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Bluegrass
& Barbecue
at Harvest
Festival
C O U N T Y PA R K
FA M I LY- F R I E N D LY
F E S T I VA L N O V. 3
BY SARAH REYNOLDS
For Island Connection

C
harleston County Parks is once
again hosting a traditional
Southern fall shindig. The 17th
Annual Harvest Festival is set for
Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at
Johns Island County Park.
The Harvest Festival is perhaps known
best for its foot-stompin’ showcase
Participants in the 2017 Veteran’s Day Charitable Golf Tournament. of Charleston’s own bluegrass talent.
Performing throughout the day will be
Seabrook Island Veteran’s Day five bluegrass bands. This year’s lineup
will feature entertainment from local
performers Roger Bellow and the Drifting

Charitable Golf Event Troubadours, Marshgrass Mamas, Gravel


Road, Yee Haw Junction and River Boy.
No Harvest Festival is complete
without a feast. Plenty of food will
BY ALAN ARMSTRONG The entry fee for Seabrook Island be available for purchase, including
For The Island Connection Club members is $70 plus cart fee. For Southern barbecue, roasted and boiled
non-club members, the fee is $120. peanuts, kettle korn, and traditional

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$50 of the entry fee will be set aside as favorite festival fare, plus cold beverages.
he Seabrook Island Club and the a charitable contribution to the Ralph
Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club After feasting and dancing, festival-goers
Johnson Veteran’s Hospital and Fisher are invited to stop by the festival crafters’
will be holding its 7th Annual House. You may register for the event by
Veteran’s Day charitable golf outing on market to get a jump on holiday shopping.
calling the Seabrook Island Golf Shop
Monday, Nov. 12 to honor veterans who Families will find plenty to keep the kids
at 843.768.2529 or sending an email to
have served the country and raise money occupied including hay rides, a stick pony
golf@discoverseabrook.com.
to support the Ralph Johnson Veteran’s corral, pumpkin decorating, penny diving
Hospital and Fisher House. If you cannot play in the event but and more. This year’s Harvest Festival will
would like to make a contribution, you also feature a youth Archery Turkey Day
The event will be a captain’s choice can send a check to Alan Armstrong,
scramble format beginning with a Shoot! Turkeys will not be harmed in this
2427 Golf Oak Park, Seabrook Island, SC competition, but the winning archer will
9:30 a.m. shotgun start. Teams will be 29455. Checks should be made payable to
flighted for awards based on total team take home a frozen turkey. The showdown
the Fisher House or the Ralph H. Johnson is open to ages 8-17, and turkeys will be
handicap. There will be pizza and drinks Veteran’s Hospital.
in the clubhouse after play is completed. image011.jpgawarded to the male and
All Lowcountry residents are invited If you have any questions, please call female competitor with the highest score.
to participate. Team and individual Alan Armstrong at 843.768.9252. Interested competitors can sign up at the
The 2017 event raised $7,500 for the VA registrations are welcomed. Wounded Harvest Festival continues on page 6
Hospital. Warriors will be participating.

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Kiawah Island Town Council


M E E T I N G O C T. 2
Lynn Pierotti
publisher
BY KATY CALLOWAY
The Island Connection Managing Editor
lynn@luckydognews.com

T
he first meeting of the fall season At year’s end, (Kiawah’s fiscal year Mayor Weaver then read the Kiawah
Katy Calloway was called to order a questionable ends June 30) there was an available Native Plant Week Proclamation, which
managing editor three minutes ahead of time, after fund balance of $8 million, an increase declares the third week of October as
katy@luckydognews.com Mayor Weaver questioned the accuracy of $1.2 million from the prior year. “Kiawah Native Plant Week” to recognize
of the clock. The September meeting $115,000 was classified as non-spendable, the essential value and importance of
Jennifer Tuohy minutes were approved unanimously, having already been allocated for services Kiawah’s native plants to the island’s
following Councilmember Mezzanotte’s rendered in 2019, leaving an unassigned history, landscape and environment. There
contributing editor admitting to already sending in a few fund balance of $7.9 million, or 160% of will be a number of programs taking place
jennifer@luckydognews.com “wordsmithing” changes to Town Clerk the 2019 budgeted expenditures, which Oct. 15-19 encouraging planting and
Petra Reynolds. Sobczak described as “very good financial conservation of native species.
Alejandro Ferreyros Mayor Weaver opened business with condition.” Council then considered the approval
senior graphic designer a few updates, including information on Business licenses, building permits from Kimley-Horn for Beachwalker
alejandro@luckydognews.com the Lowcountry Mayor’s Disaster Relief and court fines brought in more revenue Dr. improvements. Ways & Means
Fund, created to help citizens in North than expected last year contributing to recommended approval for the $46,400
and South Carolina impacted by the an 11% increase over what was budgeted, expenditure to research, design and
Lori McGee storm. Donations are currently being for a total of $5.9 million in journal construct an additional turn lane to
sales manager accepted through the Coastal Community revenues. Investment returns were also Beachwalker Dr. The approval passed
lori@luckydognews.com Foundation. very successful. unanimously.
He announced the Fall Back to Kiawah Expenditures totaled $5.1 million, The second item for approval was for
Carla Foxworth event happening Oct. 4 as an opportunity $120,000 over budget, primarily a result the installation and maintenance of
for residents to come and see the beautiful of Hurricane Irma clean up expenses. two trash compactors at Kestral Ct., at a
sales executive
Town Hall and enjoy good weather. This total was 3% less than the prior year, cost of $14,520 annually. Approval was
carla@luckydognews.com which reflected a more expensive clean up granted unanimously.
Citizen’s Comments hosted Wendy
Kulick at the podium, who urged folks from Hurricane Matthew. Finally, the Town received three bids
Senior Staff Writer to visit Atlanta, where she and her family There were no significant for the demolition of the condemned
Gregg Bragg evacuated to during Hurricane Florence, recommendations from Greene Finney, property at 122 Turnberry Drive. Ways
adding that people could not have been which Sobczak credited to “management & Means recommended approval of a
Contributors more hospitable. [working] very hard to make improvements contract with Watts Builders in an amount
David DeStefano then discussed the and continue to improve processes and to not to exceed $35,500 to demolish and
Alan Armstrong remain diligent in maintaining effective dispose of the single-family residence,
process of meeting notice. DeStefano
Sarah Reynolds chairs the Public Works Committee and internal controls for the Town.” Good leaving the lot raked and free of debris.
David Savard was disappointed in the late notice of the news following a few “shaky” years. This passed unanimously in anticipation
Stephanie Braswell last special meeting of his committee. Mayor Weaver commented on the of the court order, but Mayor Weaver
Leah Burris DeStefano received notice merely an hour myriad of changes that have been made noted that the work cannot take place
and a half before the meeting was set to to financial activities and processes in prior to court approval.
Carol Antman
begin. the past few years and that those changes Town Administrator Stephanie
Arielle Alpino
There was a presentation by Emily continue to be effective and properly Tillerson updated Council on the trash
Dimi Matouchev maintained. concerns with HOAs. Issues center around
Sobczak of Greene Finney LLP on the
Geoff Bennett annual financial audit. She opened by Moving on to new business, Mayor the placement of trash receptacles and the
describing the ongoing process of internal Weaver commented on an item not on the policies of Carolina Waste Management.
controls that the Town uses throughout agenda, which was a first reading at the Sixteen out of 288 residents contacted
the year and decribed her agency’s role in last meeting of the Town’s Beach Lighting by mail have requested the change to
evaluating these processes and suggesting Ordinance. The second reading has been curbside service.
improvements. Greene, Finney issued a indefinitely pulled from the agenda while Committee updates included
“clean” opinion that describes the year’s staff reviews comprehensive changes. The Councilmember Wilson’s congratulations
financial information as correct and intent will be to bring this ordinance back to staff members on the successful audit.
accurate. to Council prior to turtle season 2019. Wilson also stated that the Comprehensive

