Summer Arts Camps offered in North Charleston

Summer Arts Camps offered in North Charleston

Opportunities available for children ages 5-13


NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – Space is still available for kids, ages 5 to 13, to participate in Summer Arts Camps sponsored by the City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department. Instruction is offered in visual arts, theatre, and African drum and dance, by local arts professionals. All camps take place at Sterett Hall on the former Charleston Naval Base from 9:00am to 12:00pm, with mid-morning snacks provided.  Registration is required and space is limited. Registration ends one week prior to the start of each camp. Registration forms are available for download from the Applications & Registration Forms page of the Cultural Arts Department section of the City’s website at


Visual Arts Camp II, for children ages 9 to 13, will take place June 11-15 under the direction of the city’s Artist-in-Residence, Lori Starnes Isom. Students will receive instruction in a variety of visual art media.  This is a good opportunity to strengthen art portfolios for the more serious student; however, all skill levels are welcome. The fee for this one week camp is $50.


Drama Camp II, also offered for 9 to 13 year olds, will be under the instruction of local actor, storyteller, and filmmaker, Julian Gooding.  This camp gives students the opportunity to learn intensive drama skills in a two week performance workshop format. Participants will focus on creating and presenting a performance for parents and the community at the end of the camp. Camp dates are July 9-20 and the fee is $100.


Rajeeyah Mujahid with RBM African Drum & Dance Company will instruct African Drum & Dance Camp from July 23-27. Children ages 5 to 13 are welcome to participate.  Students will learn rhythms and techniques of drumming and dance from West African influences.  This is a positive way to channel all the energy your child can muster while learning about a beautiful and historic cultural art form. An informal performance for family and friends at the conclusion of camp will showcase the skills learned. The fee for this one week camp is $50.


For more information about summer arts camps or other art instruction offerings for both children and adults, or to camp request a registration form by mail, contact the Cultural Arts Department office at (843)740-5854 or email


North Charleston Fire Museum and Educational Center Celebrates Anniversary with Fifth Annual Bike Rodeo and Safety Day

Saturday, May 19, 2012

North Charleston, SC — The North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, May 19, 2012 with the Annual Safe Kids Bike Rodeo and Safety Day. The Fire Museum opened its doors to the public on April 28, 2007 and since that time has hosted over 300,000 visitors.

As a thank you to the community, the North Charleston Fire Museum, in conjunction with Safe Kids Trident Area, will present a full day of family fun activities to entertain while educating to prevent accidental childhood injury. Children will receive a free new bike helmet and can take part in free jump castles, a climbing wall, music, and water games.

Guests can visit over 30 different vendors and booths, and watch vehicle extraction demonstrations by the North Charleston Fire Department and the North Charleston Police Department Bike Team. Children can also navigate their way through the bicycle obstacle course after receiving a free bike inspection and tune up. Bring your own bike or use one of the free bikes available for check out.

Attendees can cool off in the museum and enjoy free admission for the entire family. The Bike Rodeo is scheduled from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm and the Fire Museum will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with the last admission at 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

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Contact: Max Sterling
North Charleston and  American LaFrance Fire Museum
4975 Centre Pointe Dr
N. Charleston. 29418
Phone (843)740-5550
Fax (843)740-5551

Community Disaster Preparedness Drill

Dorchester County EMS Will  Conduct
Community Disaster  Preparedness Drill
Tuesday, May 15, 2012.
This exercise will  be conducted in conjunction with area hospitals, North Charleston Fire and  Police Departments, Old Fort Fire Department, Ashley River Fire Department,  Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, and it will follow the guidelines of the  U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
This project will  be centered at the amenities center of The Farm at Wescott on Patriot Boulevard.
It will begin  around 10 a.m. and last until late afternoon.
We should  anticipate lots of “sirens” and activities associated with emergency  responses.

Year-round, regional swimming facility and programs to be unveiled

NORTH CHARLESTON, SCNorth Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey, Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails, South Carolina State Representative Wendell Gilliard, former world-ranked swimmer Marco Cavazzoni, and Logan Rutledge Children’s Foundation President Mark Rutledge will unveil plans for improvements to the swimming facility at the Danny Jones Complex and area swim initiatives on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:00 am.


Once completed, the Danny Jones Complex will be fully enclosed and heated for year-round access and will give a significant boost to local Lowcountry aquatic athletics and programming.  In addition, the benefits of the improvements will be passed along to the North Charleston community, providing an endless swimming season.


