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The wedding planning road has been bumpy at times — with some detours and hairpin turns — but the clouds have cleared and the way has smoothed considerably as we approach the big day, just three months away.
This year has taken me in new directions. I turned 30, got engaged and now, after six years as a copy editor, I am ready to embark on a new job adventure.
Before I head off down this unknown road, here are the results of all our planning and preparing, and much of it is owed to the patience of my parents, and especially my mom’s enthusiasm and hard work.
Happy Fourth of July from The Pack! I hope you enjoy this photo of Penny in her Uncle Sam hat. It was taken a month after I adopted her in 2005, when I tried to my hardest to capture picturesque moments of her wearing clothes and accessories. Now I know it's wasted energy; she's lost all tolerance for appeasing me and rips the hat off almost as soon as it touches her head. I've pretty much given up on that old song and dance, but she does look super cute in this picture. It's still a favorite of mine.
When I stopped by Christine's Cafe and Catering to talk to her for today's story, she brought out one of her culinary concoctions - watermelon gazpacho shooters. They were served in shot glasses and garnished with a lime wheel. (Hint from the kitchen: add some vodka for an extra kick.)
Watermelon Gazpacho Shooters
4 cups seedless watermelon
1 cup tomatillos, diced
1 small jalapeno, seeded and diced
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Zest of one lime
1 teaspoon kosher salt
The Lady’s Island Convenience Center on Airport Circle isn’t closed yet — but residents shouldn’t get too comfortable taking their trash and recyclables there.
County administrator Gary Kubic said Tuesday that the center will be closed by the end of December or the beginning of January. Instead of renovating the space to accommodate more users and ease traffic congestion, as previously intended, plans now include selling all or a portion of the property to the private sector to add it to the tax rolls.
An ongoing investigation of the diversity and recruitment efforts of Riverview Charter School by the U.S. Office for Civil Rights has delayed funding for the school.
Riverview supporters anticipated the Beaufort County Board of Education would write its first check to the charter school Wednesday, the start of the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
The past few weeks have provided intriguing reading — and, for those of us who gather the news, some intriguing decisions about what to print and what, if anything, to exclude. Among the latest was revelation of Gov. Mark Sanford’s extramarital affair. In fact, that story is so compelling and of such gravity that in addition to pursuing local angles to the story, we bumped up the size of the print section Thursday to accommodate extra coverage of Sanford’s mea culpa press conference.
Cameras were rolling last week on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island as a New York-based production company filmed the Corps’ newest recruiting commercial, according to the The Boot, the depot’s newspaper.
Titled “America’s Marines,” the commercial features Marines from the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., as well as Parris Island drill instructors hand-selected by the commercial’s producers and Marine Corps brass.
Out this week is this next big summer movie, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” Shia LaBeouf is back as Sam Witwicky as he once again is caught in the middle of a battle between the Autobots and Decepticons. I’d give a better plot outline, but that’s about it. Besides, people are simply going to this to see the machines fight, anyway.
In a first for the group, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra will perform three “Picnic & Pops” concerts at Shelter Cove Park on Hilton Head Island.
The first show on Wednesday is the timely “Star-Spangled Salute,” which will include patriotic music drawn from our nation’s history.
“My Sister’s Keeper” is a horror movie for parents and a righteous weeper that earns its tears. Directed with a sure, sensitive hand by Nick Cassavetes (“The Notebook”), it is an actors’ showcase built on a moral dilemma. But at its most basic, it’s just a good cry.