Hilton Head Island and Bluffton News

HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING IN TOWN

BY TIM WOOD | PHOTO SUPPLIED

BRIDGE AT CALHOUN FILLING UP

We’ve seen The Bridge at Calhoun take shape over the past year, and now developer Matt Cunningham said the mixed-use center at the corner of Calhoun and Bridge Street is finally full of activity.

BY MARK E. LETT

U.S. 278 CORRIDOR PROJECT MOVES FORWARD

Hilton Head and Beaufort County leaders are determined to complete the picture for a building a new, much-debated bridge connecting U.S. 278 with the island. It’s a commitment that calls for cooperation, communication and a lot of cash.

Once completed — and the goal is 2028 or early 2029 — the six-lane bridge is expected to improve traffic flow, enable bicyclists and pedestrians, enhance safety and satisfy a laundry list of government specifications.

LOOKING BACK AT LOCAL HEADLINES
JANUARY: The Lowcountry was welcomed to the New Year with a powerful overnight storm on Jan. 3 that left thousands without power. Severe storms and a cold front brought heavy rain and heavy wind. Wind gusts reached 49 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

We are fortunate to have many organizations dedicated to help make our communities a better place. This holiday season consider supporting local non-profits by giving your time, talent or treasure.

ADOPT THEM AT: PALMETTO ANIMAL LEAGUE

BY TIM WOOD | PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

PALM TREES AND PISTONS GIVES CAR JUNKIES AN OUTLET TO SHOW OFF THEIR COLLECTIONS

When Eric Riseman moved to Hilton Head Island full-time in 2015 one of the biggest plusses in escaping western Massachusetts winters was the ability to show off his classic cars year-round.

BY CLAY BONNYMAN EVANS | PHOTOS BY RUTHE RITTERBECK 

Humans have a deeply embedded, natural fear of apex predators in their environment. So, when it comes to the ocean, it’s no surprise that sharks haunt the human imagination.

Thanks in part to Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel “Jaws” and the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie it spawned, fears about sharks went into overdrive in the mid-1970s with devastating consequences for shark species and their ocean environment.

Molly Hornbeak remembers the first time she took a busload of children from the Bluffton Boys & Girls Club to see the Atlantic Ocean.
“We got to the foot of the bridge to Hilton Head Island, and some of the kids were screaming and crying,” says the club’s only director since its founding in 1998. “They had never seen the ocean!”

1. HILTON HEAD HIRES COMMUNITY CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

Mack Brown Jr. has joined the Town of Hilton Head as a community code enforcement officer. Brown will enforce the town’s municipal code and land management ordinance related to environmental, public safety, health, sanitation and other general regulations. Prior to joining the town, he served as a lieutenant for the South Carolina Department of Corrections in Ridgeland.

AMY COYNE BREDESON | PHOTOS BY RUTHE RITTERBECK

PRETTY PAPERS & GIFTS OFFERS KEEPSAKES TO CHERISH

For Pretty Papers & Gifts on Hilton Head Island, the keys to lasting success are top-notch customer service and a wide variety of quality merchandise.

BY TIM WOOD | PHOTOS SUPPLIED

It was his 50th birthday. Tony Arcuri and Jim Loniero convinced the glue behind the SERG Restaurant Group’s “Three Amigos,” Steve Carb, to take a rare couple of days off from making the rounds to his restaurants for an extended weekend trip to Costa Rica to celebrate.

UNDERSTAND THE CHANGES FOR STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

By Thomas Dowling

Anyone who has been through the application process applying for financial aid for college recognizes that it is a frustrating and confusing process.

NEW BUSINESSES AND POPULATION GROWTH TO IMPACT REAL ESTATE IN 2023

By Dean Rowland

Affordability for homebuyers continues to be a stumbling block for closing on a dream house or any house that comes close to their dream in the Lowcountry.

HILTON HEAD VOTED AS BEST ISLAND

Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2022 named Hilton Head Island as the best island in America. Kiawah Island was second best. The Lowcountry was represented in other awards, including best resort in the South going to Montage Palmetto Bluff. The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa- was the No. 2 best resort in the South. Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport was ranked the top airport in the U.S.

BY DEAN ROWLAND

MAKE YOUR SPACE STYLISH AND CONDUCIVE TO PRODUCTIVITY

Nobody could have predicted before the pandemic began in 2020 that lighting in the home office and workspace would be thrust into the spotlight and require more attention to detail, function, efficiency and design than ever.

RYAN | WIECHERT WEDDING

Kelly Ryan and Scott Wiechert were recently married in Savannah, Georgia at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They had their reception at Bethesda Academy. Kelly and Scott met in Savannah at rooftop bar, The Grove. Scott proposed to Kelly in her hometown of Hilton Head Island in front of the Harbour Town Lighthouse. Scott is a Marine Scientist in the U.S. Coast Guard and Kelly is the VP & Marketing Director at her family’s business Weichert, Realtors®- Coastal Properties.

Couple enjoys memorable Coastal Discovery Museum wedding

BY JESSICA FARTHING | PHOTOS BY CHLOE GIANCOLA

Hannah and Carl Casalbore met in the summer of 2018, a chance encounter when Carl was visiting friends at the same apartment complex. He caught Hannah’s eye while she lounged at the pool watching him play with some children. She had the idea the kids belonged to the couple near him, so she struck up a conversation.

WHAT’S TRENDING IN WEDDING RINGS

BY NINA GREENPLATE 

Engagement rings are as unique as the couples who are betrothed. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind expression, with today’s design choices more brilliant than ever, from elegantly simple, to bold and prominent.