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ullivan's Island Town Council recently held
a special public forum on September 12
at the Church of the Holy Cross on 2520
Middle Street. The public hearing was held in
response to a major public outcry dealing with the
proposed design of Sullivan's Island Elementary
School. Throngs of Sullivan's Island, Isle of
Palms, and a few concerned Charleston County
citizens in attendance could have packed the old
Town Hall building several times over.
"After Hugo we had to hold Council
meetings at the Presbyterian Church, and
father had to remind attendees that were
using foul language that they were in a house
of worship," joked Mayor Carl Smith.
The reason for holding this meeting was to
discuss the contractual agreement between
the Town of Sullivan's Island and the
Charleston County School District regarding
Sullivan's Island Elementary school. Not
since the issue of develeoping an accreted
land management plan or the relocation
of Town Hall have residents been so vastly
Although nearly all parties involved seem
to support rebuilding the school, many
residents expressed concern about the "size
and scope" of the proposed building, as
well as the number of students that would
attend the new school. Other residents saw
the potential to have a new state-of-the art
building as a tremendous opportunity for the
Town and students alike.
In all probability, a public school is going
to be built on the island, and the Charleston
County School Board seems to be holding the
reigns. Town Council, and residents alike, will
surely do all that is in their power to maintain
the island's character in this venture. It is
dictated that the design process must entail
public hearings, ensuring that resident input,
as well as local government oversight will be
taken heavily into account.
The special hearing of September 12 allotted
time for residents to voice their concerns.
Sullivan's Island residents began the public
forum, providing the following comments:
Paul Kohlheim of 403 Station 20 elaborated
that one of the major reasons they moved
here was the nature of community, of which
the school is a big part. “The school is a
frst-class educational platform, which the
island should be proud of. I am perplexed
why it has taken this long to move this
decision forward, and Council has done a
great job with that. Whether it involves 500






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Mayor Smith began the meeting
at 6pm, noting that the frst
item on the agenda was a
presentation of a resolution
to Betty Harmon and Fred
Reinhard. Smith then presented
Reinhard and Harmon with
memorial plaques. He added
that both employees came on
board during a relatively tough
time period, before a Design
Review Board even existed.
Furthermore, both also have
performed more than exemplary
service for the Town of Sullivan’s
Smith continued on to a
presentation of the Employee of
the Quarter to Randy Robinson.
Council member Kaynard added
that if they had a choice, they
would not accept Harmon and
Reinhard’s resignations. “Randy
(Robinson) doesn’t toot his own
horn much either, but I can tell
you that he well deserves this
honor,” continued Kaynard.
Larry Finney then made a
presentation before Council
regarding the Town’s audit for
FY10. “Financial statements
themselves are all the
responsibility of the Town.
What we do, is come in on an
annual basis and review the
Town’s fnancials, and issue
an opinion,” stated Finney.
Sullivan’s Island received It is
unqualifed opinion, which is
the best result the Town could
achieve. In regards to the $3.2
million in the general fund,
about $2.9 million is unsigned
balance. It was of Finney’s
opinion that that Town has been
very profcient in maintaining
healthy fund balances.
“Being an island Town, I
am not sure to whether you
can have too high of a fund
balance,” said Finney. “When
you go out to issue debt, you
are going to get lower interest
rates.” Finney continued to
some major highlights. He
added that the Town’s general
fund expenditures were up
about half a million dollars
compared to last year, after
they changed health insurance
carriers. The relocation of Town
Hall cost $140,000 to relocate,
and accreted land lawsuit has
ended up costing $118,000.
The Town also had $100,000
in capital outlay expenditures,
resulting in the replacement
of three police cars. Revenues
were $87,000 higher than what
the Town had budgeted, an on
the expenditures side, the Town
was about $166,000 higher than
what they had budgeted.
Finney continued that net assets
are up slightly - about $300,000,
and revenues are up about
$96,000. “One of the biggest
concerns would pertain to the
sewer fund, is that infrastructure
is different on sewer than it is on
water,” concluded Finney.
Council member Mike Perkis
stated that the fund balance
is about $2.9 million. This is
money that is available if some
disaster that strikes the town,
to fund things that need to
be done. GASB54 establishes
special criteria for accounts, for
future Councils deciding how
monies are spent. Perkis added
that the Town is committed to
take majority of surplus and put
it in to the emergency reserve.
Mayor Smith stated that the
emergency fund was huge after
Hugo, because they had to hire
debris removal immediately, and
were subsequently reimbursed
by FEMA. However, the Town
still incurs about 20% of this
Citizen’s Comments
David Tomkins of 2630 Gold Bug
wanted a status update on the
Raven Drive project.
Attorney Dodds stated that it
would be a confict of interest
for Council to elaborate on this
issue, since he is handling this
Administrator Benke stated
that the attorney for the
developer is currently talking
out the details with the Town.
“There has been one meeting
with the property owners on
Raven Drive, but there are some
details to work out still,” stated
Tomkins said that he had not
heard anything since that time
and had two issues: the road
and infrastructure. “I can’t see
us putting a road in without the
infrastructure. I’m not against
the road, but another concern
is that back in the 70s the Town
considered the lots as one lot. It
doesn’t appear that they were
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students or 400 students, and as
I look across the island, I see an
additional 100 kids as not being
a big issue,” stated Kolheim.
Wayne Guckenberger
of 2105 Pettigrew had a
question regarding the lease
and something called the
"inconvenience factor." "I
think the building permit for
a $25 million school would be
about $162,000, and I want to
make sure we are charging a
building permit as well as 'the
inconvenience factor,' " said
Guckenberger. "My second
question is in the process
moving forward, would the Town
be responsible for paying for
things that were not anticipated,
or is there any recourse to
charge that back to the parties
Ed Allen of 956 Osceola Avenue
stated that he has been on
Sullivan’s Island for eleven years.
“This diagram [of the school] is
completely disproportionate to
the rest of the island. By any
measure, it’s a small school, and
there’s no reason it should be
any bigger,” said Allen. Allen
continued that he would like to
see the Town work from today
forward with the opportunity to
consider a school more similar in
scale and size.
Red Wood of 1454 Thompson
Avenue wanted to congratulate
Mayor Smith on his article in
the paper. Wood added that he
has seen a lot of changes on the
island, and wants a school, but
not a monstrosity. “Let’s keep
the island unique, but not ruin
the character. Go and ask the
school board to go back to the
drawing board,” demanded Wood.
Susan Middaugh of 2420
Raven Drive stated that she
had two daughters that went to
Sullivan’s Island Elementary,
where they received an
outstanding education. "I’ve
been surprised that a minority
of my neighbors go to school
on Sullivan’s Island. With this
school we’ll have a state of the
art facility to go with a state of
the art program. Once it’s built,
we’re going to wonder what all
the fuss was about."
Larry Middaugh stated: “I am
not opposed to a small school,
on the other hand, I am not in
favor of a large one either. I
want to thank Council and Loren
Ziff about what’s going on in
this process. I don’t think 100
additional students will make a
whole world of difference, and
would like to see more diversity."
Fleming Harris of 2901 I'on
Avenue stated that he was
principal for 24 years, and
does want the school to come
back. “The island has a small
town atmosphere, and a very
unique school,” stated Harris.
“It’s also one of the top schools
in the state of SC. One of the
major factors of Sullivan’s Island
Elementary’s success is parent
and community involvement.
The school was full, but
increasing to 770,000 square
feet is way too large. I would
like to see some compromise in
regards to this issue.”
Wayne Stelljes of 3014 I'on
Avenue said that much of the
school is not up to code today.
“The square footage has to be
larger per student than it is
today. I’ve walked the perimeter,
and there are only two properties
whose front yards completely
face the school,” added Stelljes.
Stephanie Smith of 1908 Thee
Street added that she felt like
residents have been kept in the
dark through the whole thing.
At the June meeting, they asked
what they were getting in regards
to the school. “We don’t know
how big the school is going to
be,” said Smith.

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Hannah Dodson of 1462
Thompson Avenue wanted to
clarify the issue of a smaller
school. She further believed that
the Charleston County School
District will not build the Town a
small school. “New schools will
not be built unless they reach
500 students,” said Dodson.
