Hilton Head and Bluffton News
01 Apr 2011
- Written by by SALLY MAHAN
‘The facility desperately needs upgrading,’ says the center’s executive director. Here’s how it hopes to move forward.
When the Island Recreation Center opened its doors in 1988, it was a state-of-the-art facility that met the needs of Hilton Head’s approximately 17,000 permanent residents. It had (and still has) an eight-lane pool, a gym, outdoor tennis and basketball courts, a playground and a couple of meeting rooms.
But while the 14,000-squarefoot recreation center hasn’t changed much over the last 23 years, Hilton Head’s population certainly has: It’s more than doubled to 35,000.
01 Apr 2011
- Written by by rOBY N PASSANTE
Hilton Head Island High School is stepping up to promote the value of its international baccalaureate program.
Two years ago Lauren Stuligross’ children switched from private school to public school for one main reason: Hilton Head Island High School’s International Baccalaureate program.
“It’s one of those ‘sky’s-thelimit’ kinds of curriculum,” said Stuligross, “where a kid who really wants to do a lot can.” Stuligross’ daughter, Haley, has thrived in the challenging IB Diploma Program and will graduate next month. Her son, Brian, is a freshman at the high school who hopes to follow the same rigorous course load as a junior — if it’s still an option.
01 Apr 2011
- Written by by sally mahan
After years of planning, a dedicated team of volunteers and organizers has gotten the new clinic off the ground.
Jennifer Brown remembers the wintry night in 2009 when she got the boost of confidence she needed to move forward with opening a Bluffton/Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine clinic.
“The weather outside was really, really terrible,” she said. “Hardeeville allowed us to use a community room in the Town Hall to have a meeting that night to recruit volunteers, and I was praying that a few people would show up. But when over 100 people showed, I knew we could make this work.”
14 Mar 2011
Winners of the 2011 Hilton Head International Young Artist Piano Competition, held March 7-12.
- First Prize: Zhu Wang, China
- Second Prize: Drew Petersen, USA
- Third Prize: Jin-Hong Li, China
- Fourth Prize: Ruixue Zhang, China
- Fifth Prize: Micah McLaurin, USA
- Sixth Prize: Kate Liu, Singapore
The six finalists vied for the top prize in March night before a sold-out audience. First prize was $5,000 plus an Aspen Summer Scholarship, valued at $4,500, and a Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra performance. Second Prize is $3,000, Third Prize is $2,000 and Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Prizes are $500.
01 Mar 2011
John Morris Russell, one of North America’s most celebrated symphony orchestra conductors, has agreed to serve as principal guest conductor for the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-2012 season, which begins in October.
“We are thrilled for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a major international talent like Maestro Russell come to our community,” said Edward Parrish, chairman of the board for the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. “When we learned of his interest in leading our orchestra, we realized it would mark a major step forward for us.”
02 Feb 2011
- Written by By Mark Kreuzwieser
It’s 0900 on Day 1 of the operation, and already troops are swarming the target zone. The chain of command has been put in place, materials are being transported in every hour and the surroundings are being transformed into a massive staging area. But this isn’t a military operation in some far-off locale, and these troops aren’t the fighting kind: This was just the first of seven days in the life of a quiet Beaufort neighborhood last month when ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” came to town.
Photos by BO MILBOURN / 33PARKPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
03 Jan 2011
- Written by By Sally Mahan
Local orchestra seeks: Dynamic person familiar with classical, pop, jazz and other genres to conduct and direct symphony orchestra on beautiful island. Must be exciting, enthusiastic, talented, creative and energetic. Must work effectively with others, particularly community groups, young people, local schools, and orchestra musicians and soloists. Must have strong fundraising capabilities and a clear understanding of financial matters.
30 Nov 2010
- Written by By Robyn Passante
Two years ago, the Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson founded the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry out of her own pocket. Today, her efforts are helping to feed more than 400 local families.
The Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson spent more than a dozen years in school and seminary training to become a minister, but when the moment came to be ordained, she balked.
“There were certain tenets that you must profess, and I didn’t agree with them. I didn’t feel they were centered on love,” says Pierson, who says she especially disagreed with the church’s stance on homosexuals.
The decision meant she could preach but not be the head pastor at a church. Yet for a woman who had dreamed of being a priest since she was a little girl, the choice came with no regrets. “It was the best decision I ever made, because it freed me to believe we are church. Wherever we stand,” Pierson says.
28 Nov 2010
- Written by BY CHARLIE CLARK
The local store in the Mall at Shelter Cove keeps the holiday spirit alive with a series of charitable initiatives
This season, holiday shoppers will browse the aisles of the Belk department store in the Mall at Shelter Cove on Hilton Head Island in search of the perfect gift. But what most won’t realize is that Belk is in the spirit of the season all year long. The company is constantly engaged in a series of community giving efforts that have meant thousands of dollars for local charities. Belk doesn’t simply talk about giving back to the community — they put their words into action through projects such as their charity sales program and the Fit for the Cure initiative for breast cancer research.
“We have a corporate culture of giving to the communities where Belk has a presence,” said Scott Sutton, manager of the mall store.