Georgia Tech’s Savannah campus will launch a live, online version of its coding boot camp on April 28. The 24-week program will teach participants the skills needed to create front- and back-end web applications. The boot camp is designed with the consideration of working professionals and students, and is two three-hour evening classes during the week and a fourhour class on Saturdays, which students will attend remotely. To learn more, go to www.savannahcodingbootcamp.com.

Palmetto AnimalShop to save homeless pets during Palmetto Animal League’s ninth annual online auction. The no-kill shelter in Okatie will kick off Bid for PAL at 8 a.m. April 20 at PALAuction.org, through 10 p.m. April 23. This event features hundreds of items donated by local businesses.

“You can get great deals on items like golf and restaurant certificates,” said auction co-chairwoman Nina Bean. “Bid on vehicles, boats, pools and travel adventures including a trip to Kenya.”

A retired school administrator is vying to represent Sun City on Beaufort County Council. Joseph Passiment will run for the District 6 seat Jerry Stewart plans to vacate when his term ends. Passiment taught business in New York and New Jersey and was a business administrator for almost 30 years in New Jersey schools before retiring to Sun City in 2015. He serves on the Beaufort County Zoning Board of Appeals.. 

To loosen the sand to create suitable nesting habitat for sea turtles, a contractor hired by the Town of Hilton Head Island is tilling portions of the island’s beaches. The work is being done in areas that recently were renourished. The work should be completed by the end of this month. 

The IRS, in collaboration with United Way of the Lowcountry and Beaufort County Human Services Alliance, are once again providing free tax return preparation for qualifying taxpayers. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offers free tax help to people who generally make less than $54,000 per year, as well as Lowcountry residents with disabilities, those ages 60 or older, and taxpayers who speak limited English.

SCE&G customers have a chance to win one of three smart thermostat prize packages, valued at $400 each. Customers can enter by having their old freezers and refrigerators picked up through SCE&G’s appliance recycling program by April 30. Scheduling a pickup is easy and free of charge. Each prize pack includes a Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi–enabled thermostat, two advanced power strips, two low-flow shower heads and five LED bulbs. Schedule pickup at www.sceg.com/smart

A sewer extension project has made sewer connections available to more than 120 homes in the Oakview, Marshland and Dillon Road areas. The work is part of the master sewer plan initiative and includes a commitment of $10 million from the Town of Hilton Head Island for sewer mains and $3 million from the Hilton Head PSD for new sewer lift stations and mains.

At an annual awards ceremony in February, Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue awarded Rosemary Fisher, Justin Vader and Mike Breen with Citizen’s Service Awards for their efforts in performing bystander CPR.

THE HILTON HEAD ISLAND ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE CELEBRATES ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY.

For longtime islanders, it can be hard to believe that it’s been 35 years since Tom Reilley took a walk up William Hilton Parkway with a handful of friends, forming a parade that would ultimately be halted at the Sea Pines Circle for its lack of a permit.

For those new to the area, jostling for space along the parade route among 30,000 other spectators, it can be hard to believe that such a massive parade had such humble origins. The journey from there to here will reach the 35-year mark when the 2018 parade steps off at 3 p.m. March 11, rain or shine.

HARDEEVILLE OFFICIALS ARE PREPARING FOR GROWTH AS DEVELOPERS FLOCK TO THE REGION.

It’s not exactly a galaxy far, far away, but the city of Hardeeville — which Mayor Harry Williams has nicknamed “Starship: Hardeeville” — is focused on a bold vision of the future.

On the heels of the announcement that Jimmy Buffett’s Latitude Margaritaville residential community would be built in Hardeeville this year, the town also finalized an agreement with Argent Land Holdings to develop the 7,351-acre East Argent community, which is approved for up to 9,500 homes and 1.5 million square feet of commercial development over the next two decades.

BLUFFTON TEENS AND KIDS GET A BOOST FROM BERKELEY HALL

“Willie, get a head count,” officer Oscar Frazier Jr. ordered as he buckled his seatbelt in the van idling at the entrance of the Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton.

“Ten, sir,” high school sophomore Willie Brown Jr. was quick to report.

FOUNDER OF VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE DIES AT AGE 93

Dr. Jack McConnell, the beloved founder of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, died Feb. 6 at the age of 93. Dr. Jack, as he was affectionately known, was a nationally recognized scientist and business executive in the health care field prior to hatching the idea for the VIM clinic.

The lighthouse in Harbour Town has a temporary new look: Its red stripes have been replaced with classic plaid to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.