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‘ Normal Wasn’t Working’ What classroom lessons will educators take beyond the pandemic? BY SKYLER BALDWIN

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Education has undergone dramatic change since the onset of the pandemic, but with national, state and local leaders calling for a swift return to business as usual, those leading in the classroom fear that some of the most beneficial innovations may be on the way out.

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Despite their rocky implementation at the beginning of the school year, many classroom changes may be able to make a permanent difference for the better in education. “My biggest concern is that we should have learned something from this,” said College of Charleston literacy educator and researcher Ian O’Byrne. “A lot of my colleagues are ready for post-COVID, but I don’t like the discussion of how we get back to normal. Normal wasn’t working for a lot of people.” O’Byrne studies ways in which people, specifically educators and students, use the internet and other online technologies for communication and learning. He had been waiting for an opportunity to put that research into practice, but like anyone else, he couldn’t have predicted the severity of the pandemic. “We knew this was going to come eventually,” he said. “Obviously, we didn’t predict COVID, but you look at every other field and how they adapt and change over time, and for the most part, K-12 and higher education really hasn’t changed. It was only a matter of time.” Meanwhile, students entering and leaving the classrooms have been adapting to rapidly changing times for decades, Charleston Teacher Alliance director Jody Stallings noted. “We anticipated so many problems with kids STALLINGS having issues figuring out the new technology — how to find the content or materials,” Stallings said. “One of the things we discovered was that they are actually quite adept. “I never had any technology in my class at all, never issued an iPad or Chromebook, because I felt that if I had to train them on that, it would take more time away from learning,” he said. “But, I discovered that it really isn’t that way. They can have it done faster than I can explain how to do it the oldfashioned way.” Stallings said early on in the pandemic, there

were a lot of options for technological adaptation for education, but few teachers really knew exactly how to use it. But, the urgency to adapt quickly revealed potential uses. Homebound students who in the past would need facilitators to bring them work assigned by usual teachers, and online and hybrid learning has increased parent participation in the learning process. “We see opportunities for parents and guardians in the home to be more connected to the school,” O’Byrne said. “I get the opportunity to sit and work with my children and peer into other families’ homes through the Zoom window, and I can see other families trying to be there to support their children. We’ve been required to be more flexible and integrated and immersed in what’s happening in K-12.” These are just a few of the innovations that some fear may go by the wayside as the world returns to normal. “The rhetoric of normal is overshadowing anything good that we have done and that has happened,” said Berkeley County Schools teacher Trever Etminan. “And, the rhetoric of the vaccine is sort of echoing so loudly that we ETMINAN can’t hear the voices from within the classroom saying maybe we need to reevaluate. “This whole pandemic has provided us with an infinite number of opportunities to change and make things better, to look critically at what we’re doing and why we are doing it the way we’re doing it,” he said. Arriving at successful solutions wasn’t a smooth ride, teachers admit. Some of the techniques that were put in place may be better left in the past. “There were attempts to use learning management systems like Google Classrooms to supply a curriculum to kids who weren’t in front of you,” Stallings said. “We discovered that that doesn’t work very well. What we don’t want to see two years from now is that there’s 30 kids looking

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EDUCATOR AND RESEARCHER IAN O’BYRNE SAID ONE OF THE GREATEST INNOVATIONS IN EDUCATION DUE TO THE PANDEMIC IS THE ABILITY FOR PARENTS TO BE INVOLVED IN CLASSES

at their screen with a teacher in the back. That’s probably not the future.” Other resources used in schools will need more time to determine their long-term effectiveness or for people to explore other options. “For the most part, Zoom wasn’t something we used before, and now, it’s infrastructure in this country. That’s scary,” O’Byrne said. “It’s one of those things where, in the beginning, we had concerns, but there weren’t many tools that were far better.” Other elements will most likely be per-

manent fixtures. “We see connectivity to the internet as important if not more important than textbooks now,” O’Byrne said. “From the perspective of [open educational resources], this is a boon.” Moving forward, while some of the innovations that came about during the pandemic should stick around, Etminan said it’s important to look critically at what has been implemented, and determine if those changes were out of necessity, or a desire to change things for the better.


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Whose Coverage? SC has big, new incentive to expand Medicaid to cover 200K, but will it? BY ANDY BRACK State coffers could get $2.5 billion in new federal funding over two years, if lawmakers get over longstanding political objections to expand Medicaid to cover about 200,000 residents without health insurance. Many agree expansion is more of a possibility due to the state’s current political climate. The new funding over two years would come from a 90% federal match of health insurance costs plus a new federal incentive of about $790 million with few strings attached, analysts say. And if lawmakers were to cut off funding to pay for insurance for those in the expansion pool, they reportedly wouldn’t have to return the extra money. But, the incentive, which is part of the newly passed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, faces an uphill battle in South Carolina. Gov. Henry McMaster is vehemently opposed to adding uninsured, poor South Carolinians to federal health insurance through Medicaid expansion. “Gov. McMaster isn’t for sale, regardless of whatever ill-conceived ‘incentives’ congressional Democrats may come up with,” spokesman Brian Symmes said in a statement last week to the Associated Press. “What the federal spending plan does is attempt to offer a short-term solution for a long-term problem.” After the federal government approved the Affordable Care Act in 2010, it provided 100% of costs of expanding Medicaid to cover low-income families for three years with the amount eventually dropping to 90%. Twelve states, including South Carolina, did not expand, which means S.C. lawmakers left $11 billion on the table and left eligible poor and working families without health care. In the new incentive plan, the state would get about $790 million over two years, but would have to pay $95 million a year for its

10% share of expansion for state residents. The net — $600 million — could be used to cover state costs of expansion for another six years or used for different purposes.

