donfoxIn June 2017, Bluffton resident Don Foxe saw his second collection of Japanese poetry reach the top spot on an Amazon’s list of Top 100 e-Books, by category. Foxe wrote “Haiku Seishin” with Melissa Dolber Grappone of New York and fifth grade students from East Granby, Conn. The collection of exchanges between the authors and the students is a follow up to the release of “Seasons of Henka Suru,” his first collection of poems. The students used Foxe’s first book as their poetry study guide. They contacted the author, and the book that resulted is a collection of their haiku exchanges with Foxe.

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.

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.”

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. 

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.

mayriverA long list of accomplishments, and only one year under their belt

One might think the hard part for May River High principal Todd Bornscheuer has ended, now that the Bluffton school has completed its first academic year. But there will be no coasting for the principal or staff of the new school, which is in one of the fastest growing areas in the county.

S.C. Youth Leadership Conference introduces yesterday’s executives to tomorrow’s potential leaders

Bill Moss was listening to the radio in 2014 when he heard about a program that he thought would be a perfect fit for the Hilton Head Island area.

The interview had nothing to do with retirees, golf or the beach. It was a discussion about a youth leadership program at the University of Southern Maine.

One morning, as I slowly began my day by doing minor chores and letting my mind glide over the televised news, a commercial for Target stopped me in my tracks.

In the commercial, I saw a black female plus-sized model wearing underwear. Although the image lasted for just a few seconds, in my mind, the commercial was delivering a powerful visual message that challenged some prevailing ideas about gender, American standards of beauty, and race.