The school board has recently
had to close fve failing schools,
so it is highly unlikely that they
are concerned with building a
brand new school on the island.
“The School brings life blood of
community; young, permanent
families. Are we going to build a
community through education,
or are we going to do the right
thing and build this school?”
said Dodson.
Kathleen Post of 1907 I'on
Avenue stated that “Sullivan’s
Island Council was elected by
the residents of Sullivan’s Island,
and it feels like they’re facing
a closed system. The decision
has been made, and we have
hundreds of people who have
signed this petition,” said Post.
Doris Lancaster of 1302
Thompson Avenue believed
that “Everyone keeps changing
paradise. We do not need
children from Mount Pleasant
and Isle of Palms to build a small
school. I hope we don’t have to
bus everyone in.”
Dr. Rick Reed of 1851 Flag
Street said that “There’s a thin
line between what we’re trying
to accomplish, and what we will.
The school board is represented
here tonight, and we owe them
the respect of sending one of
our council members to their
meeting tomorrow night. We
should not delay this school
going forward, whatsoever.”
Carl Hubbard of 2531 Myrtle
Avenue stated that he has been
on the island for 14 years. "I
think for three years we've been
talking about rebuilding the
school," said Hubbard. "No one
has been blindsided; Council
has been very transparent. The
students may not be biochemists
or biology majors, but as a
partial magnet school they are
learning a lot. I think a partial
magnet school is a good thing for
the school, and welcome it."
Although Isle of Palms
residents are not dealing with a
new school being built on their
island, their children attend
Sullivan's Island Elementary as
well. They were also provided
ample time to voice their
opinions/concerns before Town
Kristen Smith 24 29th Avenue
stated: “We’re talking about
4 more classrooms, another
15,000 square feet, one or two
more buses, and a few more
cars on the island. Hundreds
of students are not being
bused from Charleston County.
Approximately ffty seats are
open for this school, and as soon
as September 22, the residents
had an opportunity to discuss
with the school’s designer. Your
worry is about the appearance,
but now is not the best time to
be discussing this. Delaying the
second reading may possibly
prevent the return of this
Ryan Buckhannon of 23 27th
Avenue said that he raised
three boys that went through
Sullivan’s Island Elementary,
which were some of the last
class to graduate from the
school. “This school needs to
be rebuilt, and we need to keep
moving on, and stop delaying
this. Take the time at the next
meeting to discuss the minute
details,” added Buckhannon.
“Isle of Palms City Council
voted unanimously on a motion
to rebuild the school, and I
believe this should happen here
Jim Henshaw stated that he
was the School Improvement
Committee Chair for Sullivan’s
Island. “I appreciate all Council
has done to continue the
tradition of public education on
the island. This school works
because it is a community
school. Parents are a huge part
as well,” said Henshaw.
Council member Hartley
Cooper stated that “When I hear
people say that they don’t want
people coming from off-island,
is very disturbing to me. I think
it is a lesson for our children
about exclusivity. Having a
new facility, that fts in with the
community, will be an asset to
our much larger community.
As an elected offcial, I feel like
everyone has been as open
and transparent as possible.
Every email is answered, every
question is as well. Carpool
line is thirty minutes twice a
day. We can’t throw a gate up
on the Ben Sawyer Bridge, and
exclusivity is not a policy to run
a town.”
Madeleine MccGee stated
“If we didn’t put the school
up, how many people would
support us selling off the land
and build condos? For me, it
is a question of scale. I was
against restaurants at frst;
I thought they were too big.
We have adjusted, and found
other ways to address parking.
Most important to me, is the
unintended consequences.”
“In a prior Council meeting,
there was a question about
the cost estimate of the school
($28 million or so). The cost
estimate is based on 74,000
square feet, and $26.4 million
is all dedicated towards
construction costs, which is
the entire budget. Some people
have mentioned Mount Pleasant
Academy, which is about 60,000
square feet. There has been
an escalation in construction
costs, about an additional $2.7
million. There are substantial
differences between Mt. Pleasant
Academy and Sullivan’s Island
Elementary. First, the school
is proposed at 7,000 square
feet larger, and there is no
mandate that it has to be that
large. Secondly, your Council
members and design committee
ask that we have no façade to
the building with any relief, so it
was broken into three buildings.
This increased the amount
of square footage. Third, the
foundation of the school costs
$2.2 million more than Mount
Pleasant Academy. I know all
of us want to be frugal of public
funds, but there are differences
that result in change of cost.”
Mayor Smith wanted to thank
all who attended the hearing.
"My problem with the lease, that
deals with the design, is that it
establishes two major functions
of the design: 500 students and
74,000 square feet. I absolutely
support the school on the
island - my wife taught there,
and my daughter went there. If
we had a 300 student school,
that would handle the students
from Sullivan's Island and Isle
of Palms. I am all about the
history of the island, and some
major things we've done over
the years have made this island
what it is."
Council member Mary Jane
Watson motioned to vote on the
Second reading of the ordinance
pertaining to the school. The
second reading carried with a
vote of 6-1. with Mayor Carl
Smith dissenting.
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deeded that way, but there was
a methodology that came out
of that process,” elaborated
Perkis stated that it was
Council’s objective to get the
infrastructure together.
Tomkins added that the owners
did not want to bear the brunt of
the cost.
Skip Skarpa of 2102 Atlantic
stated that he had in his
possession a petition which
signed by 266 residents. It
was of their basic agreement
that Council stop, rethink,
and redirect the issue of the
school. “This was a few people,
not working door to door,” said
Skarpa. “Ninety-six percent
of people that saw the petition
signed it. As we go forward,
we could end up with eighty
to ninety percentof the island
agreeing with this. If this was a
City of Charleston issue, there
would be 100,000 signatures on
this petition.”
Council member O’Neil asked
as to whether Council possessed
a copy of this petition. (Council
was then presented the petition).
Barbara Spell of 1702 Atlantic
stated that these residents were
“all united,” and desire for a
school physically smaller than
the one that is spelled out in the
lease. Spell believed that this
was the frst time that such an
important decision has given
more favor to other counties
rather than Sullivan’s Island.
Ordinances have been passed to
maintain the small town fell of
the Town, but state regulations
set requirements for school
dimensions. “This position
represents eighteen percent of
registered voters on the Island,
and with ffteen percent, we can
go forward with a referendum,
which we don’t want to do,”
concluded Spell.
Wayne Stelljes of 3104 I’On “For
me personally, I have signed one
petition in the past 20 years,
and I am upset that I signed it.
Honestly, I am not advocating
for or against the school, but
with the access we have to these
meetings, this is the route to
go. I think we can work through
more that way than signatures
on a petition,” said Stelgis.
“A number of residents talk
about how we are an ‘affuent’
neighborhood, which I don’t like.
I am not sure how we can tell the
school district that we cannot
have other area kids coming
in, because where would our
kids go to high school?” Stelgis
added that every classroom in
the old school is undersized as
compared to current standards.
Mayor Smith then read an
article from the 1974 Moultrie
News about citizens opposed
to condos that were to be built
on Breech Inlet. He did this to
prove the point that Sullivan’s
Island residents always have
been united for/against causes
of this nature.
O’Neil kept the meeting
moving, motioning to approve
the minutes of previous
meetings. The motion carried.
He then moved to amend the
agenda and go ahead and vote
on the third reading of the
ordinance regarding the school.
The motion also carried.
Smith assured the public that
nothing involving the third
reading will be discussed in
Executive Session.
Council member McGee said
that she could not believe how
many signatures she saw on the
petition that never contacted
Council in regards to this issue.
She stated that she heard the
concerns about the size and
design of the building, but
the lease they are signing is
leaving many opportunities. “I
believe that some of the issues
brought up in the petition will
be addressed here throughout
the design process. Having the
school is critical to diversity
and economic well-being of
the island, but we need to
respect the school board’s
recommendations. They did
not pick 500 students out of
the blue, so when I put on my
Charleston County tax-payer
hat, then I know what needs to
be accounted for,” stated McGee.
