Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

LOWCOUNTRY GROUPS RESPOND TO CRISIS IN PUERTO RICO AND THE CARIBBEAN

Lowcountry residents Omar Nieves and Andrew Salvat-Vega met because of a hurricane, although the storm took place thousands of miles away.

Both men are Puerto Rican, but they met for the first time in Bluffton at a recent meeting of new nonprofit organization LowCountry Area Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico and Caribbean. The get-together took place in the community room of May River Village apartments, where people of many races and nationalities gathered to discuss how they could help the devastated region. Like Nieves and Salvat-Vega, who found out about the meeting on Facebook, everybody there wanted to make a difference.

HIGH COST OF TUITION AND FEES WORRIES MANY S.C. STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES

These days, the price of sending a child to college is enough to make a parent weep. But colleges and universities aren’t totally responsible for the sticker shock. Many factors play into the high cost of tuition and fees.

Nationally, the average annual cost for undergraduate tuition, fees, and room and board for the 2014-15 school year was $16,188 at four-year public institutions, $41,970 at private nonprofit colleges and $23,372 at private for-profit institutions, according to the most recent data available from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Chancellor Ai M. Panu is proud of the friendly, family-like atmosphere at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Staff and faculty greet students by name and with smiles; the bulletin boards outside the admissions office are filled with flyers for special events and book club meetings, job opportunities, academic workshops and a volunteer trip to Puerto Rico.

It’s an atmosphere he’s worked hard to cultivate, even as the school’s size has skyrocketed. USCB recently was ranked the fifth-fastest growing university in the nation by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

CHAMPAGNE IS THE PERFECT SIP FOR ALL SEASONS

When Cher’s character Loretta Castorini dropped a cube of sugar into her Champagne in the movie “Moonstruck, purists gasped — but hey, at least she got her man. But we can’t condone the sugar cube-bubbly blend. At most, adding some crème de cassis or Chambord to make a Kir Royale is perfectly acceptable but first things first: Champagne comes from the geographical region of Champagne in France, produced under strict French law. Anything else is just sparkling wine. 

WHERE SHOULD YOU GO WHEN THE SKY’S THE LIMIT? WE ASK THE EXPERTS.

It’s a great big beautiful world out there. For the luxury traveler, there are truly no limits on where the five-star experience can take you. But the rest of us can dream, too. If money were no object, where should you go?

MALUKA IS A LOCAL BOUTIQUE WITH URBAN STYLE

Bluffton’s Promenade district is the closest thing the Lowcountry has to an urban scene. Nightlife, residential living space above restaurants and a walkable scale have made this area popular with Millennials.

The metro feel made this location appealing to Kim Block when she decided to open a boutique in her new hometown. Her shop, Maluka, looks like a clothing store one might find in the downtown of a large city.

GROUP46 NAMED EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Group46 president Ryan Lockhart was named Employer of the Year by the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department. He was honored with the award at the Vocational Rehabilitation Open House Luncheon in Beaufort in October. The department provides job placement and training for people with disabilities. David Russell was hired as a graphic designer for Group46, a new position made possible by the vocational program.

LOCAL VETERANS REFLECT ON THEIR SERVICE

Every year on the 11th day of the 11th month, Americans honor past and present members of the armed forces with Veterans Day ceremonies, parades and other community events. Meant to honor the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who have served in the U.S. military, as well as the families who have been left behind to wait and worry, the holiday was first established as Armistice Day in 1918. It marked the treaty signed by the Allies and Germany to end fighting on the western front during World War I. In 1954, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in the U.S.

THE END OF THE DACA PROGRAM WILL AFFECT THE LOWCOUNTRY

How much difference does a 3-by-2-inch card make? For Reynaldo Gonzalez of Hardeeville and his younger siblings, it made all the difference in the world.

After their mother’s death in January, Gonzalez, 23, became the sole provider for his sisters, 19-year-old Vanessa, Lizbeth, 15, and his 8-year-old brother, Alex. The card that helped him take care of them up until now is his work authorization, obtained through the federal program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

CAN ROGER FREEDMAN SOLVE THE HOUSING PROBLEM FACING HILTON HEAD’S WORKFORCE?

Many businessmen’s dreams have died on Daufuskie Island, but accomplished local developer Roger Freedman thinks he has a plan that could boost development and also solve the affordable housing crisis on Hilton Head Island.

Freedman says his plans to develop affordable housing on Daufuskie for the area’s workforce will help ease staffing woes plaguing Hilton Head’s tourism and hospitality industries.

HILTON HEAD DAY SPA HAS BEEN A FAVORITE SINCE 1983

St. Louis native Patricia Owen didn’t come to Hilton Head Island for its beauty, as many others do.

Instead, she brought beauty to Hilton Head.

“I worked for Estée Lauder as an educator and makeup artist, and we moved to Hilton Head to bring the line here,” she said. “By watching what was happening in that industry, we started seeing more spa services being introduced. We realized that this was the future.”

LOCAL INDEPENDENT JEWELRY STORE MAKES MEMORIES

On a chilly, overcast, late autumn morning somewhere in Ohio, a woman puts on a pair of earrings that make her remember a perfect summer day at the beach.

STAGING EXPERTS CAN MAKE YOUR HOUSE LOOK LIKE A HOME TO BUYERS

Preparing your house for sale can be an intimidating task, especially if you have spent years filling your space with personal decorations, memorabilia and furniture. If the thought of sorting through it all is overwhelming, area professionals offer home staging services that create fresh and inviting spaces and ensure your home is ready for the market.

Hot weather and high humidity are as much a part of coastal South Carolina as wraparound porches and sloping metal roofs. Traditional architectural styles frequently found in old-time Savannah and Charleston eventually took root in Beaufort and Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island, shaping the style of the Lowcountry.

WHAT’S YOURS IS MINE: HOME EXCHANGE PROGRAM LETS OWNERS VACATION WORLDWIDE

Over the past three years, Rex and Susan Gale have gone on 12 vacations to four different countries without paying a dime for lodging. 

The Hilton Head Island couple does pay $150 a year to be part of an online home exchange program, but that’s considerably less than they would spend on hotel rooms and rental properties.