The Town of Hilton Head Island has signed a “friendship pact” with Verona, Italy.

John De Cecco, president of the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head, said Verona has already approved the friendship pact. Hilton Head’s Town Council approved the resolution unanimously.

Auxiliary BlufftonAmerican Legion Auxiliary Bluffton Unit 205 is working with the town of Bluffton to build a veterans memorial park in Old Town. The park will pay tribute to veterans from all branches of service who served in all wars.

Bluffton Town Council voted in June to approve a plan to build a 365- home neighborhood on roughly 232 acres near the intersection of New Riverside Drive and Old Palmetto Bluff Roads — squarely between May River High School and the headwaters of the May River.

The planned private gated community will be built in phases, with construction starting later this year, according to town documents. A specific builder for the homes has not been identified.

The Town of Hilton Head recently launched a new website and community survey for its long-range visioning process, “Hilton Head Island — Our Future.”

The goal of “Our Future” is to ensure that residents, business owners, local institutions and all community stakeholders have a voice in future decision-making, and to provide the town with the insight needed to set intelligent, coordinated and creative future priorities. The project, running through 2017 and wrapping up in early 2018, will engage the community in a series of conversations designed to identify scenarios for the future.

In cased you missed the Lowcountry episode of “The Bachelorette” on June 19, here’s a partial list of local sites showcased. The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island was the backdrop to the episode’s rose ceremony--the moment when the male contestants learn if they still have a shot with this season’s bachelorette. Rachel Lindsay is a 32-year old attorney from Dallas.

Students at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School soon could be eating lunch in a new cafeteria, hosting basketball games on a new indoor court and holding meetings and studying in new spaces.

The private school, run by St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, is planning a major expansion project that would add a new $7 million, 30,000-square-foot multipurpose building to the church campus.

After Hurricane Matthew hit the Lowcountry in October, part of Honey Horn used by the Coastal Discovery Museum was used by the Town of Hilton Head Island as a debris processing site, closing the entrance to Honey Horn off William Hilton Parkway.

The Forest Beach Owners Association is continuing to fight what it calls a “mini-hotel” — two newly built identical houses connected by a shared deck — on Hilton Head Island’s Heron Street.

The association filed a formal appeal with the Town of Hilton Head to reverse a decision by town staff to waive setback and buffer requirements for the properties. The group wants the town to rescind the waiver for the two properties and the large deck to be removed, as well as for officials to re-inspect the property for other violations and levy more “appropriate fines and penalties.”

Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes will continue to provide its signature client service and luxury homebuilding expertise following the death of the company’s well-loved founder and owner, Nathan Cameron.  Nathan died unexpectedly in his sleep at his Palmetto Bluff home June 10. “We will remember Nathan for his incredible work ethic, his unique and edgy vision, and his innate ability to make you feel like a friend or family,” said Andrea Eldred, Cameron’s Controller and Office Manager. Andrea added that all Cameron & Cameron staff members are committed to fulfilling the expectations of the homeowners for all their current and future projects.  Eric Cameron is a project manager for the company and has pledged to make his late brother’s entrepreneurial vision an ongoing legacy.

THE NEW CAMPUS ON OFFICE PARK ROAD PLANS TO OPEN BY FALL 2018

Charles Calvert has come full circle near a circle in his career in academia.

His first position was adjunct professor in 1988 for the University of South Carolina Beaufort, teaching a hotel management class. He was stationed at the old College Center on Office Park Road. Now he will soon be returning to that area near Sea Pines Circle — this time as the dean of USCB’s future hospitality management campus.

Guests gathered in mid-May at Joni Vanderslice's home to celebrate 30 years of J. Banks Design. Hurricane Matthew delayed the merriment in October, but this celebration truly captured the appreciation, blessings and the essence of giving back that are part of the J. Banks Design’s culture.   

It was musical theatre The Cypress way last month as members and staff came together to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Cypress. Songs like Fifty, Nifty Bottles of Medicine, There’s No Silver in My Gold, The Boomers are Coming Tomorrow and Gonna Build The Cypress highlighted the zany presentation. Written by members Marilyn Lorenz, Miki Hughes and Jean Thompson, the The Cypress Follies made light of life in the "golden years” at the Hilton Head Island retirement community. 

Taking stock of Bluffton’s surging growth.

In those heady days before the economic collapse of 2008, it was a phrase you’d read in every newspaper, magazine and real estate pamphlet in town: Bluffton is Booming.

Callawassie Island has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Billy Bagwell, Director of Agronomy, led the effort to obtain the sanctuary designation for Callawassie and is recognized by Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International.

sendaheroThe Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department is this year's recipient of Wexford Charitable Foundation's "Send a Hero" program. Through the generosity of Wexford members who raised $10,000 to sponsor the program and the owners of Aerial Adventure, Roger & Pam Freedman who very kindly donated passes, 100 members of the Sheriff’s Department and their guests will receive a complimentary visit and lunch at the Aerial Adventure in Hilton Head.