input will be sought about school design, the partial magnet curriculum and perhaps community use of the new physical plant for meetings after hours, etc. The new school would be larger with approximately 500 students, but will retain its special neighborhood feel. Like all new structures on the islands, flood considerations require structures to be raised. However, elementary schools need to be built on the ground to allow students to walk in without steps. SIES is in the same flood plain as the new Mount Pleasant Academy and will utilize a similar earthen mound foundation. Many argue that it is this school that defines the character of Sullivan’s Island as a community as opposed to a resort. SIES and the Isle of Palms’ Recreation Center have bound our two communities in an excellent cooperative partnership for our children. Join SIES’s supporters in working to maintain the unique fabric and way of life on the islands by getting SIES placed on the rebuilding list in March 2010. Work with our volunteer group and/or contact us at change our ways, we can set the standard for innovation so that nations like China and India will follow. In a short period of time, the U.S. Senate will vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Bill. It is imperative that we remind our elected leaders that we expect them to make the responsible and tough choices that will curb global warming and speed the transition to clean energy future for our nation. The LWVSC is convinced that the pathway to national economic recovery will be through new clean energy jobs, clean air, clean water and clean soil.

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Tuesday, January 12 Board of Zoning Appeals 5:30pm 1301 Palm Boulevard Wednesday, January 13 Municipal Court 10am 1207 Palm Boulevard
Planning Commission 4:30pm 1301 Palm Boulevard

Wednesday, January 13 Planning Commission 6:30pm 1610 Middle Street Thursday, January 14 Board of Zoning Appeals 7pm 1610 Middle Street Tuesday, January 19 Regular Council Meeting 6pm Wednesday, January 20 DRB Meeting 6pm 1610 Middle Street

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2009 Year in Review
January 3 Students from Sullivan’s Island Elementary sign a petition, asking the owners of the Green Heron to reopen (the former owners closed the store on December 31, 2008). January 13 Diane Oltorik receives the first annual Nancy Stogner Award from the Isle of Palms Neighborhood Association for her outstanding efforts in making the Isle of Palms “a good place to come home to”.

February 17 The Confederate Heritage Trust and Sub Vets hosted their annual H.L. Hunley memorial service, 145 years to the day that the Hunley first slipped into the water at Breach Inlet. Re-enactors marched from Fort Moultrie to Sunrise Presbyterian Church at Breach Inlet for the 7pm service and the re-enactors concluded the service with musket and cannon fire.

February 28 Isle of Palms hosts “Doggie Days at the Rec”.

January 1 Dunleavy’s Pub celebrates their 21st annual Polar Bear Plunge(pictured). Isle of Palms is voted as the number 10 top beach destination in the southern United States by Southern Living magazine.

February 14 Sullivan’s Island Fire Department Oyster Roast at the Big Tin.

February 26 A select committee met at the Sullivan’s Island municipal center in front of an overflowing crowd to discuss the island’s proposed noise ordinance regulations. The Isle of Palms Exchange Club recognized Jordan Leigh, Taylor Emry, and Matthew Ramsey with the “Youth of the Month” during the Club’s dinner meeting. (pictured)

January 30 The Cub Scout Pack 59 Webelos, chartered by Stella Maris Catholic Church on Sullivan’s Island, re-dedicated the Sullivan’s Island Elementary School Nature Trail in a brief ceremony recognizing the importance of this natural asset to the Sullivan’s Island community.

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March 22 “African Passages” exhibit opens at the Ft. Moultrie Visitor’s Center. April 18 Cub Scout Pack 59 held a lemonade sale at the Isle of Palms Yard Sale, raising $192.80 for their fellow Scouts in need: Pack 759 in Summerville. The Dodson’s golden retriever pups celebrated their one year birthday with a party at the Dodson’s house. Twenty fourth and fifth grade students from Sullivan’s Island Elementary School participated in the Math Fest Competition Columbia, SC. (pictured)


March 11 Firefighters from the Mount Pleasant Fire Department train at the Sullivan’s Island training facility.


March 28 The Fort Moultrie Visitor’s Center presents “War and Wardrobe”, a unique program incorporating photographs and illustrations of women and the clothing they wore during the Civil War, as well as excerpts from diaries and letters written by Southern women.

