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  1. Unity Celebrates 20th Annual World Day of Prayer

    A World Day of Prayer Service will be held on Thursday September 12, 2013, in Mt Pleasant. The service is jointly sponsored by Unity Church of Mt Pleasant and Unity Church of Charleston. The service will be held at 7pm @ Somerby, 3100 Tradition Circle, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466.

    Unity Church of Mt Pleasant is a new Unity Church started in cooperation with Unity of Charleston. Unity Church of Mt Pleasant will hold all of their services at Somerby. Their first Sunday service will be on September 15, 2013 at 10:00 am @ Somerby. For more information contact Rev. Janet Herron at 843-364-4923 or

    Thousands will join Silent Unity—an international, 24/7 prayer ministry open to people of all faiths—and Unity churches around the world on Thursday, Sept. 12, for the 20th annual Unity World Day of Prayer. This year’s theme is “Living Well: Nurturing Mind, Body, and Spirit.” The prayer or affirmation is: “My positive thoughts, words, and actions create a healthy life—mind, body, and spirit.”
    “World Day of Prayer is an opportunity to make a positive difference by fostering healing and wholeness through prayer. As citizens of the planet, we are tasked to heed Gandhi’s call to ‘be the change you want to see in the world.’ What better way to start than by establishing healthy and life-affirming practices in our own lives,” said Rev Janet Herron.
    A 24-hour prayer vigil at Unity Village, MO, will begin the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 11, and continue through Thursday, Sept. 12. Unity invites people of all faiths to join in praying for the health and well-being of the world and for one another. Names can be submitted for prayer online at

    The 2013 theme “Living Well: Nurturing Mind, Body, and Spirit” has a special meaning at Unity World Headquarters in Unity Village, Missouri. “Unity founders Myrtle and Charles Fillmore devoted their lives to teaching others how to live spiritually focused lives, enriching one’s health and well-being. We’re honoring their legacy by rededicating the newly restored Unity Village Tower on Sept. 12,” said Rev. Lynne Brown, vice president of Silent Unity.

    Brown added that the Unity Village Tower, completed in 1929, was restored in 2013 thanks to donations from supporters. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the iconic structure will reopen in September as the home of Awaken Whole Life Center, a full-service holistic health facility.

    Other World Day of Prayer events at Unity Village include keynote addresses by distinguished physicians and authors Dr. Larry Dossey on Sept. 11 and Dr. Bowen White on Sept. 12. The talks will be live streamed at

    Details about Unity World Day of Prayer events at Unity Village and in other
    communities are online at Information is available in Spanish at World Day of Prayer is also on Facebook (search for Unity World Day of Prayer).

    About Unity
    Unity was founded in 1889 and helps people of all faiths apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives. Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village publishes Daily Word, a magazine of inspirational messages distributed to nearly 1 million people in more than 100 countries. The Unity prayer ministry, Silent Unity, offers prayer support 24/7. Silent Unity receives about 2 million letters, telephone calls, and online requests for prayer annually. Anyone in need of prayer support at any time may call (800) NOW-PRAY (669-7729) or visit Unity World Headquarters is located at M-350 Highway and Colbern Road (1901 NW Blue Parkway), near Lee’s Summit, MO.

    • Admin on August 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you for your submission Rev. Herron. Forwarding it to our editor.

    • Loren Ziff on September 2, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Dear Editor,

    I am the SIES School Rebuilding Chair and have been deeply involved with this issue for the past 4 years. Having attended many of the over 40 public SI Town Council and CCSD meetings on this issue, I can assure the community that, throughout a tremendous amount of public debate on the rebuilding of our award winning community school, every community concern has been asked and addressed – many more than once.

    The simple fact is that, each and every time it has been up for a vote, two publicly elected boards have voted to rebuild SIES on its current site. With lots of discussion and emotion on this issue, voices were heard, choices were made, and the school has moved forward. At the July 22 CCSD Trustee Meeting, a group of Mount Pleasant parents expressed their concern regarding the overcrowding issue in the northern part of town. This was followed by a spirited discussion among our elected Trustees about rebuilding SIES; and still, the CCSD Trustees voted 8-1 to sign the final contracts and finish SIES by August 2014.

    For our East Cooper school community to grow, and to set a positive example for our children, we should keep all discussions of our many excellent schools and future plans focused on facts, not rhetoric, innuendo or flat out fabrications as some have recently done. The challenge is to stay positive and factual when the solutions are not what you want. SIES advocates worked for four challenging years to get us to where we are today, and it was not easy. Northern Mt Pleasant will get the schools they need with patience and by working positively with all vested parties. SIES is not the cause or root of the problems in Northern Mt Pleasant, as demonstrated by the facts and the votes of our elected leaders.

    As a proud member of our community and one who championed the rebuilding of our school through this long process, I am thankful that we have now moved on to what’s most important … academics and student success inside the walls of our school. Let’s stay focused on what can be accomplished in East Cooper by working together.