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Annual Financial Report is available on the been an issue for the years that Carolina
Town website and encouraged residents Waste Management has been collecting
to take a look at it. He updated Council trash. She pointed out that there is no space
on Johns Island’s road improvements and for permanent, street level trash containers
allotments, which is beginning to sound in the cottage neighborhood and that the
like daytime drama. I-526 is apparently expectation that all residents will take their
back on the table, but Councilmember trash containers to the street themselves is
Wilson seemed cautiously skeptical. unrealistic.
Councilmember Widuch reported a David DeStefano returned to the
Dec. 15 finish date for Fire Station 6. He podium to discuss the slow-moving
then reminded residents that there is a St. vehicular traffic that he believes residents
Johns Fire Commission vacancy starting are overwhelmingly opposed to. These are
in December. Anyone interested should golf carts that run up to 25mph and are
please contact him or Stephanie Tillerson. (supposedly) equipped with all standard
Mayor Weaver gave a final comment automotive safety equipment. DeStefano
on the first joint meeting between the referred to the vehicles as “glorified golf
Town Council, ARB and KICA to discuss carts” and would like to see the Town
the Sea Level Rise report. All three groups of Kiawah ban these vehicles, which can
were invited to discuss recommendations only be operated within 4 miles of the
and have questions answered by the Sea garage they are kept in, according to state
Level Rise Committee members. Weaver law. DeStefano is concerned for safety
described the meeting as a good starting reasons, particularly mothers holding
point and expects subsequent meetings to young children in their laps, and implored
follow. the Town to ban these vehicles. Mayor
Marilyn Green Larach took to the Weaver said he is confident that the Town
podium for closing Citizen’s Comments and the Community Association will take
to discuss the trash collection at the a serious look at this issue.
Greenslake Cottages. She and her Council then moved into Executive
neighbors have been recently told Carolina Session.
Waste Management, per their policy, will The next regular meeting of the Kiawah
not collect trash that is not at street level. Island Town Council is scheduled for
Larach was surprised because this has never Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.

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Seabrook Island Town


Council
M E E T I N G S E P T. 2 5
BY GREGG BRAGG
The Island Connection Sr. Staff Writer
Tid e Char t
S
eabrook Island Town Council (SITC) Councilmember John Gregg’s report
seems to have found the sweet spot included;
between civic engagement and short 1. The ad hoc committee assembled Date High Tide Low Tide
meeting times. Council chambers were to revise SITC’s employee
brimming with attendees for the SITC handbook has all but completed
September meeting and council rewarded their work, which will be ready for Oct 12 11:19am/11:27pm 4:47am/5:27pm
participants with a renewed efficiency review in the near term.
despite a lengthy agenda. Mayor Ron
Oct 13 12:05pm 5:30am/6:15pm
2. The club’s Long Range Planning
Ciancio expressed his thanks for the Committee continues looking to the Oct 14 12:13am/12:53pm 6:14am/7:04pm
turnout before addressing parliamentary future by collecting and weighing
obligations, and turning to the financial topics to discuss in 2019, along with
Oct 15 1:01am/1:45pm 7:01am/7:56pm
report for the month of August. a survey to facilitate their quest. Oct 16 1:53am/2:39pm 7:53am/8:49pm
It’s been a “spiky” kind of year for 3. The Public Safety Committee
predicting cash flows at Town Hall; a met on 9/10 with a focus on Oct 17 2:48am/3:34pm 8:49am/9:43pm
month of famine followed by a month of
plenty. This month’s numbers rectified last
emergency debris removal Oct 18 3:45am/4:27pm 9:48am/10:34pm
and emergency housing. The
month’s dip the way it has all year. Revenues epicenter of an emergency Oct 19 4:40am/5:18pm 10:44am/11:22pm
for August beat projections by $140,000 as preparedness exercise held in
the result of checks arriving for franchise June was earthquake response. Oct 20 5:31am/6:05pm 11:36am
fees from the Municipal Association of SC,
local option sales taxes, and category 7&8
The work revealed unaddressed Oct 21 6:19am/6:49pm 12:07am/12:25pm
details including; power, water,
business licenses. Expenses, meanwhile, sewer, propane supplies, and Oct 22 7:03am/7:31pm 12:49am/1:10pm
were $22,000 below estimates. The getting staff back to the island.
abundance put Seabrook across the $5 Gregg assured attendees nothing Oct 23 7:45am/8:11pm 1:29am/1:54pm
million mark in total reserves, said the
Mayor, who introduced a guest speaker for
was going to slip through the Oct 24 8:25am/8:50pm 2:09am/2:38pm
fissures. Planned communication
the first round of Citizen’s Comments. mediums for seismic events, for Oct 25 9:05am/9:30pm 2:49am/3:22pm
“My name IS [emphasis hers] Katie example, include; Tidelines, the
Arrington,” she said before soliciting questions code-red system, and e-blasts.
from residents. Councilmember John Wells
Hurricanes, storms, etc., are NOT included in the predictions.
The group is also working on Tidal current direction changes and tide time predictions can be
prevented an emerging awkward moment documenting guidelines for such
by asking if Arrington was feeling better
very different. Tide predictions are PREDICTIONS; they can be
events. The finished product wrong so use common sense.
[following a car accident earlier this year]. “I’m will be incorporated into the
wearing heels, which the doctors said I would comprehensive emergency plan Source: saltwatertides.com
never do again. You can’t keep a woman out of available through the Town.
her heels,” she said to a smattering of chuckles
before leaving the meeting. SITC continues on page 4
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SITC continues from page 3
Gregg concluded his report by saying
increments, and is currently under review.
The Mayor chimed in to add that
enforcing Town ordinances is a vital part
Dogtober Fest at Kiawah
SITC has already filed for public assistance
with the Federal Emergency Management
of Seabrook’s ability to get the permits
required to re-nourish the beach as
T H E U LT I M AT E FA L L F E S T
Agency for costs incurred in anticipation needed. Beach Patrol, in turn, provides
of Hurricane Florence. documentation of those efforts, and BY LEAH BURRIS
Councilmember Skip Crane helps make the Town’s case. The Mayor For The Island Connection
announced the Federal Communications then turned the mic back to the Town