April 11 Easter Egg Hunts are hosted on both the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island.

March 3 Poe Library held their celebration of Dr. Seuss in conjunction with Read Across America 2009. Rick Pelletier, dressed as the ‘Cat in the Hat’, read a variety of Seuss selections to children from Miss Aimee’s Preschool and SIES.

April 10 A single engine Cessna Centurion owned by the Department of Natural Resources made an emergency landing on the Isle of Palms’ beach near 32nd Avenue.

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June 4 The Crab Pot Players present The Wizard of Oz at the Isle of Palms Recreation Center. July 18 The Isle of Palms Beach run is held at Front Beach. (pictured) 4th Annual Flip Flop Ball on Gold Bug Island, benefiting WINGS for Kids.

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May 2 A 335 pound loggerhead turtle is released at the Isle of Palms County Park.

May 28 The Isle of Palms Exchange Club recognized Detectives Dawn Caldwell and Diane Tarr 2009 Police Officers of the Year. May 6 Two people were swept out to sea at Breach Inlet by the rip tide shortly after 6pm and were rescued by the Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms Fire epartments.

June 13 The Heritage Aire Celtic Ensemble performed a free concert for all ages at the Poe Library.

July 31 Isle of Palms resident Joanie Teel snaps pictures of a waterspout forming over the coast.

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August 16 Keenan and Tanner Cummings caught this 13 pound red fish fishing off of Sullivan’s Island with their dad, Bobby.

September 18 Sullivan’s Island Elementary celebrates the installation of a new sun shade, donated by Poe’s Tavern.


August 15 Kelsie Keel from Goat Island lands a big fish (on Capers Island) with help from neighbor Robby Robinson.

September 15 Sullivan’s Town Council stated that they would not be going with any single accreted land plan, but instead would need to treat different areas differently.

August 22 the 11th Annual Isle of Palms Half Rubber Tournament is held at the Isle of Palms Recreation Center.

September 19 Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms participate in the statewide annual Beach/River Sweep.

August 15 The Island Turtle Team ends its early morning dawn patrol looking for turtle tracks on the beaches.

August 29 The Windjammer hosts the Charleston Open Beach Tennis competition sponsored by Beach Tennis USA.

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October 3 Fort Moultrie presents Soldiers Through Time, where reenactors portrayed soldiers of the major time periods of Fort Moultrie’s history from the Revolutionary War through World War II.


October 10 IOPNA celebrates Oktoberfest at the IOP Exchange Club.

September 21 20th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo. (pictured) The Isle of Palms honors the efforts of the Plant-A-Palm committee with a memorial on Palm Boulevard.

October 13 Junior reporter Tess Abedon reports on a chlorine leak on Sullivan’s Island which was cleared up in a matter of hours.

September 25 The Isle of Palms holds a ribbon cutting for the new Public Safety Building on J. C. Long Blvd.

October 10 The Edgar Allan Poe: Back from the Grave event is held at Ft. Moultrie.

October 24 The Isle of Palms hosts the Joe Hiller Longboard Classic and Fall Surf Expo.

October 7 Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms celebrate Fire Awareness Day.

October 16 A gathering was held on Dewees Island to thank the 41 Dewees Island turtle volunteers for their efforts this year and to celebrate their successes; both past and present. October 25 5th Annual Barrier Island ECOthon took place over the islands of Capers, Dewees, Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s.

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November 20 Dewees Island holds a private showing of artist John Lundeen’s work. December 4 Sullivan’s Island Fire Station lighting. December 20 Sunrise Presbyterian Church on Sullivan’s Island holds their annual Live Nativity.

October 28 An Edgar Allan Poe reading is held at the Poe Tavern as part of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read initiative.

November 3 Dick Cronin is elected as Mayor of the Isle of Palms, and Barbara Bergwerf, Sandy Stone, Marty Bettelli and Doug Thomas are elected to the Council.

December 3 Isle of Palms tree lighting party.

December 19 Fort Moultrie celebrates its 200th anniversary.

November 6 The Dewees Island community recognized several of the public agencies and non-profit corporations that have been invaluable environmental resources for the island.

