Dixie Majors team update

The North Charleston Dixie Majors team was eliminated from the 2012 World Series last night, suffering a defeat to the Louisiana State Champions.  The team finished the tournament with a 2-2 record and we are extremely proud of their efforts.  They represented themselves as well as the City of North Charleston very well.

The team will be traveling home today and we wish them a safe trip.  Thanks again for all of your support of the team and our Department!!

North Charleston City Gallery to Exhibit Works by Katherine Houghton & Megan Coyle

Artists to present concurrent solo exhibitions of photographs and collage

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce that photographs by local artist, Katherine Houghton, and collages by Washington, D.C., based artist, Megan Coyle, will be on exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery from August 1-31, 2012. The public is invited to attend a free reception at the gallery hosted by the artists on Thursday, August 2, from 5pm-7pm.

A Photographic Journey of Discovery:  Women and Children Around the World by Katherine M. Houghton, Ed.D.

For many personal and professional reasons, photographer Dr. Katherine Houghton is compelled to visually depict and seek understanding of the lived experiences of women and children encountered throughout her world travels. Her exhibition, A Photographic Journey of Discovery: Women and Children Around the World, features images from the visual story captured during her two circumnavigations of the globe. About her show, Dr. Houghton says, “The purpose of my photography is not to impose my worldview, but rather expose others to multiple views and layers of the lives of women and children. Encountering the visual is a never-ending process that has neither beginning nor ending, instead it seeks to discover, uncover, and recover imagery.” Houghton’s eye for cultural context allows viewers to understand the complexities of these individuals’ challenges, whether they be historical, societal, economic, cultural, or political. “I invite the viewer to experience glimpses of the lives of these women and children by seeing, reflecting upon, and experiencing my photographs,” she says.

In addition to photography and travel, Katherine is an active advocate for access to higher education for a diversity of learners. She has been featured as a keynote speaker and presenter on topics including leadership in higher education, multicultural programming, students with invisible handicaps, higher education and single motherhood, and global issues impacting women and children. Houghton has worked in higher education administration on land and sea for over twenty years in both the United States and the Caribbean, holding positions such as administrator for the Semester at Sea program, University of Pittsburgh, and Institute for Shipboard Education; Dean of Academic Administration and Student Affairs at Ross University School of Medicine, Island of Dominica, West Indies; Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where she established an awarding-winning residential program for single mothers and their children; and, in more recent years, Interim Academic Dean at the Art Institute of Charleston and Interim Academic Dean at The Art Institute of Cincinnati.  She currently lives in Charleston, SC.

From Fur to Feathers – Animal Collages by Megan Coyle

As a child, Megan Coyle was always drawn to animals and frequently visited wildlife parks and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. To this day, nature continues to be a great source of inspiration for the artist. In her exhibition, From Fur to Feathers – Animal Collages, Coyle strives to capture the richness found in nature by illustrating familiar creatures living in different habitats. “The complexities that appear in nature – the diversity of feathers and fur, and the characteristics that make each species different and exciting – make animals a highly desirable subject for me,” she explains. The featured body of work exemplifies Coyle’s unique style of “painting with paper,” a collage technique whereby she recreates the look and feel of a painting through the manipulation of magazine strips. “Collage is my preferred medium because of its versatility,” she says. Utilizing this method allows her to create artwork that captures the essence of a painting, but broadens her palette to include textures, patterns, and fragments of photographs from magazines.

Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Megan Coyle received a BA from Elon University in 2008, where she double majored in painting and creative writing. Although she was formally trained in painting, she began exploring collage in her free time and created a series of collage portraits for her senior thesis exhibition. Since college, she has continued to develop and hone her collage technique, which she calls “painting with paper.” Coyle has exhibited her artwork at the Ward Museum, Smithsonian Ripley Center, Art League Gallery, Krempp Gallery, and other galleries around the country. She has been internationally published in publications that include The Washington Post, Somerset Studio, and Papirmasse. She recently completed her first children’s book, Duck & Fish, which she both wrote and illustrated. Megan currently lives in Washington, D.C. and works as a collage artist and illustrator. For more information, visit mcoyle.com.

The North Charleston City Gallery is located in the Charleston Area Convention Center with free parking and admission during regular Convention Center operating hours 9:00am – 5:00pm, daily.  The gallery is staffed on Friday, Saturday, and Monday only.   Inquiries regarding artists or purchase information may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843) 740-5854. For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events, visit the Cultural Arts section of the City’s website at www.northcharleston.org.