Getting started State lawmakers are just starting again to grapple with the thorny issue of Medicaid expansion. Senate Democrats are planning a press conference next week to discuss the issue, which also is the focus of a free virtual “closing the gap” forum at 7 p.m. Monday by the League of Women Voters and other expansion advocates. “We are acutely aware of this opportunity and the opposition of the governor,” Senate Minority Leader Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, told Statehouse Report, City Paper’s sister publication. “We are meeting with interested parties to HUTTO explore options.” “First, we need to create public awareness to this opportunity and then pursue a strategy to change the current kneejerk ‘no’ response we are receiving now when we raise the issue. More to come.” Sen. Thomas ALEXANDER Alexander of Walhalla is a leading Medicaid voice for Republicans in the Senate. The issue is not currently under consideration, but he said his colleagues needed to learn more about

the short- and long-term requirements on the new incentive. “From a policy standpoint, I don’t know we would be there in expanding Medicaid,” said Alexander. “I’m sure over the next six months to nine months, we’ll learn more about it,” he said, adding that senators would wait a bit to let the “dust settle” on the issue. Alexander emphasized that Republicans were more focused on improving access to health care through health centers across the state than they were on expanding a program for funding of individuals.

What advocates say The S.C. Hospital Association (SCHA), which backed earlier Medicaid expansion efforts, is taking a slightly different approach with the new incentive, particularly since the legislature is even more Republican-dominated today, compared to seven years ago. “SCHA believes that every South Carolinian should have access to affordable, high-quality health care, and we will continue to advocate for the state’s elected leaders to make use of the available policy tools that will help our state achieve that goal,” said Schipp Ames, an SCHA vice president. Ames said part of the 2020 coronavirus relief package allowed states to expand Medicaid coverage for mothers until a child’s first birthday, regardless of income. “States now have the ability to close this crucial coverage gap without needing federal approval of a waiver,” he told Statehouse Report. “SCHA strongly supports the extension of postpartum coverage and encourages state officials to adopt this provision as soon as possible. And, we will continue to look for ways we can work with stakeholders

“Medicaid expansion has always been a cost-effective way for the state to get health care coverage to low-wage workers through a state/ federal partnership with the state paying 10% and the feds paying 90%.” —Sue Berkowitz, executive director of the S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center in Columbia

to increase health coverage and reduce the uninsured rate in South Carolina.” Sue Berkowitz, executive director of the S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center in Columbia, said polling showed most South Carolinians wanted residents to have health care coverage. “We need to get folks from around the state to demand that our political leaders respond to this and pass expansion as the majority of the people in our state desire,” she said. “Medicaid expansion has always been a cost-effective way for the state to get health care coverage to low-wage workers through a state/federal partnership with the state paying 10% and the feds paying 90%. “It [expansion] would cover costs of some programs that we pay 100% in state dollars, such as mental health coverage and costs for those who are incarcerated and find themselves hospitalized. It would improve our health care outcomes and keep those who have health problems from worsening due to lack of coverage. It would also help our rural hospitals, many of which are on the brink of financial ruin.”

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All S.C. residents ages 16 and up became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine March 31 after an announcement from Gov. Henry McMaster and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) last week. “Our priority with the vaccine has been to save the lives of those at the greatest risk of dying,” McMaster said in a press release Friday. “By staying the course and resisting distractions, we’ve expanded South Carolinians’ access and eligibility for vaccinations faster than originally anticipated. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our state’s health care professionals, we are now able to make the vaccine available to anyone who wants it, and to do so ahead of schedule.” The Palmetto State moved into Phase 1B of its vaccine rollout March 8, allowing those 55 and older, those with increased risk for severe symptoms and frontline workers to schedule their appointments. DHEC and other vaccine providers have administered around 23,323 doses per day since then, 419,816 in total. Before the March 26 announcement, DHEC projected South Carolina would enter Phase 2, general eligibility, in early May. “We started by making vaccine available to those who were most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19: the elderly, those with high risk of exposure at work, and those with medical conditions that worsen the effects of COVID-19,” DHEC Director Dr. Edward Simmer said in a press release. “Today, about a year after the COVID-19 crisis began, we are now able to offer three very safe and effective vaccines to all South Carolina residents over the age of 16 – another step on our path to take control of COVID-19 instead of it controlling us and getting back to normal.” DHEC and other vaccine providers have administered a total of 1,818,939 doses to South Carolina residents, with 1,163,103 South Carolinians having received at least one dose and 617,787 South Carolinians having completed vaccination. As of March 26, approximately 15% of South Carolina’s population has been fully vaccinated. Pfizer is the only vaccine currently available to those aged 16-18. All three vaccines are available to those aged 18 and older. Online appointments can be found using scdhec.gov/vaxlocator. —Skyler Baldwin