November 11 Sullivan’s Island Elementary hosts a Veteran’s Day celebration with presentations by local veterans.

December 9 Crab Pot Players present the play Our Town at the Isle of Palms Recreation Center.

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Friday, January 8
“Spirit Night” at Theatre 99 The South Carolina Maritime Foundation invites you to laugh off the holidays during “Spirit Night” at Theatre 99 starting at 8pm. Veteran company members of Theatre 99 will perform Improv Riot, a popular show that is based on audience ideas and suggestions. 20% of ticket sales from the show will go toward educational programs onboard the Spirit of South Carolina tall ship. Tickets: $10. Purchase by calling 853-6687, visit or

Jack's Cosmic Dogs on Food Network At 10pm on the Food Network, catch The Best Food I Ever Ate with Jack’s Cosmic Dogs in Mt. Pleasant. Later airings will be shown on January 9 at 1am, and January 12 at 9:30pm.

Building (4045 Bridge View Drive off Leeds Avenue in North Charleston). For more info, visit www.smallchangeforbigchange. org/greenbeltplan.html.

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from the ocean. Gather a few keepsakes and learn to identify some different types of shells and the organisms that call them home. Pre-registration required. 1:30 – 3pm. Course #21634. Meets at IOP County Park. Fee: $9/$7 CCR Discount. For more info, call 795-4386 or visit Creating a color memory From January 15 – 17, join nationally acclaimed artist Carol McGill at the IOP Exchange Club for a three day dual class on design theory and the use of color to establish rhythm. No pre-requisite required and anyone can participate. Classes run from 9:30am – 3pm each day with a break for lunch. For more info, call 209-2286 or email CM1Spirit@ Total cost is $350.

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Wednesday, January 13
Sounds at the Sea From 6pm to 8:30pm at the SC Aquarium. Enjoy aquatic melodies featuring seven Charleston Symphony ensembles entertaining guests throughout the Aquarium. Light hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. To purchase tickets, call 577-FISH (3474). Visit or for more info. Tickets are $20 per nonmember. Aquarium and Orchestra members are $10 a person.

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Monday, January 12

Charleston County Greenbelt Plan public meeting The meeting is open to the public, and will be held at 12pm in County Council’s Committee Room on the second floor of the Lonnie Hamilton III, Public Service

Thursday, January 14
Chamber of Commerce annual Legislative Reception This year will include a special presentation to thank key legislators that helped to secure Boeing’s expansion to the region. Those being honored include: Senators Hugh Leatherman, Glenn McConnell, Larry Grooms, Paul Campbell and Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell. The event will be held at the South Carolina Aquarium from 6 - 8pm. The cost is $65/$54 Chamber member. To register visit www.

Saturday, January 16
5th Annual Music and Oysters for Wildlife Event From 2 - 6pm, the Sewee Outpost will feature the Blue Dogs, Occasional Milkshake, Danielle Howle, Doug Jones, Cravin’ Melon, Triple Lindy, the Whisperjets and Ed & Sarah Hunnicutt behind their location at 4853 Hwy. 17N in Awendaw. All-you-can-eat oysters; BBQ, burgers and hot dogs, beer, wine and soda for sale. Tickets $35 ($40 at gate). www.

Friday, January 15
Seashells by the Seashore Stroll along the Isle of Palms beach and search for treasures

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y e Cale ndar Page’s Thieves Market auction Place your bid on a variety of beautiful antiques and useful household items at Page’s Thieves Market, located at 1460 Ben Sawyer Blvd. Auction begins at 9:30am. Arrive early to preview items! For more info, to call the office at 884-9672. Wild Dunes 4th annual Authors Luncheon From 11am – 2pm at The Sweetgrass Pavilion. This annual event is open to the public and will feature four highly acclaimed South Carolina authors Jack Bass, Katie Crouch, Ann HerlongBodman and Batt Humphreys. Tickets are available by emailing or by calling 886-2020. Cost is $60 per ticket or $550 per table of ten people.

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care for a family member with Alzheimer’s or a related form of dementia. Respite care is available during the meetings. For information, contact Ginger at 810-5576.

