You are on page 1of 23








Beer Renaissance page 14 High times for lunch page 9 Mystery in the Lowcountry page 6
I n s i d e I s l a n d Ey e
S u l l i v a n s I s l a n d I s l e o f p a l m s g o a t I s l a n d D e w e e s I s l a n d
Since May 2005
September 16, 2011 Volume 7 Issue 10 FRee
Garden continues on page 7
eachers and parents
at Sullivans Island
Elementary School have
worked together this summer
create a Literacy Garden in the
schools courtyard. I am a strong
advocate for having an outdoor
classroom where children can
connect with nature while still
learning classroom standards,
hence the name, Literacy
Garden, says Donna Webb, a
parent volunteer.
The hope is that the garden
will kindle students interest
in the outdoors and encourage
them to explore the natural
world. Nature helps children
develop powers of observation
and creativity and instills a sense
of peace and being at one with
the world, says Donna.
Teachers and students alike
feel that the garden has a
calming effect. It is a wonderful
place to escape to says Alissa
Katz, a long-term substitute at
the Kindergarten. Pamela Stefan,
a 2
Grade Teacher at Sullivans
Island Elementary School, and
SI ES lI tEracy gardEn
Children enjoy the new Literacy Garden at Sullivan's Island Elementary.
Dear Editor,
The op-ed piece in the
Post & Courier last week by
Councilwoman McGee was
appalling. The last we heard from
Sullivans Island Town Council
member Madeleine McGee, she
was avidly promoting a new
ordinance banning whistling
and singing on the island. Her
ordinance targeted the customers
of bars and restaurants in the
commercial district, crooners
that they are, making noise
in the residential area around
the businesses, the area where
McGee makes her home.
Now we hear from McGee
avidly promoting the new mega-
school for the island. Given her
sensitivity to noise, its surprising
she is turning a deaf ear to the
concerns of those who live near
the school. Theyre worried
about the parade of cars and
busses rumbling through their
neighborhood when the size of
the school is doubled.
Those extra kids wont be
coming to school on foot, or by
bike, or via golf cart. Theyll be
coming in cars and busses. I
dont live in that neighborhood,
but I bet the noise and emissions
will be a bigger bother to them
twice a day than a whistle would
be to McGee.
I think its also shocking that
school leaders are so blithely
changing the curriculum in
one of the most academically
successful schools in the state.
Its not broke. Youre not fxing it.
Town Council is doing all of us a
tremendous disservice by signing
onto a lease that will exceed all
of our lifetimes without really
listening to taxpayers. This may
have been on your radar screen
for a long time, but its news to
the rest of us that youre planning
to build a mega-school we dont
need and no one wants. Telling
us that we get to pick the color of
the siding is no consolation.
Fred Wszolek
Sullivans Island Elementary
Dear Editor,
As parent leaders of Sullivans
Island Elementary School (SIES),
we wish to thank our leaders at
the Charleston County School
Board (CCSB) and Sullivans
Island Town Council (SITC). Our
elected leaders have led the way in
agreeing to rebuild one of the best
performing schools in the district,
based on most any academic
measure. Our school works
because it is a community school,
one that integrates the leadership
of the District, our Principal, our
faculty, our community and our
We are very proud of our
school and our commitment to
excellence. We are proud of our
ability to solve problems, to work
together and to, most importantly,
educate our children. We are so
looking forward to building our
new school, as it will enhance the
great job we are already doing,
and set the bar even higher.
Our wonderful Island location
compliments the fact that we
are now a partial magnet school
focused on science, technology
and the environment. This
unique location will only increase
our success in raising children
who go on to lead productive lives
and become future leaders of our
community and stewards of our
Approximately two years ago,
when the seismic issues came to
light, our elected leaders agreed
to rebuild SIES as a school with
a capacity of 500 students.
The dialog between the Town,
District, and the community was
very clear. One of the primary
deciding factors in this approval
process was that the school be
designed to accommodate up
to 500 children. Otherwise, it
would not be built. There was
and is overwhelming support
to rebuild SIES, not just among
our parents, but also within our
entire community.
We also appreciate the
communication and trust that
has been built between CCSB,
SITC and our community. We
believe it is an exemplary model
and one we should laud.
We recognize that we are but
a small part of the Charleston
community. We appreciate
CCSBs and SITCs commitment
to excellence.
We know that SIES is and
will continue to be a source
of pride for our children, and
our community as a whole. We
look forward to moving the ball
forward as quickly as possible, so
we can return our kids school to
its rightful place.
Kristen Smith
SIES PTA President
Jim Henshaw
SIES School Improvement
Council Chair
Chrissy Lorenz
2 September 16, 2011
Letters continues on page 3
Letters to the editor...
September 16, 2011
Isle of Palms
Tuesday, September 20
Ways and Means
Committee Meeting
5:45 p.m.
1207 Palm Boulevard
Wednesday, September 21
Municipal Court
10 a.m.
1207 Palm Boulevard
Sullivan's Island
Tuesday, September 20
Regular Council
6 p.m.
1610 Middle Street
Wednesday, September 21
DRB Meeting
6 p.m.
1610 Middle Street
Wednesday, September 14
Jury Trials - jury selection*
2 p.m.
1207 Palm Blvd, IOP
Thursday, September 8
Jury Trials
1207 Palm Blvd, IOP
Civic Calendar
Recycle - Wednesday, September 21 - Recycle

Letters continues on page 4
Lynn Pierotti
Bridget Manzella
Swan Richards
senior graphic designer
Lori Dalton
sales manager
Blake Bunch
assistant editor
Melissa Caloca

Emily Perlman Abedon
East Cooper Medical
Bob Hooper
Mary Pringle
Bob Hooper
Katherine A. Saenger
Dimi Matouchev
Mickey Barber
Kelly Love Johnson
Claire Lenenski
Nicolas Lempesis
Barbara Bergwerf

Published by
Lucky Dog Publishing
of South Carolina, LLC
P.O. Box 837
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
Submit your letters to the editor to:
Future deadline:
September 21 for all submissions
for our September 30 issue
Lucky Dog PubLi shi ng
of sc, LLc
Publisher of the Island Eye News, The
Island Connection and The Folly Current.
The Island Eye News, a wholly owned subsid-
iary of Lucky Dog Publishing of SC LLC, is a
free, independent newspaper published every
two weeks and is for and about the Isle of
Palms, Sullivans Island, Goat Island and De-
wees Island. Copies are mailed free of charge
to every active mailbox in our coverage area
and are also available at area businesses and
by subscription to non-islanders. Subscriptions
are $39/year for non-residents.. Contributions
of information, pictures and articles are wel-
comed and are used according to space limita-
tions and news value and cannot be returned
except by special request. Op-ed articles and
letters to the editor do not necessarily refect
the opinion of Lucky Dog News, or its writers.
All advertising rates are listed at:
under advertising.
*Sullivan's Island Jury Trials will take place at the Isle of Palms Municipal Court. Sullivan's Island residents
selected as potential jury candidates are summoned to appear at 2:00PM for possible jury duty. For more
information please visit and navigate to Municipal Court through Departments link.
Clerk of Court LoRusso may be reached directly at 883-5734.
Letters continues from page 2
Friends of Sullivans Island
School Chair
Dear Editor,
The Charleston County School
Board met Monday, August, 22,
and for the second week in a
row, Sullivans Island Elementary
School was on the agenda.
The meeting was incredibly
productive, even though the
school board did not change its
vote about approving the lease at
this meeting. (As board member
Cindy Bohn-Coats noted, if
someone were willing to lease
property to her on Sullivans
Island for $10 for 75 years, she
would take that deal, too!) But
there is absolutely no reason
to feel disheartened if what we
really want is a smaller school on
Sullivans Island.
At the August 22 meeting, the
school board said the 500-student,
73,000 SF parameters were
established by a previous school
board and those parameters can
be changed, if that is what the
residents of Sullivans Island want.
The school board said SI residents
need to take the issue up with
our town council, since the town
council negotiated the lease.
Because the lease is written as
an amendment to an ordinance,
three readings of the lease are
required before the lease can be
executed by the Sullivans Island
Town Council. The frst reading
took place on August 16, As of
this writing, the second one is
scheduled for September 12.
The third reading is expected to
take place at the October meeting
of the Sullivans Island Town
A petition is circulating
requesting that no further action
on the approval of the SIES lease
be taken by the Sullivans Island
Town Council until the impact on
infrastructure of any proposed
school has been fully evaluated
(water, sewage, traffc), the public
has been informed of the results
of the evaluations, concerns
about design guidelines regarding
neighborhood compatibility have
been specifcally addressed, and
all island residents have been
provided an opportunity for input
at a public forum. The petition
states that those signing are
strongly supporting the rebuilding
of SIES, but want a school that is
of a more appropriate size for our
historic, residential community.
Many island residents have
already signed the petition. If
you would like an opportunity
to sign it, please contact Karen
Coste (cscharlotte@bellsouth.
net), Barbara Spell (barbaraspell@, Martha Smith
(, or Will
and Kathy Post (
We now have an opportunity to
bring together members of Town
Council, school parents and all
Sullivans Island residents to
develop a great school that is less
intrusive on our environment,
less intrusive on our historic
residential neighborhoods and
less costly to taxpayers. Sullivans
Island now has an opportunity
for a win-win for everybody!
