Talking Balls and Strikes with the “Buzz Saw”

Ben Sands interviews Catherine Templeton

Gubernatorial candidate Templeton waxes poetic on life, Columbia, and “leaning in” to politics at speaker series event  By Charlie Morrison Longtime business woman, former state government leader and recently declared South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton dropped in on Daniel Island last week in one of her first official appearances as a candidate in next …

Fleshing out Clements Ferry’s Four-Lane Future

Peter Valiquette Discusses road widening

Berkeley County updates residents on phase two of Clements Ferry widening project at April 27 “drop-in” meeting By Charlie Morrison The last half-decade has born witness to a continuous debate between elected officials, South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) officials and members of the Daniel Island, Cainhoy and Clements Ferry Road communities over the future …

Making D.I Delicious – Ali Baba’s Mediterranean Deli and Catering

Ali Baba's Owner Samir Elzabidi

Ali Baba’s owner/operator Elzabidi waxes poetic on restaurant’s path to becoming key player in Daniel Island lunch and dinner scene   By Charlie Morrison There is a ‘buzz’ in the air these days at Daniel Island lunch, dinner, and catering favorite Ali Baba’s Mediterranean Deli & Catering, a ‘feeling’ experienced by customers and staff members …

‘101 Ways” Follow-up: No. 70 – Daniel Island, Fantastic without Plastic?

The data produced by the group tells an undeniable story that the waters of Charleston Harbor contains nearly seven tons of plastic waste, the waste is harmful to animal and fish species who ingest the plastic after breaks down to microscopic levels. Plastic bags are among the top five sources of plastic litter collected during beach cleanups in Charleston.

The Grind Behind the Glamour

“You know, a lot of unexpected things will happen,” said American tennis hero and Volvo Car Open No. 3 seed Venus Williams. “It’s fun to play in the States, because there’s not as many opportunities as there used to be. It’s always nice to get home and have the home crowd. I relish that moment.”

The Birth of a Program

“To be able to do start on day one and build what you want and what you envision what is the championship atmosphere in the classroom and on the field, that is pretty unique,” he continues.

Classroom Heroes

BCSB announces 44 District Teachers of the Year, addresses Blackburn resignation at recent meeting By Charlie Morrison   Just days removed from a special Friday night meeting in which the Berkeley County School Board (BCSB) unexpectedly and unanimously voted to accept the resignation of Berkeley County Superintendent Brenda Blackburn, the Board met again last Tuesday, …

Daniel Island’s Path to Citizenship: Part 3

Photo Cutline: British-citizen Carina Buckman lives on Daniel Island with her husband Matt and daughters Caitlyn and Olivia By Charlie Morrison  Intro: In the last two issues of the Daniel Island News we’ve run the first two segments of a three-part series in which we’ve trying to put a local face on a national issue, …

Guitars, Golf And The Greater Good

Bigger, better 5th Annual NEEDTOBREATHE Classic celebrity golf tourney on DI tees off Mar. 27 BY: CHARLIE MORRISON On Monday, March 27 the Daniel Island Club will play host to the 5th Annual NEEDTOBREATHE Classic, a charity golf tournament put on by the Commonwealth Cares Foundation, the charitable arm of Daniel Island investment firm Commonwealth …

Shams, Scams and Flim-flams

D.I. Library kicks off series of consumer fraud prevention workshops with “Outsmarting Scammers” BY: CHARLIE MORRISON With an April 15 filing deadline with the IRS fast approaching, tax season is most certainly upon us. As we examine our epenses and double-check our checkbooks, law enforcement officers and financial advisors are warning we must also keep close …

Mac McQuillin: Persevering in the public eye

BCSD Board Member reflects on first two years in office CHARLIE MORRISON In November of 2014, when Berkeley County School Board (BCSB) candidate Mac McQuillin defeated opponent Rindy Ryan in the hotly contested race to fill the District 2 seat vacated by Doug Cooper, the Board was embroiled in controversy. At the time, the district …