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Monday, January 25
Sullivan’s Island Community Commercial District meeting 6pm in the Great Room at Holy Cross Episcopal, 2520 Middle St, Sullivan’s Island. Council will meet with Consultant Seamon Whiteside & Assoc/ Urban Edge Studio to review the final plan for the Community Commercial District. The public is cordially invited to attend. www. or 883-5744.

Thursday, January 21
Money Matters: Understanding Credit Reports and Identity Theft 6 – 7:30pm at the Johns Island Library. Find out common practices of identity thieves and how to prevent identity theft. Snacks and drinks provided. Presented by Leslie Ott Howard, CSCI, a Marketing Product Manager at S. C. Federal Credit Union. 559-1945.

Charleston County Library presents: Carmen Charleston County Public Library is continuing its series of free performances from the Met’s 20092010 season. All performances are shown in the Charleston County Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street with high-definition video and 7.1 surround sound. Carmen will begin at 1:30pm. For more info, call 805-6930 or visit

Friday, January 22
Crab House Oyster Roast for Pet Helpers Join the Charleston Crab House at 145 Wappoo Creek Drive, James Island, from 6pm-9pm for a fundraising oyster roast to benefit Pet Helpers. Enjoy the fine food at the Charleston Crab House with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Pet Helpers. Call 795-1110 for more info.

Sunday, January 17
Art and Oysters Fundraiser Join LEAP (Lowcountry EquineAssisted Psychotherapy) from 1 - 4pm at AW Shucks. Enjoy great food, beer and wine and a silent auction. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door (limited availability). For tickets or more information please contact Dee Herman at glenduffinfarm@ or call 724-3569.

Saturday, January 23
Roper Xavier (Rx) Society Annual Donor Appreciation Gala Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, will be the featured speaker at the Gala to be held this year at the Charleston Place Hotel. For more info or to join, please contact the Roper St. Francis Foundation at 843-7201205, or visit our website at www. Charleston County Library presents: Der Rosenkavalier Charleston County Public Library is continuing its series of free performances from the Met’s 2009-2010 season. Charleston County Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street with highdefinition video and 7.1

Wednesday, January 20
East Cooper Alzheimer’s Support Group 9:30-10:30am, at All Saints Lutheran Church, 2107 Hwy. 17 North in Mt. Pleasant. Support groups provide the opportunity for caregivers to share common issues that may arise during the course of providing

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and several area churches; a job she feels has greatly contributed to her love and adeptness with municipal law. “Fundraising is all about giving back to the community and I feel it shares a lot of similarities with the workings of municipalities,” said Halversen. Today, Halversen and her husband, Brett (a civil litigation lawyer), run the two person law firm of Halversen and Associates located in the same building as Sottile and Hopkins Law Firm on Chuck Dawley Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. The Halversens have a twenty month old daughter, Alden, at home, and are expecting their second in June. “We’re thrilled to be living here,” said Halversen. “We’ve fallen in love with the area and look forward to exploring it more.”

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bright new face will be gracing the City of Isle of Palms Council and Committee meetings this year. Sterling Halversen, former assistant City Attorney for the Isle of Palms, will be taking the place of City Attorney Nick Sottile, who is stepping down after 14 years of service. A graduate of Vanderbuilt College and the Florida State Law School, Halversen is well acquainted with beachside community municipal law. Born and raised in West Palm Beach, Halversen spent her teenage years in Tennessee, but moved back to West Palm as soon as she graduated from law school. Her first job, with the law firm Jones, Foster, Johnson and Stubbs, allowed her to work directly with the City Attorney for Jupiter Island, eventually landing her the position of assistant City Attorney to the island community. “Having worked with beachfront communities in the past, I’ve found that they have a lot in common,” said Halversen. “There’s always the battle to keep a balance between the preservation of nature and the beach front, and working to keep home prices at a descent average. It’s a difficult balancing act, but the Isle of Palms seems to be handling it well,” she smiled. Though she looks young enough to have just graduated from law school, Halversen admits to taking some time off between undergraduate and law school. For six years, she worked in Atlanta raising money for non-profits such as the Carter Institute, Little Schools


Students tour Fort Moultrie and Morris Island with a Civil War re-enactor.

