Town Council Meeting Agenda October 24, 2017

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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival – November 2-5

Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival

In November 2017, Charleston (England) will join creative forces with Charleston (South Carolina) in the first annual Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival. The festival will bring acclaimed U.S. and international authors to South Carolina for a series of events over several days to share ideas, books, and to meet readers and book lovers from the Lowcountry and across the nation.

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Absentee Voting for the Town of Seabrook Island Election

As you probably know, the Charleston County election for the Town of Seabrook Island will take place on November 7, 2017.  Several people will be running for Mayor, Town Council, and the Seabrook Island Utility Commission.  Voting will take place at the Property Owners Lake House.  If you are a registered voter in the Town of Seabrook Island, you may also want information on absentee voting.

To vote absentee, you must be a registered voter and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Students, their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Members of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marines, Red Cross, USO, government employees, their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Overseas citizens
  • For reasons of employment will not be able to vote on election day
  • Physically disabled persons
  • Persons on vacation
  • Persons age 65 or older
  • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or at least four days prior to the election
  • Electors with a death or funeral in the family within 3 days before the election
  • Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
  • Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
  • Persons serving as jurors in a state or federal court on election day
  • Certified poll watchers and poll managers

If you qualify and want to receive an absentee ballot, please click here to look at the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration website and request a ballot.

-Tidelines Editor


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Reception for Artist Colleen Parker – November 1

Golden Bear Realty Hosts 2nd Local Art Initiative Reception
On November 1 Featuring Colleen Parker

Golden Bear Realty will host an artist reception and exhibit of the work of Colleen Parker of Kiawah Island on Wednesday, November 1 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. All local residents and friends are invited! This is the real estate office’s second event in their Local Art Initiative series which benefits The Campaign to build the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. As members of the island communities, Golden Bear supports both local artists and their primary charities. All artwork will be for sale by the artist and 25% of all sales will be donated to the cause.

Local Art Initiative Reception:

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Golden Bear Realty
1900 Seabrook Island Road

Colleen Parker is a representational oil painter with a special interest in plein air painting. She has studied with many well-known contemporary artists including Mark Horton, Chris Groves, Larry Moore, Laurie Meyer, Dee Beard Dean and Shannon Smith. She took up painting in 2008 prior to her retirement as a physician. She and her husband Scott are residents of Kiawah Island, SC. Please visit her website at

-Submitted by Holly Clayson

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The AARP Tax-Aide Program

AARP TaxAide is looking for Volunteer Tax Counselors for the 2018 tax season.  This is a free program that makes it easier for older, low and middle-income taxpayers to file their tax returns.

Local volunteers from Seabrook Island, Kiawah and the Charleston area train as Tax Counselors for the five Charleston sites. Last tax season they assisted more than 1,000 of our neighbors.

Volunteers of all backgrounds and ages are welcome and you do not need to be an AARP member to volunteer, nor do you need to be a retiree. Familiarity with income tax returns is helpful and the availability of a laptop computer is useful but not required.

A two-day orientation will be held in mid-December, and a four-day IRS qualified training program will be held at the Ashley River Baptist Church on Savannah Highway in mid-January, 2018. Tax counselors receive extensive free tax training and become certified by passing the IRS exam. There will also be additional training in computer tax preparation.

Counselors will help customers one-on-one at tax sites.  Most Seabrookers help out at the Maybank Public Library, but others are at the James Island Senior Center, Main Library downtown, etc. They are expected to be available for at least 4 hours per week during the February 1 to April 18, 2018 tax season. It’s a great way to learn new skills, assist in helping others, and become more involved in your community.

Please consider joining the team! Contact the Coordinator, Susan Ditterline, at 843-568-0305, or email for more information.

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Local News Station Salutes Seabrook Island

Channel 4 (ABC) News in Charleston ran an article yesterday celebrating Seabrook Island’s birthday.  Our mayor, RonCiancio has researched the history of the island and contributed to the report.

He explains that the original owner, Richard Seabrook from England, landed at Charles Towne. Several hundred years later it became a children’s camp and it was not until 1987 that it became an official town.

To read the complete article, click here.

-Tidelines Editor

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SINHG with Us

SINHG with Us, a weekly summary of SINHG trips

SINHG Goes Behind The Scenes

SINHG members took a memorable tour this past week of the infrastructure of Seabrook Island. At the SIPOA office we learned about storm drainage, road and pipeline maintenance and met our new security company staff. Hopping on the SIPOA “wagon”, our guide, Jim Bannwart, arranged tours of the Seabrook Island Utility Commission water waste treatment facility, water pumping station, fire department and horse stables. By the end of the morning , we came away with a much greater appreciation of what all is involved in keeping our beautiful island functioning and safe.