O’Neil said that he is in support
of passing the ordinance, but
the Town is part of a larger
community. “It may well be that
the state permits schools, be we
have been told that the CCSB
will not do so. I think that the
number of kids is turning out
to be less of an issue than the
size of the building,” concluded
Kaynard stated that he is
in favor of the school. He
further thought that it would
be a mistake to conclude that
council members don’t take into
consideration public comments.
“We can reverse ourselves when
we make a decision, and we
chose two other alternatives
before we changed them. We are
willing to change our minds, and
you might be misreading council
members. One of the important
things that we get are three
public meetings before a fnal
decision is made, and Council
gets to make the fnal decision
in February of next year,” said
Perkis added that he struggles
with statements that have
seemed to have been addressed.
The county runs the school
district here. They believe
that they had made the right
decision, with enrollment of
500 students. Not only did
they reaffrm that for Sullivan’s
Island, but in general this would
be the case. It was a 5-3 vote at
the last school board meeting.
He believes that the reality is
that the school is going to be
built for 500 students or not
built at all.
Council member Hartley
Cooper added that stations
have been sub-divided, which
will be staffed by professional.
Forms will be provided, of which
information has to be responded
to, and will be brought to us.
If you don’t go and make your
comments known, you may not
see a result.
Mayor Smith asked the
architect about suggestions
of the structures, which he
responded “as long as it meets
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state regulations.” “At the
frst meeting we held, the 500
student issue came out, as well
as the 75 year lease. I signed
on with early proclamations
and resolutions with hopes
that things would come along;
those are two major drivers for
the design,” stated Smith. “We
were told that this lease had to
be 75 years, or we could not get
the funding. Traditionally our
students leave the elementary
school, and go on to middle
school and high school. I think
there are a lot of reasons that I
am going to vote ‘no’ against this
tonight. If this goes through, I
will sign the lease, because I am
mayor of this Town, no matter
how distasteful.”
McGee stated that typically
parents are the people who want
a smaller school, stating that “as
far as I can tell, we have had no
more than half a dozen parents
of current students who are
opposed to this.”
Council member Watson said
that she taught at Sullivan’s
Island Elementary, and currently
teaches at Whitesides with 18
kids in a classroom. “Do we
want the best program, teachers,
and education for our kids?
I believe that the County is
looking out for the best interest
of our students,” stated Watson.
“Who is going to run a 300
person school?” asked Hartley
Cooper. “Would you rather have
a school run by the Town?”
“I asked a few years ago,
‘What about a charter school?”
stated McGee. “However, the
parents did not want a charter
Third Reading, An Ordinance to
Amend the Ordinances for the
Town of Sullivan’s Island, South
Carolina, Chapter 14, By Adding
a New Section 34, Regarding
Lease of Property to Charleston
County School District. The
ordinance passed 6-1, with
Mayor Smith dissenting. It will
be ratifed the third Tuesday in
Reports and Communication
Mayor Smith signed a
proclamation for “We Care
Day,” which is designated on
November 19, 2011. He added
that having a major fort on the
island has always made the
island military-oriented.
Administrator Benke stated
that he had a few letters in his
possession. One letter was
thanking the Fire Department
for treating a jellyfsh sting,
and another letter from Rachel
Rephan and Phil Ginsburg, who
were assisted by police offcers
when there golf cart got stuck.
Benke added that Town Clerk
Miller received the petition
regarding the school at 5pm the
day of the Council meeting.
Committee Highlights
Administrator’s Report
Administrator Benke stated that
the Heart Walk went very well,
and wanted to congratulate Ellen
Miller on her work. The event
helped raise $1,1300.
He continued that the
Charleston County Board of
Elections and Voter Registration
has forwarded a request to the
Department of Justice. This
would change the Sullivan’s
Island polling place from the
elementary school at 2015
I’on Avenue to 3222 Middle
Street at Sunrise Presbyterian
Church. The Palmetto 200
Race Committee is asking
permission to transit through
Sullivan’s Island on April 14, for
the fourth consecutive annual
race. In regards to the Anti-
Idling Campaign, Dr. Thiedke is
reviewing other options based on
the rejection of two previously
suggested signs. The Town now
must submit an encroachment
Ways and Means Committee
The Fire Department purchased
a new boat motor for $11,574,
as well as two water pumps
for the fre boats for $19,600.
These items were not budgeted
for FY12, but a seventy-fve
percent/twenty-fve percent
grant was received for the items.
The Town will receive nearly
$25,370 from the SC State Ports
The total cost of relocation
and operation of the temporary
Town Hall as of August 2011
was $151,856. Perkis concluded
that the Town paid the auditors
approximately $21,000 during
the month of August, of which
the expense will be allocated
between the General Fund,
Sewer Fund, and Water Fund.
Finally, CARTA staff has offered
a fve year projection of expenses
and revenue to maintain existing
service along with a fve year
strategic plan.
Personnel Committee
Chariman Kaynard announced
that John White has completed
his evaluation period, at the
water departmentand Greg Gress
recommends that he be brought
on full time, with appropriate
salary adjustment.
Department Heads have
nominated Randy Robinson
for employee of the quarter,
based on his performance and
assistance with transitioning
Town Hall from 1610 Middle
Street to 2050 Middle Street.
Recreation Committee
Chairwoman Watson stated that
the Park Foundation will have
been around for twenty years in
October. On Sunday, October
14, they will be holding a park
clean up.
Real Estate Committee
O’Neil stated that they met
on July 21, 2011 to review
applicants for a permanent
Town Hall. The list was
narrowed, and candidates were
interviewed on Monday August
8 at 3:30pm. The Committee
further recommends to Council
SI Council continues from page 5
SI Council continues on page 7
that Creech and Associates
perform the needs assessment,
and the Administrator will
meet with David Creech Friday,
September 23 for a second time
to transform the scope of work
into a series of tasks. O’Neil
continued that the Town has
submitted the lease document
to Charleston County School
District for review and approval.
The Administrator and Fire Chief
met with Southern Management
Group to review the additional
220 feet of Atlantic Avenue
which SCDOT wants out of their
system. Also, CCSD will hold
an open meeting on Thursday,
September 22 at 6pm at Sunrise
Presbyterian Church.
Streets and Maintenance
Chairwoman McGee said
discussion continued on the
benefts of getting estimates
for augmenting cross-walks in
the commercial district using
Town funds, because DOT only
striped two of four directions.
Southeastern Thermoplastic
has provided an estimate of
$5,442. SCDOT will not install
other lines along Middle Street,
but will consider lines under an
encroachment permit installed
at the expense of the Town.
Chief Howard has prepared the
encroachment permit and awaits
In regards to the Greenbelt
Application, the Sullivan’s
Island Urban Greenbelt Grant
application in the amount
of $197,774 will be used for
accreted land and beach access
paths. McGee continued that
in Spring of 2011, Council
approved approximately
$45,000 from the Hospitality
Tax Fund for sidewalk repairs to
improve pedestrian and family
biking access. Furthermore,
the SCDOT contractor has
completed all asphalt, curb, and
gutter work on the Middle Street
resurfacing project.
Third Reading, An Ordinance to
Amend the Ordinances for the
Town of Sullivan's Island, South
Carolina, Chapter 14, By Adding
a New Section 34, Regarding
Lase of Property to Charleston
County School District. The
ordinance carried 6-1, with
Mayor Smith dissenting.
Council then moved into
Executive Session.
September 30, 2011 7
SI Council continues from page 6
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hirty minutes and a
world away is one of our
area’s most under-utilized
recreational resources: the
Francis Marion National Forest.
When I mention that I’ve been
bicycling, kayaking or hiking in
the woods, I’m often surprised
that locals don’t know about it.
It’s huge: 259,000 acres, and
perfect for close-by adventures.
For a short, easy walk in the
woods, head to the I’On Swamp
Interpretive Trail. It is a fascinating
walk through a wetland world
along old plantation dikes. You’ll
transverse embankments built in
the 1700s and see a patchwork
of felds and ditches used in the
production of rice. Signs with
interesting information about
history and forest life dot the
route. You can get there in 20
minutes from the IOP and walk it
in an hour. Do this one spur of
the moment or with children!
