Society of Bluffton Artists and the Lowcountry Autism Foundation will offer free art therapy classes to Beaufort County children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The free classes will be held in the Center for Creative Arts building next to the SOBA Gallery in Old Town Bluffton. Art therapy pairs the creativity of making art with counseling to improve and to enhance physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Art therapy services are free for Lowcountry Autism Foundation members. For more information, go to www.lafinc.org.
Shaded by live oaks and nestled beside Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, Bluffton Boundary celebrates the culture of Old Town Bluffton — the art and history that give the town its identity.
That culture is on clear display at the new center: A colorful mural stretches from the building almost to the street, painted at a paint-by-numbers party over the summer by local residents, and picnic tables dot the sandy yard for monthly gatherings that celebrate the region’s Gullah heritage.
The Bluffton Police Department is actively recruiting motivated and ambitious men and women to become police officers. Individuals interested in applying, or who have additional questions about the hiring process and what the job entails, are invited to an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Bluffton Police Department. For more information: 843-706-4550
The town of Bluffton is seeking applicants for its neighborhood assistance program, which offers repairs to homes and properties of low- to moderate-income residents. The program, which is operated through the town of Bluffton’s Affordable Housing Committee, helps with repairs for things like leaking roofs, unstable floors and failing septic tanks or removing unsafe structures from a resident’s property. Applicants must have an income that does not exceed 60 percent of the median income for Beaufort County. For more information, call 843-706-7818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town of Bluffton plans to use three parcels of land for affordable housing and workforce housing projects in the coming years. The town recently bought 1.78 acres at 1095 May River Road, where up to 14 housing units are planned. At the former site of Cross Fit 843, at 184 Bluffton Road, several two-story townhouses, a small park, and public parking spaces will be constructed.
The Bluffton Community Center Foundation received a $67,000 grant from Community Foundation of the Lowcountry to help cover the cost of Phase II of the Field of Dreams Park Improvement Project. Construction in Phase II will include the addition of a covered pavilion with restrooms, picnic tables and an art wall to showcase local artists’ talents.
Ten Bluffton families now have an easier time driving to their homes after local businesses helped fund road improvements on Martha Brown Circle. Business that contributed were: Capt. Woody’s; Sigler’s Rotisserie & Seafood; Davis and Wine Dental Associates, LLC; Bluffton Non-Profit Housing Corporation; Garfield Moss, Jr. and Moss Landscapes; Morris Garage & Towing, Inc; Power Group, LLC; All Pro Tire & Lube Center; The Dispensary, LLC; Michael Hahn of Carson Realty; Waste Management; Cleland Construction; and Essroc. The dirt road was graded and resurfaced with gravel.
Bluffton town manager Marc Orlando has selected Christopher Chapmond as Bluffton’s next chief of police. Chapmond, who is currently the assistant police chief for Hot Springs, Arkansas, was expected to begin work in Blufftton by Sept. 1. Orlander said the town received more than 60 applicants from 24 states and two countries. Chapmond has been employed by the Hot Springs Police Department since 1996, during which he has held the positions of field operations captain, patrol lieutenant, coordinator of the 18th East Drug Task Force, co-commander of the Hot Springs SWAT and commander of critical incidents.
Developer K. Hovnanian Homes proposed a new development to be built adjacent to S.C. 46 and S.C. 170. The proposal includes 515 single-family homes with room for 11 acres of commercial space. K. Hovnanian’s next step is to redraw and present a final plan to Bluffton’s Development Review Committee to address traffic issues and accessibility concerns. The new development will be called Four Seasons of Bluffton — with no relation to the luxury hotel chain.
Bluffton made the national and international news last month, but not in a good way. British tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail, in addition to The Washington Post, ABC News, and other media outlets picked up the story of local resident Lauren Cutshaw, who was arrested for speeding through a stop sign and told officers from the Bluffton Police Department they shouldn't arrest her because she's a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl," police said.