Daniel Islanders On The Path To Citizenship: Part 2

tor’s Note: In last week’s issue of The Daniel Island News, we began a three-part series on the path to U.S. citizenship - as experienced by three foreign-born Daniel Island residents. Through these stories, we hope to put a local face on the national issue of immigration. This week, we bring you the story of …

A New Class of Greatness

Class AA dominance behind them, Bishop England girls’ hoops team advances to Class AAA state finals  By Charlie Morrison An inauspicious start by the Bishop England varsity girls basketball team in the early moments of their S.C. Lower State girls’ title tilt against the Jaguars of Ridgeland-Hardeeville last Saturday saw the pre-season top-ranked Class AAA …

Daniel Island’s Path to Citizenship: Part 1

An introspective look at immigration through the eyes of three DI residents BY: CHARLIE MORRISON Of the many contentious issues capturing headlines in this inarguably tumultuous time in American politics, none has so tugged at the country’s collective heartstrings than the discussion over immigration. Who gets to come? How difficult is the process? Is our nation …

A ‘Sojourn’ into History

West kicks of Black History Month lecture series at Daniel Island library with talk on African-Americans in the Civil War By Charlie Morrison Daniel Island kicked off Black History Month with a bang last Wednesday Feb. 1, the bang of a Springfield rifle, when two dozen Daniel Island residents flocked to the Daniel Island Branch …

The Fight for Our Green Future

Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust looks to add mitigation bank to long list of Lowcountry land successes By Charlie Morrison On February 13, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) wrapped up a public comment period regarding the proposal to create the largest saltwater mitigation bank in South Carolina state history on the southwestern side of …

What’s this We Hear about a Brouhaha?

The Brouhaha Marching Band is an informal outfit of face-painted, kazoo toting youngsters and adults who, for the last few months have been practicing every Friday under the tutelage of Black Tie co-owners Kris Manning and Braeden Kershner.

Roundabout Update

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Coffee, Cabernet And Community

Starbucks, Bin 526 developer releases rendering of new dual-use retail facility BY: CHARLIE MORRISON The unique, large-format Starbucks retail location to be constructed at 20 Fairchild St. and opened to the public this coming October is beginning to take shape, as evidenced by a recent rendering depicting the dual-use facility released by developer Mike White. …

Parrot Head Party Pooper

Ticketing process for May 11 Jimmy Buffett concert leaves many Daniel Islanders frustrated BY: CHARLIE MORRISON Last Friday morning was a tough one for Daniel Island’s “Parrot Head” community, an informal band of friends and followers of the pervasively popular musician Jimmy Buffett. They were gifted with the rare opportunity to see the mega-star perform …

Can you hear me now?

Roundabout Project Moving Ahead on Schedule It’s been almost four months since Berkeley County hosted an information session to gather community feedback on a proposed plan to add a roundabout to the intersection of Seven Farms Drive and Daniel Island Drive. By all accounts the gathering appeared to be a success; residents asked questions, elected …

Full Steam Ahead

Congressional approval secured, SPA proceeds with Charleston Port Deepening Project By Charlie Morrison An impressive collection of elected officials, industry leaders and executives from the South Carolina Ports Authority (SPA) assembled last Monday at for a roundtable discussion on the progress of the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. The meeting, held at the Cooper River Room …

A Moment with our Mayor

One year after taking office Tecklenburg’s optimism on full display at DI Speakers Series By Charlie Morrison A record crowd of more than four hundred sat patiently in the ballroom at the Daniel Club for the latest installment of the Daniel Island Speaker’s Series last Wednesday night, when all of a sudden the ballroom piano …

Answering the Call

Berkeley County Council approves additional positions for County 911 Call Center BY: CHARLIE MORRISON The Berkeley County Government’s 911 call center is understaffed, operating below state standards, and has been for 12 consecutive years. That was the report of Berkeley County 911 director Sam Gaither to Berkeley County Council at the body’s January 23 meeting, …

