School is back!!! It is an exciting time of year for parents and children alike.? It is time to rust off those brains that have been stored in beach and play mode for the last few months and sharpen your senses.
We have provided some online quiz links to see how well you know your home.
You find the most unexpected treasures when you aren’t even looking.
My first indication, when I found The Polygon 1969 Porter-Guad School Yearbook was, why would anyone throw this away?? Had someone passed away?? Did they not want to think back on the past?? So many questions, ran through my mind.? In the end, I saw a 100 plus page look at Charleston’s history.
We imagine many of these faces still reside and have been contributing members of the community and for that we thank you.? As we thumbed through the pages, we were astonished at the level of education of the faculty, the reminders of youth and the trends of almost 50 years ago, that we look back upon now fondly.
Take a seat and let us walk you through a moment 47 year ago, when a ground of young adults had their whole lives to look forward to.? From the hair, to the sense of camaraderie, Porter-Gaud reminds us that school is a valued part of our lives.
Maybe you might see a familiar face or two along the way.
The Polygon 1969 – Porter-Gaud School Yearbook – Charleston, South Carolina
We hope you enjoyed this look back.? Now it is time to enter the time machine and return to present time.
Media Release:? HFF arranges refinancing for waterfront hotel in downtown Charleston
August 25, 2016 – Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced today that it has arranged a refinancing for the Courtyard Charleston Waterfront, a 179-room, Marriott Courtyard-branded hotel located near the historic district in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.
Working on behalf of the borrower, JMH Hotels, HFF placed the seven-year, fixed-rate loan with Prudential Mortgage Capital Company.? Loan proceeds will be used to pay off an existing loan.
Overlooking the Ashley River, the Courtyard Charleston Waterfront features a terrace with water and marina views, outdoor waterfront pool, fire pit, whirlpool, state-of-the-art fitness center, 1,428 square feet of meeting and event space, four wet boat slips and The Ashley River Café, a breakfast restaurant serving American cuisine.? The five-story hotel’s planned renovations will, among other improvements, convert the existing restaurant to The Bistro, a full-service restaurant with a bar.? Situated on 3.8 acres at 35 Lockwood Drive, the hotel is adjacent to the medical campuses of the Medical University of South Carolina, Roper St. Francis Hospital and the VA Hospital.? The property is also located proximate to the Charleston Historic District and is two blocks from both U.S. Highway 17 and the terminus of Interstate 26.
The HFF debt placement team representing the borrower was led by managing director Michael Weinberg.
About JMH Hotels
JHM Hotels, a premier lodging company, based in Greenville, South Carolina, has developed, acquired, owned and operated hotels throughout the United States for over 42 years.? The company currently owns and operates 40 hotels with over 7000 guestrooms, located in the United States and India, operating under such well-known brands as Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton and Starwood.? For more information, visit JHM Hotels’ website at www.jhmhotels.com.
HFF and HFFS (HFF Securities L.P.) are owned by HFF, Inc. (NYSE: HF).? HFF operates out of 23 offices nationwide and is a leading provider of commercial real estate and capital markets services to the U.S. commercial real estate industry. HFF together with its affiliate HFFS offer clients a fully integrated national capital markets platform including debt placement, investment sales, equity placement, advisory services, loan sales and commercial loan servicing.? For more information, please visit hfflp.com or follow HFF on Twitter @HFF.
Thomas C. Cario Middle School Teacher Receives Presidential Award
Charleston, SC — This week, President Obama named 213 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. One of CCSD’s own, Rebecca Strong, a sixth grade science teacher at Cario Middle, was among those to earn this distinction.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is given to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country and is among one of the highest forms of recognition a K-12 math or science teacher can earn. Winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process at the state level.
Each nomination year of the award alternates between teachers in kindergarten through 6thgrade (2014), and those teaching 7ththrough 12thgrades (2015). Strong was one of only two educators selected as a recipient for 2014 in the state of South Carolina.