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ort Sumter National Monument proudly announces the receipt of a grant award from the National Park Foundation. The $6,000 grant supports Morris Island Expeditions, an educational outreach program begun by the park in 2004 that focuses on Civil War history and conservation. Classroom study culminates with a boat trip to Morris Island where students hear a first person presentation by a 54th Massachusetts re-enactor and walk the sands of the undeveloped barrier island.


“Thanks to the grant, students from Charleston Military Magnet and Goodwin Elementary participated in the program this year,” said Fort Sumter Superintendent Bob Dodson. A unit of the National Park Service, Fort Sumter National Monument is comprised of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, the Fort Sumter Visitor Center in Charleston and Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. For more info,visit the park’s website at or call the park at 883-3123.


The perfect time for a change
otivation can come from many sources and there is no greater source of change or contemplated change than experiencing the barely perceptible shift of time that occurs on December 31 at 11:59:59pm when it becomes January 1, 12:00:00am. That one second causes changes in calendars and clocks in various household electronics that normally occur with little fanfare, but with this one second change, things are very different than they were a moment ago. When that second changes to a new year, we all take notice and celebrate, reveling in the old year’s passing and the new one’s promise. I know of no one who, in reflecting back on a passing annum, says, “Boy I did that one perfect. I lived each day to its fullest and couldn’t do it any better. I maximized my potential in every relationship and interaction and could not have been a better person. Next year it’s all downhill from here.” At its heart, a new year fills us with hope that there are not just better days ahead, but that we can be better people than the ones we were the year before. Unfortunately, all too many wait for this tiny calendar


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change to prompt introspection into ridding ourselves of a habit, trying something new or doing something differently. Think of how little might really change if the world did away with months and years and just counted days. What if, instead of January 1, 2010, it was day 733,775 AD? I love golf for many reasons, but recently I realized that it cultivates in me much of that same New Year’s Eve feeling. When 18 holes and approximately four and a half hours have passed, I have a sizeable enough sample of activity and time documented on a scorecard in a tangible record that it becomes worthy of reflection.

When a round is over I am forced to come to grips with the reality of what I did well and what I did not, whether as a player or a person. I get the opportunity to experience anew all the highs and lows of what transpired; the satisfaction of a key shot critically executed or an up and down from the impossible as well as the remorse of a missed short putt or wasted stroke due to a lack of focus or plain inattentiveness. I also leave knowing what my weaknesses are and what I need to improve if I want to have increased expectations. I take stock in my relationship with my fellow players and more often than not it gives me greater insight into my own shortcomings and areas for personal growth; be it anger, patience or just a little less selfishness and a resolve that in my next round, I need to be better. I could argue that on my good days, both personally and as a player, each hole is like a year, and as I exit each green it is December 31. From the time it takes me to get to the next tee box I have conducted an inventory and made a resolution of some kind for the hole ahead so that it is January 1 when I put my peg in the ground for the next tee shot. The highest consciousness is said to be experienced not in one great act but from being

consciously present in all activities and at all times. Save the ace or the double-eagle, virtually every shot lends itself to immediate reflection and hope for improvement the next time it is executed. Each stroke made in golf thus encourages an examination into what I do in the now; not in the someday. The same goes for the time in between shots when I interact with others. Time passes and has, at times (pun intended), gone quickly or slowly depending upon your perspective. In 1752, the entire British Empire (including the present eastern United States) formally adopted the Gregorian calendar, replacing the Julian or Roman calendar. While this sounds simple, it was not due to differences in counting days that involve religion, the failed coordination of Easter and the vernal equinox, and a miscalculation of the length of a year. To resolve these problems and the 11 day difference between the calendars, everyone went to sleep on Wednesday, September 2, 1752, and woke up the next morning to find it was Thursday, September 14, 1752. Problem solved, except for those who were waiting for September 3, 1752, as the day to make changes in their lives. Make and consider change by letting something other than a calendar dictate that it needs to be done. Find the moments for reflection whether on or off the golf course. As those who were alive in 1752 can attest, tomorrow, no matter what the date, is only a promise, not a certainty. Until next time, play well. Richard is a golf enthusiast, local lawyer and part-time writer seeking publication of a novel about golf. Contact him at ©2009 Richard Hricik.

