?Local Charleston, SC Organization “Think Boxing” Takes Classes Virtual, Nationwide During COVID-19

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Live stream classes open to all ages as a way to manage stress, anxiety 

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Businesses that rely on interpersonal contact have had to think fast to pivot their business model. How exactly can they serve clients at a distance? Think Boxing is turning to virtual classes, allowing the organization to not only serve its Charleston area clients but expand its offering nationwide thanks to technology. 

Think Boxing is a non-contact boxing curriculum that helps participants release stress and foster better brain balance and wellness. Individual sessions are available via live stream as are group classes for adults, families, teens and children. During the live stream session, a Think Boxing trained coach will lead classes through a warmup, physical technique and exercises in breathing and mindfulness. Home boxing equipment is not required. 

Think Boxing does not involve actual fighting, although students do learn boxing techniques and break a sweat. They learn how to use these techniques to help reduce stress and anxiety as well as regulate emotions and release tension. 

Managing stress and anxiety is vital as individuals and families grapple with the impact of COVID-19 — everything from quarantine and working from home to helping children with virtual school. Many people are facing job losses and layoffs while businesses struggle to keep their doors open. 

“As people work to stay informed about our current situation it triggers the fear center of the brain and activates our survival response. It’s impossible not to feel anxious,” said Mount Pleasant counselor Beth Matenaer. 

Matenaer founded Thinking Boxing in 2019 with entrepreneur and boxing coach Jason Scalzo. She serves as the organization’s clinical director.  

“In this situation we need to find ways to pause and let our brain know that this is important and scary but, in this specific moment, your life is not in danger,” Matenaer said. “This does not mean to not heed warnings and hunker down, but simply to acknowledge that a bear is not coming out of the woods to kill you at this moment in your living room or kitchen.” 

This is the perfect time for people to develop new coping skills, ways to keep their anxiety at bay and manage the stresses of this “new normal,” she added.

Matenaer said Think Boxing was already looking at expanding its curriculum nationwide and had an in-person training for new coaches planned in June. Now, she and the team are looking at this as an opportunity to reach more people faster and in a way they hadn’t previously considered.?

“We see this as a way to give people another tool to care for their mental health in this time of crisis,” Matenaer said. “If you can’t get to your therapist or you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the news or if you’re facing a personal challenge, a Think Boxing class is a way to manage emotions and release tension.” 

To learn more or sign up for a Think Boxing live stream class, visit www.thinkboxing.co. Classes are currently offered at a reduced rate of $15 per household. 

Charleston Historic Tours teaming up to raise funds to displaced restaurant employees

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Captain Bryan Bialock of Charleston Historic Tours is teaming up with local area restaurants to provide funding support to displaced restaurant workers during this time of need.

100% of all funds collected are going directly into the hands of the former employers to support food, bills, and medical expenses.

Why is Bryan taking on this project?

“I worked for 5 years as a shipping analyst for OOCL. I had an idea to start a bar tour on weekends and these guys made it happen. It built up to the point where last year I quit my full-time job to do 5 different types of tours and without these managers and service staff allowing my groups to come by and treating them like royalty it would not be possible and I would not be doing what I love. This is my small thanks for their contribution to my own success.”

If you would like to contribute, Bryan has sent up a Venmo Account where you can contribute directly

Effective April 1, 2020 – All non-essential businesses in South Carolina ordered closed

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020, non-essential businesses throughout the state will be required to close in order to combat the spread of the #COVID19 virus. A complete list can be found at scemd.org/…/gov-henry-mcmaster-orders-non-essential-busine…/

If a business has a question as to whether they qualify as essential, they should complete the Essential Business Clarification form located on the South Carolina Department of Commerce website, which will be easily accessible on the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s website. Questions can also be sent to covid19sc@sccommerce.com, or business representatives can call 803-734-2873.

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding (CATR Farm) on Johns Island helping children and adults with disabilities discover the beauty of horseriding

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To empower children and adults with disabilities to enjoy more active and fulfilling lives through therapeutic horsemanship.

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding (CATR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies. Meta Carter and Eileen McGuffie, both accomplished equestrians, started CATR in 1991. With the help of Meta’s brother, Heyward Carter, we received our 501(c)(3) status in 1992. That year, CATR also gained the title of “Premier Accredited Center” through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). PATH Intl. provides standards for best practice and continuing education opportunities to help therapeutic riding centers all over the world maintain safe and successful programs. We are proud to have maintained our premier accredited status consistently since 1992.

By 1995 we had a Board of Directors, and in 1997 we received our first grant from the Joanna Foundation. We were then able to hire our first and current Executive Director, Murray S. Neale.

CATR’s program began at Rhonda Tockmakis’ farm in Mt. Pleasant with two students, a volunteer instructor, Andrea Smith, a few volunteers and wonderful horses donated by Rhonda. Along the way, CATR set up shop at Meta’s farm in West Ashley, Rosebank Farms, Seabrook Equestrian Center and Brickhouse Plantation Equestrian Center.