I’ve spent many exciting days
riding my bike on the Palmetto
Trail. Begun in 1994, it will
extend 425 miles from the ocean
to the Blue Ridge Mountains when
it is fnished. About 300 miles
are already completed. Dane
Hannah works for the Palmetto
Conservation Foundation as the
Lowcountry trail coordinator. He
is single-handedly responsible
for the 180 miles of trails from
Columbia to Awendaw, often
hacking away overgrowth with
a machete. He boasts that the
Palmetto Trail includes more than
recreation. It goes through towns
and cities such as Columbia and
Santee, and historic battlefelds.
You can even plan a hiking stop at
Sweatman’s authentic barbeque
in Holly Hill. Dane tells of future
plans to create spur trails and
expanded volunteer efforts that
will help maintain the trails more
My favorite ramble is the
Awendaw Connector section of
The woods
just up the road
8 September 30, 2011
t was a night to remember for
the island community and the
Sea Turtle Rescue Program at
the SC Aquarium. The weather
gods were wonderful and sent a
lovely moon-flled evening. What
more could we ask for? There were
beautiful skies, warm breezes
and mild temperatures welcomed
the over 220 attendees who
came to support ailing turtles on
Tuesday September 13, 2011 at
the Windjammer on front beach
Isle of Palms. And their support
was well rewarded with delectable
dishes from each restaurant
on the Isle of Palms. The music
provided by 3 enthusiastic local
bands sent the crowd cheering:
Knuckleheads, 135 Degrees in
the Shade, and Sweetgrass.
The folks from the Windjammer
deserve a big thank you and our
continued patronage for hosting
the event. Todd Campbell,
General Manager of the
Windjammer, was a fantastic host
offering his help every step of the
way and graciously opening his
business to us for the fundraiser.
His bartenders and helpers also
deserve a round of applause.
They showed us what community
partnership is all about.
Local restaurants demonstrated
their community spirit too. All
IOP restaurants plus one from Mt.
Pleasant donated very tasty food.
IOP participating restaurants
included: The Windjammer,
Morgan Creek Grill, Boathouse,
Acme Cantina, Huck’s, Coconut
Joe’s, Luke n’ Ollie’s Pizzeria,
Taste of China, Long Island Café,
Banana Cabana, Sea Biscuit, and
the new Mt Pleasant restaurant
Triangle Char & Bar. Their
offerings were varied and mouth-
watering. In lieu of food, Lowes
Destination Wild Dunes made a
generous cash donation to the
Sea Turtle Recue Program at the
The Isle of Palms Neighborhood
Association (IOPNA) was the
lead sponsor in organizing and
implementing the fundraiser by
gaining the support of all IOP
restaurants and also arranging
for the three bands at the event.
The set up for the event was a
team effort and included IOPNA
Board members, Windjammer
staff and Island Turtle Team
members. IOPNA Board members
worked the event from collecting
donations at the door, to selling
t-shirts, calendars, and 50-50
raffe tickets as well as working
the silent auction and helping
guests at the food tables.
The Island Turtle Team was
Anne Bauer introducing Kelly Thorvalson, of the Sea Turtle Hospital and Mary Pringle
looking on--- with Knuckleheads musicians in the background. The picture was taken
just prior to Mary Pringle presenting Kelly with the $2500 check from the Turtle Team.
Turtle jam is a rousing success
Turtle Jam continues on page 9
Letters to the editor...
September 30, 2011 9
Dear Editor,
I spoke to two members of
the IOP Planning Commission
and asked them about an ad
that Jimmy Carroll put in the
Moultrie News last week. The
ad made reference to “pave IOP
and put up a parking lot”. He
also said that to keep this from
happening we should vote for
him. The two people I talked
to said the following: “City
administration, City Council
and the Planning Commission
have NEVER talked about
paving anything”. So I believe
the ad was not only in error,
but was meant to create
panic. Jimmy Carroll does not
have his facts straight. This is
Sylvia Sherwood
Beachside Dr
Dear Editor,
If any of your readers did
not get an opportunity to see
the US Army Spirit of America
this past weekend, then they
missed an amazing celebration
of the spirit, strength and
history of our Nation. From
the beginning of our country in
1776 to the present time, this
event portrayed dramatically,
narratively, viusally, with
graphics, sound effects, music
and song how this nation truly
became the land of the free
and the home of the brave!
Sometimes crying, sometimes
smiling, it was an amazing
story we were privileged
to witness! Thank you for
bringing it to the Charleston
Diane and Tom Oltorik
15 Ocean Park Court
proud to be a co-sponsor of the
Jammin’ for Jammer event and
took the opportunity to present
their annual donation to Kelly
Thorvalson and the Sea Turtle
Rescue Program. This year’s
donation for Jammer and the
other sea turtle patients was
The fnal tally is not in yet, but
overall it looks like we will have
net proceeds over $12,000 which
will be donated directly to the Sea
Turtle Rescue Program at the SC
Aquarium. A fantastic outcome
for a fantastic event.
Update on Jammer:
Arriving on April 25th, Jammer
was in extremely poor condition,
suffering from emaciation and
dehydration, exhibiting a low heart
rate of only 7 beats per minute.
The sick loggerhead was foating at
the water’s surface and displaying
neurological issues. It wasn’t until
mid-June that hospital staff saw
a real turn for the better and felt
confdent that this animal would
Currently, Jammer eating very
well, has gained close to 10 pounds,
and is starting to behave more like
a healthy sea turtle. The extensive
carapace damage from a secondary
infection is slowly healing with new
tissue and keratin growth present.
Although this animal has a long
way to go before she will be ready
for release, we are confdent that
she will make a full recovery and
be returned to the Atlantic Ocean.
Turtle Jam continues from page 8
10 September 30, 2011
ver the next year, Sullivans Island will be taking steps to
receive certifcation from the League of American Bicyclists
(“LAB”) as a Bicycle Friendly Community (“BFC”). Many of us
who live here already know how great a place SI is to bike – beautiful
scenery, low speed limits, fat, and with drivers used to pedestrians,
golf carts, and other obstacles. This effort is to have our “friendliness”
nationally recognized by the LAB. The program, which is explained in
detail at , is a formal process to make
us think and take action to make biking safer and more welcome.
Everyone knows bicycling is good – for parking (saving spaces), for
saving gasoline, for road congestion, for exercise and weight control,
and for mental outlook. Our Town Council signed onto this a couple
of years ago with the chartering of the Sullivans Island Bicycle
Committee. Its assigned task is to encourage the steps necessary for
Sullivans Island to receive the BFC designation. We have since taken
several steps, and fled our frst application last year. While it was not
successful, we are taking additional steps, and gearing up to re-fle
our application next year.
This past year, Charleston received the BFC designation. Since many
of us ride also in neighboring communities, including Charleston, Isle
of Palms, and Mt. Pleasant, it’s exciting when they receive recognition
for their efforts. If and when SI receives the BFC designation, one
very cool thing is that we would be the smallest community, with
1,911 residents – the next smallest is Breckenridge, CO with 3,493
We received some excellent feedback from our application, and plan
to use that feedback in our activities this year and in our application
next year. Cycling events are announced either on the city web page,
on our Bike Sullivans Facebook page!/groups/
BikeSullivans, or via email. To get on the email list, send me an email
at bikesullivans@yahoo.
Some of the things we have done include:
• Ride to work days (watch for more)
• 8 9 bike racks installed at city hall, Ft. Moultrie, Thomson
Park, and several beach paths
• A web page for biking on the city web site (scroll down on the
home page to see the link)
• A recreational bike path designation (link on the city web page)
• A bike rodeo/wellness fair at the SI elementary school (watch
for another this fall)
• A community bike ride
Some of the things we plan or are thinking about (watch for them!)
• A bike event celebrating the new bike racks (thank you town!)
• A formal bike mentor program.