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AFFA’S CHASE GLENN TO HEAD UP LGBTQ + RESOURCE OFFICE AT MUSC Chase Glenn is stepping away as the leader of the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) to become the first director of the Medical University of South Carolina’s office for LGBTQ+ Health Services and Enterprise Resources. Since 2017, Glenn has served as the executive director of AFFA, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy group based in North Charleston. He will begin his new role at MUSC in mid-April. As the office’s new director, Glenn will oversee “the development and implementation of policy, programs and services for all of MUSC LGBTQ+ community members,” according to a press release. “As a transgender man, he brings realworld experience, personal insight and proven leadership to this challenging new role,” said Willette S. Burnham-Williams, the university’s interim chief equity officer. “Our teams look forward to engaging with him to move our forward-looking diversity, equity and inclusion programs to an even higher level.” Studies have shown LGBTQ people in the South can face added challenges when

obtaining health care. A 2019 health survey by the Campaign for Southern Equality showed transgender individuals less-often had positive experiences with physical health providers compared to cisgender counterparts. Respondents also reported dramatically higher levels of depression and anxiety compared to the general population. In recent years, AFFA has led advocacy efforts at the state level, most recently helping push the passage of hate crime legislation and working to reframe discussion about LGBTQ issues at the Statehouse. The hate crime law currently under consideration has the support of major statewide business leaders and a bipartisan group of lawmakers. AFFA board leaders are “deeply appreciative” of Glenn’s work, president Jeffrey Fleming said in an announcement Thursday. “He has continued to grow AFFA’s reputation as a valued resource for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies in Charleston.” A search for Glenn’s successor is underway, Fleming said. —Sam Spence

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JUSTICE MINISTRY’S DRIVE-IN NEHEMIAH ACTION DEMANDS ACTION ON HOUSING, HEALTH CARE

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) made up for lost time on March 22, with a dualissue Nehemiah Action held as a drive-in event and open to virtual attendees in the local activist community. CAJM is a coalition of faith organizations that organize their combined congregations and followers to push for social and political change in the Charleston area. The group’s Nehemiah Action each year draws thousands of Charleston-area residents to meet with public officials and secure commitments to action. This year, more than 120 cars rolled through the gates at The Bend and well over 1,000 tuned in via Zoom, with car-horn applause reacting to speakers as they took the stage. Altogether, CAJM organizers say 2,200 people participated Tuesday night. The Monday-night meeting saw the Rev. Charles Heyward, pastor of Edisto Presbyterian, as lead negotiator for affordable housing, and the Rev. Byron Benton, pastor at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist, as lead negotiator for health care. County Council members Kylon Middleton and Rob Wehrman represented county leadership, and both committed to help get the council to take local action to establish and fund the Lowcountry Housing Fund. “Every year we don’t pass something is a year of people’s lives,” Wehrman said. “Setting aside economics and what have you, this is something that is having impacts now. We can sit and debate as long as we want, but there is cost to debate.” Middleton and Wehrman also vowed to push to get the issue up for vote by May 25, only two months away. “Collectively, we are the newest members on council, and we have been completely consistent in our resolve to make certain all of the things we came on to council for, affordable housing being No. 1 for both of us,” Middleton said. “I could not find a better person as a sidekick to make certain that we get this across the line. We will give everything we have to make it happen.” Dr. Melvin Brown, a member of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) board of trustees, expressed support for CAJM’s proposal to address inadequate, inaccessible or unaffordable health care options for the community through the use of mobile health units placed in prominent positions to address community issues. “I know the way to decrease the number of visits for what is essentially high-cost care is to make sure people have more access to low-cost care,” he said. Brown also said he would call and strongly encourage the president and CEO of MUSC to meet with CAJM’s health care committee, which drafted the proposal. According to Benton, attempts to get such a meeting began in late February, but have been unsuccessful. “Tonight, we are disappointed,” Benton said. “But, I am reminded of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, ‘There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.’ We are disappointed because our love runs deep. We love our community, we love our people and we want better for all humankind.” Every year, CAJM commits to advocacy on a large-scale injustice affecting marginalized communities in the Lowcountry, but the ongoing pandemic disrupted many of their advocacy for affordable and accessible housing last year, going as far as cancelling the Nehemiah Action. —Skyler Baldwin


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A West Ashley man who was suspected of being high on bath salts charged at bystanders and yelled, “I have something for you,” before chucking a battery in their direction. Someone call the North Pole and tell the elves to stop giving Santa bath salts, please. It’s only March.

