Lake House Tech Forum: Android Phone/Tablet – October 5

Android_Phone_TabletLake House Tech Forum: Android Phone/Tablet with Chad Droze of the Post and Computer Store

Date: Thursday, October 5th
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: The Lake House

Who should attend: Android users, your class has finally arrived. No matter what brand of Android you have, please attend to learn and ask questions.

Topics Covered:

  • Learn about the Android phone, table and watch from an Android user’s point of view.
  • Question and answer session (depending on the number of attendees).

Fee: No Cost

Registration: Pre-registration is required to attend. Forum is limited to 30 participants. Walk-ins will not be permitted.

To register, please email Janet Pasquale at jannyseabrook@gmail.com.

-Submitted by The Lake House

Kiawah Arts Council presents the Orion String Quartet – October 4

The Orion String Quartet with Tara Helen O’Connor
Wednesday, October 4
7:30 pm

Orion_String_QuartetSince its inception, the Orion String Quartet has been consistently praised for the extraordinary musical integrity it brings to performances, offering diverse programs with classic works of masterworks by 20th and 21st century composers. On this this 30th anniversary tour, the Orion String Quartet are joined by the remarkable flutist Tara Helen O’Connor which only adds to their quality of performance. 

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Complimentary tickets are now available online at E-tickets or in person at Kiawah Island Municipal Center 843-768-9166.

(Photo credit: KAC website)

-Tidelines Editor

Charleston County Library Bookmobile

The Charleston County Bookmobile comes to Freshfields Village on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 10:00 am – 11:30 am. The Bookmobile will be parked in the lot behind Hege’s and Java Java and will be there on October 3rd and 17th.

Interesting bookmobiles around the World (from Wikipedia)…

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Freshfields Village – Fall Festival Weekend – October 6-7

Join us as we kick off our Fall Festival Weekend with a special edition of Music on the Green on Friday, October 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The complimentary concert features The Sugarbees and guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets.

Our Fall Festival Weekend continues on Saturday, October 7 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This free, family-friendly event will feature a variety of activities for each generation.

Enjoy live music by Gracious Day as you browse a fall Farmer’s Market featuring seasonal goods and produce. In addition, the Seabrook Island Artist Guild will host an Art Show & Sale throughout the event.

Kids will enjoy complimentary face painting by Cupcake and Company Children’s Entertainment, specialty balloons with Carol’s Balloon Art, inflatable games from Charleston Fun Factory, fall crafts and a meet & greet with St. Johns Fire Department.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from a variety of local vendors including beer and wine from FortyEight: A Wine Bar.

-Tidelines Editor

Angel Oak Award

Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club

The Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club presents an annual award to recognize a person who performs volunteer services which contribute significantly to the people and/or quality of life of Wadmalaw, Johns, Kiawah, and/or Seabrook Island.

The award is called the Angel Oak Award and is named after a historic tree on Johns Island which clearly represents the people, culture, and natural environment of the islands.

The recipient need not live on the aforementioned islands but the service noted for the award must have been performed on the islands.

The recipient will be recognized at a banquet to be held on March 21, 2018. The recipient will receive an honorarium of $5000 which he/she can designate for assignment to a charitable organization servicing the islands. The recipient will also receive a memento and have his/her name inscribed on the Angel Oak Trophy which is permanently displayed on the islands.

The Exchange Club is seeking nominations from the public. The deadline for nominations is October 20, 2017. Nomination information and forms can be found on the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club website at www.ks-exchangeclub.com.

Please contact Alan Armstrong at alan9631@comcast.net or 843-768-9252 if you have any questions.

-Submitted by Alan Armstrong

Leisurely Pursuits and Grand Entertains at Middleton Place – October 7 & 8

middleton_place_lesiurely_pursuitsHow did people amuse themselves in the 18th Century? Interactive programs and demonstrations offer an incredible range of colonial sports, games, 18th-century country dances, needlework, painting in the gardens and music. Activities are included with admission to Middleton Place and are free for members of the Middleton Place Foundation.

Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road

(Photo credit:  MP website)

-Tidelines Editor

Road Closure – Friday 9/29

St. John’s High School is having their Homecoming Parade and game on Friday, September 29, 2017.

The parade route starts at Haut Gap Middle School and ends at the St. John’s High School.  The City of Charleston Police Department will close Main and Bohicket Roads between the two schools from 3:15 pm until 4:45 pm.

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Jazz Orchestra Season 10 Tickets

Season 10 tickets are now available for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall on John Street.

This phenomenal group of musicians will have you toe-tapping, hand clapping and giving standing ovations.  They really are the best that Charleston has to offer for jazz enthusiasts.

We hope you can join us for your CJO’s 10th Anniversary Season!

Go to their website for more information http://charlestonjazz.com

-Tidelines Editors

 

SIPOA President’s Letter

Helping Each Other to Prevent Illegal Activity on Seabrook Island

In this month’s letter, I wanted to share some thoughts about what all of us can do to keep ourselves and our wonderful island community as free as possible from
property crimes.