The improvements to the Danny Jones Complex are the culmination of a regional effort of individuals in the local swim community, led by Dr. Cavazzoni through the Logan Rutledge Children’s Foundation. A few months ago, the group approached the City of North Charleston to address the Lowcountry’s lack of a swimming facility to accommodate year-round, indoor training for competitive swimmers, education in water safety, swimming lessons, and senior aquatic activities. The group’s Lowcountry Aquatics Program (LAP) seeks to provide lifelong aquatics opportunities for Lowcountry residents – with a special emphasis on teaching children in underprivileged Lowcountry areas to swim, thus reducing the incidence of accidental drownings.


With the City of North Charleston on-board, the group began raising private funds, setting a goal of $250,000.  In addition to the private fundraising, the Town of Mount Pleasant has committed $100,000 toward the project. Furthermore, Mayor Riley pledged to seek $25,000 in the City of Charleston’s 2013 Budget for the Logan Rutledge Foundation’s Learn to Swim programs in conjunction with the Charleston County School DistrictClick here for a statement from the City of Charleston.


North Charleston City Council voted on February, 23, 2012 for an initial round of funding to begin the first phase of the $1,000,000 Danny Jones Complex project.  North Charleston will also incur ongoing operational and maintenance costs to the facility.


The month of May has been declared “Water Safety Awareness Month,” as adopted by the South Carolina General Assembly, House Resolution 3310.  Representative Gilliard was a key sponsor on the resolution.




WHAT:                  Year round swimming facility unveil and area swim initiatives

                                Speakers to include:

Mayor Keith Summey, City of North Charleston

Mayor Joe Riley, City of Charleston

Mayor Billy Swails, Town of Mount Pleasant

Representative Wendell Gilliard, South Carolina House

Dr. Marco Cavazzoni, former world-ranked swimmer

Mark Rutledge, Logan Rutledge Children’s Foundation


WHEN:                 Friday, May 11, 2012 11:00 am


WHERE:                Danny Jones Complex

1455 Monitor Street

North Charleston, SC 29405

May 2012 Planning Commission Meeting‏



MAY 14, 2012




6:00 P.M.

I.  Call to Order – Chairman Sue Thigpen

II. Minutes:                       Consideration of the April 9, 2012 Planning Commission Minutes

III.       Bills:

A. Proposed rezoning of the property located at 5214 Prince Street (TMS #472-09-00-080) from R-1, Single Family Residential to R-1A, Low to Medium Density Residential.

B. Proposed rezoning of the properties located at 4617, 4620, 4621, 4625, 4629, 4633, and 4641 Bonnie Marie Way, Bonnie Marie Way right-of-way, and 4629 Sunny Lane (TMS #410-09-00-001, 080, 092, 094 – 099) from R-1, Single Family Residential to a PDD, Planned Development to be known as Crescent View along with the approval of a Preliminary Plat and a request to rename the street known as Bonnie Marie Way.


IV.       Subdivision/Variances:

A. Proposed Approval of a Subdivision Variance from the Provisions of Article XVIII, Section 18-52 Paragraph (a) Relating to the Installation of Required Sidewalks for Olive Garden #1150 Located 2156 Northwood Boulevard (GMRI/Darden).

B. Proposed Preliminary Plat Showing Spencer Creek Woods Phase 1 (RLA Associates, P.A.).


C. Proposed Approval of a Request to Rename Cat Alley to Cougar Way.


D. Proposed Approval of a Request to Rename a Portion of the Street Currently known as University Boulevard in the City of North Charleston to be renamed.  The request is to continue Antler Drive all the way to Highway 78, changing it from University Boulevard.


E. Proposed Approval of a Separate Request to Change the Street Name from University Boulevard to Bobby Jameson Lane of a Portion of the Us 78 Frontage Road from Antler Drive to the End of the Cul-de-Sac in the City of North Charleston.


V.        Other Business:

A. An Ordinance Amending Section 6-13 of the City of North Charleston Code of  Which Removes the Requirement that a Dumpster Be Four (4) or More Cubic Yards to Trigger the Screening Requirements.

B. An Ordinance Amending Section 5-1 of the City of North Charleston Code of Ordinances.


C. Summary of Actions Taken by City Council at its April 12th and April 26th Meetings.


VI.       Adjournment


Those persons who wish to appear before the Commission should sign-in or contact the Department of Planning & Management (740-2578) no later than 5:45 P.M. on the date of the meeting.

Wescott Update‏

Summer is right around the corner and the course is “waking up”.  Look below for all the new changes and improvements we are working on. 