Forging a Future for Cainhoy

New Phillip Simmons High School campus on schedule for summer completion and August 2017 opening By Charlie Morrison Nearly one hundred years ago, in 1920 a then eight-year-old Phillip Simmons left the Cainhoy peninsula childhood home where he’d grown up with his grandparents to move to downtown Charleston. The reasoning was simple enough: the family …

A Day in the Life of Cephus Rogers

And that respect is on full display in how Rogers conducts the business of policing. He uses his own visibility as a deterrent, encouraging voluntary compliance with laws he enforces only when all other options have been exhausted. For Rogers, writing fewer tickets is a success in its own right. To him, numbers aren’t the only things that matter.

And All That Jazz…

Daniel Island School Jazz Band to hold first ever fundraising concert on Jan. 19 BY: CHARLIE MORRISON The Charleston County School Board fired a shot across the bow of musical education last week, when news broke the Board had voted to cut the school district’s “strings” elementary music program. The Board soon after reversed their …

Farr St. Redux

Greystar offers up extensive redesigns to Farr Street 'Overture' project BY: CHARLIE MORRISON The controversial project to connect the north and south portions of Farr Street, subdivide a property there and construct a new senior living apartment facility boiled to a head last Wednesday at a special meeting called for by the Daniel Island Neighborhood …

DINA Needs New Leaders

DINA accepting officer nominations for leadership, committee positions in leadup to Feb. 2 leadership transition By Charlie Morrison The time has once again come for the change atop the leadership pyramid of Daniel Island’s only island-wide neighborhood association, and volunteers are needed. The close of 2016 brings with it the end of the two-year terms …

For Rent: Daniel Island Living

And while the seemingly rapid acceleration of Daniel Island’s growth may be sounding alarm bells for some, as evidenced by a pocket of residential opposition to a proposed new Farr Street apartment complex, a close examination of the Daniel Island Master Plan text reveals that many of the projects underway today have, for the most part, been planned from the beginning.

A Salute To Daniel Island’s Veterans

Following an official presentation of the colors and a collective reading of the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer of dedication by pastor B.H. Rader from interdenominational North Charleston church Cathedral, and a reading from the World War II non-fiction book “Battlefields & Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage from World War II” delivered by Summit Place resident and military widow Mabel Ward, the group arrived at the much-anticipated moment of the unveiling.

A Substantive Discussion

The Hicks’ story was one of many highlighted at an often emotional panel discussion sponsored by The Daniel Island News on November 29 at Bishop England. A total of seven panelists took part in the program, entitled “Teens and Substance Abuse: A Community Forum on Addiction and Recovery.” Beth Bush, an editor and writer for The Daniel Island News, served as the moderator for the event. The panel featured members of the medical, therapy, and law enforcement communities, and the community at large, namely the Hicks’ and Stevie Sullivan, another Bishop England graduate who is now a decade into her recovery from addiction.

Mission Accomplished

Daniel Island-based “Change for Haiti” charity group raises $20,000 for non-profit Water Mission BY: CHARLIE MORRISON “What are they trying to do?” Water Mission volunteer tour guide K.C. Lombard posed this question to a group of children, chaperones, and parents from Daniel Island’s St. Clare of Assisi during a tour the group took of the …

The Island of Altruism

Daniel Island is at its core a body of people who in appreciation for their relative good fortune often turn outwards to the concerns of others, giving both money and time to charitable causes. At the center of that body, its very beating heart in fact, is the non-profit of non-profits, Daniel Island’s charity hub, and a fund every island property owner pays into - the Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF). And for that fund, it’s been a banner year.

Making DI Delicious: Sermet’s Courtyard

All the same, despite the fact he was locating his new restaurant in a largely undeveloped part of Daniel Island where, as he described it, “the only thing moving down the street in those days were tumbleweeds,” Aslan made his decision to set up shop on the island, a decision that for the past six years has changed the face of the island’s culinary milieu.