Strong is in her 28th year of teaching, having first taught at Laing Middle for ten years, followed by Cario Middle since it opened in 1999. Strong has taught both sixth and seventh grade science, and is now teaching the children of her former students as a result of her long time service in education.
Throughout the course of her career, Strong has led students in various science clubs and has served as science department chairperson for over 14 years. She has also served on school leadership and steering committees, and was involved in the planning of the South Carolina Waterfowl Association’s Camp Leopold. Strong was named the Cario Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2002.
Strong graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Biology and a M.A.T. in Secondary Science. She is National Board Certified in Early Adolescence Science and is a member of several organizations including the National Science Teachers Association, the South Carolina Science Council, and the Charleston Reading Council.
“What a tremendous honor it is to have this award bestowed upon one of our educators,” said CCSD Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait.“We are very proud of Rebecca and her exemplary leadership and practices in the classroom.”
Winners of the PAEMST receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. Strong and other awardees are invited to Washington, D.C., on September 8 for an awards ceremony, as well as educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.
In 2009, Sarah Harbin was enjoying an Art Walk with friends and like many, a Charleston Art Walk is not complete without a stop down the historic corridor to East Bay Street to Robert Lange Studios. Known for its uncompromising excellence in identifying talent that is without limit and exploding in creative flow, Robert Lange Studios has become the model for art, not just in Charleston, but throughout the country. Their culture of acceptance in the art community has brought in admirers from all walks of life including Kevin Costner. As Sarah soaked in the diverse range of exhibits, she was taken by one particular piece that was hanging in the single use restroom. Robert Lange Studios has a practice of highlighting an artist in the restroom area. As she absorbed the detail, she knew the artwork was already “mine in my heart.” She purchased it and today it is still a very meaningful part of her home.
That artist was Nathan Durfee. Today, Sarah’s painting has very defined meaning and that young artist, whose work she purchased, was awarded the Best Visual Artist Award four consecutive years from 2010 through 2013 by Charleston City Paper. This has been a long journey for the creative mind of Nathan Durfee. This isn’t a rags to riches story. This is a creative talent in the art community that has a wonderful story to share. Through his images and colors, Nathan creates a visual world that has taken flight and mesmerized children and adults throughout the Charleston community.
When I met Nathan at Kudu Coffee downtown, he was working diligently on a new piece for his father. one that would compliment a birthday gift of a new bike. I wanted to break the ice quickly and dig into the personality of this artist.
“What inspires you Nathan?”
He replied, “eavesdropping, other artists and brilliant people talking.”
Quite a profound list uttered without hesitation. This opened the door to a very candid few hours with this middle child who studied illustration in Savannah, GA. His playful, giddy laugh showed his childish innocence and proves very important in his works which combine adult subject matter and elegant landscapes. This careful tapestry of beautiful tragedy incorporates the bittersweet imperfections of life with elegance and sensitivity.
Many find that moment when inspiration hits and they can pinpoint that exact time when they just knew. For Nathan, he never had that moment. He summarized his career as “scattering a bread crumb trail” until he found his destiny. Now featured in Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans, Nathan’s work has found a niche in the Southeast. His style and approach is one of spontaneity. Many approach art with the idea of meticulously preparation, thinking though each brush stroke mentally for hours paint is lain on canvas. Not Nathan. He takes an idea and begins. It is refreshing to see him go from mind to creation so quickly and grow the idea with each minute and hour of passing time.
Like many creative types, ego does play into the personality type and is critical to pushing oneself to seek out their inner greatness. Nathan felt this early in this career, even when he was struggling to find an audience, Over time, he has developed a resistance because having too much of an ego could not help him become a better artist. Nathan also, on occasion will listen to patrons talk about his work and gain insight into how others perceive his style, characters and image depictions. It is part of his continuous learning curve.
Nathan, who shows tremendous maturity at this early stage in his career has been greatly influenced by Joe Sorren, Illustrator Phil Hale and Illustrator Dave Mckean . If you look closely and compare the colors and styles, you can see how the influence has rubbed off on Nathan.
