Earth Day in Beaufort

Though Earth Day is officially on April 22, there will be an Earth Day Celebration on April 16th with the opening day of Port Royal Farmers Market at Heritage Naval Park.  Environmental agencies will have displays set up with the Farmers Market vendors.  There will be lots of handouts, give-away items and activities.  Come be a locavore (consumer of local produce) and learn more about making Earth Day Every Day!


Some of the agencies attending are listed below:


Clemson Extension

Lowcountry Master Gardener Association

Beaufort County Solid Waste & Recycling

Beaufort Soil & Water Conservation District

Keep Beaufort County Beautiful

USDA Farm Services

Friends of Hunting Island

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service

Beaufort Jasper Water Sewer Authority

SC Dept of Health & Environmental Control

Beaufort County Open Land Trust

MCAS Beaufort Environmental Office

Hunting Island State Park

Parris Island Natural Resources

Lowcountry Estuarium


Another event taking place On Saturday, April 30 is the 2011 Earth Day-Beach Sweep at Hunting Island State Park.  There is a10:00 AM Registration at the Lighthouse Picnic Area.


Please join Friends of Hunting Island in helping to keep the park and beach litter free! A lunch of hamburgers & hot dogs will be provided by the Low Country Rotary around noon at the lighthouse picnic area.


Trail maintenance will be included in the sweep. If you have “Man-Tools,” blowers, shears, trimmers, etc., please bring along.


Bring drinking water, gloves and bug spray. 
Help beautify our park for the 2011 season and join the fun! For more information, please contact Vicki Anne Nestor, Litter Control Director for Friends of Hunting Island at (843)379-3389.




The moment Beaufort County has been waiting for has come! ABC television announced today that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Beaufort will air on Sunday night, May 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm. To celebrate the airing, H2 Builders is hosting a public Viewing Party Picnic from 6-9 pm at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in historic downtown Beaufort. The episode will be shown on the park’s big screen, and attendees are encouraged to bring pinic blankets and picnic items to enjoy before the screening.  The Dickinson Family and H2 Builders will be in attendance.

In January, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition joined forces with H2 Builders to build a dream home and renovate the lives of a deserving Beaufort County family. H2 Builders owner Todd Hawk then took his message “One heart. One home.” to the people and businesses of Beaufort County who responded with overwhelming heart, determination, generosity and amazing spirit to build a spectacular new home for the Dickinson family of Beaufort.

“This moment – and this party — belongs to the people of Beaufort County,” Hawk said. “We hope you will come out in droves, as you did in January, to see the home that your hearts built.”

India Dickinson and her children will be on hand for the screening, and in keeping with the EMHE spirit of doing for others, there will be no admission charge, but monetary and non-perishable food donations will be accepted at the door for one of the Dickinson family’s favorite causes, Praise Cares, a local charity that feeds the hungry.

Picnic food will also be available for purchase during the viewing party from local vendors.

About Extreme Makeover: Home Edition:

The Emmy award winning reality program ““Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” is now in its 8th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It is executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST on ABC.

About H2 Builders, Inc:

With more than 30 years of experience and a continual commitment to excellence, H2 BUILDERS is a custom home builder with a staff of professionals that offers its clients a multitude of services and cost savings unavailable from many other builders while also providing clients with unparalleled personalized attention.


You voted, Beaufort, for your favorite food, services, people and places, and we are proud to announce the results.