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The Blotter is taken from reports filed with Charleston Police Department between March 18 and March 22. No one described in this section has been found guilty, just unlucky. Expecting this edition of the Blotter’s reports to be full of party busts and stolen alcohol in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, we found only one report from a convenience store clerk regarding an alcohol theft. Look at you, Charleston, you’re growing. A downtown man stopped by police told officers he had about 2 grams of marijuana in his pocket. After a quick search, they found the baggie and found it to weigh almost exactly 2 grams. Wonder if that helped or hurt his case in the moment. Two different shoplifting reports came from two different stores robbed by two different women. The interesting part: both stole crayons, coloring books and other miscellaneous arts and crafts supplies. Is this a new crime syndicate we’re going to have to look out for?

A pseudo-conscious man told cops breaking up a St. Paddy’s Day party that it was hosted by “Pi Kap, Pike and Sig Ki.” Police speculate this translates to various fraternities. They’ve cracked the code. A downtown hotel reported they have been receiving suspicious letters in the mail for weeks that were addressed to them, from themselves. Each letter contained $2,500 checks made out to different people. If this is the first case of time travel in the Lowcountry, we want in. We would like to retract our earlier statement regarding the emotional growth of Charleston due to the lack of alcohol thefts. Upon another glance, the day’s packets were filled with public intoxication, drunkenness, open containers and driving under the influence reports — 27 to be exact. We’ll get there one day.

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A catalytic converter was stolen from a man’s car while it was parked in a downtown lot. These mischievous mechanics better get while the getting’s good, Mr. Law is about to crack down on these catalytic converter thefts. A bike that was described as dark green with a torn seat cloth, scratches on the center post, and a clamp holding it together was stolen. The victim said he bought the bike for $1,300 which is almost as much as this Blotter reporter paid for his car that fits a similar description. A would-be shoplifter was caught by a West Ashley store’s employee due to their suspicious behavior: carrying four rolling suitcases by hand, instead of rolling them on the floor. One drunken downtown man trying to emulate an internet meme from the early 2010s reportedly told police he was “trying to fuck the go home.” In a twist no one saw coming, he was immediately arrested for public intoxication.

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outh Carolina remains one of only 12 states that has not expanded Medicaid to provide health care insurance for its poorest residents. For more than a decade, the Palmetto State’s Republican governors have said, “No, thanks,” to billions in federal funds that could cover health insurance for the state’s most vulnerable. As reported exclusively by the Charleston City Paper, beefed-up incentives to expand Medicaid in the new federal coronavirus relief package make it an even better deal to cover thousands of uninsured South Carolinians. But, even practical policies are nonstarters with this crowd. The sad reality is that without expanded Medicaid, more poor South Carolininans will die because they can’t afford to pay for health insurance. Employer-sponsored health insurance covered about 45% of South Carolinians in 2018, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Others were covered by Medicare, Medicaid, individual and military plans. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made the cost of health insurance a bit more bearable, but even for some hardworking people in S.C., it hasn’t been enough. More than 514,700 still lacked coverage altogether — about 12.7% of the state. The ACA intended to help low-income uninsured residents with Medicaid, but as a joint state and federal program, states had the chance to opt out. Not surprisingly, South Carolina leaders leapt at the chance to punish their poorest constituents. These aren’t lazy freeloaders like Gov. Henry McMaster would have you believe. A healthy adult earning minimum wage in South Carolina without employerprovided health care and who can’t afford insurance does

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not qualify for Medicaid — unless he or she has kids. The newest federal incentives to expand Medicaid would provide coverage for an estimated 200,000 people in South Carolina. For about $95 million per year from state coffers, federal dollars would pump another $790 million over two years to expand Medicaid. Even a run-government-like-a-business Republican would tell you that’s a good deal. Naturally, states that have expanded Medicaid showed dramatic drops in the uninsured rate, an average drop of 7.4% in states that implemented expanded Medicaid coverage after the passage of the ACA, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Expansion states also showed improved access to health care, reduced the cost of uncovered care and improved affordability of care. Expanded Medicaid could even reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health coverage in South Carolina, where Black and Hispanic residents live in poverty at more than twice the rate of their white counterparts. Yet, McMaster and his cronies seem determined to make poor people suffer under their watch. One year ago, COVID-19 forced the state’s unemployment rate to more than triple almost overnight. While it has mostly recovered, the state’s forced reliance on employer-sponsored health coverage already left out hundreds of thousands in South Carolina, and the pandemic showcased how stubborn political obstinance can make a bad situation even worse. Come on, South Carolina: Accept the federal money and expand Medicaid. People’s lives depend on it.