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Commission (FCC) would be holding Administrator.
ICA’s Dogtoberfest is the
a licensing class Oct. 24-25 for those Cronin wrapped up with some details ultimate Fall festival, uniting
interested in using amateur radios. He of Town Hall renovations and an upgrade pets, Halloween, Oktoberfest and
concluded his report by saying the Town’s to the Town’s Wifi. community at the center of Freshfields
new website is on its way as old content Jim Bannwart said the utility Village with a dog costume contest, wine
was being migrated and augmented by experienced normal operations, and had and beer tastings, adorable adoptable
new content, with an expected completion received $25,000 from FEMA to mitigate pets, vendors and more. The 12th Annual
by the end of the year. the cost of coping with Hurricane Irma, Dogtoberfest is on Saturday, Oct. 27 from
Councilmember John Wells made short which helped with SIU’s bottom line. 1-5 p.m. and admission is free. Bring your
work of his report again this month. He There were four measures for second favorite canine, enjoy satisfying food
said construction on Seabrook Island Rd. reading on the agenda: from Kay’s Southern Gourmet and Bac’n
has begun, evidenced by the many orange Ordinance 2018-06, rezoned 2460 Me Crazy food trucks, grab a drink and
construction cones lining Seabrook Island Seabrook Island Rd. as a conservation mingle with friends.
Pkwy. He then announced the dolphin easement, and passed unanimously. Finke Tickets for the wine or beer tastings are
program was coming to a close for the abstained from the vote, and there was no Roger Bellow and the Drifting Troubadours, a festival favorite, will return to the Harvest $30 each, and include a complimentary
season with metrics to follow. debate on the measure, which passed. Festival. Dogtoberfest wine glass or beer tasting
The Mayor’s report consisted of an Ordinance 2018-07 clarified For details, call 843.795.4386 or visit cup and koozie. You can feel good
announcement SITC will be reviewing its Seabrook’s leash law. SITC said they Harvest Festival continues from cover CharlestonCountyParks.com. knowing that proceeds from the tastings
time share ordinance. Fractional ownership consulted with residents including benefit local pet rescue organizations
event. Or, ages 8-17 can also just try out Harvest Festival 2018 is held Saturday,
in ¼ shares is permitted on Seabrook, but members of the pet friendly Sea Dogs like the Carolina Coonhound Rescue,
archery between 1 and 5 p.m. at the event Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Johns Island 2017 Dogtoberfest particpants.
“timeshares” are not. The Town will be group, and determined electronic collars Grateful Goldens Rescue, Greyhound Pets
without competing. All activities are free County Park. Admission is $8 per person.
looking for a more specific definition of would be prohibited. There was neither of America - Charleston, King Charles Society, with Platinum Sponsors:
with the festival admission fee. Kids 12 and under and Gold Pass holders are
terms and how to manage them to SC state debate nor comments this month, and the Cavalier Spaniel Rescue, Lowcountry Doolittles, Angel Oak Animal Hospital,
standards before the end of the year. As part of the festival, Mullet Hall admitted free. Food and beverages available
measure passed unanimously as written. Lab Rescue, Pet Helpers, Shih Tzus and Creekside Pet Retreat, Xfinity, Freshfields
Equestrian Center at Johns Island for additional fees. For more information, call
Town Administrator Joe Cronin said Ordinance 2018-08 is a measure Furbabies, and Water’s Edge Animal Village and 48 Wine Bar.
County Park offers the Harvest Festival 843-795-4386, visit CharlestonCountyParks.
the budget is 95% done and will be ready designed to strengthen fishing restrictions, Rescue. The wine tasting is curated by 48 This community event is open to
Weekend Trail Ride for horse owners com or download Charleston County Parks’
in plenty of time for the Town’s workshop and empower Beach Patrol to protect the Wine Bar in Freshfields Village. everyone. To find out more about attending
on Nov. 2-4. Equestrians are invited mobile app. This event is brought to you by
on 10/11. He provided the year-end Beach public from untended lines or fishing too Coca-Cola, Charleston Animal Society and Dogtoberfest is hosted by the Kiawah vendors, sponsors, entertainment, food
to bring camping gear and supplies for
Patrol report saying 134 warnings were close to recreation areas. The measure the Charleston County Park and Recreation Island Community Association and and wine, check out Facebook.com/
two nights of camping and trail riding
issued and only three citations. The bulk of passed unanimously. Commission. presented by the Charleston Animal DogtoberfestKI.
on 20 miles of beautiful, wooded trails.
the infractions were committed by visitors, Ordinance 2018-09 is a measure
and only 35% of the activity involved designed to define what materials can be
Seabrook residents [the full report is used for “fences." SITC code prohibited
available through the Town]. The contract some materials the Community
with Beach Patrol includes the option Association’s Architectural Review
to renew for up to two years in one-year Committee didn’t. The ordinance is
intended to sync the two definitions, but
was tabled to give the planning commission
a chance to better review the proposal.
Seabrook resident and regime
president Steve Glickman used the second
installment of Citizen’s Comments to
request a grandfather clause be added to
ordinance 2018-09. The Mayor explained
such a clause was SITC’s intent all along.
“It’s been 50 years since law school [rolling
his eyes and grinning] but what you’re
talking about is ex post facto, which does
not apply here.”
There being no further business, the
meeting was adjourned in less than 45
minutes. The next regular meeting of the
Seabrook Island Town Council will be
Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 2:30 p.m.
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Grow Native celebrates Kiawah Native Plant Week