Best All Around Restaurant Breakwater Restaurant & Bar
Favorite Antique Shop Michael Rainey Antiques
Best Annual Community Event Bands Brews & BBQ
Favorite Appliance Repair Company Denny’s Appliance Services
Favorite Budget Friendly Restaurant Shoofly Kitchen
Favorite Fundraiser Bands Brews & BBQ
Favorite Dining Atmosphere Breakwater Restaurant & Bar
Favorite Dinner Spot Breakwater Restaurant & Bar
Favorite Lunch Spot Plums Restaurant
Favorite Appliance Store Lowes
Favorite Art Gallery The Gallery
Favorite Attorney Worth Liipfert
Favorite Auto Repair Shop CARS
Favorite Auto Parts Store Advance Auto Parts
Favorite Automobile Salesperson David Boles
Favorite Automobile Dealership Stokes Honda
Favorite Bakery SuZara’s Kitchen
Favorite Bank SCB&T
Favorite Happy Hour Deals Brick’s on Boundary
Favorite Bar Atmosphere Brick’s on Boundary
Favorite Bar Breakwater Restaurant & Bar
Favorite Barbeque Smokey Chef
Favorite Beaufort Destination Hunting Island
Favorite Bed & Breakfast The Beaufort Inn
Favorite Bike Rental Shop Lowcountry Bicycle
Favorite Boat Dealership Butler Marine
Favorite Book Store Beaufort Book Store
Favorite Breakfast Blackstone’s Cafe
Favorite Buffet Golden Corral
Favorite Burger Luther’s Rare and Well Done
Favorite Candy Store The Chocolate Tree
Favorite Car Wash Custom Clean
Favorite Carpet/Flooring Store Creative Interiors
Favorite Caterer Southern Graces
Favorite Chef Richard Wilson
Favorite Cell Phone Provider Verizon
Favorite Charity Worker Vera Gwin
Favorite Children’s Clothing Store Doodlebugs
Favorite Chiropractor Dr. Bridget Gutzmer
Favorite Cleaning Service Merry Maids
Favorite Coffee Shop City Java & News
Favorite Builder Scott Dennis
Favorite Convenience Store Tiger Express
Favorite Credit Union MCAS
Favorite Dance Studio Lowcountry School of Performing Arts
Favorite Day Spa Aqua Med Spa
Favorite Day Care Center Hobbit Hill Preschool
Favorite Deli Publix
Favorite Dentist Dr. Grace
Favorite Elementary School St. Peters School
Favorite Kayak Outfitter Higher Ground
Favorite Dry Cleaner Tuckers Dry Cleaners
Favorite Fast Food Restaurant Chic Fil A
Favorite Finance Company Wells Fargo
Favorite Fishing Charter Bo Von Harten
Favorite Fitness Center Earth Fit
Favorite Flower Shop Bitty’s Flower Shop
Favorite Fried Chicken Maryland Friend Chicken
Favorite Friend Dee Avard
Favorite Furniture Store FWDG
Favorite Gift Shop LuLu Burgess
Favorite Golf Course The Sanctuary at Cat Island
Favorite Grocery Store Publix
Favorite Pet Groomer Beaufort Dog
Favorite Hair Salon Lime Lite Salon
Favorite Hair Dresser Emily Huey
Favorite Hardware Store Grayco
Favorite Health Store It’s Only Natural
Favorite HVAC Service KFI Mechanical
Favorite High School Beaufort High School
Favorite Historic Tour Company Sea Island Carriage Company
Favorite Home Technology Company ISLC
Favorite Hospital Beaufort Memorial Hospital
Favorite Hotel City Loft Hotel
Favorite Ice Cream Shop Southern Sweets
Favorite Insurance Agency Kinghorn Insurance Services Inc
Favorite Insurance Agent Windy Vest
Favorite Interior Designer Virginia Rhodes
Favorite International Restaurant Yes, Thai Indeed
Favorite Investment Group Merrill Lynch
Favorite Jewelry Store Modern Jewelers
Favorite Karaoke Show Steve Curless
Favorite Kitchen Store Lowes
Favorite Landscaping Service Martin Landscape
Favorite Lighting Store Lowes
Favorite Liquor Store Bill’s Liquor Store Inc
Favorite Live Entertainment Spot Plums
Favorite Local Artist Chris Jones
Favorite Local Band Broke Locals
Favorite Nail Salon Best Nails
Favorite New Business Dancing Dogs Yoga
Favorite Manufactured Housing Center Horton Homes
Favorite Marina Downtown Beaufort Marina
Favorite Massage Therapist Charity Holland
Favorite Medical Group Low Country Medical Group
Favorite Men’s Shop Bay Street Outfitters
Favorite Middle School Beaufort Middle School
Favorite Mortgage Company SCB&T
Favorite Movie Theater Sea Turtle Cinemas
Favorite Moving Company Carolina Moving and Storage
Favorite Non-Profit Organization Friends of Caroline Hospice
Favorite Nursery Mother Earth Nursery
Favorite Oil Changing Company Zippy Lube
Favorite Optical Service Dr. Harris
Favorite Pest Control Company Collins Pest Control
Favorite Pet Supply Pet Smart
Favorite Pharmacist Dennis Jenkins, Walgreens
Favorite Pharmacy Walgreens
Favorite Photographer Riann Mihiylov
Favorite Physician Dr. Clark Trask
Favorite Pizza Parlor Upper Crust
Favorite Public Relations Firm Adagio Creative
Favorite Tire Store Barnard Tire
Favorite Plumber Lohr Plumbing
Favorite Copy Shop Murr Printing
Favorite Realtor Edward Dukes
Favorite Real Estate Company Lowcountry Real Estate
Favorite Retirement/Assisted Living Center Summit Place
Favorite Seafood Restaurant Dockside
Favorite Shoe Store Divine Shoes
Favorite Sporting Goods Shop Higher Ground
Favorite Sports Bar Brick’s on Boundary
Favorite Sub Shop Substation
Favorite Tanning Salon Palm Beach Tan
Favorite Tax Service Trask and Lynn
Favorite Taxi Service A Taxi
Favorite Teacher Ana Ward
Favorite Toy Store Doodlebugs
Favorite Veterinarian Mark Guilloud
Favorite Video Store Video Warehouse
Favorite Wine Shop Bill’s Liquor Store Inc
Favorite Women’s Clothing Shop Grace and Glory
Favorite Yoga Studio Dancing Dogs Yoga Studio