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Despite GOP opposition, help is here and more is on the way I still can’t believe that no Republican member of Congress voted for the American Rescue Plan. They didn’t vote for this because it was dangerous policy or it would not truly provide relief meaningfully. Republicans didn’t vote for this now law because they would rather put their political futures before the needs of our country. Under the previous administration, Republicans welcomed tax cuts with open arms, especially for the top 1%. Under the American Rescue plan, the top 1% received just what they needed: nothing. Tax cuts for the most wealthy are acceptable, popular, badly needed, they would say. But, deaths and the long-lasting effects of children being out of school and continued suffering of already-fragile communities and businesses can continue, all for a talking point for their next election and to cater to their base. We cannot ignore what happened, and my Republican brothers and sisters who took an oath to serve must be held accountable. The oath they took was not to a political party or top donors. The job of an elected official is to do the hard right versus the easy wrong. Your political party has no criteria for benefiting from the American Rescue plan, yet no Republican member of Congress voted for it — but of course, they too have family, friends and supporters who welcomed the relief. Extending unemployment insurance, expanding the child tax credit, lowering health care premiums and providing COBRA assistance is bad for our communities and country? C’mon, GOP. Cutting child poverty in half, surging vaccines, contact tracing and concretely ending this pandemic is wasteful spending? C’mon, GOP. We can’t be conservative in our thinking and actions building our country, communities and homes back The fact that not one toward better. If shots in arms, school reopenings, actual economic Republican member growth in towns and cities, direct payments to individuals of Congress stepped and rental assistance to low-income renters and homeowners are liberal initiatives, I remind folks that such thinkup says a lot about ing and action is how we got the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Indeed, it is how anything of significance gets done at any what they fear and level of government. who they serve, You’ve heard people say that the American Rescue plan rather than their is the most consequential piece of legislation for working families in modern American history. That really means we convictions. finally rose to the occasion in providing needed resources to most Americans directly, rather than by trickle-down economics. The work continues, as we have more ground to cover. Not only at the national level, but local municipalities with visionary leaders have the opportunity to be bold and address issues that fall outside a mayor’s typical set of responsibilities. Protecting the lives and livelihoods of residents, saving lives of our most vulnerable populations, and providing critical help to those living week to week through no fault of their own deserve to have their government help them recover. The fact that not one Republican member of Congress stepped up says a lot about what they fear and who they serve, rather than their convictions. Despite the opposition to the needed relief individuals, families, communities and small business owners were crying out for, help is here to stay and more of it is coming. A new beginning is within our sight. The inaction, rhetoric and hypocrisy by some will not hinder President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris from working with the House and Senate leadership to deliver tangible results for the American people regardless if you voted for them or not. There is too much work to do to go along to get along. Progress requires better, and you should expect more. Clay N. Middleton, of Charleston, has held various senior-level positions in government and politics.

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Meet Trash Gurl THE WOMAN BEHIND CHARLESTON’S UBIQUITOUS PURPLE DUMPSTERS BY SAMANTHA CONNORS


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MELISSA POLUTTA’S HUSBAND JEFF THINKS UP MANY OF THE LINES THAT WIND UP PRINTED ON TRASH GURL DUMPSTERS

Polutta grew up on Remount Road and attended North Charleston High before moving to Goose Creek about 13 years ago, so her local knowledge gives her a slight edge with firsthand understanding of Charleston’s traffic and shortcuts to job sites. It’s clear from the moment you meet Polutta that her business is truly her passion. Her phone is constantly buzzing, and she’s there to answer on the continued on page 14