Over the course of our discussion, we talked about memorable commissioned works, great customer experiences and future plans. On December 5, 2014, Nathan and Robert Lange Studios will be unveiling an eagerly awaited new collection.
“Nathan, if you are in front of a young student, whose life ambition is to become an artist, what advice would you give?”
Don’t get discouraged
Don’t get cocky
Stay in between
This is exemplary advice from an artist whose style is already influencing other.? For now, we see many years of amazing work ahead that will gain further exposure and further accolades for this Charleston talent.
City of Charleston, South Carolina
50 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Telephone (843) 724-3746
FAX (843) 724-3734
John J. Tecklenburg – Mayor
Office of Communications
City Launches Boards, Committees and Commissions Online Platform
Charleston, S.C. – With more than 40 boards and commissions, the city of Charleston has long encouraged independent citizen oversight and participation in local government—at least in theory. But with today’s debut of Boards+, a new city website that allows citizens to view the members, duties and actions of city boards, committees and commissions and to apply for open positions as they become available, that theory is now becoming a reality for residents throughout the Charleston area.
―This new system is a huge step forward for transparency, accountability and citizen action here in the city of Charleston,‖ said Mayor John Tecklenburg, who’s expected to formally unveil the platform at tonight’s meeting of City Council. ―By reinventing and demystifying the boards and commissions process, it opens up a whole area of city government that’s been locked away in musty folders and file cabinets for too long, and ensures that more of our citizens will be able to have a real say in their own future, and in the future life of our city.
Boards+ can be accessed on the City website homepage under the ―Government‖ tab or at www.charleston-sc.gov/boards. Residents who do not have access to the internet can call 843-724-3739 for assistance.
The cloud-based tools will improve the city’s efficiency by simplifying the process of managing appointments, advertising opportunities to serve and the application process for boards, committees and commissions.
The platform will remain in beta for the first several months, as improvements continue to be made. The public is encouraged to make recommendations and suggest improvements to the platform.
Jack O’Toole, Director of Communications
Media Relations/Public Information
I have your attention.? If nothing else, some pleasant reading for a Sunday.? There are statistics for everything.? Some based on research, some speculation and often times both.? We have heard that 40, 45, 55 and up to 70 people a day are moving to the Charleston area.? Bazinga!!! That is an influx.? Especially considering most of historic Charleston is below sea level.? There has been high praise for this little piece of paradise, but this is an article to open your eyes and offer the counter point:? Why you shouldn’t move to Charleston.
Top Reasons You Shouldn’t Move to Charleston
Taxation – Taxation in Charleston County can put quite a burden on your pocketbook or wallet.? Restaurant food tax stands at 10.5%, restaurant alcohol tax is 15% and taxation on necessities such as clothes will run you 8.5%.? If you have the kids or want a nice romantic evening out, you will be paying quite a bit extra to enjoy those luxuries or the basic life necessities.
Racial inequality – You will get many opinions on this one and many may not even acknowledge it as an issue.? Some may be so frustrated that they won’t read this section of the article.? The bottom line is that there is a racial separation point in Charleston.? Whether it is location, economics, crime or lifestyle, it exists.? Next time there is a major crime in Charleston, listen in on the debate.? I am certain, one of the first statements will be whether it was a black on white or black on black crime.
Historic aesthetics are dying – Known for its historic church steeples, the Holy City has been a haven for history buffs, romantics and fans of true Southern hospitality.? You don’t have to be an urban planner to see the infrastructure of our historic downtown is changing.? With the growth of restaurants overpowering the establishment, old fixtures, such as Morris Sokol going to the waste side after 94 years and corporate entities becoming a common place at every turn, Charleston is changing.? Within the next few months, there will be seven Starbucks in historic Charleston.? At the corner of Calhoun and King Streets, you will find Carolina Ale House, Walgreens, Five Guys Burgers, Chipotle, Starbucks and Moe’s (and one corner is a park).? It is one digital billboard from being a mini Times Square.