In 2004 we were able to purchase Brickhouse, and for the first time, we had 12 acres on Johns Island to call our home! At this time, we established Brickhouse Equestrian Center LLC (previously known as CATR Farms), which is a for-profit entity under CATR’s umbrella and exists solely for the support of the non-profit organization. Brickhouse Equestrian Center (BEC) is a full boarding and lesson facility that supports the horses and the maintenance of the farm. In 2009, we greatly expanded our property by acquiring 31 surrounding acres through the Green Belt program, making CATR’s home a beautiful 43-acre farm.

Today, CATR employs ten PATH Intl. certified instructors that work together with 150 volunteers to serve over 140 children and adults with disabilities and 30 wounded military veterans each year.

Charleston Jazz Society Seeks Volunteers for Presenting Jazz Events?

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The Charleston Jazz Society is considering sponsoring a jazz performance series and is looking for volunteers to organize and run about 6 small concerts a year. If you are interested in becoming part of the volunteer staff, please contact jazz@csatennis.com for more information.

No prior experience or knowledge is necessary other than the desire to spread the joy of live jazz to a larger part of the Charleston community. However, skills in marketing and publicity as well as event planning would be helpful for some of the positions available.

Summerville Dream To Promote Streaming By Local Musicians

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Story by Rob Rosenblum

In order to help area musicians to continue to perform for their audiences, Summerville Dream, a Summerville based non-profit, will highlight and promote recorded video performances.

The man behind this effort is local folk-rock guitarist and singer Dan Riley.

Riley has played frequently at Home Grown Brew House and hosts the Knightsville Porch Jam at Knightsville general store open house.
“What I am doing is a collaboration with Summerville Dream’s Steve Doniger,” Riley said..” People had been chatting about how we could feature musicians who normally play live. I’m a singer and songwriter and organize events and part of a network of musicians.? I’m just a friendly guy trying to connect with as many people as possible.”

“I am reaching out to musicians and asking them to send videos to me to be featured on the Summerville Dream page,” he explained.? “All we need is a simple video on their phone or Facebook live. It has to be music they own the rights to or public domain.”

Riley asks that you send files and links and biographical information to him by email at danrileysongsmith@gmail.com. If they have an electronic tip jar, include that information as well. If you have trouble sending larger files, try using www.wetransfer.com, a free data transfer site.

COVID-19 SC Update: South Carolina Governor orders visitors from high risk infection areas visiting to self-quarantine for 14 days

By order of the Governor, all visitors to the State of South Carolina from the states of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, the City of New Orleans and any other area deemed to be at high risk for COVID-19 infection must immediately isolate themselves or self-quarantine for 14 days or for the duration of their presence in South Carolina, whichever is shorter. Failure to comply could result in a $100 fine or up to 30 days in jail. (Executive Order No. 2020-14)

Everyone can help limit the spread of the virus by staying home, avoiding large groups, staying six feet apart from people who aren’t family and taking everyday precautions to stay healthy. More information is available at scdhec.gov/COVID19 and scemd.org #COVID19

List of GoFundMe Efforts in the Lowcountry supporting local businesses

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Here is your opportunity to support the local businesses you have come to love in their time of need:

Fundraisers in Charleston, South Carolina

Fundraisers in North Charleston, South Carolina

Fundraisers in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Fundraisers in Summerville, South Carolina

Fundraisers in Johns Island, South Carolina

Fundraisers in Charleston AFB

Fundraisers in Ravenel, South Carolina

Leading Skin Care Manufacturer ROYAL LABS, of Charleston, S.C., Ramps-Up Production to Meet Demand for Hand Sanitizer Spray and Hand Wash

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With grocery stores, hospitals and senior living facilities reporting shortages of hand sanitizer and hand soaps due to continued impact of COVID-19, Royal Labs Natural Cosmetics, Inc., has expanded its production line to…

CHARLESTON, S.C. – March 27, 2020 – (Newswire.com) – With grocery stores, hospitals and senior living facilities reporting shortages of hand sanitizer and hand soaps due to continued impact of COVID-19, Royal Labs Natural Cosmetics, Inc., has expanded its production line to accommodate unprecedented demand for sanitizers and soaps in the coming weeks.

“With over 80K sq. ft of manufacturing space and the capability to produce, pack and ship large volumes of finished goods with quick turns, we see this is an opportunity to step up and provide an important service, using the resources and infrastructure that we already have in place.” – Dee Heffernan, VP Sales & Marketing

The formulator and manufacturer behind some of the most trusted brands in the natural wellness sector for the past 35 years, Royal Labs has a reputation for developing high-quality skin-care and personal care products that are as effective as they are health-conscious.