NEW Multi-play golf pass
Now available for sale in the pro shop
10 Round play books for $350.00
Enjoy 10 rounds of golf a Wescott for just $35 per round.  No blackout dates or times.  Valid for up to 1 year from date of purchase.
10 Round Senior play books for $250.00
Seniors age 60 or over can enjoy 10 rounds of golf for just $25 per round.  Valid Monday-Thursday anytime for up to 1 year from date of purchase.
These prices are available for a limited time only
Mother’s Day-YES It’s this SUNDAY
Moms play FREE this Sunday.  Mom’s love to spend quality time with the family, and we can’t find a better way to spend time together then on the golf course.  Book your tee time for Sunday, May 13th and Moms play for free.
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet
We still have a few openings for our Mother’s Day Buffet from 10-2.  Email your reservation request to or call 871-2135.
May is Welcome to golf month.
Contact Perry Green, Dan Farrow, Steve Rudd, or Fred McCray to schedule your free lesson.
Brand new to the game…….ask them about a free orientation and introduction to golf clinic.
Call 871-2135
Wescott Wild Wednesdays
Join us Wednesday Nights from 7:00-10:00.  We will be trying new and exciting events, drink specials, and menu items on these nights; Kareoke, Line Dancing, Live Music, Games, etc.  What sounds fun to you?  Email your ideas to Pam at

Attention Teachers

Only 12 more days of school (in case you forgot).  Join us on Friday, May 25th from 3-5 for a special Teacher’s Only happy hour from 3-5.  We will have complimentary hors d’oeuvres and great drink prices to help you kick off the summer.  Bringing a large group, let us know and we’ll have a table reserved.  Email Pam at  The school that brings the largest crowd will receive a free party platter for their school.

Course Improvements

The bank behind Oak Forest 8 green has been cleared of a number of shade trees and reshaped.  The area will be sodded and the contaminated bunker sand will be removed and replaced with clean sand.  This should eliminate the future contamination of the bunker sand from rain water run off.


Burn Kill 3&4

The fringe on the front of Burn Kill 3 green will be smoothed and flattened.  We will also re-shape the front left of the green to reduce the “bowl” effect that holds water in the lower front of the green.  We will also perform a similar re-shaping to the front of Burn Kill 4 green to eliminate the excess moisture.  These two projects will be completed during May.


Practice Bunker

Look for work to begin on a practice bunker to the right side of the driving range this summer.



Aerification has been scheduled for the week of June 4th.


Wescott Bar & Grill


Our new Chef has been working on an exciting new menu which we are ready to launch. 

Here is a sneak peek:

Tuna Bites with cucumber carrot slaw / sesame/ soy glaze

Crab Fritters with spicy remoulade

Flatbread Pizza with EVOO / mozzarella / cherry tomato / fresh basil

Grilled Salmon BLT

Valisa has expanded her Zumba classes at Wescott to 3 days a week.
Join her on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 pm under the tent and Saturday mornings at 10:30.  For more information email her at


North Charleston City Council Meeting Agenda – May 10, 2012



May 10, 2012

City Hall, City Council Chambers

7:00 PM

Call to Order                               Mayor R. Keith Summey

Invocation                                   Mayor R. Keith Summey

Pledge of Allegiance                  Mayor R. Keith Summey



Stall High School Steel Drum Band Performance                             Mayor R. Keith Summey

Presentation of Fire Chief’s Citizens Awards                                      Mayor R. Keith Summey

Introduction of New Employees                                                            Mayor R. Keith Summey

National Safe Boating Week Proclamation                                         Mayor R. Keith Summey

Communications Month/Say Something Nice Proclamation         Mayor R. Keith Summey


1. Minutes from April 26, 2012 City Council Meeting                                                                                                               Request to Approve



2.  Proposed rezoning of the properties known as Trailwood Mobile Home Park located at 5554 Trailwood Drive and 5400 Dorchester Road (TMS #409-00-00-007 and TMS #408-00-00-002) from R-3, Mobile Home Residential to M-1, Light Industrial;

Proposed rezoning of the property located at 5552 Trailwood Drive (TMS #408-00-00-003) from B-1, Limited Business to M-1, Light Industrial;

Proposed rezoning of the properties located at 5502 and 5560 Dorchester Road (TMS #408-00-00-004 & 005) from B-2, General Business to M-1, Light Industrial;

Proposed rezoning of the properties located at 5650 and 5590 Dorchester Road (TMS #408-00-00-006 & 042) from R-2, Multi-family Residential to M-1, Light Industrial;

Proposed rezoning of the property located at 5584 Dorchester Road (TMS #408-00-00-055) from split zoned B-1, Limited Business and R-2, Multi-family Residential to M-1, Light Industrial.


3. Proposed annexation/rezonings of the properties located at 9289, 9295, 9301, and 9309 Black Bottom Road (TMS #390-00-00-053, 155, 156, & 239) from Charleston County’s zoning to M-1, Light Industrial along with a concurrent proposal to change the Comprehensive Development Future Land Use Map designation from Single-Family, Suburban to Light Industrial


4.  An Ordinance Amending the Zoning Appendix of the Ordinances of the City of North Charleston Creating Section 6-18 Fencing and Walls Ordinance Removed from Agenda; will be rescheduled.