You may have heard that both Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island have recently been experiencing some instances of illegal entry into homes. This unfortunate fact has gotten everyone’s attention, and we are all looking at ways to improve the security across our community. Fortunately, to date on Seabrook there have been four incidents, which have been spread over about two months and have not involved any personal injury or face-to-face confrontation. It seems that the homes that have been affected were unoccupied at the time, and in one instance entry was not gained but storage area door hinges were bent. Presumably, the break-ins presented targets of opportunity for would-be thieves.

SIPOA is taking steps to improve our security force from the standpoint of both personnel and operations. When our new security force takes over around October 15, the force will be split into officers who are only patrol officers, and others who are gate officers. Moreover, in the orientation of our incoming security force, we have used recent real-life experiences that occurred here as training and teaching exercises in an effort to ensure that our officers are more attuned to the sometimes-unique issues involved in security on Seabrook Island.

Nevertheless, the fact that crime has occurred here by definition means that some people who have come through our security gate, and who may have otherwise had legitimate access to the island, have less than legitimate intentions once they are here. Unfortunately, we cannot know before their arrival who may have plans to do illegal things, but we all can take some steps to try to minimize their likelihood of success.

I grew up in a very small town in Maryland where, quite literally, I knew everyone who lived there and they knew me. Because my mom grew up on surrounding farms and was one of eleven children, many of my “neighbors” were also my cousins, aunts and uncles. On the positive side, we had a built-in support network in times of trouble, and there was always someone nearby to take us to the doctor, keep an eye on us kids, or help shovel the walk or the road in the winter. On the negative side, the moms and aunts and uncles and neighbors at the windows did not let any of our juvenile transgressions pass without notice. I learned a lot amid those relatives and neighbors, and one of the most fundamental lessons I took away was this: neighbors look out for each other.

Here on Seabrook Island, where many of the homes are not occupied all year around, we should all take the time to try to connect with our neighbors, whether they or we are full- or part-timers. Get their email addresses and phone numbers. If they rent via a rental agent, learn who the agent is and get a contact number. Stay in regular touch with your neighbors. If something looks amiss across the street or at a house you know is not occupied, speak up. Call SIPOA Security (843-768-6641), call the property owner, call the rental agent, or call 911, depending on your assessment of the situation, but don’t ignore it.

If you see someone looking suspicious at a home you know is vulnerable because of the absence of your neighbors or any other reason, don’t confront the suspicious person directly or put yourself in harm’s way, but do contact SIPOA security or 911. If you see a suspicious or unusual car or van parked on your street, and if you can do so without putting yourself at risk, take a picture of the vehicle and the license plate with your phone. If, given your life experience, you feel that something is amiss, it probably IS amiss, and you should report it.

Many of us have fallen into the habit of not locking our doors when we leave our houses, but the simple act of locking doors greatly improves security. This includes sliding doors, patio doors and the doors to the screened porch.

Be sure to clean out your mailbox daily, and if you don’t have forwarding or a hold on your mail when you are away, please ask a trusted neighbor to clean your mailbox-even junk mail can contain your full name and address and can present an opportunity for identity thieves.
If you buy a large electronic appliance like a flat-screen TV, consider taking the box to the recycling center rather than leaving it at the curb for pickup on trash day: nothing says “brand new fancy TV inside” like a big box sitting next to this week’s trash.

If you know your neighbors are going to be away for a while after their trash cans have been emptied at the curb, consider rolling the cans back up to their house; again, cans at the curb likely signal an empty house.

If your house will be unoccupied for more than a day or so, consider installing timers on your lights, and asking neighbors to collect your mail and packages so they are not piling up in your absence.

If you are calling in or authorizing guest passes for contractors or day workers or others, please be as accurate as you possibly can in the identification of all individuals for whom you are seeking passes. Accuracy in our passes gives us a real advantage when we are trying to track who was on the island at any given time.

Keep your lawn maintained. Consider giving a trusted neighbor a key to your front door (not under the mat!) and asking them to check in on your house while you are away.

If you have a rental agent, engage the agent to make at least weekly randomly timed checks on the house and its contents.

Consider installing a “smart home access system” that allows you to control access to your home via your computer or smartphone, and bypass the need for extra keys. A ring-video doorbell system that also operates via your smartphone and that lets you see and speak to anyone who rings the doorbell from wherever you are, is also a great deterrent, because the person ringing the bell does not know where you are, but knows that they are being seen.

When we live in a place where we are accustomed to feeling safe and secure, incidents like those that have occurred in the last couple of months can be upsetting. It will take the combined efforts of all of us to reduce and hopefully eliminate these incidents in the future.

We still live in a beautiful, relatively crime-free place; to date we have only three or four incidents on Seabrook Island in about two months, and only one in which anything was taken. Soon we will be approaching the time of year when many of us travel to visit family and friends for the holidays. Let’s collectively do what we can to maximize the peace of mind for everyone who will be away, and to minimize the chances of illegal activity here on Seabrook for us, our friends and neighbors.

Enjoy the coming Fall weather!

Ed Houff
President, SIPOA Board of Directors