Barbara Spell
Kay Park
Karen Coste
Kathy and Will Post
Martha and Ellison Smith
Dear Editor,
For the past two years, I
have been deeply involved with
the discussions regarding the
rebuilding of Sullivans Island
Elementary School (SIES). As
a community activist, 17-year
island resident and an SIES
parent, I have taken the time
and energy to fully understand
the tremendous amount of
information that has gone into
the complex decision to rebuild
The plan to rebuild has been
an orchestrated collaboration
between Superintendent
McGinley, The Charleston
County School Board and staff,
Sullivans Island Town Council,
SIES parents, SIES faculty and
SI residents. It also involved all
of Charleston County when the
school rebuilding referendum
passed in 1999.
As a result of recently expressed
concerns by our Mayor and other
community members, I believe it
is important to clarify the facts
and project evolution for all.
Community Support
When seismic risks to SIES
were identifed two years ago, the
Charleston County School Board
(CCSB) asked Sullivans Island
Town Council (SITC) if there was
support in the community to
rebuild the school for up to 500
students. A group of parents and
residents fanned out across SI,
Isle of Palms, and Mt Pleasant to
gauge the level of support for this
school, and it was overwhelmingly
positive. In fact, we have over
1,000 letters from members of our
community to the Superintendent
4 September 16, 2011
in support of a new school. These
letters were written and signed
with the understanding that
the new school would be larger
than the existing school. Also,
SITC passed two unanimous
resolutions (January 2010 and
May 2011) to publicly support
the rebuilding of SIES. The May
2011 resolution explicitly stated
SITCs support for a school not to
exceed 500 students.
Student Enrollment
The current enrollment at
SIES is 418 students. The peak
enrollment when the school was
on the island was +/-410. The
student population for much of
the last decade was in the middle
300s. As of the 7-day enrollment
count this year, 105 SIES
students reside on Sullivans
Island (25%), 165 reside on the
Isle of Palms (40%), 122 from
Mt Pleasant (29%), and 26 from
elsewhere (6%).
Design Compatibility
The new school will be
designed up to 74,000 square
feet. It will likely be the largest
structure on the island. Island
compatibility is critical, and this
is an issue that the CCSB and
SITC take seriously. We are
fortunate that the preliminary
design and massing has been a
collaborative effort by the District
and Town, including Mayor
Smith. Our community will
have their opportunity to make
specifc comments on its design
at a public meeting scheduled for
September 22nd, with a second
public meeting to be scheduled
after the frst one. This process
is similar to the manner in
which the District successfully
managed the construction of
many other schools in the past
decade. Ultimately, SITC and its
citizens will have fnal say over
the design.
The Lease
The Districts existing lease on
+/- 13 acres of land expires in
approximately forty years. The
new proposed lease is for 5.61
acres and adds +/- 35 years to the
existing lease term. The decrease
in land rented to the District
benefts our school neighbors
with 70-foot buffers where there
were none before, and by the
Town taking back the accreted
land down to the low water mark.
Again, this was a successful
win/win collaborative effort that
benefts Sullivans Island and the
School Board.
School Size & Cost
The existing schools +/-40,000
SF of conditioned space included
a number of trailers. Mount
Pleasant Academy (MPA) is +/-
69,000 SF and was built for $19.1
million. SIES is budgeted for $26.4
million. There are three primary
reasons for the $7.3 million
variance over the MPA expense.
Reasons include: infation (2007
vs 2012 bid), site costs due to
being in a velocity zone, and
increased square footage (+/-
4,000) due to lab space needed for
the partial magnet.
SIES will be raised about 9
feet above existing grade level,
MPA was raised about 7 feet.
SIES will be on a platform,
because it is in a velocity zone,
as opposed to being built on
grade like MPA. This will create
great opportunities for shaded
recreation, ftness, and learning
space at ground level.
Of the two new elementary
schools built closest to SIES, MPA
is at 100% capacity and the new
Whitesides (+/-97,000 SF) is at
80% capacity, with fewer than 150
available seats. Whitesides will
reach capacity as soon as CCSB
rezones District 2. It was actually
built to a higher capacity so
children attending the school now
would not be forced to relocate
when the redistricting occurs.
Some folks are hoping for a
smaller school, asking for 400
instead of 500 students. The
agreement between SITC and
CCSB is -- and always was -- that
a new school must house up to
500 students. Fewer students
and a smaller building would
still exceed 60,000 SF. For an
enrollment of 400 vs 500 students,
the difference in traffc impact on
SI would be negligible. However,
the operating cost per pupil would
be much higher. The CCSB is
trying to match community desire
with fscal responsibility.
According to the SCDOT
website, on 9/7/11, 7,100
vehicles traveled northbound
on Highway 703 off of Sullivans
Island. Any fear that Sullivans
Island will be run over with traffc
due to an extra +/-100 school
children attending SIES is simply
There were 4 to 5 buses arriving
daily when our school operated
on the island. Today we have 6
buses. We could have an extra
bus when we are 500 students,
but that is yet to be determined.
None of these facts talk about
what a great public school
does for a community; how
a great school draws young
families and increased vitality
to its neighborhoods. And its
important to note: SIES is one of
the fnest elementary schools in
the region, if not the state. This
is a successful school and we, as
a community, should be proud.
SIES does a great job of serving the
community by teaching children
not only to read, write and do
arithmetic, but also to be good
stewards of our environment and
understand the science behind
it. In fact, becoming a partial
magnet will enable our children
to be better stewards of the island
and our community as a whole.
There has been a lot of rhetoric
lately about rebuilding SIES. I
encourage any and all concerned
citizens to look at the facts
objectively. I am grateful for
the leadership we have at the
District, Town and community
levels. Charleston County voted
twice in the last decade to invest
almost $1 billion in facilities for
its students. Prior leadership
grossly underfunded the
investment needed in facilities for
public education, and rebuilding
SIES is simply a small part of a
much larger plan to serve our
community, educate our youth,
and produce better leaders for
our future.
I think it is great to get
involved in decisions affecting
our community. Sometimes we
get what we want, sometimes we
dont. Whats important is to get
involved, ensure your voice has
been heard, and then get with
the winning team to move the ball
forward productively. I appreciate
facts, hard work, and education.
SIES is going to be rebuilt. Lets
all get on board and make sure
it is the best school it can be
from a design, functionality, and
sustainability perspective. Our
children and our community
deserve nothing less.
Loren Ziff
Thompson Avenue
Sullivans Island
Dear Editor,
The proposed 500-student,
74,000-square-foot Sullivans
Island school, spelled out in the
new lease, is too costly and too
large for our small island with a
population of just under 1,800.
One would be hard-pressed,
however, to fnd Sullivans Island
residents who did not want
a school on our island, but it
should be in the character and
scale of the existing one.
The earliest school, that I am
aware of, was a very small one on
Central Avenue, near Station 20.
Later, a school was built at 2302
Middle Street, and the building
still exists today. In 1953, the
present school was built on IOn
Ave, and it has received additions
throughout the years. These
schools were small unobtrusive
structures that ft the scale of
their neighborhoods and the
character of the Island. They
served the community where they
existed, and the children could
walk or ride their bikes to school.
When the SIES population
moved to Mount Pleasant, the
enrollment was approximately
348 students: 60 or so from
Sullivans Island; some from
Mount Pleasant; a few from
Awendaw; and the majority from
the Isle of Palms.
Letters continues from page 3
Letters continues on page 5
September 16, 2011
Letters continues from page 4
A new school, if built at the
present site, will be located in the
V-zone, and will have to be elevated
at least nine feet above grade to
meet FEMA requirements. The
74,000-square-foot structure will
actually appear as a 111 square
foot structure would appear if it
were to be built on grade, and will
be visually obtrusive from much
of the Island, including the beach.
From the start, Sullivans
Island has been given the
ultimatum that the new school
must accommodate 500 students
or one will not be built. The Town
Council moved forward in concept,
believing that the school was an
important part of our community.
This was the case until the
Charleston County School Board
meeting on August 22. Several
Sullivans Island residents were
present, and they voiced their
concerns about the scale and
impact of the proposed school to
the Island. Members of the Board
replied to these residents that a
previous Board had established
the 500-student number, and the
present Board would be open to
revisit this issue and consider a
smaller school, but it was up to
the Town of Sullivans Island to
tell them what we wanted.
Since its founding in 1975,
all the mayors and council
members who have served the
Town have been good stewards
of the Town of Sullivans Island.
They installed a sewer system
when many in neighboring
communities remained on septic
systems. They placed 90 acres of
accreted front beach land into the
Low Country Open Land Trust,
rather than subdividing and
developing it. They refused to
allow the subdivision of half-acre
lots, though often asked to do so.
They fought for the rehabilitation
of the Ben Sawyer Bridge, not
to keep anyone from visiting
the Island, but to maintain our
small-town character. They
established historic districts and
passed preservation ordinances.