BY STEPHANIE BRASWELL
For The Island Connection

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n October 2, Mayor Craig from flooding and storm surge. flowering information, salt tolerance, deer
Weaver signed a proclamation In addition to programs, the Town of resistance, and the wildlife value for each
designating the third week of Kiawah will also be releasing the Grow plant. This database will serve as a resource
October as Kiawah Native Plant Week Native database, (GrowNativeKiawah. for residents, landscapers, landscape
that will coincide with South Carolina com) an online searchable database of architects, landscape designers, and other
Native Plant Week. native trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, entities. The database is currently in
On October 14-20, the Town of ferns, and grasses that will provide detailed development and is set to be released by
Kiawah and the Kiawah Conservancy will information on growing conditions, size, the end of November.
officially kick off the new Grow Native
campaign intended to promote the use of
native plants on the island and improve Grow Native Engagement Activities
the island’s wildlife habitat. 1. Conservation Matters | Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home with
Using native plants in landscaping has a Doug Tallamy
direct impact on the ecosystem, including: Monday Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. | The Sandcastle
• Protection of water resources, Register at KiawahConservancy.org or call 843.768.2029.
allowing gardeners to reduce Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home and Professor and Chair of the
fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation
Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware will
practices which can contribute to
stormwater runoff, pollution and explain why relationships between animals and native plants are the norm in nature
degradation of downstream water rather than the exception and how to create a landscape that enhances Kiawah’s ecology.
quality. This program is sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy, Town of Kiawah Island,
• Sustain pollinators vital for fruit and Kiawah Island Community Association.
production and provide high- 2. Kiawah Conservancy Garden Keepers Program
quality food and shelter for 10 Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. | Kiawah Demonstration Garden
to 15 times as many species of Join the Garden Keepers for a morning of garden work and conversation. They’ll
wildlife as non-native plants. talk about how you can join the Grow Native movement as we celebrate SC Native
• Provide essential watershed Plant Week.
protection, helping natural 3. Mornings in the Garden: Growing Native with Justin Core
aquifers recharge, serving to filter Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. | Kiawah Demonstration Garden
water naturally flowing into rivers Learn how to use Kiawah’s native plants for the benefit of wildlife species and get all
Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature and estuaries and lessening erosion of your Kiawah natives questions answered.
Home. and flooding.
Photo courtesy of HumansAndNature.org. • Resistance to saltwater intrusion
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Keeping kids out of foster care


CHARLESTON HALOS PROVIDES GAP SERVICES
BY GREGG BRAGG built-in access to social services. Halos’ to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance is already in full swing. Halos reports
The Island Connection Sr. Staff Writer fills the gap with its unique combination Program (SNAP). 2,500 of their children have sponsors,
of dedicated staff, and unique technology. “Our staff and volunteers will also but there is a general call for holiday gifts

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provide personal counseling for 6 – 18 for these children. You can also sponsor a
harleston Halos is the mixed bag child entering the Kinship Care program
months depending on how extensive or
of Lowcountry charities. Since toward the end of the year, which would
complex the situation is,” says Clifton,
their founding in 1997 by Dr.
Eve Spratt, their operations have been our staff and who is no stranger to good works. mean a lot to someone going through so
The Savannah native is a graduate of the much change during the holidays. To find
primarily funded by grants from The volunteers will out more, send an email to NyRe Taylor
Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC, College of Charleston. She also has a Master
The Duke Endowment, and a smidgen
also provide of Social Work from Boston University (nyre@charlestonhalos.org).
personal with a spotlight on program planning Early next year, Halos will host an
of individual donations. The Medical
and development, community organizing, appearance by The Duke Pitchforks
University of South Carolina (MUSC) counseling for and nonprofit administration. Clifton has scheduled tentatively for February 3
child psychiatrist found a hole in access
to public assistance for young victims of 6-18 months served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Circular
on Whidbey Island, Washington and was Congregational Church,150 Meeting
abuse/neglect in the tri-county area she depending on St. The Pitchforks are an award winning
wanted to patch. a fundraising specialist in Guatemala,
how extensive among other posts. a capella group specializing in both
The term ‘Kinship Care’ wasn’t coined contemporary hits and old favorites. The
by Charleston Halos (Halos) according or complex the Fundraising is integral to any non-profit,
and Clifton is good at it. Charleston “Forks” will be joined by The Plantation
to Kim Clifton, Executive Director, but situation is Halos received a new grant in 2017 from Singers, another a capella/percussion
it is the condition they work to improve. group with roots in the Lowcountry,
Though it is not readily recognized, the the Victims of Crime Act to keep them
going, and individual donations are always specializing in gospel music.
intuitive expression describes families
welcome. However, Halos is willing to work Halos has helped 50,000 Berkeley,
circling the wagons to care for their own Benefit Bank Counseling is one several for everything, and manage to have fun in Charleston, and Dorchester county kids
in hard times. The effort keeps kids out tools in Halos’ arsenal, says Clifton. The the process. The 7th annual Charleston since 1997. For more information, visit
of foster care at a rate of 25-1 with Halos’ service includes the Benefit Bank Software Halos Oyster roast is one way you can help. CharlestonHalos.org.
help, with 57,000 SC kids currently living System (BBSS), which enables Halos’
with ‘kin’, meaning relatives or close It is scheduled for October 14 from 4–7 p.m.
counselors to sift through benefits families at Bridgeside Blvd. in Mount Pleasant, rain
family friends. have earned. Temporary Aid to Needy or shine. Tickets are $45 in advance/$55 at 7th Annual Oyster Roast
All too often, this means they’re Families (TANS) sometimes provides Sunday, Oct. 14
the door. You can register by visiting https://
living with grandparents or other family as much as $184/month/household, 4-7 p.m.
www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-annual-halos-
members already living on social security for example. The software can also test Harborside East, Mount Pleasant
oyster-roast-tickets-48407920393.
(SS) or otherwise living week-to-week. eligibility for veteran’s benefits people Tickets at CharlestonHalos.org
These fractured families often bypass the December will see Halos annual
didn’t know they had earned, increases in
SC Department of Social Services with its Holiday Drive, which their website says
Supplemental Security Income, and access
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Registration open for Festival of Lights