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e’ve all seen them — the purple dumpsters decorating the streets of Charleston with the colorful, apologetically misspelled Trash Gurl logo scrawled across the side. But, maybe the most eyecatching parts of these 5400-pound steel containers are the sayings that adorn each one. Quips like, “If you do a job well, you’ll get stuck with it,” or “I am breathing. That’s about it for today’s productivity.” If you drive around Charleston on any given day, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll pass by one — and you’ll notice. How often do you actually notice a dumpster by the side of the road? “That’s the whole point,” said Trash Gurl owner and operator Melissa Polutta, 40, “not to be like everybody else. Waste management companies want their containers to be plain and unseen, and I want to say, ‘Hey, look at me!’ ” Polutta’s approach to making trash look “pretty” really works. She said people are constantly posting and tagging photos posing in front of the Trash Gurl dumpsters — even entire wedding parties. “To me, you want to be seen,” she said. “That way, you know that it’s clean, it’s well-kept and you know that construction’s going, so you can be more aware.” But when Trash Gurl first started, many people FLOOR-TO-CEILING WHITEBOARDS HELP POLUTTA didn’t think Polutta was serious. “I truly believe that STAY HYPER-INVOLVED WITH DAY-TO-DAY people did not think it was a real company at first,” OPERATIONS she explained. “But once they started seeing the fleets on the road more often, people accepted it.” When Polutta started Trash Gurl in 2009 with “It was just supposed to be a hobby, but once we the help of her husband Jeff, the company was just started, business erupted. We still don’t have any sales the two of them, one truck and 10 cans. Now, she people to this day,” she said. “Our sales are based off of claims Trash Gurl is the largest locally owned waste our customer service, logo and word-of-mouth.” management company in Charleston. After 12 years, the business has grown to about “Being a female-owned 48 employees, more than 25 business was tough at first,” she “I do my own dispatching fully serviced trucks with explained. “It’s a high-stress job roll-off commercials dumpers, because I want to see my small commercial cans and and very demanding. I think it was hard for some people to portalet rentals. drivers in the morning grasp that a woman could have “I don’t always throw it out before they leave and as much drive into it. Most there that I’m a woman-owned tell them to have a good business because I want to get females in the industry are in the corporate scene or sales. They’re it fair and square. That’s my big day and be safe. Why not actually doing the dirty thing, but I do want everyone not? I’m going to keep work. I guess we made it a double to know that girls can do whatwhammy by picking Trash Gurl. doing it as long as I can.” ever the heck they want, just as And then, we spelled it wrong,” much as a guy can do my job.” —Trash Gurl owner Melissa Polutta she said with a laugh. Most waste management Jeff insisted that Trash Gurl companies in the area are was the right name, although Polutta thought her actually owned by larger corporations or publicly grandma would be mortified if she ever heard it. traded companies, though there are a few other local “Trash girl” was actually something Polutta used to businesses in town. hear chirped over her Nextel radio. “When I would Corporate-owned waste management companies start work at 3 a.m., my radio would start going, ‘Hey try to give the appearance of being “local.” Online trash girl, where’s my can?’ Because a lot of people listings are classified as “local” and include a local didn’t know who I was, they just knew, ‘Oh that girl’s area code, but the companies are actually based in going to bring me a dumpster.’ ” New York or California and use brokers to subconPolutta started off in the waste management busitract work. ness almost by accident. She worked in landscaping At Trash Gurl, Polutta tries to offer a more personand the tanning-salon business before a friend in the alized experience, and she stays hyper-involved in the waste-management industry approached her with the business. She prefers to do all her own dispatching, offer of a part-time sales position. As a single mom which requires showing up to work at 3 a.m. every looking for insurance at the time, she was willing to day. “I do my own dispatching because I want to see learn about a new industry. my drivers in the morning before they leave and tell “I had no idea I was going to get into the trash busi- them to have a good day and be safe,” she said. “Why ness,” she said. “But after I took that part-time gig, I not? I’m going to keep doing it as long as I can.” ended up loving it. It was like my calling. I couldn’t Not only does she do her own dispatching, she does believe it.” it the old-fashioned way — with a giant white board. Because Polutta was so passionate about the indusWalking into her new office in Moncks Corner, the try, she wanted to branch out from sales and learn first thing you’ll notice is a floor-to-ceiling array of dry more about how the business was run. Her curiosity erase boards that take up an entire wall. Polutta said paid off when the business she worked for went under, using this method over a computer system allows her and Jeff encouraged her to start her own company. to be more involved with the job site.

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first ring — already aware of which client she’s talking to or which driver she needs to direct. But with so much focus on her work, she doesn’t save much time for her social life. Luckily, it’s a family affair at Trash Gurl. Polutta’s mom works customer service across the hall. Her stepdaughter Sydney is the main biller a few offices down. And her son Stiles, who just turned 18, recently took over dispatching and running the portable toilet part of the business. Her husband Jeff is usually tinkering around with the equipment, working a demo job, checking in on his own heating and air business or tending to the family’s mini farm. But, Jeff may have the most important job at the company: creating the sayings that are painted on the dumpsters. The idea first came to Jeff when he cracked open a fortune cookie after finishing lunch at

Dumpster Wisdom Found on the sides of Trash Gurl bins: Mood is currently swinging between an ax and gasoline. If you can’t reach it from your couch, you don’t need it. You decide : ) : Teamwork makes dream work. The road to success is always under construction. A wise man once said nothing.

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a local Chinese food restaurant one afternoon. “At first, I was like, ‘Oh, you’re crazy.’ But, everyone loves them. Jeff will just sit down and come up with lists of sayings,” says Polutta. To add to the playfulness of the dumpsters’ appearance, the company started adding Polutta’s Bitmoji, a themed cartoon version of herself, to the dumpsters. “Sometimes, people will call in or employees will have an idea for the sayings, and Jeff will match it up with my Bitmoji.” If one thing’s for certain, the family likes to have fun with their customers. For one church client, the company added a graphic of Polutta praying along with a quirky saying. “I love when people call me and tell me that seeing the dumpsters made their day. It just fuels us to keep coming up with new ones.” After moving to their larger location in Moncks Corner last June, the company is considering where to go next. Offering recycling services is on the list of possibilities, but Polutta doesn’t want to grow too big too fast. And, the company is still getting back to normal after the pandemic year. Their business took an initial hit with big events canceling toilet rentals and dumpster orders. But, business quickly picked back up as people were stuck at home and interested in taking on home improvement projects. Polutta’s son said March and April 2020 saw their highest numbers of rentals for the entire year. Though business itself hasn’t slowed much for Trash Gurl, Polutta made the decision to temporarily cut prices to keep clients and help pay her drivers. Many of the companies she works with were struggling due to business closures, some went under all together. “The last thing they want to worry about is paying me,” she said, talking about her customers during the pandemic. “Health is more important. If I can help them get through and stay open, that’s my goal. Some people have had to put freezes on their accounts. I tell them, no problem. Just keep the can out there and when you open back up, we’ll be there to empty it.” That is exactly the type of service and sense of community that Polutta’s customers have come to know and love her for. Someone who’s tough, driven, passionate, caring — and someone who “makes trash look gud.”