Sullivan’s Island Business District Directory
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Island Gallery
2214 Middle Street

attorney at law
CARL B. HUBBARD, recently moved his law practice to Sullivan’s Island from Mount Pleasant. An island resident for nearly twelve years, and with his daughter already attending Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, the move was an easy one. “Being here puts me five minutes from home and two minutes from the school – by bicycle. There are not many places that offer that opportunity,” says Hubbard. He maintains a general practice focused on consumer issues. “I try to help consumers who are the victims of illegal conduct by debt collectors, creditors, and credit bureaus,” Hubbard notes. There are several federal laws in place to protect consumers whose rights have been violated, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and/or the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). South Carolina law may supply remedies as well. Fortunately for consumers, the FDCPA and FCRA provide for the payment of attorney’s fees by the party responsible for the violation of these laws. Unfortunately, consumers sometimes wait too long to look into taking action against companies that violate the FDCPA and/ or FCRA. Both statutes require that suits be filed within a relatively short time. Shortly after moving here, Mr. Hubbard assisted the College of Charleston in establishing rules for vendors hawking credit cards to students on campus. “Students have enough to worry about," says Hubbard."To shoulder them with this debt on top of it, along with student loans, is a recipe for dropping out. Even if you graduate with a great GPA, when you enter the job market your credit report will be the personal identifier a potential employer will look at first.” He thinks the education of young people regarding credit has progressed over the last several years, but has a long way to go to put them on an even playing field with credit card companies. In addition to consumer work, Hubbard also handles some estate planning and criminal cases. “Although many of my cases may take me across the state, I look forward to coming to work here on the island.” Carl Hubbard's offices are located at 2201 Middle Street, Suite 5. You can reach him at 882-8130 or

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January 8, 2010

weet frosting decorated the front porch of Café Medley on Sullivan's Island this past Tuesday, December 22. That afternoon, a group of 25 plus island kids spent a couple hours decorating cookies - and themselves as part of an impromptu fundraiser for Sullivan's Island Elementary. With the donation of $1 per child, Café Medley provided cookies, icing and patterns. "It was a lot of fun," said Café Medley co-owner Andrew Harris. "The weather was gorgeous and everyone had a great time." Café Medley is always hosting fun events at their little shop on Sullivan's Island. For more info and upcoming events, visit www.


Cookie starts with “C” Celebrating 100 books

On December 16, 2009, the Children's Garden School on Sullivan's Island celebrated the reading of their 100th book as part of the national Scholastic Classrooms Care program. Barbara Keenan's four year old preschool class read The Polar Express as their 100th book, and classmates rushed to fill in the tally chart tacked to the classroom wall, checking off their amazing achievement.

Raymond Berryhill decorates a delicious gingerbread cookie at Café Medley.

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Eye Spy

Sydney Graves loves her beautifully decorated cookie!

Kids, send your guess for this week’s Eye Spy to: 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:

January 8, 2010



he Giant is seven feet tall as he pursues Jack down the beanstalk. The lovely Rapunzel sings her lonely song as she lets down her long golden tresses, and a pair of hysterical ugly step-sisters argue over which of them will win the hand of the Prince. With the children sitting only five feet away from the action, there are hilarious lyrics, beautiful ballads, magical effects, uproarious chase-scenes, tons of audience participation and lots of happy endings at SPROUTS Theatre for Children. “Sprouts” is a company of professional artists performing for children and is the winner of countless international awards. Their productions are performed throughout the world, and their shows have recently been translated into their fifth language. SPROUTS originated in Boston in the 1980s, and has grown into a library of more than two dozen original musicals designed for audiences ages 4 and up. The collection of musicals were adapted from classic fairy tales or developed as original material by Artistic Director, Stan Gill. Stan has just arrived in the

SpROuTS Theatre for Children

The Edgar Allan Poe Library MLK Day Writing Contest
“How I can make it a ‘Day On, Not a Day Off’” Children grades 2 – 5 are encouraged to write an essay or poem on the theme of how they can follow Dr. Martin Luther King’s example of service as a way to strengthen communities and achieve common goals. What are some of the ways that you could serve or help your community? The essays/poetry should be turned into the library no later than Thursday, January 14, 2010. Prizes will be awarded in both categories.

