Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

REFERENDUM WOULD FUND UPDATES AT SCHOOLS ACROSS BEAUFORT COUNTY

Beaufort County voters again will face a school bond referendum when they go to the ballot box in November. And after the past two proposals fell short, public school advocates say it is even more imperative that the latest one passes this time around.

A group of local citizens has formed the nonprofit group Better Schools Now! to promote passage of the referendum. The group has a broad-based steering committee with representatives in Port Royal, Sheldon, Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island, and two local public relations firms — the Williams Group out of Beaufort and the Denarius Group on Hilton Head — will provide strategic counsel, marketing assistance and media planning. The group has launched a website, www.voteyesbeaufortcountyschools.org, to provide information about the benefits of the referendum, voter information and how to volunteer and contribute financially.

Generosity is one of the best things about the Lowcountry. Has your business or organization given back to the community? Submit your photos to editor@hiltonheadmonthly.com for this section. Space is limited. 

LONG CLUB HOSTS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB KIDS

Members of the Long Cove Yacht Club invited children from the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head to a boat outing and lunch on Daufuskie Island on June 17. The group departed from the Long Cove Marina on boats owned and captained by Long Cove Yacht Club members for a day of fun on the water. Long Cove Club resident Debbe Steele organized the outing. 

For the fourth year in a row, Hilton Head Island has been named the Best Island in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine. Travel + Leisure readers voted on the honor, basing their rankings on the following categories: natural attractions, activities and sights, restaurants and food, people and friendliness, and value. 

MATH, LANGUAGES, HISTORY: WHATEVER THE SUBJECT, THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

Students of all ages head back to classrooms this month, and while the end of summer can be tough, there are a few technology tools that can help make learning a little more fun for students and users of all ages.

FREEDOM

Freedom is a self-control app that restricts users’ access to other features of their phones or computers during study sessions. The app allows users to customize a list of distractions, such as the internet, social media, and other apps, and then blocks them during the user-determined timeframe. Once the user begins the study session, he or she will not be able to access anything listed as a distraction, forcing them to be productive.

FEATURED SCHOOLS

CROSS SCHOOLS

Address: 495 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton
Type: Independent
Grades: Ages 12 months to 8th grade
Head of School: Dr. Brad Schultz
Director of Admissions: Jennifer Drury
Phone: 843-706-2000
Website: www.crossschools.org
Student Population: 560

WE ASKED LOCALS WHO GOT THEIR EDUCATION IN THE LOWCOUNTRY: "WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE TEACHER AND WHY?"

ANDREW CARMINES

“Ms. Gray at Hilton Head Island High School was my geometry teacher, and she had a way of teaching that made something difficult very easy and actually made me love it. 

Most families who have loved ones in assisted living communities want to spend time together and plan regular visits. They also want their seniors to remain active, engaged and healthy. To make the most of visits, many experts recommend coming equipped with a list of activities that everyone will enjoy.

As an added bonus, many of these activities can be beneficial for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. 

Most of us like to give and want to help out worthy causes. But new, higher standard deductions have made charitable contributions less beneficial and often non-deductible. So what is a person to do? Although everyone’s specific financial and tax situation is different, leveraging their IRAs to keep giving has been beneficial to many seniors.

HILTON HEAD CENTER CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF ‘PURE FUN’ FOR SENIORS

On a recent Wednesday, the main activity room at the Hilton Head Island Senior Center was full of laughter. Summer typically isn’t as busy at the center as winter — when snowbirds, visiting the Lowcountry to escape winter’s harsh chill, flock to the center to chat with friends, play cards and enjoy the camaraderie.

But this Wednesday — cards day at the center — the room was full. Settled in for a game of hand and foot, Marge Brennen, Grace Johnson, Helen Norton and Connie Dowell traded good-natured barbs as the cards flew around the table. In between jokes, they tried to explain the game.

SOUTH CAROLINA YACHT CLUB CELEBRATES ITS ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE

Thirty years ago, a big celebration marked the start an organization that has helped define Hilton Head Island’s way of life.

“What began as a dream with bricks and mortar has taken on a living presence as the crown jewel of Windmill Harbour,” said South Carolina Yacht Club founder J.R. Richardson. “Leslie and I feel as though South Carolina Yacht Club is our child. We were married April 1, 1989, and three months later on July 1,1989 we opened.”

GO INSIDE THE WORLD OF MR. BEN AND HIS AMAZING PET PRODUCTS

From the outside, you’d almost never know it was there. One of a handful of mostly serviceoriented businesses in a low-lying commercial park off of a back road in Ridgeland, the world headquarters of Mr. Ben’s Amazing Pet Products is remarkably inconspicuous from the road. But this nondescript industrial space is the launching point for Benjamin Preisner’s global empire of pet products.

ISLAND DRIVERS BEMOAN TWO YEARS OF REMAINING TOLLS

On summer Saturdays, traffic stretches from the Cross Island Parkway’s toll booths in both directions on Hilton Head Island. The toll will disappear in two years, but for those who drive it every day, this a long time to wait behind drivers who fumble for change and ask the attendants for directions.

Ah, life in a small village: Charming architecture, lush landscapes and green spaces, and friendly neighbors who greet you with a smile.

Welcome to Palmetto Bluff!

“Palmetto Bluff is a very unique place,” homeowner Tina Yaraghi said. “I call it my personal Mayberry. My little happy place. When we go there, we go into a different state of mind. We decompress. It’s a getaway in every sense of the word.”

CLEMSON NOW ACCEPTING MASTER GARDENER APPLICANTS

The Clemson Extension Service is accepting applications for its 2019-20 Master Gardener training class sessions. The cost is $300 and includes all materials. The 2019 classes will be held 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays from Aug. 13 to Oct. 29 at Hilton Head Island Public Service District, 21 Oak Park Drive, Hilton Head Island. The January 2020 classes will be held 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Clemson Extension Office, 18 John Galt Road, Beaufort. For more information and to register, email Laura Lee Rose at lrose@clemson.edu or call 843-473-6025. 

When searching for a real estate professional, many people start their search by talking with family or friends. People you know and trust who have used a real estate professional in the past often can provide recommendations. It’s a good idea to interview more than one real estate professional. You want to be confident you’ll have a good rapport with your Realtor. 

Some brides and grooms are currently planning their perfect 2020 weddings, while others are making last-minute adjustments to plans for a wedding that’s just a few months away. Whether your nuptials are next year, in a few weeks or not till 2021, it’s fun to keep an eye on the trends highlighted on wedding websites across the country that are having a moment — or are about to.

When native New Yorkers Valerie and Patric Ruppel got engaged in 2017 and began planning their nuptials, they knew they wanted a destination wedding in a warm climate — but not the same setting as the beach, barn and big city weddings they’d attended. After a quick brainstorming session, they both settled on the perfect vision, and it was a place they’d been to before: the Avenue of the Oaks in Belfair, where Patric’s grandparents live.

Kevin and Victoria Basirico’s love story didn’t bloom until they were young professionals living in two different states, but the seed was planted much, much earlier: They met at Sea Pines Montessori School when they were just 6 years old.

The couple, who are both 30 and now live in Hilton Head Plantation, were married March 30 at a private estate in Bluffton that Victoria said “showcased the beauty of the Lowcountry in a laid-back yet sophisticated way.”