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Shark Tooth Easter Egg Hunt Join Charleston Outdoor Adventures for its annual Shark Tooth Easter Egg Hunt, now with two different time slots to account for COVID-19 safety. COA crews will set out and hide eggs filled with shark teeths and fossils before each round, and kids can keep all their findings at the end of the event. The event is limited to children 12 and under and is “bring your own basket.” April 3. 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. $35/child. Charleston Outdoor Adventures. 1871 Bowens Island Road. James Island. charlestonoutdooradventures.com T U E S D AY

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Every Tuesday is “The Fox and the Hound” happy hour at Frannie and the Fox as a part of an ongoing celebration of National Dog Biscuit Day. Attendees can bring their furry companions to enjoy happy hour on the patio and courtyard, and the restaurant’s full bar menu will be available alongside happy hour bites. April 6. 3-5 p.m. Prices vary. Frannie and the Fox. 181 Church St. Downtown. hotelemeline.com/frannie-and-the-fox

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LOCAL ARTIST KEVIN HARRISON OPENS HIS FIRST SHOW IN NEARLY FOUR YEARS IN AVONDALE THIS WEEK

Finding Comfort Artist Kevin Harrison to open Dreamscape show at Highfalutin

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Kevin Harrison is on the phone, and he’s talking a lot about things coming full-circle. That’s because, in many ways, they are. After living abroad for nearly five years, Harrison, a man of many talents (painter, video editor, art director, producer and graphic artist) moved back to Charleston in 2016. On April 1, he’ll host his first art show in nearly four years at Highfalutin in Avondale. “I feel like a long eightor nine-year journey is coming to a culmination,” he said. “With this art show coming up, it feels like everything is falling into place.” Adding intrigue to the show is the fact that the pieces Harrison, 52, HARRISON will be selling are much different than anything he’s done before. First known in Charleston for painting cityscapes that captured the luminosity of a night out on the town, his newest series, Dreamscape, is decidedly more surrealistic than his past work. When his wife, Cathy O’Hara (a former news anchor at WCIV-TV), asked him how he’d describe the new pieces, Harrison said, “comfort food.” “They’re meant to bring a sense of calmness, and truthfully, they’re just pretty,” he said. “There wasn’t some special intention other than knowing that after what everybody went through in 2020, it’s good to sit down and exhale — like comfort painting. “[The pieces] are incredibly unbusy compared to my other stuff,” he added. “They’re minimalist. I was trying my best to not clutter up what was going on.” Harrison chocks up this newfound artistic freedom partially to his age. When he was a

young creative still making a name for himself, he thought he was the “coolest dude in the world,” as he put it. Now that he’s into middle age (and a father of two, to boot), he’s realized that’s not the case. And, he’s totally fine with it. “I don’t feel old at all, but at some point you stop caring as much. That’s been freeing for me. I understand now that most people are looking at their own steering wheel, just trying to get through the day. They aren’t preoccupied with what some random painter is doing,” he said. “But time-to-time, [art] is a nice distraction, and they can bring a piece home and let it radiate goodness wherever they decide to hang it.” With that realization, Harrison gave himself license to try new things. Thus, his new work in Dreamscape has a certain Dali-esque feel to it. He expects to have 11 or 12 works on sale the night of the show, including several featuring ghost-like chairs outlined in white, with women’s legs hovering in the frame. Despite the obvious aesthetic differences between his cityscapes and his dreamscapes, there are similarities, too. First, each of his paintings, no matter the style, begins as a design in Photoshop. This allows him to experiment with the composition of a piece before commiting brush to canvas. “Like the chair,” he said. “Before I decided to put that in, I sketched it in different styles, which let me decide what I liked and didn’t like.” Harrison, who’s accomplished just as much as a video editor as he has as a painter, returned to Charleston in 2016 after living abroad for half a decade, first near Barcelona and then just outside of Dublin. The opportunity to move overseas arose when his wife landed a job with a start-up called AirBnb,

of which she was the 30th employee. Those experiences taught Harrison to slow down and appreciate the smaller moments in life. “Everything’s a little slower, everyone’s a little nicer, and everyone’s a little less greedy,” he said. It’s hard to imagine that Harrison’s laidback experiences overseas didn’t inform, either consciously or unconsciously, his Dreamscape series. “I wanted to create something that would be serene enough to feature in a yoga studio,” he said. “Not that anyone would hang one in a yoga studio, but you get what I mean.” Harrison admits that he doesn’t get too attached to his work. “I don’t get sentimental about my stuff,” he said. “Otherwise, you’ll just end up surrounded by your own art.” But, there are a couple pieces his wife took a liking to, so as a compromise, he’s planning to slap a high price tag on them, with the hope that no one will be able to afford them. It should be noted that the opening falls on April Fool’s Day, and that Harrison has a reputation as a trickster. At an event back in the early 2000s, Harrison helped stage a fake protest from a fake right-wing organization that caught the attention of a local news crew. “The people holding up signs were our friends,” he said. “It was all made up.” (Harrison recorded the whole scene and made a video, which, long story short, landed him a gig as creative director behind early Axe body spray videos.) So what does Harrison have planned for the Dreamscape opening? “People keep asking if I have something up my sleeve,” Harrison said. “There’s no stunt planned. Nothing’s going to happen.” Of course, he could just be saying that. A really good prank, after all, would truly bring everything full circle.