Five Charleston area fire departments to sign unprecedented aid agreement

Greater Charleston area fire departments have taken unprecedented steps toward cross-boundary support when responding to future fires and emergencies.  The governing bodies of the City of Charleston, the City of North Charleston, St. Andrew’s Public Service District, James Island Public Service District, and St. John’s Fire District each approved an Interlocal Agreement for Automatic Aid and Response to provide mutual assistance during emergencies and will jointly sign the agreement on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm at the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center.  Mayors, Fire Chiefs, District Managers, and Commissioners will participate in the ceremony.

At the ceremony, five neighboring fire departments will formally enter into the automatic aid agreement for fire protection.  This agreement is the result of years of work to develop identical or compatible procedures that allow the members of these five departments to work together seamlessly at fires and other emergency incidents.  In the future, responses will be from the closest available crews for emergencies that are located anywhere in these jurisdictions, regardless of municipal and service district boundaries.

The areas included cover Daniel Island to Kiawah Island and Ladson Road to Peninsula Charleston.  Faster response can significantly improve the outcome of incidents and could result in saving more lives and property.  These five departments have a total combined force of approximately 800 firefighters who can now operate together effectively at large scale emergencies.

“This agreement for automatic aid significantly improves our capability to handle major emergencies as well as multiple, simultaneous incidents.  I credit our partner departments with working through many challenges to achieve this agreement that provides safer and more effective service to the citizens we serve,” said North Charleston Fire Chief Greg Bulanow.

“This agreement assures we provide the best response and customer service to the our citizens. We are proud to be working with the other Departments,” said Charleston Interim Fire Chief Franklin Finley.

“This historic document is all about improving service to our customers while enhancing safer operations for our personnel,” said St. Andrews Public Service District Fire Chief Mark Schrade.

“Automatic Aid, common Standard Operating Guidelines, and joint training are key to providing the citizens we protect with the highest level of service possible. This Automatic Aid Agreement ensures that our communities are receiving the quickest possible response to their call for service by sending the closest unit regardless of jurisdiction,” said James Island Public Service District Fire Chief M. Chris Seabolt.

“Automatic aid is all about the customer getting an adequate response without the worry of whose jurisdiction they may reside in,” said St. John’s Fire District Fire Chief Karl E. Ristow.

Each department will bear the costs associated with its own crews and equipment, with the possible exception of hazmat costs.  Assistance rendered under this agreement is determined on an as available basis and is not required if the circumstances are such that safety in one area of service will be diminished by providing assistance.

Participating in the signing ceremony:

City of North Charleston
Keith Summey, Mayor
Fire Chief Greg Bulanow

City of Charleston
Joseph P. Riley, Mayor
Interim Fire Chief Frank Finley

St Andrew’s Public Service District
Christie Holderness, Interim District Manager
Fire Chief Mark Schrade

James Island Public Service District
Robert Wise, District Manager
Fire Chief Chris Seabolt

St. John’s Fire District
Barry Hart, Commission Chair
Fire Chief Karl Ristow


**Event participants will be available immediately following the signing ceremony.**

Dixie Majors team update

The North Charleston Dixie Majors team suffered its first loss in the 2012 World Series this afternoon.  They were defeated by the defending World Series champions out of Paris, Texas.   North Charleston will now play the Louisiana State Champions at 6:30pm (eastern time) in an elimination game.  Final score updates can be found at www.dixie.org.

North Charleston Neighborhoods turn out to Stomp out Crime

North Charleston Neighborhoods turn out to Stomp out Crime

Citizens across North Charleston hit the streets to take a bit out of crime.

On Tuesday, August 7th citizens, law enforcement agencies, community groups, businesses and local officials in over 10,000 communities and military bases worldwide will join forces to mark the 29th Annual National Night Out.

Locally, the North Charleston Police Department, in conjunction with national sponsor Target Stores, will sponsor the 29th Annual National Night Out event Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 6 p.m. -9 p.m.

At 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 7th ‘ Police Chief Jon Zumalt, along with Councilman Michael Brown and residents of the Accabee community, will kick off a neighborhood cookout and crime prevention education activities at the Accabee Community Center on Appleton Avenue. The event will conclude with a neighborhood walk.