• Signage and info on the website for bike rack locations
• Surveys – on resident bike usage, and on bicycling economic
• A cycling education program for city employees
• Signs or pavement markings for the recreational bike path
• Signs for the Battery 2 Beach route as it passes through SI
• A diversion program for cyclists or motorists cited by the police
into cycle education programs
• Both “Recycle a bicycle” and “Earn a bike” programs at SI
• A “Safe Paths to School” program at SI elementary
• A “blinky light giveaway” day for night riding
These things, plus more, can be part of our comprehensive bike
plan – a plan to increase bicycle usage through encouragement,
education, and enforcement.
If any of this sounds interesting, and you’d like to help, drop me a line
at and I’ll get you plugged in to our monthly meetings. If any of you are
thinking of getting back into bicycling (we all used to ride!) – let me know
– I can help you evaluate your bike, your ftness, and your routes.
Making Sullivan's bicycle friendly
September 30, 2011 11
Return to Bulls Island
t is coming up on a year in
October since IOPNA Cooks
initiated its newest outreach
program that helps provide meals
for our residents in short term
critical situations. Our frst
recipient was Marguerite, Chief
Graham›s assistant. We were so
saddened at her death, and we
endeavored to keep this program
going, knowing how needed and
appreciated it was to Marguerite.
The names and faces come and
go, but the smiles are ever in our
We are currently cooking for two
households, two meals a week for
each, and our team of cooks are so
dedicated--, Laura Sherrill, Dean
Sheridan, Brian and Pam Stogner
Barcomb, and Ann Sherrill and
myself. Ann has had to withdraw
due to health issues, so we hope
to see her back soon. In the
meantime, our backup cooks
are MJ O›Brien, Joanna Harper,
Sylvia Sherwood, and Catherine
Malloy. But we defnitely need
some more volunteers to keep up
with the volume.
I cannot stress enough
how much we appreciate the
contribution from restaurants:
Huck's, Luke 'n Ollies, and Acme
Cantina. We could not keep up
with the volume without their
help. Another partner in this
outreach program is Karen
McCoy, the chairperson for the
Shepherds Committee at United
Methodist. In fact, Karen referred
one of our current recipients to
us. With all these partners, we
are hopeful that we will never
have to say "no" to anyone.
Thank you all for being good
neighbors. We are just neighbors
helping neighbors in this one
small way, by cooking for those
in need. Please join us.
To volunteer, call Diane Oltorik
at 886-6114.
Neighbors helping neighbors
IOPNA Cooks volunteer delivering a meal.
udy Mancke is returning to Bulls Island in Cape Romain National
Wildlife Refuge for their annual fundraising tour on Sunday
October 9th.
Since 1996, Mr. Mancke has provided this annual tour to hundreds
of participants in support of the education programs of the SEWEE
Association, Friends Group for the National Wildlife Refuges and National
Forest of coastal South Carolina. Having spent many days on Bulls
Island while flming the iconic Naturescene programs, Rudy knows the
history of this island and its importance as a wildlife refuge. He has a
natural way of interpreting what is found and has an amazing way of
seeing things many of us overlook.
SEWEE will be providing ferry transportation aboard the Island
Cat Ferry of Coastal Expeditions to bring participants on a wonderful
30-minute ride through the estuaries of Cape Romain NWR to the dock
at Bulls Island.
Once on the island, we will be able to use refuge trucks to tour the
island with Rudy to several stops. Hopefully we will be able to see the
fall transition occurring on the island with the
plants, trees and migrating birds. We will also
look for the famous alligators of Bulls Island
and explore the beach at Boneyard Beach on
the north end of the island.
Everyone will be treated to a Lowcountry
Boil for lunch at the Dominick House and have
a chance to learn more about the work of the
There will be 2 trips on October 9th, one
leaving the mainland at 8:45, and the second
leaving at 11:00am. The cost for the day is $75/
person and includes a one-year membership
in the SEWEE Association. Registration is
required as participation is limited to 35 people
per tour, so the trip sells out quickly each year.
For more information can visit the Association’s
web site: or call the
Sewee Center to register at 928-3368.
Rudy Mancke shows a
starfsh to Marshall Sasser on
Boneyard Beach.
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Friday, September 30
Boone Hall Fright Nights
Choose from Nightmare Manor
($10), Chaos Quarantine ($8), the
Terror Trail Hayride ($12), and
Psycho Clowns in 3-D ($6). Open
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 7-9, 13-16, 20-23,
26-30 from dark to midnight. $25
for four attractions. Held at Boone
Hall Plantation in Mt.Pleasant.
For more information visit www.
The Emperor’s New Clothes
A Hans Christian Anderson
favorite about two con-artists
posing as tailors who take a vain
emperor for an invisible ride, with
chilly consequences. Performed by
SPROUTS. $10 in advance, $12
at the door. Held at the Creative
Spark Center for the Arts in
Mt.Pleasant: Fri., Sept. 30, 7 p.m.,
Sat., Oct. 1, 1 p.m., Sun., Oct. 2,
3 p.m., Fri., Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Sat.,
Oct. 8, 1 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 9, 3
For more information visit www.
Pose for Pink Three-Day Yoga
Hosted by the Libby Ross Breast
Cancer Foundation for women’s
cancer survivors. Space is limited.
Register by Sept. 15. Cost is $349.
Held at the Wild Dunes Resort
on Isle of Palms from Oct. 1-3.
For more information visit www.
Sunday, OctOber 2
Parrot Surf Shop 10-Year
Anniversary Party
The celebration will include the
premiere of the Charleston surf
flm Year Zero. Held at the Parrot
Surf Shop in Mt.Pleasant. Free.
For more information visit www.
mOnday, OctOber 3
Barre Fitness
Held at the IOP Rec Center
Mondays at 9:15am. $10 per class.
For more information visit www.
tueSday, OctOber 4
Team Trivia
Whether you’re a TV-buff, a
History major, the guy who knows
everything about sports, or the
one who can remember lines from
every movie you’ve seen, TEAM
TRIVIA is right for you. Join us
each Tuesday from 8p.m. until
10 p.m. Win house cash prizes!
Held at Fiery Ron’s Home Team
BBQ on Sullivan’s Island. For
more information visit www.
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
AARP Meeting
The AARP East Cooper Chapter
will meet Tuesday October 4th,
5:30 PM at the East Cooper
Senior Center. (Card Room) on
Van Kolnitz Road in Mt. Pleasant.
Guests are welcome. For more
information contact Debra
Whitfeld, President at 849-9548.
WedneSday, OctOber 5
Cafe Medley Tasting
Weekly wine tasting. $5, $13 with
cheese plate. Held Wednesdays,
6-9 p.m. at Cafe Medley on
Sullivan’s Island. For more
information visit www.cafemedley.
Rock Climb
Are you tired of being in the
classroom all day? Well, come out
after school and climb with us.
Learn basic climbing skills and
have some fun. Pre-registration
required. Held from 4:00pm-
5:30pm at Palmetto Islands
County Park on Isle of Palms. Age:
6-12. Fee: $12/$10. For more
inromation visit
thurSday, OctOber 6
Da’ Gullah Rootz
Local reggae band led by singer/
percussionist Rank’n, jammi’
with a heavy dose of funk, rock,
and ska. This weekly event on
Sullivan’s features jerk rubbed
chicken, shrimp, and pork
dishes, too. 9 p.m. Free. Held
Thursdays at Fiery Ron’s Home
Team BBQ on Sullivan’s Island.
For more information visit www.
Adult Hip Hop
Held at the IOP Rec Center
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. $10 per
class. For more information visit
Friday, OctOber 7
Eric Culberson
Eric Culberson ranks as a
journeyman musician. The
Savannah, Georgia, native has
logged over a million miles on
the road traveling from gig to gig.
Saturday, OctOber 8
Mount Pleasant Pier Fishing
Try your hand at some pier
fshing! Online registration ends
at midnight on Oct. 6. On-site
registration is available and will
begin at 6:00 a.m. Tournaments
end at 4:00 p.m. and prizes
are awarded at 4:15 p.m. An
adult chaperone is required
for participants ages 15 and
under. 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more
information, call (843) 762-9946.
Isle of Palms Neighborhood
Association Annual Oktoberfest
Saturday October 8, 2011 Held at
the Isle of Palms Exchange Club
from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Admission is Free with a side dish.