L I M I T E D T I C K E T S F O R F U N R U N A N D W A L K N O V. 7 & 8
BY SARAH REYNOLDS
For The Island Connection

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unners and walkers of all experience online at CharlestonCountyParks.com by
levels are invited to traverse through 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Race fees
hundreds of spectacular light are $12. Rates increase to $15 per person
displays that fascinate thousands every after Nov. 7. Move It Pass holders receive
holiday season. This year’s Holiday Festival a discounted rate of $10 per ticket. Ages
of Lights Fun Run and Walk takes place on 2 and under are free, but will still need a
Nov. 7 and 8 at James Island County Park. ticket to gain entry into the park. This is
This unique event offers participants a wheelchair and stroller-friendly course.
an extraordinary opportunity to see the Socialized dogs on short, non-retractable
lights on foot before the festival opens to leashes are welcome. Retractable leashes,
the general public and vehicular traffic. bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades and
This two-mile, non-competitive run/ scooters are not permitted.
walk is offered on two evenings before the All participants must be pre-registered
festival’s opening – Wednesday, Nov. 7 and and have an admission ticket to enter the
Thursday, Nov. 8. Registration is now open park. There will be no on-site ticket sales.
at CharlestonCountyParks.com. James Island County Park will close to
Much of the Holiday Festival of Lights traffic at 6:30 p.m.; therefore, participants
is normally seen from a vehicle, so the are encouraged to arrive early. Flashlights
Fun Run and Walk offers a leisurely are recommended for optimal visibility. The
opportunity to explore the displays up park will reopen to traffic at approximately
close. Participants will get a preview of the 8:30 p.m.
festival’s 700+ illuminated displays during The Holiday Festival of Lights opens to
the run/walk. Then, families can enjoy all the general public on Nov. 9 and will be
of the very merry amenities that the festival open nightly through Jan. 1, 2019, at James
offers, including gift shops, marshmallow Island County Park.
roasting, train and carousel rides, and The Holiday Festival of Lights and
much more. the Fun Run and Walk are presented
Advance registration is required for the by The Boeing Company, Chick-fil-A
Fun Run and Walk. Interested participants and your Charleston County Parks. For
are encouraged to register now before it sells more information on the festival, visit
out. Register by phone at 843.795.4386 or HolidayFestivalofLights.com.
October 12, 2018 9
ROADTRIPS CHARLESTON

Huddled masses yearning to breathe free

The Depression Years Tour illustrates the actual conditions of immigrants in NYC in the 1930s. Photo provided by the Tenement Museum in New York.

BY CAROL ANTMAN prejudice. Opportunities to extend Immigrants who came to this crowded, past aren’t like those of today’.” The
For The Island Connection the experiences include workshops, smelly, noisy, dirty destination may have museum has added training for its guides
discussions and behind the scenes asked themselves, “Is this the America I who have always encouraged interaction

N
tours and even a tasting tour of the was dreaming of?” and discussion but are now frequently
umb from the ceaseless clamor neighborhood. confronted by antagonistic opinions.
of news about immigrant Throughout the tour, Raj gave us
examples of the disconnect in our “The political climate has created a
bans, terrorism, border walls need for new skills or superpowers to
and fear, my husband and I visited the country’s attitude towards immigrants.
On the one hand we celebrate and facilitate the conversation,” Ms. Bader
Tenement Museum in New York hoping explained.
encourage them and on the other hand
for some perspective. We are both The american we pass laws to subjugate them. It was an eye-opening experience
second generation Americans; all of our Dream is a
grandparents emigrated from Eastern “The American Dream is a narrative to that left us with increased admiration
Europe in the early 20th century. Here narrative to make us feel good,” Raj said. “But it’s a for our grandparents who overcame
narrative.” immense obstacles: escaping murderous
they lived the epitome of the American make us feel hordes, travelling across Europe alone as
Dream; they arrived virtually penniless The museum shows the lives of
and left behind thriving Americanized good. But it’s a typical people who worked hard to build teenagers, arriving destitute in a country
and then scraping together a livelihood
families that have continued to excel. narrative. the factories and buildings only to die
amidst degrading conditions. We felt
We came with the conviction that new forgotten and poor while the lives of
immigration policies are an abrogation rich people are memorialized. In fact, gratitude for their fortitude and for this
of American ideals. We left with a much “We’ve always been anti-immigration country that gave them opportunities. But
more complex understanding. in this country,” he reasoned as he cited also, our disdain of recent immigration
Our tour, Shop Life, took us through laws that barred certain “undesirables,” policy changes shifted. As Raj stated,
The mission of the museum is to “tell the apartment and saloon of John and “People who criticize our president for
stories of immigrants who started their set unreasonable barriers or quotas and
Caroline Schneider. Interactive elements turned a blind eye to genocide. I’d always immigration laws have never studied our
lives anew on Manhattan’s Lower East brought the experience alive. Our guide, immigration laws. Our laws have never
Side between the 19th and 21st centuries taken the Statue of Liberty’s inscription
Raj Varma, gave us each a bio of someone as a shining example of our country’s been about who is let in, they’re about
through the recreated apartment and who actually lived in the neighborhood who to exclude.”
businesses of real families…” Unlike fundamental truth but my perspective
and prompted us to stay in character and shifted. “Every citizen of our country has
museums that are housed in grand Roadtrips Charleston highlights
playact an evening in the neighborhood to reconcile themselves to this duality,”
buildings, this one consists of two historic interesting destinations within a few hours
tavern which was once one of the 720 bars Raj concluded.
tenement apartments. drive of Charleston, S.C. as well as more far
within the 15 block neighborhood.
When the founders, Ruth Abram In today’s highly charged political flung locales. Carol Antman’s wanderlust is
The immigrant experience, Raj climate, I was interested to learn that driven by a passion for outdoor adventure,
and Anita Jacobson stumbled upon the stressed, is of equivalent importance to
buildings in 1988, they were like time tours at the museum are often disrupted artistic experiences, cultural insights and
the Civil War in defining who we are as by controversy. In an article written by challenging travel. For hot links, photographs
capsules. “It was like the people had just a nation. In the 1840’s, the Lower East
picked up and left,” Jacobson recalls. Sebastien Malo for Reuters, the museum’s and previous columns or to make comments
Side of New York was the most densely director of education Miriam Bader please see PeaksAndPotholes.blogspot.com.
Today, eight different tours take visitors populated place in the world. It was the
into the buildings that are set up as if the says, “People will now share stronger
first area in the country where people opinions about whether or not they
occupants still lived and worked there. spoke a different language, German. It
One tour highlights sweatshops; Under think immigrants are sort of bleeding
also housed the largest number of families the country, they’re taking too much If You Go:
One Roof shows the diverse lives of with the worst amenities: few windows
Jewish, Chinese and Hispanic neighbors; that other people should have, or they’re tenement.org
and no running water or gas. Eighty taking our jobs. You’ll hear … comments
one highlights the Depression years; Irish percent of babies born in hospitals died.
Outsiders shows their struggle against like ‘You know the immigrants of the
10 October 12, 2018
daily