Heat and Humidity – This year the Farmer’s Almanac predicts that the Southeast will have an unusually warm winter.? In seven years, Charleston has seen snow twice.? Since April, it feels like we have had 130 plus days of 80 to 100+ degree temperatures.? Add on the clingy humidity, obnoxious bugs we call neighbors and high UV sun exposure and for many you have an unbearable Summer season (even part of Spring and Autumn).? The heat and humidity is an acquired taste.? Learn about it first and really determine if this is what you want year round.
Cost of Living – Housing prices are high.? It is a seller’s market.? I am not talking foreclosures in less than stellar neighborhoods.? The large management groups will take those over once those neighborhoods are cleaned up.? I am talking residential home buying.? If you have studied housing markets in the past, this is a perfect case study.? The speed of growth over the last 7 years has been tremendous.? When will the bubble burst?? I know a great deal that hope it does not ever.? It will.? Be patient.? Monitor the housing trends, but be aware, your new home may begin to “lose” value in the next few years.? Also, look at the cost of goods compared to the average per capita income of the region and state.? We are a bit unbalanced. (Cost of Living in Charleston)
Unpredictable weather –? To the east, clouds, thunder and lightning; to the west, blue skies.? As a convertible owner, weather can be a friend and a brutal enemy.? Expect the unexpected.? Of course, we are a hurricane spot.? Though we have not had a major since 1989, the threat and the affects have been experienced here in Charleston.
Poor Driving – If you like people that don’t use blinkers, drive and text, roll through stop signs, stop and go traffic at any point in the day, hesitant drivers and high risk of road and highway accidents, then yes, Charleston is for you.? Spend a few days driving through downtown, West Ashley, James Island, Folly Beach and Mount Pleasant and really experience the true Charleston driving experience. (Letter to Charleston Drivers)
Construction issues – It is abundant and not going away anytime soon.? Go to Spring Street, Lockwood, Cooper River Bridge, Cross town, James Island Connector, Folly Road and a number of other areas in the city limits area and you will see constant construction.? Some projects may go on for months or longer.
Jobs and Education – I am happy to report that the growth of the tech sector and the expanding world of Boeing has added a number of key jobs in this community taking us out of the old hospitality and sales culture, but there is still room for growth and still some challenges faced by many to find strong career opportunities.? Also, South Carolina traditionally ranks in the bottom 10% – 15% in academics.? Research your schools first before making a decision to choose a certain district. (Charleston Education System)
King Street Grille’s Downtown Charleston Location Closing its Doors After 13 Years
Lease non-renewal leaves King Street one less locally owned business
Charleston, SC – King Street Grille’s original location (and namesake) will be closing its doors after 13 years in business due to non-renewal of their lease on lower King Street. The locally owned restaurant’s last day in business will be next Sunday, August 28.
King Street Grille which serves casual food and spirits in a sports-oriented setting, has five other South Carolina locations including North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Kiawah, Murrells Inlet and Myrtle Beach. Owners plan to assist King Street employees with finding jobs at other King Street Grille locations or at other restaurants in the Charleston area.
“We would like to thank all of our customers and employees for the support over the years. We started on King Street and King Street will always be in our name even if we don’t have a King Street restaurant,” says Scott Kier of King Street Grille. Owners say they will be actively searching other options to return to King Street under a situation where the lease agreement is mutually beneficial to all parties.
King Street Grille will be open for normal operating hours next week from 11am-11pm Monday-Thursday, 11am-12am Friday-Saturday and 11am-11pm on Sunday. For more information about King Street Grille and their other locations, please visit TheKingStreetGrille.com or find them on Facebook at King Street Grille DT Charleston
Message from Director of Yaschik / Arnold Jewish Studies Program
August 16, 2016
It is with a heavy heart that I report to you that Norman J. Arnold passed away early this morning. ?Norman was an anchor of the Jewish Studies Program, and the Program bears his name in virtue of his long-standing and generous support. He was a life-member of the Program’s Advisory Board, and together with Gerry Sue Arnold was its second chair. He received an honorary Doctorate from the College of Charleston in 2012.