WedneSday, OctOber 12
P J Pacifco
Singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifco
delivers a confdent, upbeat
collection of road-tested rock/
pop music. With a radio-friendly
sound that evokes Gin Blossoms
and Matthew Sweet, his music has
been compared to that of James
Taylor. For more information visit
thurSday, OctOber 13
Charleston Community Band
The Community Band will present
their Fall concert at 7 PM at
Seacoast Church at 750 Long
Point Road in Mt. Pleasant. This all
volunteer band is directed by Mr.
Todd Jenkins. The free program
will be followed by refreshments.
Donations of non-perishable
food items will be accepted .For
additional information, go to www.
Friday, OctOber 14
The Gold Bug
Families are invited to come to the
Fort auditorium on Friday, Oct.
14 at 7 PM to see “The Gold Bug”.
Actors will introduce children
to Poe’s work. This event is free
and sponsored by The Co-op.
For more information visit www.
Saturday OctOber 15
Poe: Back from the Grave
Held at dark on Fort Moultrie
on Sullivan’s Island. VIP ticket
holders begin the evening at the
home of one of Sullivan’s Island’s
most successful artists, a short
walk from the performance.
This reception will feature heavy
appetizers, wine,
beer, a Poe themed
cocktail and a
frst step into
Poe’s fantastical
mind, sponsored
by Triangle Char
and Bar. Advanced
tickets are $30
and VIP tickets are
$55. Purchase by
phone at 881-3780
or online at www.
Book Club Meeting
The Book Club will be
meeting at the Edgar
Allan Poe Library
on Sullivan’s Island
to discuss “Grapes
Of Wrath” by John
Steinbeck. We meet to
discuss our books, have
treats and enjoy coffee
and conversation. Any one
interested is welcome. For
more information email
Connie at darlingc@
embers of the South Carolina Guard
and Patriots Point Foundation
convened in the courtyard of the
Citadel Alumni House for a small ceremony.
Colonel Frank Taylor, Commanding Offcer
of the Third Brigade, South Carolina State
Guard, presented Patriots Point Foundation
President Bob Simons with a check for
$12,500. The money is the result of last
year’s Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Convention, which was co-sponsored by the
SC State Guard Foundation and The Citadel.
Patriots Point Foundation is a 501 (c) 3
organization associated with, but separate
from, the Patriots Point Development
Authority. The Foundation’s mission is
to raise funds to support the museum’s
educational, historic, and patriotic themes
and is governed by a board of directors.
Currently the Foundation is funding a study
by the PGAV Group, St. Louis, Mo., to greatly
improve the depth, scope, and appearance of
the museum and its close proximity to the
National Medal of Honor Museum.
Patriots Point Foundation President Bob
Simons thanked the South Carolina State
Guard Foundation for their support in helping
to complete the museum study and mission-
driven messages of Patriots Point.
State Guard Command Sergeant Edwin
McGowan said, “So many guys worked for
a year and a half as volunteers for the 2010
Medal of Honor Convention. This money is a
direct result of the success of the Convention
and the hard work of its co-sponsors. We are
glad to be able to use these funds to support
the Patriots Point Foundation to do a study
specifcally for the museum, because it is a
magnet for all military people.”
Patriots Point Foundation board member
Ron Plunkett said of the study, “We are not
trying to repair the hull. The PPDA has a
plan for that. We are working with museum
consultants PGAV who have helped improve
the interpretation of Gettysburg, Colonial
Williamsburg and the Biltmore House to
name a few. Patriots Point can and needs to
be a reason people come to the Lowcountry.
We all want a place that will take your breath
away from the time you enter the grounds.
Once this begins, the goal of self-suffciency
will be attained.”
Major General James E. Livingston, a local
resident and Medal of Honor recipient who
has worked with the consultants on the study
in an advisory capacity added, “It is important
to re-image, and I use that word re-image,
Patriots Point, to get the community involved
and make Patriots Point what it was intended
to be to begin with. We need to move beyond
the past and make Patriots Point THE place
to be, and a study focused on the museum is
the catalyst.”
Brigadier General Joe Hudson, Treasurer
of the State Guard Foundation said, “We
are delighted that the South Carolina State
Guard Foundation can assist the Patriots
Point Foundation in a wonderful endeavor.
The museum study is an outstanding thing
for Mount Pleasant, the Charleston region
and the state as a whole.”
Anyone desiring to make a contribution to
the museum study can do so by sending a
check to the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime
Museum Foundation, 40 Patriots Point Road,
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464. For more information,
contact Ron at or
14 September 30, 2011
Patriotic donation
15 September 30, 2011
he myth behind this
benefcial therapy and how
it does not TREAT skin
Several years ago, Morag Currin,
a Certifed Oncology Esthetician
and Massage Therapist began to
shed light on the need for such
therapies and began to publish
books, contribute to journals and
create certifcations in this arena.
Since those years there are many
acknowledged programs for those
wishing to pursue a career path
in Oncology Esthetics.
Some of the many goals of
these compassionate therapists
are to provide such benefts as
soothing the skin from the effects
of chemotherapies and radiation
therapies that induce the
discomfort and pain associated
with chemo acne, radiation recall,
puritis (itching), rashes, dryness,
burning, sensitivity and more.
The skin, which is our largest
organ as well as a part of our
excretory system, is designed to
purge toxins from the body. The old
adage of “that which goes in must
come out,” is a lot more accurate
and literal than we give credit to.
The skin is also one of our main
defenses against infection and
under extreme traumas it can be
compromised and let in harmful
pathogens. Infection fghting
is a precautionary must for any
persons living with a challenged
Oncology Esthetics is a
professional course with an
outline that covers a range of
topics including: specifcity of
grade and stage, node removals,
ports, medications, types of
cancers and therapies, length
of time in and out of active
treatment, contraindications,
medical terminology, patient case
studies, infection precautions,
sanitation, client consultations,
physician networking, referrals,
allopathic treatment, alternative
treatments, combination
therapies, nutrition, herbs,
aromatherapy and more.
The goal is to educate and
support the client going through
cancer treatments actively or in
the past and offer them a way
to help ease the discomfort.
There are effective, inexpensive
solutions to help ease sensitivity,
rashes, itching and burning
such as Aveeno products. There
are supportive all natural non-
toxic skin care product lines,
there are natural remedies such
as pure ALOE that can help
calm infammation. There is
educational material and support
that help to explain why the,
touch of your old linens, are now
unbearable on your skin.
This is a non-invasive, non-
compete adjunct therapy to
complement traditional or non-
traditional cancer treatments.
This is about relief, comfort,
touch, support, education and
nurturing for the discomfort
experienced. Oncology Esthetics
is based on offering a sense of
Specialized skin care, spa
treatments, massage, healing
touch and energy techniques
have all been scientifcally proven
to increase the production of
endorphins, lessen intensity of
pain, induce relaxation, reduce
stress, comfort the skin, and
increase a sense of peace.
Always seek a Certifed
Oncology Esthetician, Oncology
Massage Therapist, or therapists
whom are certifed, licensed and
recognized under the proper scope
of practice with the clearance
and acknowledgement from your
For more information or to
schedule a consultation or
educational seminar, please
contact Rachel DeCosty at
725.9951, at the Beach House Spa
886.8883 or email racheldecosty@
Skin care for cancer
Financial continues on page 21
f you’re a woman who owns a small business, you’ve got plenty
of company. In fact, women own more than 10 million U.S.
companies, and women-owned businesses account for about 40%
of all privately held frms in the U.S., according to the Center for
Women’s Business Research. Clearly, the good news is that women
like you are entering the small-business arena at a rapid pace. The
not-so-good news is that you may be facing a retirement savings gap
in comparison to male business owners.

To get a sense of this gap, consider these statistics:
• According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Offce
of Advocacy, 19.4% of male business owners have 401(k) or
similar plans, compared with just 15.5% of women owners.
• The percentage of female business owners with Individual
Retirement Accounts (IRAs) is about the same as that of male
business owners — but the men have more money in their
accounts. The average woman’s IRA balance is about $51,000,
compared with $91,000 for men, according to a recent report by
the Employee Beneft Research Institute. Although these fgures
change constantly with the ebbs and fow of the market, the
difference between the genders remains signifcant.