CAPA’s Angel Walk to help prevent child abuse in Beaufort County

CAPA Community Relations Coordinator, Gloria Duryea (left) and Executive Director, Susan Cato

On Saturday, April 30, the Child Abuse Prevention Association, more commonly known in Beaufort as CAPA, invites walkers and runners to participate in the 3rd Annual Angel Walk at the Waterfront Park in Downtown Beaufort. The goal of the Angel Walk is to raise funds necessary to ensure that services are available to prevent child abuse and neglect in Beaufort County. Since April is child abuse prevention month, CAPA would like the community to walk together, to improve the lives of all of our children.
Recently, I sat with Susan Cato, Executive Director of CAPA and Gloria Duryea, Community Relations Coordinator, and listened as they emotionally described the destructive cycle of abuse. They also presented the content of CAPA’s effective Parenting Classes, which provide the knowledge, encouragement and network a mother or father needs to be the best parent they can be. The class is based on the Positive Parenting Program, Triple P, a science-based, proven program that has been helping parents for over 20 years.
The following is a testimonial of a woman who recently completed the class. He name has been changed to protect her identity.
Tamara, a 25-year-old mom, explained that she had made a very bad decision to leave her children with her boyfriend while she worked. Her boyfriend beat their two-year-old, breaking several ribs and leaving him with internal bleeding and swelling in his groin.
Tamara was charged with child neglect, and her other children, ages 9 months and four years, were placed with relatives. The two-year-old was placed in foster care. The boyfriend was arrested and charged with criminal child abuse. She knew that he beat her, but she never thought he would beat his son. She received counseling from Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA) and began to understand domestic violence and that her situation was typical. She also learned that she believed that somehow she deserved what she got. She had to change. She had failed her children and was at rock bottom.
She came to CAPA’s parenting classes, where she was welcomed. She said the facilitator encouraged her to talk, gave her suggestions and coached her. “She started with me where I was,” she said. She also said she felt secure in knowing that what was discussed there was confidential; and, as she developed trust with the group, she began to open up. She felt that someone cared about her situation.
“Don’t get me wrong,” she said, “there was accountability – be honest, be on time, take ownership of your problems and be willing to work to change. If you are late, you can stay but get no credit for the class.”
Tamara said the Monday night class gave her a “fix” for the week – the counseling, the friendships and learning better ways to parent and how to manage relationships and anger. She stated that the classes “changed my life.”
She learned, “No yelling, no hitting, helpful ways to parent and deal with children in a way that was not something I had ever experienced.” She applied what she learned to all her relationships. Being there was a priority for Tamara, not only because she wanted to get her children back but because she was learning so much and she wanted to be there. She encouraged friends to come along with her.
She explained how the facilitator “brought it down to our level, called her during the week, giving her feedback and making important points understandable and useable.” She said the facilitator was an incredible teacher who made it clear that she also continues to learn. She felt that, more than parenting classes, what she really gained was “life coaching.” She continues to be active in the classes, beyond her eight week commitment. She also plans to join the PS We Love You Support Group where she will have an on-going relationship with CAPA and women that will help her become the parent she wants to be.
Tamara explained that her own mother had left her and her siblings when they were younger. The nine children were split up and raised by different people all over the country. Tamara said she was anxious to go back to her siblings and help them understand that it wasn’t their fault that their mother didn’t want to be responsible for them. I want to help them break the abuse cycle too.
She noted, “Children are like sponges, they absorb everything – good and bad. Sometimes, they blame themselves for not receiving the love they deserve and see themselves as unlovable,” she explained.
Tamara said that participating in CAPA’s classes affirmed that, for the first time in her life, she had a voice, a home, a sanctuary and a firm ground beneath her. She explained that she wished she could go back and change things – for her siblings and for her children. That not being possible, she wants to help others know that family violence escalates. While she feels betrayed by her former boyfriend, she knows that she failed to protect her children when she failed to protect herself. “You cannot protect your children unless you leave,” she said.
For the first time, she has found what was missing in her life – her ability to understand that she and her children deserve love. “I have experienced family violence and will not have my children experience the same,” she said. “My children deserve better,” she concluded.
Tamara has arranged for her children to have safe childcare while she works. She wants to be a co-leader in the Triple P classes. Most of all, she wants to be the best mother that she can be.