Norman was also a dear and reliable friend. It is very sad to see those who created the Jewish Studies Program at the College and who were its most effective and ardent advocates pass from the scene. I will miss him.
at 2:30pm? The family will receive comforters in Arnold Hall at the College of Charleston, 96 Wentworth Street, ?immediately after the burial, at about 4pm.? There will be a mincha service at 5pm in Arnold Hall.
May Gerry Sue and his family receive comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.? His memory is already a blessing.
Brunch is a fixture in Charleston.? It has grown faster than the National deficit.? It is more important than our political engine and it has raised the bar for culinary excellence.? Brunch is a personal experience for many.? For some, it is to meet an insatiable appetite and for others a spiritual gathering of friends to share laughs and mimosas.
Brunch is an art and one that follows certain rules of behavior and expectations.? A good brunch will have great drinks, excellent food, comforting décor and high level service.? Rarely, will you find all those qualities.? That isn’t a bad thing.? Brunch is a brand and certain restaurants are selling that brand.? It could be cheap cocktails, a signature dish, the ambiance of a rooftop or live music.
On a rare occasion, an establishment gets it all right.? Harold’s Cabin located on the corner of Congress and President, defied the odds and created a brunch experience that has set the bar high.? Ironically, seeing a chalk board sign supporting Raven Saunders in her quest for a medal in Rio laid a nice parallel for our award winning experience.
We must begin with the charming rustic décor.? How often, do you want to tour a restaurant?? We did.? With a glass of Prosecco in hand, we took a self-guided tour of what appeared to be a quaint late 1800’s cabin with a warn American flag on the wall, bird art, wooden chairs, a couch your grandma would be proud of and the highlight, a rooftop garden.? We were overwhelmed with a feeling of home as we walked on the creaky wooden panels beneath us and took in the well-designed layout and décor.
The brunch menu, to many, may seem light on options, but given the preparation descriptions, we had a challenge narrowing down our selections.? We did
the proper thing and staggered our courses to maximize the options we could try.
Course one:? Corn Hush Puppies with pepper jam and sweet corn kernels – Our delightful server claimed they may be the best in all of Charleston.? Believe me she was right.? At $5.00, it was a meal in itself.? So much so that I took one home for a later snack.? So lightly fried and soft on the inside and with the compliment of just enough peppery spice, it was a perfect and zesty combination of sweet and spicy.
Course two:? Harold and Lillian.? I have a confession.? This past Sunday, I hosted a brunch for 14 people and one of the dishes I tried to create was this dish.? Now, mine was not nearly as amazing, but it was gone in less than 90 seconds and very well received.? This creation is genius and so unique to our little community.? Picture this:? Lox and latkas, granny apple slices and crème fraiche.? With each fork full, we carefully made sure we had the crème, apple slice, lox and latkas fried up like a taco all together.? That combination was heavenly.
Course three:? Tomato and pimento cheese biscuit with egg ($6.50) with a side of Brussel sprouts.? Not an uncommon dish, but wow what a dish.? In presentation and taste, they nailed it.? This homemade biscuit with just the right toasty firmness on the outside and light fluffy on the inside and made to perfection.? It was sizable for two and overwhelmingly delicious.
Course four:? The intent was the beignets, but we settled for the Prosecco instead.? We just couldn’t do it, but will be back for them very soon.
We would be hard pressed not to mention the artistry of the barista.? The cappuccino was made with a frothy leaf on top and hand delivered by the artist herself.? As she walked away, we saw the brush in her back pocket and smiled.
Two hours later, we left happy and fulfilled.? We talked down Huger Street through the neighborhoods and just enjoyed the afterglow of our exceptional brunch experience.