Madison Keys to play


Volvo Car Open
P L AY E R R E T U R N S F O R 7 T H
CONSECUTIVE YEAR
BY ARIELLE ALPINO
For The Island Connection

M
adison Keys has committed to play
the 2019 Volvo Car Open, March
30 – April 7, 2019 on Daniel
Island. The 23-year-old American will
join US Open champion Sloane Stephens
and Australian Open champion Caroline
Wozniacki in the growing player field.
Keys’ 2018 season includes two
semifinal Grand Slam finishes at the
US Open and French Open, and one
quarterfinal Grand Slam finish at the
Australian Open. In addition, she reached
the semifinals at the Volvo Car Open
and the quarterfinals at the Western &
Southern Open. She was a finalist at the
2017 US Open.
“Madison has become a huge fan
favorite in Charleston,” said Eleanor
Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament
Manager. “Her spirit on-and-off the court
is contagious, and our fans have had the
chance to watch her talents grow these
last few years. We’re thrilled to welcome
this tennis standout back to the Volvo Car
Open.”
Keys has found success on the green
clay in Charleston. Not only did she reach Madison Keys.
the semifinals of the Volvo Car Open in Photo courtesy Wikimedia.com.
2018, but she was also a finalist in 2015
The Volvo Car Open formerly known as
and a quarterfinalist in 2013.
the Family Circle Cup, moved to Charleston,
The 2019 Volvo Car Open will be SC, in 2001 from Hilton Head Island, SC,
Keys’ seventh consecutive Charleston and will celebrate its 47th tournament in
tournament. 2019. The tournament features a singles
“I love playing the Volvo Car Open!,” draw of 56 players, a qualifying draw of 32
said Keys. “The fans are truly amazing players and a doubles draw of 16 players. In
and I have great memories from the conjunction with Tennis Channel and WTA
tournament… I reached one of my first Media, the Volvo Car Open is showcased
finals there. I always look forward to from the first ball struck in main draw
coming back.” competition to the last ball played in finals,
At World No. 18, Keys is on track to throughout the U.S. and 174 international
finish her fourth successive season in the partners. The tournament receives more than
WTA’s top 20 rankings. 100 hours of tennis; live from Charleston,
The nine-day Volvo Car Open is the broadcast across the globe to millions of fans.
largest women’s-only tennis tournament The tournament is operated by Charleston
in North America and attracts an average Tennis, LLC. For more information on the
of 90,000 attendees and more than 100 of Volvo Car Open, visit VolvoCarOpen.com.
the top singles and doubles tennis players.
October 12, 2018 11
on the water