One way to help close this savings gap, of course, is to set up a
retirement plan for your business. But for many women business
owners (and male owners, too), the perceived cost of setting up and
running a retirement plan has
been an obstacle. However, the
retirement plan market has
opened up considerably for
small business owners over the
past several years, so you might
be surprised at the ease and
inexpensiveness of administering
a quality plan that can help you
build resources for your own
retirement — and help you attract
and retain good employees.
With the help of a fnancial
professional, you can consider
some of the myriad of plans that
may be available to you:
• Owner-only 401(k) — This
plan, which is also known as an
individual 401(k), is available
to self-employed individuals
Women business owners
need retirement plans
16 September 30, 2011
Mystery in the Lowcountry
Continued from the Island Eye
News' September 16 issue...
It is this writer’s opinion that
Sabel was Trigger Burke’s contact
in Charleston. Everywhere Burke
and Duke Connelly went, they
were shadowed by Sabel. He gave
free access to his car and helped
out this group whenever need.
He vouched for Burke at the
Darlington Apartments, and he
vouched for Connelly on the Isle
of Palms.
Regardless, this is the time line
gleamed from the FBI fles.
Burke shows up in Charleston
in December of 1954 and
contacts Sabel. The nightclub
owner vouches for Burke at the
Darlington Apartments and
Burke stays there until May of
1955, when he tells Sabel he
wants to move to the beach. They
initially look at Folly but could
not fnd a ‘suitable’ place. Sabel
then takes Burke to the Isle of
Palms, and Burke fnds a place
he likes, a two-story apartment
a block from the beach. Burke
tell the realtor that money is no
problem, and pays his deposit
and two months rent in cash.
Burke is soon joined by Duke
Connelly, Duke’s wife, and their
two small children, Georgie,
aged two, and Veronica, age
three. They soon hire a maid and
nanny and buy furniture from
a store recommended by Sabel.
Neither man has transportation,
so Sabel allows then to use his
Cadillac. Duke buys a fshing
boat, trailer, and other household
items, paying cash. Soon, Duke
Connelly buys a 1954 car from a
person recommended by Sabel,
this time using the alias as Mr.
And Mrs. Prado.
Duke wanted to invest in a
miniature golf course in the
North Area, and Sabel steps in
again as a partner and advisor.
A contractor is located, plans
drawn up, and the course is built
towards the middle of June 1955.
Burke and the Connellys begin
frequenting the Carriage House
together. They become known as
free spenders, tipping the band
leader with $100 bills and the
waitresses with $50 bills.
During the latter part of June
1955, Burke was involved in a
traffc accident in Mt. Pleasant,
SC, and he did not have any
identifcation or license with him.
The offcer charged Burke with
a minor infraction and Burke
called Sabel for help. Sabel drove
to the scene of the accident and
gave Burke the number of an
attorney who agrees to represent
Burke because of his friendship
with Sabel. Burke’s attorney
pays a $10 fne and the matter
is resolved, but Burke thinks
Fearing that he would be
identifed, Burke and the Connelly
family quickly move from their
apartment on the Isle of Palms
and disappear for a month. Sabel
has some hired hands who come
to the apartment and remove all
the furniture and appliances,
including the boat and trailer.
The FBI fles show that they
all moved to Myrtle Beach and
rented an apartment at the Cane
Bay apartment complex. Duke
Connelly and his wife were never
to return.
At the end of July, Burke returns
alone, settling on Folly Beach. He
is driving the automobile that
Duke Connelly bought. The FBI
discovered this when they traced
the car storage document and
saw that it had been serviced in
Myrtle Beach. The manager on
duty at the storage building was
able to identify Burke and Sabel
from photographs furnished by
the FBI.
The manager also told the
agents that when Burke brought
the car in, he noticed blood on
the back seat carpet. The blood
had not coagulated. He also told
the agents that the right side
vent window was broken. FBI
technicians searched the car and
discovered blood stains in the
front seat, front foorboards, and
rear seat. The samples were too
poor to identify blood type, but
the lab said they were human
blood stains. An FBI search of the
Cane Bay apartment uncovered
children’s clothing, as well as shell
from a .22 caliber rife. A search
of the area for bodies turned up
negative, but the agents found
glass shards that matched the
glass from the automobile Burke
From the newspaper coverage
at the time, one is led to believe
that the Connelly couple were
murdered on the Isle of Palms,
but the FBI fles show this was
not so. Whatever mysteriously
happened to them occured in
Myrtle Beach. Three days after
Burke’s arrest on Folly, the
children of the Connellys were
found roaming the streets.
Georgie, the youngest, was found
on a street Wilmington, Delaware
and Veronica was found in
Baltimore, Maryland. They told
the FBI agent that ‘mommy and
daddy were hurt in the back
yard.’ The children were placed
in the custody of Mrs. Connelly’s
sister in New York.
After Burke’s arrest, Hoover
wanted Burke returned to New
York to face murder charges
for the killing of a friend in a
barroom brawl in 1952. The
representatives from the other
jurisdictions agreed, and Burke
was escorted to the train station
by a caravan of ten cars flled with
local law enforcement people,
and handed over to New York
Trigger Burke stood trial for
murder and was convicted.
During the trial, he was
asked about who sent him to
Charleston. Who funded him?
What hardened to the Connellys?
His short response was that “he
didn’t want to cause any trouble
for anyone.”
If Sabel was not the contact
man, then one would have to
believe that these fugitives from
justice just happened to come to
the Charleston area. If Sabel was
not the contact man, you have
to ask why he went out of his
way to accommodate Burke and
Even after Burke returned to
the area after having been gone
for a month, Sabel helped him
store the car on Meeting Street,
and then helped Burke fnd
a place at Folly. Burke, while
visiting Sabel’s Carriage House,
received numerous long distance
calls from someone in New York. If
Burke wasn’t there, Sabel took a
message and relayed it to Burke.
If Burke killed the Connellys,
no one knows why. Perhaps it was
for the money Duke Connelly had
from the Queens’ robbery. Burke
had a reputation as being good
with kids, and many interviews in
the FBI fles attest to this. Either
Burke took them up the coast or
had a friend do so for him.
It is known that when Burke
initially came back to town, he
stayed at a Holiday Inn and had
the Connelly children with him.
This was around July 28, 1955.
Sabel was seen coming to the
Holiday Inn on several occasions.
When Sabel was asked about
this, he denied being there, but
several eyewitness’s told the FBI
After Burke’s appeals to the US
Supreme Court were exhausted,
Hoover sent agents to ask him
about the location of the Connelly
bodies. He refused to answer,
but one thing is for certain:
Somewhere along Highway 17
North, between Myrtle Beach
and Maryland, lay the remains
of the Connellys, waiting to be
Duke Connelly.
September 30, 2011 18
n October 1, The Dewees Arts
Council will be hosting an
opening for photographer, Alison
Weick. The show, entitled “A Different
Perspective”, is a solo exhibition
focusing on the beautiful fowers that
surround us every day. Alison is very
exited about this opportunity to work
with The Dewees Arts Council.
Upon arrival in the Charleston area
two years ago, Alison was struck by
the wonders of the nature here in the
Lowcountry. Using a macro lens and
natural light, she set out to capture the
magic of its fowers. The photographs
are admittedly stunning—capturing
the vibrancy and delicacy of local fora.
Seeing the fowers up close allows you
to appreciate their beauty in a whole
new way.
The photos have all been shot
locally—the Red & White parking lot,
vines draped over a wall on Anson St.,
her side yard in Wild Dunes, and many
other places you pass every day. If
there is a lesson Alison would like you
to take away from her photographs, it
would be to, “stop and smell the roses”.
Alison has been taking photographs
for many years, but it wasn’t until she
got to Charleston that she decided to
work professionally as a photographer.
Like many artists here in the
Lowcountry, the beauty of the natural
landscape inspired her.
Since her arrival two years ago,
Alison has participated in Piccolo
Spoleto 2011; has created a greeting
card line, which is available at The Co-
Op on Suillvan’s Island; and will be
participating at Art in the Garden, a
charity event taking place on October
7, in Lexington, SC. She is a member of
the Charleston Artist Guild, the Azalea
Society, and Slow Food.