Charleston area, where Sprouts will be in residence in the newly renovated Creative Spark theater space. These engaging shows run between 45 and 60 minutes, and cast size varies from five to fifteen. The audience sits at the edge of the stage, and experiences these live performances in a way they cannot with a movie or video. Most shows contain five to nine musical numbers. They all have lively audience-participation sequences and high-energy chase scenes, both of which are SPROUTS hallmarks. Bring the family to these wonderful performances! The ideal ages for these shows are 4 to 10, although adults have been known to come without children to get in on the fun! There is a “Small Sibling Show” for each production, at which children under the age of four are welcome, along with their older siblings. Tickets are $10 per person. Members of “Friends of Creative Spark” are always only $8.50 per show. All shows are for ages 4 & up unless listed otherwise. Tickets are available by calling 881-3780, at www. and at the door.

a delicious Christmas
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hanSel & GreTel
Friday, Jan 15 at 7pm Saturday, Jan 16 at 1pm Members only show on Sunday, Jan 17 at 3pm Friday, Jan 22 at 7pm Sat, 23 at 1pm (Small Sibling Show for ages 2 & up) Sunday, Jan 24 at 3pm Coming in March: “The Emperor’s New Clothes”


eter Westfall, from Westerville, Ohio, was visiting his aunt Diane over the holidays and came to check out the Poe Library while he was in town. Peter’s guess of 510 treats in the December Guessing Jar was the closest to the 567 actual number, so Peter won the chocolates, a family domino game and a stuffed animal which he graciously donated to Toys for Tots.


Winter fishing
By CaptaIN Geoff BeNNett
fish paddletail plastic grubs on weighted jig heads. The most productive colors can vary, so be sure to check with your local tackle shops. You’ll need to be able to get your lure down and in front of their noses. The key is to retrieve your lure very, very slowly. Trout become lethargic in cold weather and anglers need to fish accordingly. Sheepshead, sometimes referred to as “convict” fish because of their black stripes, have begun their seasonal migration offshore, although there will still be some stragglers around. You’ll want to target these fish around barnaclecovered pilings or docks. Fiddler crabs and pieces of oyster have been working well. Suspend your bait vertically next to pieces of structure using a small sinker weight set a short distance above your hook. The bite of these fish can be difficult to detect. Given their fight and taste, though, anglers find them well worth the challenge. See you on the water! Capt. Geoff Bennett operates Charleston Charter Fishing providing fly fishing and light tackle charters. Clients choose from a full menu of fly rods, artificial and live bait fishing

January 8, 2010


inter is officially here, but that doesn’t mean that fishing is no longer an option. During these colder months, Redfish are a predominate species. Being cold blooded, these fish become sluggish and tend to eat less. Their focus turns to the retention of warmth and staying away from their main predator, the bottlenose dolphin. To protect themselves they form large schools, sometimes numbering in the hundreds, and move onto shallow flats as a means of protection. For fishermen, the challenge becomes less about finding redfish and more about how to stealthily approach them and convince them to eat. When approaching easily-spooked fish, being quiet and patient is very important. A slamming hatch or hastily tossed anchor can scare the school and send them fleeing for cover. Schools of redfish tend to move around in a general area, so often the best tactic is to anchor and wait for the fish to come to you. When selecting what type of lure to throw, consider the splash and the noise it will generate when it hits the water. A slim profile artificial plastic lure like a jerk shad might be a better choice than a large spoon or spinner bait. The trout haven’t migrated away, they are just dormant until warmer water returns. You can still catch them, but it will become increasingly more difficult. Look for deeper holes or pockets of water. Your best bet is to

options with charters tailored to their desires. USCG licensed and insured, Capt. Bennett is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable charter to anglers of all skill levels and ages. For more information, call Capt. Bennett at 324-3332, visit his website at www. or email him at

January 8, 2010


1st plunge - 1988

New Year's Polar Plunge 1st annual IOP POlar PlOP