Fall brings best fishing of the year


BY GEOFF BENNETT
For The Island Connection

F
all has arrived bringing with it cooler the flats as well as under docks. Just put
weather and shorter days. But don't your rod in the holder and wait for the
put your rods and reels away just reel to start screaming as the fish hook
yet because we're about to experience the themselves.
best fishing of the year! Fishermen will Artificial lures have started to really
continue to find success with live bait but work for trout and the traditional paddle
artificial lures should become increasingly tail design has been great. I'll use a 1/4oz.
productive. Make time to get out on the Trout Eye jighead and tie a loop knot to
water, you will have a blast! give the lure even more action. Vary your
rate of retrieve as you prospect different
spots for pockets of fish. To make your
lure even more attractive, try putting a
piece of shrimp on the hook. You can use
Artificial lures pieces of frozen or live shrimp and it will
have started put a scent trail on your lure that fish find
to really work hard to resist.
Even as artificial lures become more
for trout and effective, keep tossing those popping
the traditional corks. Live shrimp, mud minnows and
artificial shrimp have been working great Krissy Engel from Minneapolis, MN caught a 9lb tagged redfish using a mud minnow
paddle tail when suspended about 18"-24" below under a popping cork in Charleston Harbor. It was her first redfish ever.
design has been the cork on a fluorocarbon leader and an Photo by Geoff Bennett.
great Owner size 1 circle hook. Redfish, trout circles with their golden backs flashing in providing light tackle charters. Clients
and flounder alike will eat these baits the sun. Use patience when approaching choose from a full menu of fishing options
as they pass by suspended in the water the schools and when you make your with charters tailored to their desires.
column. Corks have been working best first shot make sure to cast to the edges USCG licensed and insured, Capt. Bennett
fished along grassy banks at mid and high so as not to spook the school. Jerk shad is committed to providing a safe and
Redfish have been hungrily eating cut tide. artificial lures rigged on Gamakatsu size enjoyable charter to anglers of all skill levels
and live bait fished on the bottom. Mullet With the colder water temperature, 3/0 flutter hooks are the way to go. and ages. For more information, call Capt.
especially are pervasive in our waters and redfish are starting to form bigger schools. See you on the water! Bennett at 843.324.3332, visit his website
can be easily netted. We'll rig the bait on These large schools make for excellent at CharlestonCharterFishing.com or email
an Owner size 3/0 circle hook paired with sight fishing on low tides. On clear days, For a decade, Capt. Geoff Bennett him at captain@charlestoncharterfishing.
a carolina rig. You can use this setup on you can see these redfish swimming in has operated Charleston Charter Fishing com.
October 12 Island Connection Calendar October 27
ONGOING chorus, open for membership. Season runs Wednesdays Thursdays & Sundays SUNDAY, OCT. 21 annual art gala features exhibit, silent
WHAT: Beachfront Lights Out October through March. For information WHAT: Kids Fishing Tournament WHAT: Live Music auction, cocktails and heavy hors
WHERE: all seaward, beachfront contact Director of Music, Van McCollum at WHERE: Bohicket Marina WHERE: 48 A Wine Bar WHAT: Festival of Mountain Music d’oeuvres. Event benefits RCC, a nonprofit
properties 404.401.0678 or vanmccollum@bellsouth.net. WHEN: 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. WHEN: 6:30-8:30 p.m. WHERE: East Beach Conference Center organization serving those living with
WHEN: 9 p.m.- 8 a.m. MORE INFO: A Fishing Tournament just MORE INFO: Featuring 48 wines WHEN: 4-6:30 p.m. Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of
MORE INFO: US Fish and Wildlife Tuesdays for kids ages 4-14. Two rounds of fishing. by the glass every day. For details visit MORE INFO: Kiawah Arts and Cultural dementia. Tickets are $50 per person,
Service discourages the use of outdoor WHAT: Family Oriented Tours and Arrive at least 15 minutes before your FortyEightWineBar.com. Events presents a David Holt production. availability is limited. Sponsorships are
lights when not required, in order to Activities desired round. It’s only $7 per participant Tickets available online at KiawahIsland. also available. For information contact
protect nesting sea turtles. When on the WHERE: Nathaniel Russell House which includes all bait and fishing rods. Saturday org/events or at the Municipal Center Sara Perry at 843.647.7405 or Sara@
beach at dark, use red filters on flashlights. WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Every tournament produces 3 winners WHAT: Johns Island Farmers Market 843.768.9166. Events are open to the RespiteCareCharleston.org.
Artificial light such as flashlights without MORE INFO: Family tours start on the which will receive a tournament shirt, bait, WHERE: Charleston Collegiate SChool, public. Ticket release Oct. 5.
filters are prohibited on the beach at night. half-hour between 10:30 am and 12:30 bucket and bragging rights. Questions call 2024 Academy Rd. SATURDAY, OCT. 27
This includes flashlights on phones as well. pm. Docent-led scavenger hunt tours, 248.719.0076. WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 25
historic games and toys in the garden. MORE INFO: Charleston’s only year- WHAT: Run Like The Devil
WHAT: Wide Angle Lunch WHERE: Mullet Hall Equestrian Center
Mondays HistoricCharleston.org for information WHAT: Timbers Kiawah Concerts in the round farmers market, highlighting
WHERE: Charleston Library Society,
WHAT: Family Trees and to purchase tickets for the date and Courtyard produce and locally produced goods WHEN: 9 a.m.
Main Reading Room MORE INFO: Charleston Collegiate
WHERE: Walton Hall at St. John’s Parish, museum house you would like to attend. WHERE: The Courtyard between Hege’s and foods. Live music, kids activities.
WHEN: 12:30 p.m. School’s annual 5K and Family Fun Run.
3673 Maybank Hwy. and Java Java (Freshfields Village) JohnsIslandFarmersMarket.com for details.
MORE INFO: Steve Stegelin, “Sketchy Food, Halloween-themed games, costume
WHEN: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. WHAT: Kick-it at Bohicket WHEN: 6-8 p.m.
Politics: The Life of an Editorial contest, prizes, and more. Register at
MORE INFO: Begin exploring the WHERE: Bohicket Marina MORE INFO: Join Timbers Kiawah in Third Saturday of Cartoonist in the Trump Era.” Part
process of clearing title for heirs’ property WHEN: 6:30 p.m. The Courtyard every Wednesday for live the Month CharlestonCollegiate.org.
covered arena. Bring your chairs and blankets. Kiawah career retrospective, part philosophical
by defining the family tree. For more MORE INFO: Face painting, a balloon music with Chris Dodson, outdoor kids WHAT: Sea Islands Cars & Coffee
Food trucks and refreshments will be available. WHEN: 4-6:30 p.m. discussion, Steve’s talk delves into the WHAT: Get to Know the Transgender
information or to make an appointment artist, DJ and sand art bracelets. Co- games, local art and beverages provided WHERE: Freshfields Village, Kiawah
Tickets online at CATR.ejoinme.org/ MORE INFO: Four-time Grammy importance of social commentary, Community, Lee Ann Leland
for an initial assessment call 843.810.1036 sponsored by The Town of Seabrook Island by Timbers Kiawah. The series will run WHEN: 9-11 a.m.
movienight2018. Sponsorship opportunities Winner Holt hosts 3 acts. Tickets on and how that political discourse has WHERE: Johns Island Regional Library
& Bohicket Merchants Association. For through Wed., Aug. 29. MORE INFO: This free event will feature
available. Contact Amanda Gerald at info@ sale 10/5 and available at the Kiawah evolved during the current American WHEN: 2 p.m.
WHAT: Farmer’s Market questions call Todd at 248.719.0076. antiques, classics, exotics, concepts and any
catr-program.org for more information. Municipal Center. For more info visit political administration. Admission MORE INFO: Transformative local
WHERE: Freshfields Village WHAT: English Conversation Club other cool cars. Coffee and other refreshments
KiawahIsland.org. $20 for members/$30 for non-members
WHEN: 4 - 8 p.m. First and Third WHERE: John’s Island Regional Library available for purchase by Java Java Coffee
(including lunch). Lunch will be available
series invites community to converse
MORE INFO: Shop locally grown organic Tuesdays WHEN: 2 p.m. House. If you have any specific questions SUNDAY, OCT. 14 with individuals who have been exposed
TUESDAY, OCT. 16 from 12:15 p.m., and talks begin at to prejudice or stigma, and engage in an
produce along with specialty food products, WHAT: The Charleston County Public MORE INFO: Practice speaking English about the event, please contact Bruce WHAT: A Doll’s House, Part 2 12:30 p.m. Seating is limited. For more open, honest and respectful dialogue.
delicious treats, fresh seafood and Lowcountry Library Bookmobile with a small group. Beginners to advanced Stemerman at bstemerman@gmail.com. WHERE: turtle Point Clubhouse WHAT: Queen St. Harmony Music information call 843.723.9912 or visit Leland is co-facilitator of the Charleston
crafts. Or come hungry and enjoy BBQ, take- WHERE: Parking lot behind Hege’s learners welcome. A children’s program WHEN: 4 p.m. Series charlestonlibrarysociety.org. Area Transgender Support Group, on the
away dinners, sweets and more. WHEN: 10-11 a.m. and/or craft will be provided during the SATURDAY, OCT. 13 MORE INFO: Kiawah Arts and Cultural WHERE: Queen St. Playhouse
MORE INFO: Bookmobile is back the club meeting. Registration is not required; Board of We Are Family and received the
WHAT: Lowcountry Trail Half Events presents a Pure Theater production. WHEN: Doors at 6:30, show at 7 p.m. WHAT: MORE. GOOD. DAYS. Community Leadership Award in 2017
WHAT: Charleston Coastal Choir first and third Tuesdays of the month. The call 843.559.1945 for more information. Tickets available online at KiawahIsland. MORE INFO: 2018 music series featuring
Marathon WHERE: Charleston Yacht Club from the Alliance For Full Acceptance. For
WHERE: Church of Our Savior schedule for the summer is June 19, July 3 org/events or at the Municipal Center some of our favorite Barn Jam artists and WHEN: 6-9 p.m. more information contact ccpl.org or call
WHEN: 1 p.m. & 17, August 7 & 21. Thursdays WHERE: Johns Island County Park
843.768.9166. Events are open to the many others you need to get to know. This MORE INFO: Respite Care Charleston’s
MORE INFO: Local, mixed community WHAT: Family Oriented Tours and WHEN: 8:30 a.m. 843.559.1945.
MORE INFO: Half marathon and a public. Ticket release to Kiawah residents Tuesday: Doug Jones Everybody Doug
Activities on Sept. 25, general public Sept. 28. Jones, Forty Mile Detour and Wild Ponies.
WHERE: Aiken-Rhett House 5K, spectators are welcome. Registration
is $40, and $32 respectively and ends Tickets $10 advance/$15 day of, available
WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. WHAT: Latin American Festival at AwendawGreen.com.
MORE INFO: Family tours start on the at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 11, Walk-up
half-hour between 10:30 am and 12:30 registration on race day from 7 – 8 a.m. WHERE: Wannamaker Park, North FRIDAY, OCT. 19
Rates increase 20% on race day. Fees Charleston
pm. Docent-led scavenger hunt tours, WHEN: noon-6 p.m. WHAT: 10th Annual NFF Golf
historic games and toys in the garden. include post-race beverages, food and live Tournament
music. Online registration T-shirts will be MORE INFO: Latin American music,
HistoricCharleston.org for information dance, art, food and children’s activities. WHERE: Oak Point Golf Club
and to purchase tickets for the date and given to runners who register prior to Sept. WHEN: Registration 7 a.m., play at 9 a.m.
13. Participants ages 10-15 can register, Four time Grammy Award nominees
museum house you would like to attend. Plena Libre will be headlining, Capoeira MORE INFO: St. Johns Professional
but must be accompanied by an adult Firefighters Local 3883 hosts tournament
chaperone. Parent/guardian must sign Charleston and Buen Aché Dance
WHAT: Live Music at The Andell Inn Group will also perform. Admission to support the National Fallen Firefighters
WHERE: The Andell Inn Hotel, waiver for participants ages 17 and under. Foundation, committed to assisting the
To register, visit CharlestonCountyParks. is $10, $5 with valid student ID. Visit
Freshfields Village CharlestonCountyParks.com for schedule families of firefighters who die in the line
WHEN: 6-8 p.m. com or call 843.795.4386. of duty. Captain’s Choice playing format
and information.
MORE INFO: Relax with cool jazz with after round dinner provided by
every Thursday evening in the lounge of WHAT: CATR Movie Night Backdraft BBQ. Raffle and putting contest
WHERE: 2669 Hamilton Rd. WHAT: David Holt’s Festival of
the Andell Inn Hotel. Drinks and food Mountain Music available. Visit FireHero.org/event/golf18-
available. No cover charge. 843.793.6050. WHEN: 5:30-8:30 p.m. stjohns to register.
MORE INFO: Misty, showing under the WHERE: East Beach Conference Center,
AndellInn.com.
14 October 12, 2018
financial focus