Laughing rather sheepishly, Allison
admits, “If I could spend all day taking
photographs the marshes and the
islands, I would be happy.” Allison
plans to integrate different aspects of
the local landscape into her repertoire-
focusing on seasonal subjects. She
also has a few ideas in place for the
The opening at The Huyler House
on Dewees Island is by invitation only,
but if you are interested in seeing
the exhibition between October 2 –
November 13, 2011, please contact
Alison at Also,
Alison’s work can be viewed on her
A different perspective
20 September 30, 2011
Kids, send your guess for this week’s
Eye Spy to:
Please include your mailing address with
your submission.
Do you know what this is?
Congratulations to Jane Ann Johnson correctly guessed last issue's
Eye Spy! It was sign in front of the IOP Exchange Club. The frst person
to send in the correct answer for this issue will receive a coupon for a
FREE ice cream at Café Medley on Sullivan's Island.
Eye Spy
Wednesday, October 5
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Friday Night Hoops
Friday, October 7
6pm – 8pm
$10 per person

Babysitting Course
Saturday, October 8
9:00am – 4:00pm
$85 IOP Residents/$90 Non-
Must pre-register for class

Pumpkin Painting
Friday, October 21
Paint and decorate pumpkins
with the IOP Recreation Dept.
$5 (all materials provided)

Friday, October 21
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Halloween Carnival
Monday, October 31

5:pm – 7:00pm Costume Con-
test at 5:30pm

Open Gym Volleyball
Thursdays 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Calling at volleyball players,
the net is up and it is time to
Fall fun at the IOP rec
graders pose with their great white shark.
Kindergartners using teamwork skills to construct a giant jellyfsh.
Jaeleigh Chitwood and Hannah Togami partner up to create a
SIES Sandcastle Day
so enjoy questions and here
is another good one! This
question is not exactly about
a common computer but rather
about a DVD player.
Blu-Ray DVD players are
now coming with “streaming”
so you can get on the “net”
without a computer and they
do it wirelessly (or wired). What
does all this mean? You can
set up your new Blu-Ray player
to access sites on the Internet
and download or “stream” that
content. For example Netfix is
available on almost all Blu-Ray
players that connect as well as
many other sites BUT not the
entire web so don’t think you
can (as of yet) buy an “internet-
ready” Blu-Ray player or even a
TV and get anywhere you want
on the net. These devices allow
only certain content to be viewed
or downloaded.
So great, I have bought a Blu-
Ray player and want to see my
Netfix selections. Do I just bring
it home and plug it in? Oh, would
that be nice if true like on the ads,
but alas, not quite so easy. Let’s
go over a few steps to get you on
your way to Netfix bliss:
1) Make sure you buy a wireless
version if your house is wireless.
The “wired” version will allow you
to add wireless but then you are
paying for another adapter so
why not just go ahead and do
it in the frst place. Follow the
directions carefully for setting up
the player to access your wireless
network. Speaking of a wireless
network, what should yours be?
SECURED is the answer! As
always I can help you out with
all of this. Some wireless routers
have a button you can push that
will sync new products with the
correct password and settings.
If not you will need to do this
manually and will need your
wireless account password.
2) Setting up your online
account. Once you have set up
your new Blu-Ray player to access
your wireless network you may
need to set up an account with
the manufacturer of the product.
For example I did a Sony Blu-Ray
recently and it required that we
set up an account with Sony prior
to being able to access the limited
Internet it provided. Once we set
up the Sony account we then were
able to “see” the Netfix logo, click
on it and - Oops we had to set up
our Netfix account! Remember
to write down usernames and
passwords while doing all this!
3) Once all was done we had
our Netfix streaming live, we had
access to YouTube and about 10
other sites on the net. Higher
end products allow more use of
the Internet yet as of now it’s not
really a full featured “browser.”
The best part about this service
is you can delete one of the other
boxes sitting around your TV.
You no longer need an “apple”
TV or Wii to access Netfix, so
if in the market for a new Blu-
Ray player, splurge a bit, get
the wireless model, read the
directions carefully and get ready
to watch that favorite movie!
With the Christmas season
in the near future think about
what you want to give (or get)
in electronics and make a game
plan. If giving a Blu-Ray make
sure you get the right one for the
household it is going into - heck
you might get it back!
I hope this helps and more next
If you have any problems,
questions, etc. about your
particular needs do not hesitate to
contact Bob Hooper at 822.7794
or email at
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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.
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and business owners with no full-time employees other than
themselves or a spouse. You may even be able to choose a
Roth option for your 401(k), which allows you to make after-
tax contributions that can grow tax-free.
• SEP IRA — If you have just a few employees or are self-
employed with no employees, you may want to consider a SEP
IRA. You’ll fund the plan with tax-deductible contributions,
and you must cover all eligible employees.
• Solo defned beneft plan — Pension plans, also known as
defned beneft plans, are still around — and you can set
one up for yourself if you are self-employed or own your own
business. This plan has high contribution limits, which are
determined by an actuarial calculation, and as is the case
with other retirement plans, your contributions are typically
• SIMPLE IRA — A SIMPLE IRA, as its name suggests, is easy
to set up and maintain, and it can be a good plan if your
business has fewer than 10 employees. Still, while a SIMPLE
IRA may be advantageous for your employees, it’s less
generous to you, as far as allowable contributions, than an
owner-only 401(k), a SEP IRA or a defned beneft plan.
As a business owner, you spend a lot of time thinking about what
needs to be done today, but you don’t want to forget about tomorrow
— so consider putting a retirement plan to work for you soon.
This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local
Edward Jones Financial Advisor. For more information call 886-
9229 or visit
Blu-Ray blues
22 September 30, 2011
the Palmetto Trail. Over its seven scenic miles,
it weaves between Awendaw Creek and the
forest. Americorp and the other organizations
that built this trail have constructed sturdy
wooden bridges and charming benches for
quiet contemplation. Sit awhile and enjoy the
sweeping marsh views. Birds, including the
endangered red cockaded woodpecker, are
plentiful. Up for a more active adventure?
Take your wide-tire bicycle. The trail is bike-
able but you’ll have to dismount occasionally
to avoid thick tree roots or standing water.
You can begin at Buck Hall Landing, the
northernmost end of the Palmetto Trail, where
there’s a picnic area, fshing dock, bathrooms
and a campground. Or start closer to Mt.
Pleasant at Rosa Green Rd. For a seven mile
hike, park a car at both ends and walk from
one to the other. You can also canoe or kayak
from Rosa Green to Buck Hall or visa versa
and get a real South Carolina experience.
The canoe launch at Rosa Green is a marvel
of engineering. This trail is so scenic that
shorter walks are fun too, especially if you’re
hosting out of town visitors. The views are
straight out of a Pat Conroy novel.
The Swamp Fox Passage of the Palmetto
Trail extends 42 miles from the Hwy. 17 to
Moncks Corner. Any section is an easy walk
and a moderately easy bike ride. A two hour
bike ride will take you from the trail head on
Hwy. 17 to Halfway Creek campground and
back, twelve miles round-trip. The bicycling
is fairly easy in this section since it is older
and not as rutted with tree roots. Walking on
this trail is simple and peaceful. I’ve often not
seen a soul all day.
A walk or bike ride in the woods is a simple
pleasure. Take water and bug spray, wear
tough shoes and bright clothing. Check the
websites below for conditions before you go.
Don’t be alarmed to hear gunshots. There is
a forest service rife target range nearby. Fall
weather is the perfect time to explore these
at-you-doorstep destinations.
Swamp Fox Trailhead on Hwy. 17: From
the Isle of Palms Connector, go north on Hwy
17 for 19 miles. Pass Steed Creek Rd on the
left and go a ¼ mile. Make a U-turn on the
highway and fnd the trailhead on your right.
Tip: there is no sign indicating the trailhead
when you’re coming from the south but once
you make the U-turn, there is a sign.
Awendaw Connector Directions: Buck Hall
is 30 miles from Charleston up Hwy. 17
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