St. Helena 55th Annual Spring Tour of Homes

By Marie McAden


Take a peek inside some of Beaufort’s most beautiful historic homes April 8 when the Parish Church of St. Helena presents its 55th Annual Spring Tour of Homes.


The popular Lowcountry fundraiser will feature six homes on Bay and North Streets in the much-celebrated Bluff neighborhood, along with two churches from the 18th and 19th centuries. To cap off the candlelight tour, guests will be invited to an outdoor reception in a private garden designed by internationally renowned landscape architect Robert E. Marvin, best known for his work on Callaway Gardens in Georgia and Beaufort’s own Waterfront Park.


“The reception is one of the highlights of the tour,” said event co-chairman Leigh Ward. “We’ll have live music and lots of food prepared by the women of the parish. Tables will be set up on the porch and in the front and side gardens.”


Guests can pick up their tickets at St. Helena’s parish hall as early as 4 p.m. and take a tour of the historic church that served as a hospital during both the Revolutionary and Civil wars.  At 5:30 they can begin touring the homes, all located within an eight- to 10-block area of the church.


Among the North Street residences is a 1929 Craftsman-style house that has been renovated and expanded at least three times. The current owners added a red tin roof, master bedroom and bath, a family room, laundry room and family room, along with a large guest house behind the original one-story structure.


“It’s very deceiving from the outside,” said owner Laura Trask. “It looks like a little cottage, but inside, it really opens up. It has 10-foot ceilings and very large rooms.”


The house also features an eclectic collection of art that includes two pieces by renowned “outsider” artist Sam Doyle, five black and white images by Life magazine photographer Ed Clark and a large “cartoon” or sketch of a section of a fresco created by North Carolina artist Benjamin F. Long.


Also on the tour is a Bay Street house built in 1880 by a Civil War foot soldier from Upstate New York, who lived out his life in Beaufort and was buried in the St. Helena Church cemetery.


“We gutted the place and did a total renovation, but we retained most of the interior detail, including the original flooring, plaster walls and four fireplaces,” said owner Trudy Stevens.


The newest house on the tour, built 17 years ago by the owners of the Rhett House Inn, was featured this winter in Southern Living magazine.

“It’s a Lowcountry-style house with wide open spaces and 11 foot ceilings,” said owner Marianne Harrison. “French doors from the kitchen, master bedroom and living room open to a big screened porch.”

Tickets to the house tour and garden reception are $40. Proceeds from the event benefit a variety of local, national and international non-profit organizations. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 524-0363.



Tony Criscitiello
Director of Beaufort County Planning Department

Mr. Criscitiello assumed his present position as Director of Planning for Beaufort County in 2000. Prior to his arrival in Beaufort County his professional experience included service in the Governor’s Office with the Local Government Assistance Division, the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Government and Planning Director for the City of North Augusta. Since his arrival in Beaufort County, he has guided the initial implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, the 5 year review of the Comprehensive Plan, the development of the Southern Beaufort County Regional Plan, the Northern Regional Plan, the rewriting of the entire County Comprehensive Plan and is presently guiding the transition of existing zoning codes toward the use of a form based code. He has been requested to include in his discussion with our members the following items.

– Has the Northern Regional Plan improved the manner in which growth is guided?
– From a Beaufort County planning perspective what were the biggest failures and successes in the last decade?
– What is a form based code and why is its adoption being promoted.
– What effect will form based code have on Lady’s Island?
– Are the annexation wars a thing of the past?
– Is Beaufort County ready for the next growth surge?

Meeting: Tuesday, April 12, 8 AM
Beaufort Realtor’s Association Headquarters – Palmetto Business Park, Lady’s Island Drive
Invite your friends and neighbors.
Open to the public


Attention Beaufort! The votes are in. Winners of The Island News Favorites contest will be announced in next week’s issue! Don’t forget to get your copy on April 7th and see the faces and places that won in 127 categories.

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