They limited lot coverage and
building square footage to reduce
the impact to smaller existing
homes and water runoff. They
also established design guidelines
for neighborhood compatibility
and prohibited any commercial
activity on our family-friendly
All of these measures were
taken to maintain the character
and scale of our small island town,
and a 74,000-square-foot elevated
structure contradicts every one
of them. It is unfortunate that
so much discussion regarding
the buildings size and student
population has taken place out
of public scrutiny in executive
session when these two factors
are the driving force for the design,
leaving virtually only fenestration,
colors, and landscaping for public
I fully support the building of
SIES on Sullivans Island, but not
the one spelled out in the lease
currently before Town Council. We
are discussing a school building
that will exist for the next 75 years,
and the county school board has
opened the door to reconsider the
size and student numbers. The
Town Council would be terribly
remiss to overlook this possibility
and push something through
that will so negatively impact our
island far into the future. Why
not spend eleven or so million
here on a school that is the scale
and student number size of the
Montessori school in the IOn
subdivision, or the recent charter
school in McClellanville, and use
the balance of the 26 million on
Jennie Moore or other schools
north of Mount Pleasant where
the real growth and need exists?
I have served on the Sullivans
Island Town Council since 1987,
the last 6 years as its mayor.
The voters of Sullivans Island
elected me, and my responsibility
is to them. This is a Sullivans
Island issue. We are generously
offering land that is worth several
million dollars for 75 years for
ten dollars, and we are going
to experience the impact and
unknown future negative impact
to our infrastructure and fnancial
burdens to our residents. We will
experience the increase of traffc
on our island that is already
stressed by ever-increasing
numbers of visitors, and we will
have this out-of-scale structure
as a reminder of what happens
when we do not consider all the
work of past Councils, which is
the reason so many people want
to live here.
We now have the opportunity
to continue our vision of a single-
family residential community
through reason and open-
community discussion on all
aspects of the new SIES, including
building size and student
numbers, and the impact it will
have on all of us.
All of Sullivans Islands
residents deserve to be heard on
this issue with full transparency.
Mayor Carl J.F.Smith
Town of Sullivans Island
Sullivans Island
6 September 16, 2011
olly Beach has always come
alive in the summertime.
In 1955, its popularity far
exceeded the other Charleston
beaches. Families brought their
children here to escape the heat
of the city. Teenagers, free from
the duties of school, rushed to
the ocean to lie around looking at
each other.
Folly had an attraction the other
areas did not. The dance pier, an
immense wooden structure built
over the ocean, provided a respite
from the sun and a place to enjoy
jukebox music. Unlike other
public beaches in the area, Folly
allowed parking on the beach.
One simply had to drive to the
end of Center Street and down a
wooden ramp. There was room at
high tide to park two rows deep
on the sand.
The island also had public
transportation. Buses arrived
and departed hourly. Another
attraction was the wooden pavilion
area, with its food concessions,
private changing area, public
showers and bathrooms. There
were lockers available where one
could store their valuables and
clothes. Any type of food was
available, as long as it was either
a hot dog or a hamburger.
All were welcome on Folly
Beach. During the early days
of August 1955, an out of town
visitor moved into a small cottage
on Erie Street, about 50 yards
behind the police station. He paid
his rent two months in advance.
He came to Folly with a man
who vouched for him throughout
his stay in the Charleston area,
Izzy Sabel, a short rotund man
that owned several nightclubs in
the area, including the Carriage
House and the Octagon Lounge,
both located on Market Street.
This stranger quickly settled
in, keeping to himself. He bought
many household items - a freezer,
a new television, a new washer
and dryer, all paid for with cash.
He was occasionally seen with an
attractive blond woman on his
arm as they walked toward the
beach or to the pier.
The man went by the name of
Dean Mr. Dean. He had no car,
but people noticed that someone
would pick him up two or three
times a week and take him into
town. Dean liked to gamble, so
he visited those clubs that had
backroom dealing. He seemed
to have an unlimited supply of
money at his disposal. South
Carolina was a conservative, dry
state at the time and encumbered
by blue laws that prevented
merchants from selling certain
items on Sunday. Gaming of any
type was illegal, but these clubs
that had the back room set ups
managed to operate despite these
laws you just pay the cops to
look the other way.
Dean was about 57, an Irish
American from New York City. He
was a man who walked with an
air of complete confdence, but
the truth was that he had been in
some sort of legal trouble all his
adult life. He worked for a family
that was heavy into the numbers
racket, as well as loan sharking.
Dean became their number one
man when it came to collections
and enforcement.
When WWII broke out, Dean
was serving a prison term for
armed robbery. A judge commuted
his sentence if he agreed to join
the Army. He was trained as a
rifeman and stormed the beaches
of Omaha along with thousands
of other GIs, returning from the
war as a highly decorated hero.
Dean went back to his old
neighborhood and resumed his
life of crime, but this time he
stepped up to a new position
in the criminal culture, hiring
himself out as a contract killer.
He soon developed a reputation
of being ruthless but reliable. By
the time he moved to Folly Beach
he had killed some ten to twelve
people, and he was well thought
of by those in organized crime
who needed a job done.
Three weeks after moving to
Folly, a group of six or seven
armed men from Savannah,
Georgia and Charleston began
making discreet inquiries about
the whereabouts of this Mr.
Dean. They did not know him by
that name because Dean was
an alias, one of many he used.
But these men had a picture of
the man they were looking for,
Elmer Trigger Burke, and they
soon located the cottage he was
These seven men did what they
had to do and they did it with
quiet effciency so effcient that
few people were aware of their
presence on Folly. But the next
days edition of the News and
Courier detailed what they had
done that previous evening.
FBI Agents Seize Notorious New
York Gunman At Folly Beach
Burke (or Dean, depending
on who was relating the story)
allowed the agents to search
his cottage. They found two .38
Mystery in the Lowcountry
Mystery continues on page 7
Elmer "Trigger" Burke.
September 16, 2011 7
leader of Gardening Project
says that she love[s] the space
because it is perfectly safe and
This summer, Pamela spent
time researching school gardens.
I was really torn between an
edible garden or a literacy
garden. I started thinking about
our existing space and realized
we have a beautiful courtyard
that was not being utilized.
Some features of the literacy
garden include a chalkboard, a
gazebo, and sitting areas. There
are also birdbaths and feeders to
attract wildlife to the garden.
Current plantings are geared
towards attracting Monarch
Butterfies. The six large
planters that line the side of the
garden contain host and nectar
plants. The garden also gets
ample sun throughout the day
and a combination of grass and
concrete that allows butterfies
to maintain their 85-100 degree
body temperature.
Care of the planters will be
aided by a rain barrel that will
provide water for the plants
and also serve as a tool for
teaching students about water
The garden is really cool
because its all nature. I feel
like I could have school out
there every day. I like that we
have things like the birdbath
and birdfeeders to attract nature
and that were using rain water
in a good way, says 4th Grade
student, Clarke Brunson.
Each grade level will adopt
and care for and maintain a
particular planting. Through
care of the garden and investment
in its preservation, the school
hopes that students will learn
environmental responsibility.
For more information contact
Deborah Palmer at 883-3118.
Garden continues from cover
Burke continues from page 6
caliber hand guns, two rifes
(one with a scope), fve pairs
of expensive shoes that were
bought from Dumas Brothers,
several suits and sportswear with
hangers from Berlin Brothers
clothing store and a receipt for
the storage of an automobile on
Meeting Street..
After Burkes arrest the FBI
agents canvassed the area. One
detective wanted to charge Sabel
under the harboring statute,
because everywhere he went, Izzy
Sabels name popped up. Sabel
was questioned for two days, and
confronted with a receipt for guns
he had purchased for Burke at a
local pawn shop. Ultimately, the
US Attorney declined to press
charges against Sabel.
I was ten years old when Burke
was arrested on Folly, and I can
recall reading that article in the
paper. It has intrigued me since
that time. Three years ago, while
working on another project, I
decided to ask the FBI, under
the Freedom of Information Act,
for the fles on Burke. I received
over 3,000 heavily redacted pages
and some of my questions were
Each volume I received had
a cover sheet that said DO
DOCUMENTS. After I fnished
reading the fle I realized that
many of my questions werent
answered, and will never be.
The newspaper article went
into great detail about why Burke
was being sought by the FBI,
and the reasons were complex
as well as convoluted. Burke was
arrested on a warrant for unlawful
fight to avoid prosecution from
the Boston area, as well as a
warrant for murder from New
York City. There were a mix of
federal and state charges and
each jurisdiction wanted him
extradited to their state to stand
trial. After he was arrested, four
people from the Boston area came
to Charleston seeking his return,
as well as fve people from NYC
who wanted the same thing. The
legal scene was chaotic, to say the
least. Within fve days he agreed
to be extradited to New York City
to face murder charges.
Trigger Burkes road to Folly
Beach was a convoluted matter.
It began in 1950 with the Great
Brinks robbery in Boston,
Massachusetts, dubbed The
Crime of the Century. This case
became a priority for the FBIs J.
Edgar Hoover. But the FBI made
little progress on the case for
four years, despite a nationwide
search. The FBI had certain
suspects from the beginning,
but all had airtight alibis. Two
years after the Brinks robbery, a
group of men robbed the Chase
Manhattan bank in Queens,
New York. They escaped with
$305,000.00 in cash. The main
suspect in that caper was a man
named Duke Connelly. He was
placed on the FBIs most wanted
list and another nationwide
search began for him.