5.  An Ordinance Authorizing the Issuance of North Charleston Public Facilities Corporation Installment Purchase Revenue Bonds (Public Works Facility Project), Series 2012; Authorizing the Lease of Certain Real Property to the North Charleston Public Facilities Corporation; Authorizing the Execution and Delivery Of Certain Instruments Relating to the Issuance and Sale of the Aforesaid Bonds, Including a Base Lease Agreement and a Municipal Facilities Purchase and Occupancy Agreement, Each Between the City of North Charleston, South Carolina and the North Charleston Public Facilities Corporation, a Bond Purchase Agreement among the City, the North Charleston Public Facilities Corporation and Wells Fargo Securities, and a Preliminary Official Statement and an Official Statement of the City; and Other Matters Relating Thereto.





North Charleston Fire Department to present 3 citizens with awards for life-saving actions

North Charleston Fire Department to present 3 citizens with awards for life-saving actions


NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The Chief’s Citizen Award is reserved for the Fire Chief to recognize citizens for outstanding actions or achievements that positively affect the fire department or community.  North Charleston Fire Chief Gregory A. Bulanow will present three Citizen Awards at City Council on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm.


The First of the three awards will be presented to Thomas Gotbeter, who responded to a complete stranger at a Little Cricket convenience store who was in full cardiac arrest.  He performed CPR on the man until emergency personnel arrived on scene.  The man was treated at the hospital and released several days later.

Mr. Gotbeter’s full story


The next award will be given to Andrew Glover of the North Charleston Police Department.  Officer Glover observed black smoke coming from a home, after notifying dispatch, he entered the home to find two individuals sleeping.  Everyone safely exited the home without injury.

Officer Glover’s full story


The final award will be presented to Reginald Curry for his acts of bravery at the Noisette Creek Apartment fire.  He not only caught a baby dropped from a second story window, but entered the structure to save another child that was otherwise trapped inside.

Mr. Curry’s full story

North Charleston Arts Festival Concludes with Grand Finale on May 12

North Charleston Arts Festival Concludes with Grand Finale on May 12

Public invited to enjoy free performances, kid’s activities, and fireworks

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The North Charleston Arts Festival Grand Finale will take place on Saturday, May 12, from 6:00-9:00pm at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue on the former Charleston Naval Base.  The public is invited to attend this grand celebration of the arts featuring cultural dance and music presentations, performances by Tri-county schools, an evening concert, kid’s activities, food, and fireworks to mark the close of the 2012 North Charleston Arts Festival. Admission and parking are free.

Festivities begin at 6:00pm with events in every area of the park.  The Amphitheater Stage will host a Tri-County School Showcase from 6:00-7:30pm. Enjoy a presentation of world dance and music by students from Joseph R. Pye Elementary from 6:00-6:30pm, big band music by the Berkeley All County Jazz Ensemble from 6:30-7:00pm, and steel drum and choral performances by Nerves of Steel and the Mustang Chorus of C.E. Williams Middle School from 7:00-7:30pm. The site of the Navy Base Memorial will host Poetry in the Park from 6:00-8:00pm, featuring spoken word and poetry recitations by youth poets from the Speak Freely Foundation. The Fly Boys, one of SC’s hottest young rap groups, will present an uplifting hip-hop performance immediately after from 8:00-8:30pm. At the park’s boardwalk area, patrons will have the opportunity to see Tablao Flamenco performed by Flamenco Soltado Music and Dance Ensemble from 6:00-7:00pm and Japanese Taiko drumming performed by Taiko Charleston from 7:00-7:30pm. Crowds will gather at the Amphitheatre Stage at 8:00pm for an evening concert featuring a blend of beach, classic rock and roll, and up-tempo dance party by The Shem Creek Boogie Band. The performance will be immediately followed by a fantastic fireworks display over the Cooper River by Zambelli Fireworks at 9:00pm.

Other attractions throughout the park include inflatable jump castles, kid’s activities, roving entertainment by The Interactive Theater of Jef, and the newly installed National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Food concessions will be available for purchase. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a great ending to this year’s North Charleston Arts Festival!

Selected by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, this is the 30th year of the festival, which began as a small community event at Park Circle and has grown into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state.  The event includes nine days of cultural activities and programs in every arts discipline for the public to enjoy.  Some festival offerings have a modest ticket price, but most are free of charge and parking is free at all locations.


For more information about the Grand Finale or any other 2012 North Charleston Arts Festival events, visit or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843-740-5854.