When should you see a financial professional?


BY DIMI MATOUCHEV
For The Island Connection

I
t can be challenging to achieve your contribute? What sorts of investments recommend ways to diversify. Generally, retirement accounts? To choose an annual
financial objectives. Fortunately, you should I choose? When should I change the more diversified you are, the greater withdrawal rate that’s appropriate for your
don’t have to go it alone, but when my investment selections? A financial your protection against market downturns needs, you should consider several factors:
should you seek help? professional can help you review your that primarily hit one type of asset class. how much you have in your retirement
Here are some of the key life events in plan and explain the aspects that may (However, while diversification can help accounts, how much Social Security you’ll
which you might be able to benefit from affect your investment choices. reduce the impact of market volatility, it receive, what other sources of income
the services of a financial professional: Marriage can’t guarantee profits or protect against (such as part-time work or consulting)
First professional job When you get married, you and all losses.) you might have, your age at retirement,
your spouse may decide to merge your Children your spouse’s projected retirement assets,
Eventually, you will land that first job,
finances, including your investments. But Once you have children, you’ll have new your retirement lifestyle, and so on. It
which will offer benefits and a 401(k) or
if each of you brings similar investments responsibilities and you’ll have some new might not be easy for you to consider
similar employer-sponsored retirement
to the table, you might create some financial issues that should be addressed. all these elements and then arrive at a
plan. Since you may not have any
redundancies. A financial professional If something happened to you, could your suitable withdrawal rate, but a financial
experience with a 401(k), you may have
can look at your respective portfolios and children still have the same lifestyle and professional has the experience, training
several questions: How much should I
educational opportunities? Would they and technology to help determine a figure
even be able to stay in the same home? To that could work for you.
help ensure your children’s security, you These aren’t all the life events that
may need to add more life and disability may lead you to contact a financial
insurance. professional, but they should give you a
While life insurance could help pay for pretty good idea of the type of assistance
your children’s education, you also should you could expect over time. So, consider
prepare for education costs as if you will reaching out for the help you need, when
be around. So you may want to consider you need it. Doing so could help make
an education savings investment such as a your life easier as you move toward your
529 plan. A financial professional can help financial goals.
you with your insurance and education- Dimi Matouchev is a financial advisor
funding needs. with Edward Jones, located at 1505
Retirement Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms. For more
Once you retire, you will face a variety information, call 843.886.9229 or visit
of financial decisions, but here’s one of the EdwardJones.com.
most important ones: How much money
should you withdraw each year from your

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