“We’ve always prioritized integrity and quality in our supply chain and have, over many years, developed relationships with some of the best producers of raw materials in the World. This has allowed us to maintain a consistent end product that is safe and affordable for our customers.” – Paul Lieber, Founder & CEORoyal Labs is currently shipping online orders for hand washes under its Deep Steep brand and is taking bulk orders for hand washes and hand sanitizers on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to hospitals and government-run establishments. To place an order, please contact sales@royallabs.com

Royal Labs Natural Cosmetics is a private label contract manufacturer of premium personal care and skin-care products. Learn more at royallabs.com

Folly Beach Lifts Ban Restrictions but continues to urge social distancing

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Effective today, Friday, March 27, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.

The City of Folly Beach will be suspending checkpoint operations based on guidance from the Attorney General of South Carolina. The City will no longer restrict access to the City pending further direction from Governor McMaster.

Additionally, restrictions on short-term rentals and other overnight accommodations are lifted at this time. The beach will be open, however, the Governor has ordered everyone to maintain social distance and we will work to disperse all crowds.

?Short-Term Rentals, Hotels, and Other Overnight Accommodations may permit new check-ins. However, all guests should be advised that they are subject to all executive orders issued by Governor McMaster.

?Physical Businesses must follow Governor McMaster’s orders and CDC guidelines.

?Construction and service businesses may continue with building permit (if applicable) and 2020 Folly Beach business license. Please expect substantial delays in processing new building permits and business license applications. To apply for a new permit or license, please visit our Virtual City Hall at https://www.cityoffollybeach.com/virtual-city-hall/

Operations and Other Information

  1. Charleston County School District has extended school closures through April 13; they continue to provide free “grab and go” lunches to all students (whether or not they previously qualified for free or reduced lunch); the nearest drive-through location is Harbor View Elementary on Harbor View Road.
  • 2. City Parks, Playgrounds, and Facilities are closed consistent with Charleston County Parks and Recreation. The boat landing is open for use.
  • 3. City Trash operations will continue on a normal schedule. Please check Charleston
  • 4. Municipal Court will be canceled through April 30, 2020, except for emergency matters.
  • 5. Public Safety will respond to calls, but please expect extra questions from Dispatch to screen for COVID symptoms for the safety of the public and our officers. Please use the Dispatch phone number (843-588-2433) rather than walk-in for non-emergency questions. The station will be closed to the public for tours and drop-ins.
  • 6. City Hall is operating via virtual, phone, and dropbox operations until further notice.

a. All nonessential business walk-in customer service is terminated at this time.

b. Building permits and business licenses may be applied for online, but please expect delays as staff focuses on emergency operations.

c. Parking and Court tickets can only be paid online or by mail to PO Box 48/Folly Beach, SC 29439d.

All payments can be made online via credit card or through the drop box in the lobby of City Hall, or by mail to PO Box 48/Folly Beach, SC 29439.

Temporarily, we will accept credit card payments over the phone during the declared state of emergency.

  • 7. All Charleston County Libraries (including Folly Beach) are closed to patrons until further notice.
  • 8. Charleston County Parks are closed: Visit their Alert Center for updates.
  • 9. Effective Wednesday morning, March 18, Governor McMaster has ordered restaurants and bars to close other than take-out food service. Food providers may provide take-out food service only, but no on-premise consumption of food or alcohol is permitted.
  • 10. Governor McMaster has extended the state filing deadline is extended to June 1stfor all state taxes.
  • 11. The Governor has ordered that all municipal elections in April be postponed until after May 1st. Therefore, the City Council election and Utility Referendum will be canceled at this time. The Municipal Election Commission will meet in the coming weeks to set a new date.
  • 12. All City meetings scheduled for March are postponed: this includes Design Review Board (3/16), Candidate Forum (3/17), Tourism Visitor Promotion Committee (3/18), Parks & Recreation (3/24), and the OCRM Public Hearing (3/26). Medical Testing If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms including respiratory distress, please call 911. For all other symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, MUSC Health Virtual Care telehealth service is offering COVID-19 screenings free of charge to South Carolina residents experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms located in South Carolina. Non-residents may use the service but may be charged for the visit and the panel. All MUSC screenings must be initiated online through their telehealth service: https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html. No walk-up traffic is accepted at the drive-through testing location. You may also be able to obtain testing through your regular doctor’s office and lab, dependent on each medical provider’s capabilities. Please check with your doctor’s office as capabilities continue to be expanded daily. The Governor has requested that doctor’s offices and insurance companies to provide tests at no charge; however, this is not a mandate and may not be followed by every provider.


There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: Stay home and practice social distancing, whether or not you are experiencing symptoms Avoid close contact with people who are sick.? Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when you are sick.? Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.? Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.

?CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

?Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

?If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

All citizens are encouraged to review the information below and make plans for you and your family in the event of disruptions to your daily routine.