The original group that robbed
the Brinks company developed
some internal strife by 1954, and
one of their gang began making
overtures for his share of the
money for legal fees he was facing.
The leader of that group decided
to shut him up because he feared
that this guy might cooperate
with the FBI. His name was
Specs OKeeffe, a career criminal
who specialized in breaking and
Trigger Burke was hired to
whack OKeefe. Burke went to
Boston, located OKeefe and tried
to kill him, twice. The last attempt
took place in open daylight, when
Burke spotted OKeefe as he was
walking to his apartment. He
opened fre with a machine gun
but only managed to wound his
target. Specs was able to identify
Burke as the shooter and the FBI
questioned OKeefe again about
the Brinks caper. He refused to
Two weeks later, Burke was
arrested by an off duty Boston
detective and placed in jail. He
had not left the Boston area
because his work was incomplete.
He was charged with the illegal
possession of a machine gun.
The gun was found in Burkes
apartment and matched the one
used in the OKeefe shooting.
A week after being jailed, Burke
escaped by simply walking out of
an exercise area in the jail into
a waiting car. He quickly went
underground. OKeefe, knowing
that it was his gang members
that pulled this off, contacted the
FBI and began to cooperate.
Burkes daring escape placed
him in the cross hairs of J. Edgar
Hoover. He was put on the FBIs
most wanted list and another
nationwide search began. Hoover
was convinced that Burke held
the key to the Brinks robbery,
as well as the Queens robbery.
Nothing developed for almost a
year despite the best efforts by
the FBI. Initially, the search for
Burke centered in New York, and
this search indicated why a visit
by FBI agents can be a problem.
One of the people the FBI
thought might have information
concerning Burke was a labor
boss who managed a local ILA
union. He refused to cooperate
and told the agents that he had
no idea where Burke was located.
The labor boss agreed to inform
the agent if he came across any
such information.
A week later, this union leader
was found shot to death in his
offce, and the police found the
agents card stuffed in the mans
mouth. The murder was never
However, most of the time the
FBI was looking for Burke he was
safely staying in a drop house in
Boston. He left this drop house
at the beginning of December
of 1954. Sabel was a wannabe
tough guy who had contacts in
New York.
To be continued in the next
Island Eye News...
8 September 16, 2011
ast week, when a local
headline announced:
Ministry For Poor To Close
Doors referencing the shuttering
of United Methodist Reliefs home
repairs program the news
was like a sucker punch to our
communitys most vulnerable
residents, already downed by the
pummeling blows of economic
Resilience and benefcence
however, are part and parcel of
the Lowcountrys character, and
here, like no place else on earth,
lies the possibility of something
great arising from the loss. The
grassroots nonproft, Operation
Home, has been serving the
greater Charleston community
since 1997, and this year already
has provided hundreds of our
neighborsthe elderly, young,
infrm, or disabledwith the
critical elements required to
remain sheltered and safe where
they live.
The State of Disrepair Fund,
recently established at the Coastal
Community Foundation, will
ensure that Operation Home has
a sustained source of fnancial
support to continue the agencys
invaluable work, repairing roofs,
building wheelchair ramps,
providing heating and cooling,
and ensuring that those at risk
are not endangered in the very
place they should feel the most
Accompanying this effort, as
an awareness and fundraising
tool, is a documentary flm
that exposes the epidemic of
dilapidated housing in South
Carolina, explores the roots
and ramifcations of the issue,
introduces some extraordinary
people who live in unimaginable
dire conditions, and presents
some viable suggestions for fxing
the problem.
Sullivans Island residents,
Skipper and Heather Condon,
had not even offcially opened
their new Triangle East Bar and
Char when they offered to have an
event there to support this effort.
The flms premiere, with pre-
and post-parties extraordinaire,
takes place at their popular new
Mt. Pleasant venue on Sunday,
September 18
. (See sidebar
on the IEN Calender) Highlights
include an art tent where local
creatives from the Best of the Best
collaborative will be selling their
works, as well as a performance
by esteemed musician and
poet, Kurtis Lamkin, who is
the narrator and soundtrack
composer for State of Disrepair:
The Documentary.
Though admission is free,
organizers of the event hope
patrons will bring cash to tip the
V.I.P Bartenders, that night.
Among the celebrities confrmed
to work a shift slinging cocktails
for donations, are best-selling
author, former frst lady, Jenny
Sanford; Charleston Magazines
Editor in Chief, Darcy Shankland,
and Operation Homes very own,
Todd Dreamy Green-Eyes
Abedon. Rumors are rife about
what other major leaguers might
show to rally a ruckus for this
good cause, and ensure the
drinks, as well as the crowd, are
all shook up.
This event has been sponsored
by Wells Fargo.
For more information, and to
see a trailer of the flm, check out
State of Disrepair on Facebook.
This still from the documentary, State of Disrepair, shows a portrait of an elderly,
infrm and disabled local resident, a client of nonproft Operation Home, whose story
is featured in the flm. The painting is by Max Miller, one of several esteemed artists
who have donated their time and talents for this burgeoning, bipartisan effort to end an
epidemic of dilapidated homes in our state.
State of disrepair
T o g e T h e r we c a n f i x T h i s
by emily Perlman abedon
September 16, 2011 9
stablished in 1980, My
Sisters House is an
organization that provides
services, programs and resources
for women and children impacted
by domestic violence. The shelter,
serving Berkeley, Charleston, and
Dorchester Counties, is a 9,500
square foot facility that can house
up to 36 women and children.
There are thirteen of these
programs in existence in the state
of South Carolina. The smaller of
the My Sisters House programs
provide two corps services:
emergency shelter and the 24-
hour hotline, while the larger
programs like the one serving
Charleston County, provide
everything from counseling
and therapy, to food, clothing,
transportation, and frst months
My Sisters House also offers
community based programs and
outreach serviceseverything
from yoga classes to massage
therapy. Most of these programs
exist due to the dedication and
creativity of volunteers willing to
provide whatever relief they can.
Elmire Raven, Executive
Director of My Sisters House,
leads the staff at My Sisters
House. Raven has a BS in Criminal
Justice, a BSW in Social Work,
as well as an MA in Counseling.
Unfortunately we still rank 9th
in this country for the number of
domestic violence instances and
murders of women, says Raven,
shaking her head. For a state as
small as ours, its important to try
to change that. The best way to
do this is through education and
the services we provide.
More than 36,000 victims
annually report a domestic
violence incident to law
enforcement agencies around
the state. The South Carolina
Offce of the Attorney General
established the S.T.O.P. Violence
Against Women program in 1996.
According to the S.T.O.P Report
on Domestic Violence Homicide
Victims there were a total of 33
people murdered by a household
member in 2009. Of those 33
people, 31 were women.
When asked why she thinks
the states numbers are so high,
Raven indicated a synthesis
of socio-economic factors, in
particular education and income.
According to Raven, fear also
perpetuates domestic violence.
Some of it has to do with the
secretiveness of the issue. Women
are still embarrassed to share
that they are in the situation,
she says.
Raven also believes that much
of violent behaviors are learned,
and that children who are
raised in an environment where
domestic violence is present
will be more likely to be either
the victims or perpetrators of
domestic violence. This is why
the programs they offer children
are vital to breaking the cycle of
domestic violence that can span
generations. We dont want to
see second generation survivors.
We see women come in with their
children and now their children
have children and are back at the
shelter. According to Raven, this
is a very frustrating reality.
On September 29, My Sisters
House will host the 3rd Annual
Bubbly and Brew fundraiser
at Harborside East in Mount
Pleasant for victims of domestic
violence and their children.
Bubbly and Brew is a board-driven
fundraiser featuring champagne
and beer. There will be many food
vendors at the event including:
High Thyme, Home Team BBQ,
Glass Onion, The Charleston
Creamery, Sticky Fingers,
Raising Cane and Mustard Seed.
There will be live music featuring
the band Love Butter, as well as a
live and silent auction. We hope
to have something for everyone,
says Raven.
For more information about My
Sisters House, visit To purchase
tickets to Bubbly and Brew visit
Preventing domestic violence
My S i S t e r S H o u S e t o H o S t f u n d r a i S e r
by bridget Manzella
10 September 16, 2011
he body scan craze hit the
golf scene last year with
Sean OHair at the Arnold
Palmer Invitational in Orlando,
Florida. Now, Jim Furyk and
other golf pros are preparing for
matches, like the PGA Tours
The Barclays tournament, by
getting a full body scan that
measures data about their
body composition, like muscle
mass and distribution, to help
improve their game.
Through the end of September,
Cenegenics Carolinas is offering
a free body scan using their high-
tech Dexa Dual Energy X-Ray
machine (usually $300 per
scan) to anyonefrom weekend
golfers to pros. The advanced
scan can help golfers improve
their game by measuring specifc
data about your body, including
bone marrow density, body fat
percentage, percentage of lean
muscle mass, along with a
highly visual 11-page report that
depicts areas of improvement
that can help better a golf swing,
adjust training habits and
improve overall ability on the
Dexa Dual Energy X-Ray
Scan will be offered (availability
is limited) through the end of
September by age management
medical institute Cenegenics
Contact Lindsey at Cenegenics
Carolinas to schedule a
30-minute appointment for a
scan at 577-8484.