Submitted by Gail Azain, on behalf of SINHG


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Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, October 28th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Once again, Vincent’s Drug Store in Freshfields will be participating in the DEA’s Drug Take Back on Saturday, October 28 from 10 am to 2 pm. Bring your unused medications to the store for proper disposal.

This is the time to check your medicine cabinet for unused or expired prescriptions.  Not only are they taking up space, but they can be harmful if someone else, other than whom they were prescribed for,  accidentally takes them.

The problem is how to dispose of them.  Throwing them in the trash is obviously not the solution.  Once they are in the landfill, they can be picked up by people or animals.  Flushing them down the drain can pollute the water system.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a safe way to dispose of these prescription drugs.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday,
October 28, 2017

Vincent’s Drug Store, in partnership with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department, will be participating in the DEA’s Annual Campaign to properly dispose of unneeded medications.

Drop off your unused medications
between 10:00 am -2:00 pm.

Call Vincent’s if you have questions 843-243-0007

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Mom’s Circle – October 27

Are you a mom…or grandmother?

If so, I hope you’ll plan to join me for an introductory Mom’s Circle meeting. The purpose of this group is to inspire all women (both moms and grandmoms) to deepen their relationship with themselves and their family. Whether you’re a newer or seasoned mom (like me)…you are welcome! Motherhood is forever, no matter where you are on your journey. Your role may change, but you don’t just quit being a mom. Your journey of motherhood continues, in a different way. Yet it’s not always easy! Yes, it’s still possible to have a wonderful connection with your adult kids…and it requires effort.

I’ve worked with many moms both young and older (and hopefully a bit wiser!) and have helped them create healthy relationships with their kids. I’ve also been asked by moms of adult kids to help them create and preserve loving relationships with their children and grandchildren. It is never too late!

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Charleston Arts Festival Halloween Finale Oct 28


As an extension of its uber-successful JAIL BREAK series, the Charleston Arts Festival will take over the Royal American at 970 Morrison Drive, Downtown Charleston for its Halloween-crazed Finale.  The gates will rip open at 4:00 PM with insanity reigning until 11:00 PM.

Musical headliners will be Matadero, Beach Tiger, Benjamin Starr & Guests, and headliner Brave Baby.  DJ Sista Misses will be spinning throughout the evening.  These musical performances will be complemented with interludes by the troupe of Dance Lab as well as by visual art displays, a costume contest, and other interactive festivities.

(Photo credit: Charleston Arts Festival website)

-Tidelines Editor

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SINHG Offers “My Gullah Life” – November 9, 2017

When: November 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Where: The Lake House

The Seabrook Island Natural History Group is proud to present Lowcountry native Alfonso Brown for November’s Evening Program, “My Gullah Life: Growing Up In The Rural Area Of Charleston” on Thursday evening, November 9 at the Lake House. Mr. Brown is known to Charleston area visitors and natives alike for his famous downtown Gullah Tours and for his encyclopedic knowledge of Gullah culture and language. Mr. Brown was born and raised in Rantowles, twelve miles south of Charleston, a sparsely populated Lowcountry town during his childhood along the Charleston to Savannah rail line.

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Dogtoberfest: Dogs, Dine and Wine Pet Expo Oct 28

Bring your dog, sip some wine and help out local pet rescues at the 11th annual Dogtoberfest: Dogs, Dine and Wine Pet Expo. The event, which brings together pet rescue organizations from around the Lowcountry, returns to Freshfields Village on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1:00  to 5:00 p.m.

FYI, Seabrookers Ben (Deborah Robinson’s dog) and Ariel Marcoux (calendar firefighter from Seabrook) will be making their appearances.

In addition to meet-and-greets with local rescue groups and the annual wine tasting, this free event includes:

  • Craft Beer and Delicious Food
  • Live entertainment
  • On-site vendors
  • Pet costume contest at 3 p.m.
  • Blessing of the animals
  • A commemorative wine glass
  • Exciting prizes and giveaways, and more!

Proceeds from Dogtoberfest benefit the participating pet rescue organizations, including Shih Tzus and Furbabies, Grateful Goldens Rescue, Greyhound Pets of America – Charleston, Carolina Coonhound Rescue, Water’s Edge Animal Rescue, Lowcountry Lab Rescue and King Charles Cavalier Spaniel Rescue.

For more information or updates on Dogtoberfest, visit or like Dogtoberfest on Facebook. For questions, contact or 843-768-3875.

-Tidelines Editor

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