    CCSD has been tasked with modernizing a group of schools that in many instances pre-date the parents and grandparents of the students they enroll. They have and continue to do it on time and under budget, and for that we should all be grateful.

    Loren Ziff
    School Improvement Council
    School Rebuilding Chair

    • Margaret on September 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    College of Charleston Greek Life Kicks Off Pep Supper 2013 with YouGiveGoods–Students Utilize Online Donation System to Raise More Food for the Hungry

    As students from around the country trickle back into beautiful Charleston, South Carolina for the start of another academic year at The College of Charleston, many things are on their minds. What classes will I take? Which clubs will I join? How will the soccer team be this year? And, who will be the winner of this year’s Pep Supper?

    Pep Supper is a way for the students to give back to their community, and it has a long-standing relationship with Lowcountry Food Bank. Last year, the fraternities and sororities raised a total of over 40,000 pounds of food after teaming up with YouGiveGoods to use their online technology, an amount of food that shattered the prior Pep Supper record of 24,000 pounds set in 2011. In today’s economy, more and more people are struggling to feed their families. The record breaking amount of food the students raised for Pep Supper 2012 went a long way to help the hungry in the Lowcountry.

    Pep Supper will kick off on October 7, 2013. Once again, fraternities and sororities have set up their individual drives on YouGiveGoods’ website to compete in the annual food drive contest. The YouGiveGoods system tracks donations in real-time, 24-7.

    YouGiveGoods CEO, Patrick O’Neill said, “Before the Greek community at The College of Charleston started using our system for Pep Supper, people were just dropping off food at the fraternity and sorority houses, and counting it all at the end. With YouGiveGoods, all of the donations are tracked in real-time, so you can literally watch on your computer as one team moves ahead of another. It’s very exciting. Last year, donations were coming in up until the very last minute of the competition.”

    The 2012 contest raised over 24,300 pounds of food online through YouGiveGoods. Two of the sororities, Kappa Alpha Theta and Alpha Delta Pi were neck and neck the whole time. College of Charleston sophomore and Zeta Tau Alpha member, Riley Connell said, “Last year’s competition was so intense. People were constantly logged on to the YouGiveGoods website watching the numbers grow. It was really fun to see a team pull ahead of another one right before our eyes. With a traditional food drive, we never would have been able to do this. YouGiveGoods made the whole experience so much more fun for everyone involved. And at the end of the competition, they delivered all of the food to the food bank for us!”

    Anyone can get involved in this year’s Pep Supper to support the Lowcountry by clicking here ( to visit the Leaderboard. Simply choose the fraternity or sorority you’d like to support, the food you’d like to donate, and check out! At the end of the competition, the food you purchased will be delivered to the Lowcountry Food Bank for you and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt.

  2. An iconoclastic presentation of Mrs. Bennet’s role in “Pride and Prejudice”

    Continuing this year’s worldwide celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of “Pride and Prejudice,” we’ll hear a presentation by Prof. Vincent Lannie on “The business of her life: Mrs. Bennet, a Regency mother doing her duty.” Refreshments provided. All are welcome. Presented by the Jane Austen Society of North America/JASNA (South Carolina Region).
    Time: 1:30 PM
    Date: Saturday, November 16
    Location: Johns Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway
    Price: Free

  3. A sherry toast in honor of Jane Austen’s birthday

    Join us for an afternoon of gracious Regency-style entertainment in honor of Jane Austen’s 238th birthday. We’ll enjoy literary quizzes, period card games (whist, anyone?), and a sherry toast at the monthly meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America (South Carolina Region). Finger food provided. All are welcome. Free.
    Time: 2:00-4:00 PM
    Date: Saturday, December 16.
    Place: Middleton Room, Bishop Gadsden, 1 Bishop Gadsden Way, James Island

  4. Jane Austen Birthday Tea
    The community is invited to an annual high tea in honor of Jane Austen’s 238th birthday. Join us for real English tea and elegant home-made refreshments followed by Regency-style entertainment, including games, quizzes, and dramatic readings. Wear your early 19th century finery and shop for Austen-themed items at our Regency emporium. Presented by the Jane Austen Society of North America/JASNA (South Carolina Region).
    Location: Gage Hall, 4 Archdale St., Charleston
    Date: Saturday, January 18
    Time: 1:30 PM
    Price: $15 JASNA members, $20 non-members, $5 children 10 and under

    • Caroline Aton, RN School Nurse, SIES on February 11, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Red Cross Blood Drive at Sullivan’s Island Elementary!

    Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, presently located at 1120 Rifle Range Rd. in the “old” Whitesides School, will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 1pm until 6 pm in the school cafeteria! We are very excited to provide the opportunity to donate blood to the residents of Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms! Walk-ins are gladly accepted, but It is super easy to make an appointment on-line (no waiting!) Go to, click “schedule an appointment”, enter “sponsor code” SIES and click “find”. On the next screen, scroll down until you find Sullivan’s Island Elementary School and click on the box to the far right “schedule an appointment to donate.” After you register and create a login, press “submit”. Choose your appointment time and click “confirm!” Congratulations! We can’t wait to see you! Tell your friends, too!

    By following a few recommendations before, during and after your blood donation can help you make your donation experience as safe, successful and pleasant as possible.

    Before Your Donation

    1-Blood Donation Tip – Eat Healthy. Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereals and raisins.
    2-Get a good night’s sleep.
    3-Drink an extra 16 oz. of water or nonalcoholic fluids before the donation.
    4-Eat a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating. (Fatty foods can affect the tests we do on your blood. If there is too much fat in your blood, your donation cannot be tested for infectious diseases and the blood will not be used for transfusion.)
    5-Remember to bring your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of ID.

    During Your Donation

    1-Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
    2-Let the person taking your blood know if you have a preferred arm and show them any good veins that have been used successfully in the past to draw blood.
    3-Relax, listen to music, talk to other donors or read during the donation process.
    4-Take the time to enjoy a snack and a drink in the refreshments area immediately after donating.
    5-Have a Successful Blood Donation!

    Thank you very much for donating blood to help another person in need and possibly save a life!

    Caroline Aton, RN, NCSN School Nurse, Sullivans Island Elementary

    Donate Blood
    Source URL:

  5. 200 Years of Publishing “Pride and Prejudice.”
    Deborah Barnum (author of the “Jane Austen in Vermont” blog) will take us on a descriptive and visual journey through the publication history of Jane Austen’s beloved “Pride and Prejudice,” focusing on editions of the novel of particular visual and collectible interest. Refreshments provided. All are welcome. Presented by the Jane Austen Society of North America/JASNA (South Carolina Region).
    Location: Charleston Library Society Building, 164 King St.
    Date: Saturday, February 22
    Time: 11:30 AM
    Price: Free

  6. “Imagining Jane Austen”
    Stuart Bennett, a long-time rare book dealer and author of the novels “The Perfect Visit” and the just-published “Lord Moira’s Echo,” will take us back in time to meet Jane Austen, as he talks about his forays into historical fantasy/fiction. Refreshments provided. All are welcome. Presented by the Jane Austen Society of North America/JASNA (South Carolina Region).
    Location: Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street, Charleston
    Date: Saturday, March 15
    Time: 11:30 AM
    Price: Free

  7. “Mansfield Park and Fairy Tales.”
    Prof. Kathryn S. Hansen, a specialist in 18th Century British literature from the Citadel’s English Department, will be our guest speaker and will offer her perspective on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the publication of “Mansfield Park.” Refreshments provided. All are welcome. Presented by the Jane Austen Society of North America/JASNA (South Carolina Region).
    Location: Johns Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Hwy., Johns Island
    Date: Saturday, April 19
    Time: 1:30 PM
    Price: Free

  8. “Mansfield Park book discussion.”
    An open book discussion of “Mansfield Park” will be the focus of our May meeting, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of this novel. Refreshments provided. All are welcome. Presented by the Jane Austen Society of North America/JASNA (South Carolina Region).
    Location: Berkeley Electric Co-op, 3351 Maybank Hwy., Johns Island
    Date: Saturday, May 17
    Time: 1:30 PM
    Price: Free

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    • Scott Kegel on June 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Letter to the Editor: “OOPS”

    Barbara Spell submitted a letter to the editor a few weeks ago telling all that Judge Markley Dennis ruled that the Town of Sullivan’s Island and Town Council violated the law in not allowing for a referendum on the new school. To quote Ms. Spell, “It would serve all to wait on the written ruling before passing along misleading conjecture and information that is just simply incorrect.” Barbara should have taken her own advice as the fact is that the Judge’s ruling said the exact opposite of what Ms. Spell told us it would. She should have taken her own advice prior to writing her latest ridiculous assessment of the Judge’s ruling. Hopefully we will not have to read any more of her letters to the editor concerning the school.

    Scott Kegel
    Isle of Palms

    • Scott Kegel on July 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Why did my letter to the editor not get printed in the last edition of Island Eye News?

    • Admin on July 14, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Hello Scott,

    We apologize that we missed your Letter to the Editor. Just forwarded it to the correct department.

  10. “The Picturesque and Landscape Design in Jane Austen.”
    Anna Smith (Special Collections Librarian at the Charleston Library Society) will give a presentation on the “picturesque” and its influence on landscape design in Regency England and how Jane Austen incorporated this into her writings. Refreshments provided. All are welcome. Presented by the Jane Austen Society of North America/JASNA (South Carolina Region).
    Location: Charleston Library Society Building, 164 King St.
    Date: Saturday, September 20
    Time: 11:30 AM
    Price: Free

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