The golf pros love it
Provided by Kelly love Johnson
A patient recieves a health scan.
odd and Pam Lowery,
owners of Relax The Back
located on Highway 17
North in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.,
announced today that they have
partnered with East Cooper
Habitat For Humanity ReStore in
Mt. Pleasant and will be donating
used recliners and chairs through
their Recycle That Recliner
promotion set for September 15-
Consumers are encouraged to
trade in their old recliners for up
to $300.00 store credit toward
the purchase of a new ergonomic
offce chair or zero gravity recliner
from Relax The Back during the
promotional period. Relax The
Back will remove the old recliner
from each customers home at no
charge and deliver it directly to
ReStore in Mt. Pleasant.
Were thrilled to have created
this partnership with Habitats
local ReStore location, said
Pam Lowery. We are big fans
of the Habitat program locally.
Todd Lowery added,
Habitats ReStore just
made sense for us on all
levels. Not only do we
believe in the charity,
but we have so many
customers looking to
donate furniture items.
Its a win-win for all
For more information,
call 883-881-1866.
Recycle that recliner
Provided by Claire lenensKi



wine & dine
High times for lunch
igh Thyme Cuisine and
Cocktails is pleased to
announce they are now
serving lunch Thursday through
Saturday from 11:30 am - 2:30
pm. Already well-known for its
superior Sunday Brunch, High
Thyme now offers fresh and
easily accessible meals during
the week that is different for the
surrounding restaurants yet fts
its upscale casual personality.
Lunch menu items are priced
$6-$12 and popular selections
include Grilled Lamb Salad with
onions, cucumbers, tomatoes,
pita & yogurt dressing, Shrimp
Salad Croissant with lettuce
or tomato and Sesame Seared
Yellow-Fin Tuna over soba Noodle
salad with red chili ginger honey.
The convenient Sullivans
Island location now sets the scene
for guests to start with a casual
lunch with friends and continue
to mingle all day enjoying the
best wine list on the island with
25 wines by the glass priced $6-
Our local regulars requested
us adding lunch service, said
High Thyme owner Kenny Jones.
So, Executive Chef Taylor Still
put together a fresh, quality
mixed menu of Southern eclectic
fare for the locals and visitors
As one of Sullivans Islands
best kept secrets for many years,
High Thymes quaint island
cuisine gently blankets taste
buds, leaving guests full with
smiles. High Thyme offers a blend
of ingredients that are just as
tasty as a home prepared meal
while on vacation or just enjoying
another day at the beach. From
the freshest fsh, beef, chicken
and pasta possible, many unique
salads and tasty appetizers, there
is always something for everyone.
High Thyme serves Lunch:
Thursday-Saturday: 11:30 am
- 2:30 pm, Lowcountry Sunday
Brunch: 10:30 am - 2:00 pm,
Dinner: Tuesdays: Tapas only
& Wednesday-Friday: 5:30 pm -
10:00 pm & Saturdays: 5:30 pm
- 10:30 pm with Live Music on
Sundays from 5:30-7:30pm. The
bar stays open as long as there
are customers.
For more information about
High Thyme Cuisine, visit For
menus, photos, tastings or
interviews, please contact Lorrie
Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at
September 29 September 16 Is l and Eye Cal endar
Friday, September 16
Movies at the Mount Pleasant
Held at the Mount Pleasant
Memorial Waterfront Park and
Pier. Bring chairs and spread
out on the park lawn to enjoy an
evening movie on a giant infatable
screen. Free. Snack stand will
be open. The Waterfront is
located at the foot of the Ravenel
Bridge. Movie listings: www.ccprc.
com/movies. All movies begin
at approx. 8:15 p.m. For more
information call 795-4386.
Surf Seining
Gain a new perspective on
creatures of the surf zone.
Anchovy, pompano, kingfsh,
stingray, crab and even a squid
have shown up in our net. A
registered and paid chaperone
is required for participants ages
15 and under. Pre-registration
Required. 5:00pm-6:00pm. Ages 6
& up. Fee: $8/$6 CCR Discount.
Held at the Isle of Palms County
Park. For more information visit
Saturday, September 17
Forgotten Founder: the Story of
Charles Pinckney
The public is invited to a screening
of the 2011 documentary on
Founding Father Charles Pinckney
September 17 and 18 at 2:00 p.m.
For more information or group
reservations, please call 881-5516
or visit us online
Halfway to St. Patricks Day
See story page 23.
Folk Art at the Gibbes
Explore Folk Art and Enjoy the
Gibbes Museum. Sponsored by
Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Free.
From 10am 1pm at Community
Day. Downtown Charleston.
monday, September 19
Barre Fitness
Held at the IOP Rec Center
Mondays at 9:15am. $10 per class.
For more info visit
tueSday, September 20
Held the IOP Rec Center on
Tuesdays. 4:15 5:00 (ages8-12).
5:00 5:45 (ages 13 +). Monthly
Sessions Start September 6th.
$100/.$105 month. For more
information visit
Adult Hip Hop
Held at the IOP Rec Center
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. $10 per
class. For more information visit
Team Trivia
Whether youre a TV-buff, a
History major, the guy who
knows everything about sports,
or the one who can remember
lines from every movie youve
seen,TEAM TRIVIA is right
for you. Tuesday from 8 to 10
p.m. Win house cash prizes!
Held at Fiery Rons Home Team
BBQ on Sullivans Island. For
more information visit www.
WedneSday, September 21
International Day of Peace
First held in 1982, this day is
devoted to commemorating and
strengthening the ideals of peace.
Cafe Medley Tasting
Weekly wine tasting. $5, $13 with
cheese plate. Held Wednesdays,
6-9 p.m. at Cafe Medley on
Sullivans Island. For more
information visit
After School Adventures:
Sea Kayak
Come paddle with us after school!
Well spend some time reviewing
and learning basic kayak strokes;
then well play some fun paddling
games! Pre-registration Required.
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at Palmetto
Islands County Park. Age: 8-12.
Fee: $12/$10 CCR Discount.
thurSday, September 22
New Orleans Through the Years
Charleston Ballet Theatre will
perform a series of New Orleans-
themed dance vignettes at the
Gibbes Museum of Art. Inspired
by the current museum exhibition
In Search of Julien Hudson: Free
Artist of Color in PreCivil War
New Orleans, the performance will
include selections from A Streetcar
Named Desire as well as other
New Orleans-inspired dances.
Held at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be
purchased at www.gibbesmuseum.
org or call 722-2706 x22.
Da Gullah Rootz
Local reggae band led by singer/
percussionist Rankn, jammi
with a heavy dose of funk, rock,
and ska. This weekly event on
Sullivans features jerk rubbed
chicken, shrimp, and pork
dishes, too. 9 p.m. Free. Held
Thursdays at Fiery Rons Home
Team BBQ on Sullivans Island.
For more information visit www.
Quilting Beginner Classes
(YA & Adults)
Join Nancy Cook every Thursday
evening & learn how to quilt a
memory sampler lap quilt using
material from your old favorite
garments. Held at the Edgar Allan
Poe Library on Sullivans Island.
Thursday, September 8, 15, 22,
29 at 6:30 8:00 p.m. For more
information call 883-3914.
Saturday, September 24
The Mount Pleasant Town
Center Farmers Market
Through October 29. Come visit
Mount Pleasant Towne Center
every Saturday now through
October 29 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
and buy yourself some fresh local
produce, local crafts, and other
delicious foods. The market is
located on Belk Drive in front of
Belk. For more information visit
Shaggin on the Cooper
Dance the night away under the
stars at the new Mount Pleasant
Pier while enjoying live classic
and beach music by Local Motion.
Tickets are $10. Advance purchase
is recommended. 7 to 11 p.m. Call
795-4386 for more information or
Sunday, September 25
Friends of the Library cart sale
Library discards will be available
for sale for $1 each at the Main
Branch Library, 68 Calhoun Street
in downtown Charleston, at the
Information Desk from 2 to 5 p.m.
Every second Sunday. Check www. for
daily updates.
monday, September 26
Music at the Chapel
The Charleston Music Club
will present a program of string
ensemble music by members of
the CMC chamber orchestra at
7:30 p.m. in the chapel at Franke
at Seaside. The free program will
be followed by refreshments. Call
795-7842 for additional info.
tueSday, September 27
Knee Pain Support Group
Join The Knee Pain Guru,
Bill Parravano, and others for
support and tips on how to deal
with knee pain. 7 p.m. at the
IOP Marina, 50 41st Ave. For more
info, visit
WedneSday, September 28
Junior Naturalist: Salt Marsh
This new series for ages 8-12
years features hands-on science
discovery, journaling, and art to
encourage children to have fun
while learning about the natural
world. Adult chaperones are
welcome to attend and require
no registration. Pre-registration
Required. 4.-6:30 p.m. Palmetto
Islands County Park. Fee: $12/$10
CCR Discount.
thurSday, September 29
After Work Paddling Tours:
Shem Creek After Work
Enjoy a beautiful sunset paddle
around Shem Creek and the
Charleston Harbor. This is a
favorite for many local paddlers.