Similar events will occur simultaneously in neighborhoods throughout the city to include: Forest Hills I, Midland Park/Stall Road Corridor, Charleston Farms, Union Heights, Old Village, and Indigo on the Ashley to name a few. Citizens are asked to turn on their porch lights as a sign of unity and to let the criminals know that the City of North Charleston is organized and fighting back.

National Night Out is designed to (1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) generate support for and partiCipation in local anti-crime programs; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit, police and community relations; and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods around the world are organized and fighting back.

Nationally, over 33 million people will partiCipate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ this year.



National Night Out 2012 Schedule of Events

August 7, 2012

Ferndale- Community cook-out from 6-8 pm at the Community Center on Bolton and Piedmont.

Stall/Midland Park/Pepperhill- Neighborhood- Watch Block Party from 6 – 8 pm. Games, food, and community/vendors invited. The event will take place at the Stall Road Community Center.

Accabee- The community will be hosting a cookout and a walk. The event will take place at the Accabee Community center from 6 – 8 pm. The North Charleston Police department will be hosting a bicycle rodeo.

Old Village- The community will be hosting a cookout and walk. The walk will start at 5:30 pm meeting place is Triangle

Park at Justice/Beaver. The cookout is from 1830-until.

Charleston Farms- The community will be hosting a cookout at the community center (1633 Sumner Ave). The event will take place from 6 pm.

Indigo on the Ashley- The neighborhood will be hosting a family movie night under the stars. The event will take place in a community common area from 6 – 9 pm.

Taylor Plantation- Community cook-out at the amenity center from 6 – 8 pm.

Forest Hills- The neighborhood is having a “Going Away Party” for crimes and drugs. They will be conducting a walk starting at the Lil’ Cricket at 7 pm.

Wando Woods- Community Walk starting at 7 pm. Meet at the Community center.

Chicora/ Cherokee- Community cookout from 6 – 8 pm at the Community center.

Union Heights- Community cookout at the Community Center at 6 pm.

Coosaw Commons- Community Cookout at the Pool House starting at 6:30 pm.

National Night Out

Dear HOA Presidents and Community Leaders,

I would like to bring to your attention about the 29th Annual National Night Out event that is scheduled for August 7th.
Below is some information that North Charleston Police Officer Leahy provided.  I would like to encourage each of you to have your communities participate in this event.  I believe that the NCPD will have police vehicles and perhaps firetrucks visiting your neighborhood during the event.  This is also a perfect time to kick-off a community watch group, or rekindle one, in your neighborhood.  Details are below and contact Officer Leahy for more information (leahym@northcharleston.org).
The 29th Annual National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2012. If your neighborhood is participating, we will need some additional information to help your event be a success.  Please let your community members know what National Night Out is designed to do.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:
  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.


    Bellow is the link to the National Night Out website.

North Charleston Fire Department to dedicate and demonstrate area’s first fireboat at 4th of July Festival

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The North Charleston Fire Department (NCFD) will dedicate the Lowcountry’s first fireboat at North Charleston’s 4th of July Festival with a short ceremony on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 3:00pm along the Cooper River at Riverfront Park.  NCFD will showcase the fireboat’s capabilities immediately after the ceremony.


The 32ft purpose-built fireboat will be named in honor of Retired North Charleston Fire Chief W. Frank New who lead the department from 1973 to 1985.  The fireboat will join the NCFD fleet as “NCFD Marine 1.”


The fireboat, model FireStorm 32, was built by Metal Craft Marine in Kingston, Ontario.  It is powered by dual Cummins diesel engines, each rated at 480 horsepower, which were manufactured at the Cummins Turbo Technologies facility on Leeds Avenue in North Charleston, SC. Its top speed is 43 knots or nearly 50 MPH and can pump more than 2,000 gallons of water per minute through 4 water monitors mounted on the roof, bow and two on the aft deck.


The fireboat can traverse and operate in very shallow water due to its shallow draft and jet drive configuration.  The aft deck provides an oversized dive platform/recovery deck, which provides water level working space for deployment and recovery. The cabin is equipped with VHF, radar integrated with GPS, infrared capabilities and high output scene and spot lights for night operations.


The fireboat dedication is part of North Charleston’s 4th of July Festival, which boasts a full day of top level musical entertainment and family and children activities.  The Festival concludes with the largest show of fireworks in the State of South Carolina.


VIDEO of NCFD Marine 1