Pre-registration Required. 5:30pm-
8:30pm. Off-Site Location. Age: 16
& up. Fee: $36/$30 CCR Discount

State of Disrepair
The Documentary Premiere Party

Triangle East Bar and Char
1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd

Proceeds to beneft emergency home repairs for our most vulnerable
neighbors in the greater Charleston area*

3 - 5 p.m. Kids Event Sneak Peek Premiere
plus cartoons; book sale, bake sale, fun!

5 - 7 p.m. Red Carpet Premiere V.I.P Bartender Cocktail Party
Musical guest Kurt Lamkin

3 - 7 p.m. Best of the Best Local Artists Tent
20% of proceeds to beneft

*The State of Disrepair Fund at the Coastal Community Foundation
Admission Free: Cash Donations Appreciated. Visit us on Facebook at State of Disrepair.
14 September 16, 2011
Wine & dine
harleston is progressively
becoming more of a beer
savvy city. Odds are,
whatever establishment one
may frequent, there is a heady
selection of beers on tap. Like
most crazes, some may argue
that this trend towards more
organic craft beers began in
the West. However, Palmetto
Brewing Company opened shop
in 1994, informally running
the local beer market for a few
years. It arguably wasnt until
Coast Brewing Company became
operational at the Old Naval
Base near the early Millennium
that Charlestons beer scene was
vastly expanding.
An extensive amount of college-
educated folks on the East Coast
began to take interest in the late
nineties with a focus on drinking,
as well as brewing, craft beers.
For most, it became a passion,
and perhaps a way to make
a decent living. Others opted
for the more fnancially stable
approach-marketing beers for
up-and-coming breweries from
across the globe. These people
live for the next India Pale Ale or
Porter they have yet to try, and
make sure that other people hear
about it. Word of mouth is big
in the craft-beer business world,
and is typically how brewers and
shop-owners go about placing
their orders.
As seen in the Holy City within
the past few years, local support
is paramount as well.
Rob Davis has roots in Raleigh
and Virginia, and graduated from
the University of North Carolina.
This transplant, along with his
wife, Bree Worden, and their ten
month old son, is now happy to
call Charleston their home base.
The couple recently opened House
of Brews, located off Ben Sawyer
Boulevard, and what once was
a quaint brick one story ranch-
style residence is now the proud
home of a craft beer, wine, tea,
and eclectic gift market. Dont let
the latter two fool you, for beer is
their specialty.
I tend to compare the craft
beer explosion, in the Southeast
in particular, to the wine
renaissance in the mid-nineties,
Davis elaborates from behind
four micro-brew taps. When we
frst relocated to Charleston, I
was constantly at the Charleston
Beer Exchange. I still love the
place, but every time I would
leave without tasting anything
new, which is easily my favorite
part of the business.
Although they initially opened
as The Brew Haus, Davis stated
that the change in nomenclature
was a result of Wordens parents
owning a similar shop called
Harrikas Brew Haus. Apparently,
both businesses were utilizing
the same distributors and some
orders were beginning to get
mixed up.
House of Brews has a nice ring
to it, and with this place actually
having been someones house at
once, has a slightly ironic twist,
says Davis.
Now back to the main premise
beer. House of Brews is
comprised of two bedroom-
sized spaces separated into Old
World, and New World beers in
classifcation. Old World beers
are the classic recipes historically
brewed throughout Europe
like pilsners, thick brown ales,
Lambics, Altbiers, and bitters.
The New World beer room well
represents breweries that are
quickly becoming household
names. Duck Rabbit, Bells,
Dales, New Belgium, Stone and
all the other major players are
stacked neatly onto shelving
units, which makes perusal quite
an interesting endeavor. Creating
my own six pack entailed my frst
Vietnamese lager, as well as some
familiar favorites, Bells Oberon
and, of course, a Dales Pale Ale.
In regards to some of their
Charleston beer renaissance
H o u s e o f B r e ws t o H o s t G r a n d o p e n i n G
By Blake BuncH
Beer House continues on page 16
15 September 16, 2011
f youve ever wondered what
those cannonball weights with
handles at the gym are good
for, I can sum it up with an easy
answer: Quite a lot!
Kettlebells are cannonball-like
weights with handles and have
become popular over the past
couple of years, thanks to boot
camp style and crossft workouts,
something Ive been doing myself.
In this months column, Ill
explain how kettlebells are used
and why they work to strengthen
your body in a different and
more comprehensive way than
traditional weights.
Men have been using kettlebells
to build muscle for some time
now; women often see them in
the gym and wonder what theyre
good for. I always tell women in
my practice, Quit working out
like a girl! Kettlebells are multi-
tasking workout tools and aid in
fat loss, strength gain, fexibility
and overall/core ftness.
There are several reasons why
using kettlebells as part of your
workout routine can help you
achieve better results:
The weight of the kettlebell is
below the handle, which makes it
somewhat more diffcult to control
than barbell weights, which
means that your entire body has
to work harder, involving more
musclesand the extra muscle
activity means that you burn
more calories.
The balance required working
with kettlebells engages your
core, so even standard lifting
exercises give your body an
overall challenge and improve
core strength. When lifting, it
is important to concentrate on
not just using your arms, but
also engage your hips and core,
so make sure you get some
instruction on technique from a
ftness expert or trainer before
jumping in to a kettlebell routine.
As with any program, proper
technique is imperative to avoid
repetitive stress injuries.
Researchers found that people
who did a 20-minute kettlebell
workout burned over 300
caloriesand thats just during
the workout. When you factor in
the muscle-sculpting impact (the
calories burned post-exercise as
your body repairs muscle fbers),
the total expenditure can increase
by up to 50 percent.
Kettlebell workouts save time
because there is less resting time
and more time spent on strength-
building, which also increases
cardio benefts. A 20-minute
workout with kettlebells can be
two to three times more intense
than barbell or traditional
resistance weight exercise.
Theyre easy to use at home
kettlebells, a yoga mat and a
jump rope are the only equipment
youd need to get a great workout
in the comfort of your own home.
They come in several weights and
are easy to fnd at most ftness
stores (and weve even seen them
at big box retailers), so consider
adding these multi-taskers to
your ftness routine and see the
results for yourself!
Dr. Mickey Barber is an age
management specialist and CEO/
CMO of Cenegenics Carolinas,
helping patients manage the aging
process through a personalized
plan of ftness, nutraceutical
supplementation, a low glycemic
diet and bioidentical hormone
optimization. More information at
Aging healthy
By Mickey BarBer, M.D.
eptember is National
Prostate Awareness
Monthand serves as a
reminder for adult men to take a
minute to learn about screening,
symptoms and treatment for
prostate cancer. At age 45, men
have a 1 in 2,500 risk of being
diagnosed with prostate cancer.
By age 55, this risk leaps to 1 in
120, takes another jump at age
65 to 1 in 21, and then another
hop 10 years later to 1 in 9. Over
the course of a lifetime, men have
a 1 in 6 chance of being diagnosed
with the disease. So how can men
stay ahead of prostate cancer?
They can start by talking to their
doctor about being screened for
the disease.
The American Cancer Society
recommends that men with no
symptoms of prostate cancer
who are in relatively good health
should start talking with their
doctor about being screening for
the disease at age 50. Men at
high risk for developing prostate
cancer, which includes African-
Americans and those who
have a father, brother or son
diagnosed with prostate cancer
before age 65, should start these
conversations earlier, at age 45.
Men who have multiple family
members diagnosed with the
disease before age 65 should
start at age 40.
Prostate cancer screening helps
fnd cancer at an early stage when
treatment may be more effective.
The primary tools for screening
for prostate cancer are the digital
rectal exam (DRE) and prostate
specifc antigen (PSA) test. A
DRE involves inserting a gloved,
lubricated fnger into the lower
part of the rectum to check the
size of the prostate and feel for
any abnormal lumps or areas. A
PSA test requires drawing a small
amount of blood and checking
the PSA level. Men with prostate
problems often have higher PSA
test results, but other factors,
including age, race, some medical
procedures, an enlarged prostate
and an infection in the prostate,
also may affect PSA levels.
If results from a prostate
cancer screening suggest that
there might be a problem, further
testing may be necessary to
determine if cancer is present.
In most cases, men who undergo
additional tests do not have
cancer, but a biopsy can be done
if the doctor suspects the disease.
A biopsy requires removing a
tiny sample of prostate tissue
and then examining it under a
microscope to fnd out if there are
any cancer cells.
If prostate cancer is found,
men have numerous treatment
options depending on their age,
overall health, if the cancer has
spread and presence of any other
medical conditions. Prostate
cancer can be managed through
watchful waiting, surgery,
external radiation therapy,
internal radiation therapy,
hormone therapy or cryotherapy.
Except for skin cancer, the most
common cancer in American men
is prostate cancer. Fortunately,
the relative fve-year survival
rate for the disease is very high
at nearly 100 percent and the
relative 10-year survival rate is
91 percent.
For more information about
prostate cancer screening, talk
with your doctor or call 884-7031
for a free referral to an urologist
near you.
Cancer screening
ProviDeD By east cooPer MeDical
HealtH & wellness
16 September 16, 2011
best sellers, Davis jokes We
have a bunch of hopheads in
here constantly looking for that
new IPA they heard about. The
typically crush out as much as
they can fnd in that category.
Sours are becoming surprisingly
popular, and as per usual we have
been selling plenty of Whietbiers
and Belgian Whites. Really, a
bunch of summer favors
If one could describe a beer
shop as family friendly, it should
be done in this instance. Davis
is proud of the outdoor lounge
area and two-by-four laden stage.
Several steel sculptures adorn
the large Old Village style wooden
fencing, as well as tiki-torches
supporting PBR bottles as wick
This is the kind of place where
people need to relax, listen to
music over some draught beers,
hang out in the backyard, and
just converse, Davis expels a
very rare sentiment. I constantly
have people asking me to put up
fat-screens, but this really isnt
that kind of place. I know its
football season, but our focus
here is beer.
Davis is extremely outgoing,
so it only seems natural for
House of Brews to be more than
accommodating for visitors. Its a
place where one can come in on
the way to or from the islands,
grab a mix and match six pack,
maybe play some corn hole, or
try some good draught beer.
Typically there are four taps
which Davis rotates, ordering
one keg at a time then turning to
something new when it is kicked.
Since I have a weakness for brown
ales, I opted for Ellies Brown Ale
on a recent trip to the House
of Brews. Although thick and
rather heavy at frst sight, this
brown was surprisingly light, and
in no way overbearingly metallic.
As previously stated, the tap
lineup is constantly changing, so
Davis is more than helpful when
someone wants to try something
out, pouring a decent amount
into a small SOLO cup.
Although having been
operational for a few months,
and with October approaching,
House of Brews will be holding
their grand opening on Saturday,
September 17. A Tazzi food
truck will be cooking up some
bratwurst and sausages, with live
music occurring out on the deck.
Recently, House of Brews has
hosted a number of various events
from an MUSC charity with Hit or
Miss (Ward Buckheister and Joel
Timmons of Sol Driven Train)
playing, a fantasy football draft,
and even an engagement party.
Davis is very assuring that he is
open to most events, and highly
encourages interested parties to
host there.
Man, I had worked in liquor
and wine sales, and although I
enjoyed it I really dont drink wine
or liquor, says Davis. To work
great hours, spend time with my
family, and talk about beer all day
is my dream gig. I am currently
fortunate enough to see all of that
playing out well.
House of Brews is located at
1537 C Ben Sawyer Boulevard.
You can reach Rob Davis at
Beer House continues from page 14
All ashore!
B o at wa s h e s a s h o r e B e t we e n
s tat i o n 1 1 & 1 2
Photo By ted henderson
September 16, 2011 18
Computer Corner
get many questions when
in someones home or at
their small business offce. I
thought I would answer some
of the more common ones
here. Remember that these are
generic questions and that all
kinds of variables can modify
these answers for your specifc
A very common question
is: what do you think about
Macs. My answer is that they
are great machines, great styling,
lots of thought goes into the
looks, and the way programs
work with each other. The Apple
culture makes for software that
is 3rd party to work seamlessly
with Apple proprietary (their
own programs) software whereas
Windows based 3rd party software
is made for many different OSs
(operating systems like Windows
7). My biggest gripe with Macs
is the PRICE! The average new
Mac is above $1000 and many
go towards the $3k area. You
get a great product but you sure
do pay for it. Lately it seems
that Apple products always need
upgrading, most products for
Macs are bought thru Apple only.
The big difference between
Apple and Windows is price,
variety of 3rd party software,
ability to buy all kinds of external
devices by many different vendors
where most external devices for
Apple products are available only
thru Apple. The offerings for
Apple products not thru Apple
have increased recently but not
to the extent that is available for
windows based computers.
The next question would be:
why do I need virus software?
With todays society and constant
bombardment of TV/Video/
emails it would seem that the
answer is obvious but I still get
it. The answer is because many
nasty/stupid/etc people want
to do you harm and you need
to protect yourself, the same
as you would do with locking
your front door. Malware is a
term to encompass all kinds of
viruses that are constantly
trying to get into your computer
(and yes that includes Macs)
and many companies will gladly
sell you their version to keep the
baddies out. Check carefully
for what they do, how frequently
they update themselves, cost
(many are free) and what impact
they have on your speed. Some
steal memory and never give it
back which can cause some older
systems to slow way down.
Lastly Ive been asked: should
I just upgrade? As I stated before
this all depends on your situation
but if the computer is more than
5 years old, running very slow,
has XP or Vista as an operating
system (with Vista is more a matter
of the OS) AND you are having
some major problems it would be
a good time to upgrade. Always
remember that upgrading does
involve transferring all your fles/
documents/pictures/music and
installing any 3rd party software
that you use (for example Offce).
Another question is do you want
to ditch Windows and go with a
Mac which takes us back to the
frst question! Like the way I tied
that all together?
I hope this helps and more next
I look forward to any comments
or questions so please give me a
call or email anytime. I am happy
to give advice or fx whatever you
computer problems may be.
If you have any problems,
questions, etc. about your
particular needs do not hesitate to
contact me at 822.7794 or email
Common computer questions
By BoB Hooper
veryone loves
the amazing
stories of
dogs and cats that
have travelled long
distances to fnd
their way back home.
Unfortunately, these
happy tales are the
rare exception to the
rule. For every pet
that makes it back
after leaving, there
are tens of thousands
who never live to see
home again.
I know, I know. You are
thinking: Roxy couldnt
possibly get lost or disappear.
She is with me all the time.
But, then how does it happen
that more than 5 million pets
will be lost by the end of this
year? In fact, one pet in every
three will be lost at some point
in his or her lifetime!
When California Assembly-
man Ben Hueso came home
from a family holiday to fnd
that his pet Coco, who had
been left at a boarding facility,
was simply gone, he set out
to do something about the
lost pet problem in the USA.
Coco was recovered 350 miles
away because he had been
implanted with an identifying
Without that microchip
Hueso knows for certain that
Coco would have never been
found. That is why he is
now supporting legislation in
California to require that all
shelter pets are microchipped
and he would make it
mandatory for owners to agree
to implantation of a microchip
before their lost pets are
returned to them from shelters.
According to the American
Humane Association, of those
pets that roam away from
home, less than 17% of dogs
and only 2% of cats ever
make it back to their owners!
Sadly, most of the rest will be
euthanized in over-crowded
animal shelters. Huesos
legislation would be the frst
microchip law of its kind in
the nation, but many feel
that it is a way to reduce the
unnecessary killing animals.
Here, on our barrier islands,
we run a higher than average
risk of losing our pets. This
is entirely due to hurricane
evacuations. During such
evacuations, pets become
disoriented, they bolt when
allowed out of the car to relieve
themselves, or, God forbid,
they are left behind and escape
through broken windows
or fences. Collar ID tags,
although very, very important,
are often lost during these
disasters. This is why it is so
important that our pets bear
permanent identifcation like
an implanted microchip.
A microchip is a small
computer chip about the size
of a grain of rice. They have
unique ID numbers that
can be read by electronic
scanners. These chips can
be injected under your pets
skin. It is kind of like getting
a big vaccination. We do it
to awake pets all the time, but
I really like to do it while they
are under anesthesia for any
reason, ideally when the pet is
being spayed or neutered.
There are four different
frequencies of microchips
in use in the US today and
not all scanners can read all
chips, which can lead to some
confusion. Fortunately, South
Carolina has been at the
forefront of scanning for lost
pets. All of our shelters have
universal scanners (can read
all chips), and the shelters in
the state of South Carolina
are required to scan all lost
pets. So, if your pet has a
chip of any kind and somehow
winds up in our shelter system,
he can easily be returned to
you. That is, if you keep your
information up to date.
So, do three simple things for
your pet this hurricane season.
1) Get your pet microchipped
by your veterinarian and 2)
REGISTER your pet with the
online database provided
when your pet is chipped.
A chip that has not been
registered with your name and
contact information is virtually
worthless. 3)Finally, keep your
contact information up to date
for the life of your pet. Youll
rest easier for it.
For more info about Bees
Ferry Veterinary Hospital visit or call 769-6784.
Lost pets
By Katherine a. Saenger, DVM
20 September 16, 2011
Kids, send your guess for this weeks
Eye Spy to:
Please include your mailing address with
your submission.
Do you know what this is?
Congratulations to Jack Johnson correctly guessed last issue's Eye Spy!
It was IOP's Carolina First ATM machinge. The frst person to send in the
correct answer for this issue will receive a coupon for a free ice cream at
Caf Medley on Sullivan's Island.
Eye Spy
Saturday, September 17
Light Up Letters (all ages)
Be a star get your name in lights! Held at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, September 24
Do you love science experiments? Join us for a different form
of entertainment involving amazing science experiments
volunteers from the audience will be chosen to be assistants
Held at 10:30 a.m.
StOrytIme at tHe pOe:
Family Storytime with Mac (all ages)
Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27 at 10:30 a.m.
Storytime with Mrs. Patty (ages 3 5 years with caregiver)
Fridays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 10:00 a.m.
The Edgar Allan Poe Library is located at 1921 Ion Ave,
Sullivans Island. For more information call 883-3914.




Left to Right: Elliott Kate Cooper, Wilson Wheeler, Haley Brahen,
Harrison Brahen, & Nikki Brahen are enjoying an afternoon at the
Poe with Story Time, Arts & Crafts and gathering up books & DVDs
to checkout for the weekend!



Story Time at the Poe
bLizzarD, breeze, cLouD, coLD, DrizzLe,
Dry, Fair, FoG, FreezinG, Frost, haiL,
heatWaVe, hot, huMiD, hurricane,
LiGhtninG, MiLD, Mist, oVercast,
PreciPitation, rain, shoWer, sLeet,
sLush, snoW, storM, sunshine, thunDer,
tornaDo, tyPhoon, WinD.
Weather Word search
21 September 16, 2011
hy do stock prices
fall? Various factors
are involved, but in a
nutshell, prices drop when more
people want to sell stocks than
buy them. Conversely, the more
people who buy a particular
stock, the faster that stocks
price will rise. If youve studied
basic economics and the law
of supply and demand, youve
already got a pretty clear sense
of why stock prices move the
way they do. And yet, while the
process sounds fairly logical,
the behavior of many investors
isnt which gives you some
good investment opportunities
right now.
To understand why so many
investors have acted in a way
that may be counter-productive,
lets look at consumer behavior
in another context. Suppose a
hypothetical couple, Mike and
Mary Ann, bought a house fve
years ago for $200,000. They
liked everything about the
house, and it was the right size
to meet their familys needs for
many years to come. However,
the sharp decline in the housing
market has caused Mike and
Mary Ann such concern that
they decide to sell their house,
even though they can only get
$160,000 for it. By selling now,
they reason, they can avoid
further drops, and when the
market stabilizes, they can
buy another house in the same
To sum up: Mike and Mary
Ann took a $40,000 loss on a
house they didnt even need
to sell. In essence, they were
betting that the housing market,
against all historical evidence,
would not recover enough to
compensate them for staying
put. Most people would question
the rationality of this type of
behavior. Yet many of these
same people do the same thing
when it comes to investments.
Specifcally, over the past
year and a half, they have sold
investments even quality
investments that still met
their needs for growth, income
or a combination of both.
And when theyve sold these
investments, theyve taken
losses sometimes, big losses.
Just like Mike and Mary Ann,
they thought they must sell now
to avoid bigger setbacks later.
Dont make that mistake.
If you werent planning on
selling your investments before
the market decline, why sell
them now, when youll just
be locking in a loss? Many
successful investors hold the
same investments for 20, 30 or
40 years in fact, sometimes
they pass these investments
on to their children, who also
hold them for decades. Are you
so sure that your investments,
which may indeed have declined
40 percent or more over the past
couple of years, wont recover
those losses and climb to new
heights in the years ahead?
You may someday need to
sell, but do so for the right
reasons a change in your
goals, a need to rebalance your
portfolio or a fundamental
change in the companies in
which youve invested. In the
meantime, not only should you
hold on to the investments that
that still meet your needs, but
you should also consider adding
new investments while the price
is so low. The more shares you
own, the better your fnancial
position will be when the market
turns around.
This type of behavior takes
patience, discipline and faith
in our markets. But over the
past century, the investors who
have demonstrated these traits
have been well rewarded and
theres no reason you cant
attain the same results.
This article was provided by
Edward Jones, located at 1505
Palm Blvd on the Isle of Palms.
You can reach them at 886-9229
or visit
Cutting losses
More painful than you think
By Dimi matouchev
Breach I nl et Ti de Char t
Date High Tide Low Tide
Hurricanes, storms etc., are NOT included in the
predictions. Tidal current direction changes and tide time
predictions can be very different. Tide predictions are
PREDICTIONS; they can be wrong so use common sense.
Sep 16
Sep 17
Sep 18
Sep 19
Sep 20
Sep 21
Sep 22
Sep 23
Sep 24
Sep 25
Sep 26
Sep 27
Sep 28
Sep 29
22 September 16, 2011
Nature & wildlife
urricane Irene failed to
do much damage to our
houses and did not force
us to evacuate. However, she
did take the lives of hundreds of
potential loggerhead sea turtles
on the Isle of Palms and Sullivans
Island. On Thursday evening,
August 27th when Irene was
passing by several hundred miles
offshore, local surfers were gifted
with huge waves being pushed
ashore. No one knew just how
high the tide would come and
how much beach would fall into
the ocean, but we did know that
the evening high tide when Irene
was still south of us would be the
worst one. This was because the
next mornings high tide would
occur when the counter clockwise
circulation of the storm would
be coming off the land and not
driving the waves onshore.
At that time 27 of the 44
nests that the Turtle Team had
been protecting this season had
already hatched, sending tiny
hatchlings out to sea. As I said in
the last article, our instructions
from the SC Department of
Natural Resources are to leave
nests where they are and not
to go out during a storm event
to try to move eggs. As the tide
roared in, we could see curious
onlookers standing at the end of
beach accesses as water fooded
the paths. As eggs began to fall
into the ocean and signs began to
wash away, several well-meaning
individuals pulled them out of the
water and buried them on dunes.
But none of these attempts was
The next morning we surveyed
the damage with the help of
Sgt. Bobby Jimenez of the
IOPPD. Some of the nests were
undamaged, but we found nest
signs several blocks from their
original locations, and some
were never found at all. The
beach landscape had changed
drastically. Some of the tall
backup markers put in before the
storm were still there making it
possible to fnd a few more nests
that were still there without
their signs. In the past the
dunes from 30th Avenue to 36th
Avenue have been a safe place
for relocated nests during storm
season, away from the erosion
that usually occurs near Dewees
and Breach Inlets. However,
Irene was particularly rough in
those blocks, washing away six
nests there. One nest was lost at
Beachside near the pier and two
at Station 20 on Sullivans Island.
To add insult to injury, Irene took
the eggs from 6th Avenue that
were laid at the SC Aquarium by
the patient named McClellan.
In all nine nests were lost to
the storm on the Isle of Palms
and two on Sullivans Island.
Others that remained may have
a poor hatch success because
of water getting into the egg
chamber. Even unhatched eggs
need a supply of oxygen for the
embryos to grow. Compared to
places such as Cape Island in the
Cape Romain National Wildlife
refuge near McClellanville, our
losses seem inconsequential.
They may have lost between two
and three hundred nests. Folly
has reported ten nests lost, and
Dewees Island lost three.
Looking on the brighter
side, at the time of Hurricane
Irenes damage our number of
successfully hatched nests was
already greater than the totals
for the last three years because
2011 was such a productive
year. Its still possible that we
will have contributed almost
three thousand new sea turtle
hatchlings to the Atlantic
population before the season
ends, and that is a good thing.
But since the survival rate for
these turtles is about one in one
thousand, that might mean three
of them will actually survive to
44 Total Nests on Both Islands
30 Hatched
Average Incubation Time: 52.6 days
Average # of Eggs per Nest: 109.9
Irenes wrath
By Mary Pringle
Photo By BaraBara Bergwerf
23 September 16, 2011
he Women of Wesley Chapel, County
Offaly, Republic of Ireland, are sending
greetings to The Women of Sunrise
Presbyterian Church, Sullivans Island. The
two groups became acquainted when Sandra
Noonan Fowler of Sullivans taught in three
Irish schools from 2001 to 2002 and assisted
in the establishment of a mental health
support group in a former Irish convent .
Fowler will welcome author, journalist and
screen-writer Freida Kelly back to Sullivans
Island early in October.
Kelly will be speaking in the Charleston
and Savannah area about the Irish history
she has researched. Topics include Thomas
and Robert Emmet, bold Irish rebels. Thomas
Addis Emmet was imprisoned by the British
in Fort George, Northern Scotland, until he
fed to America where he became attorney
general of New York. His younger brother,
Robert was hanged for treason in Dublin in
Ms.Kelly was an information offcer and
part-time guide at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin,
for 20 years. She wrote a book about the
jail dedicated to Irish rebels imprisoned and
executed there.
The Irish are coming!
The women of Sunrise Presbyterian Church gather in the sanctuary following a service
dedicated to an Irish Mission trip they helped to sponsor in 2001-2002. The women of
Wesley Chapel sent them a commemorative candle in return made from 4, 400 year old
wood from the bogs of Central Ireland.
Sandra Fowler and Freida Kelly run-up the Erin Go
Bragh fag on Middle Street at Station 24.
Raffe Prizes:
First Prize: $4,000
Second prize: $250
Third prize: $250
Fourth prize: $250
Fifth prize: $250.
Ticket prices are $50. Tickets may be
purchased before the drawing from
Jimmy Finnegan, 200-5623.
This year the
the "Halfway to
St. Patrick's Day"
celebration will take
place at Dunleavy's
Pub on Sullivan's
Island, where the
Ancient Order of
Hibernians will
hold its annual
fundraising raffe,
which will take place
on September 17 at 6 p.m.