Charleston Parks Conservancy is launching a new program in April, in response to local concern about an uptick in litter on the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway. The nonprofit will provide cleanup kits for volunteers including bags, gloves, safety vests and trash pickers. Participants are encouraged to keep the kits and use the items to pick up trash in any public park or outdoor space on a regular basis. “We are always listening to the community and seeking input on how we can improve Charleston’s parks and greenspaces,” said Rachel Barry, volunteer manager for the Conservancy. “After conducting a community survey about the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway, it was clear that litter is a big concern.” Charleston Parks Conservancy will team up with Charleston Waterkeeper and Keep Charleston Beautiful for a kickoff cleanup on Earth Day, April 22. Charleston Waterkeeper will start the event off with a morning cleanup from 9-11 a.m. followed by Keep Charleston Beautiful‘s evening cleanup from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Another community cleanup is scheduled for May 22. —Samantha Connors

DARBY, SC ACTORS RECOGNIZED IN NAACP IMAGE AWARDS

North Charleston High School Principal Henry Darby hasn’t yet escaped national recognition and celebration for his work supporting his students and community. At Saturday night’s NAACP Image Awards, aired on BET, Darby was highlighted as an “unsung hero.” “My area has a community of poverty. A number of my students are sleeping under bridges and in cars, and I said, ‘Woah, I can’t allow that,’” he said in a produced video during Saturday’s award show. “I found myself dipping into my emergency funds. Common sense suggests the next course is to get another job.” Darby took a job as a Walmart stocker last year, working nights, to raise money for North Charleston students in need and their families. The story that followed has been featured in numerous state publications and garnered national attention with an appearance on NBC’s TODAY, and helped to raise money for the principal’s efforts through a GoFundMe that took in roughly $186,000. Altogether, his efforts brought in more than a quarter-million dollars. In February, Gov. Henry McMaster awarded Darby the Order of the Palmetto; the award is the state’s highest civilian honor awarded to South Carolina citizens for extraordinary lifetime service. South Carolina natives Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman took best actor and actress for their roles in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. —Skyler Baldwin


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Tail of the Tape Godzilla vs. Kong: How did we get here? Tonight is a very special night. One of the most special of special nights. Coming to you from the middle of Hong Kong, Hawaii, Sydney or some other recognizable world metropolis: I’ll be your emcee for these proceedings. We have a face-off decades in the making. On March 31, for the first time since 1962, when the result was up for debate, two terrifying titans will (maybe!) tangle to the death in Godzilla vs. Kong. In this corner, at 393 feet tall and weighing in at a husky 164,000 tons, sporting a bowling-pin bod, lethal fiery breath and a 550-foot tail, we have the Raging Reptile, Lethal Lizard ... that Psycho Sea Monster. It’s Gooooodzilla. And in that corner, standing at almost 400 feet and weighing somewhere between 90,000 and 158,000 tons, all the way from Skull Island, flaunting a powerful primate physique and a pummeling punch, we have the Angry Ape, the Menacing Monkey, the Savage Simian. It’s Kiiiiiiing Kong. But before they go paw-to-claw, let’s take a look back at how this fearsome twosome went from kitschy mid-century horror to Adam Wingard’s latest creations on the big screen (and HBO Max).

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King Kong Of course, Simpsons aficionados know their leading man was also once King Homer, a large, angry, stupid ape who could only be satiated by the love of a beautiful woman with tall, blue hair in the third “Treehouse of Horrors.” While Godzilla’s origins are rooted in anti-war protest, King Kong’s creation was born out of a pure, lifelong fascination with gorillas. Co-creator Merian C. Cooper spent years working on the idea of a “terror gorilla picture” for RKO Pictures, with partner Edgar Wallace working on the script. The first time the “Eighth Wonder of The World” got the animated treatment was in the Canadian-AmericanJapanese series, The King Kong Show, where he went

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on humanity-saving adventures with the Bond family. Meanwhile, in 2000’s Kong: The Animated Series, we saw a Kong clone brought to life for even more adventures. Then on Netflix, kaiju series Kong: King of The Apes gives us a 2050-era Kong saving us all from the terrors of robotic dinosaurs. King Kong is even into the wine game. When not reediting and rereleasing his past works, Francis Ford Coppola is busy making King Kong Cabernet, described as “powerful wine” offering “big, bold flavors and a dramatic finish,” thanks to “rugged tannin structure and fragrant oak frames luscious flavors of black raspberries, blueberries and plums that are woven between notes of tobacco, incense, and baking spices.” Whatever you say, Francis. Without further ado, let’s put all of this folly and nerdy trivia aside! Let’s get ready to rummmbllle! Godzilla vs. Kong premieres in theaters and on HBO Max on March 31.

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Real-life American nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands that contaminated the 23-person crew of a Japanese tuna fishing boat in 1954 is cited as the inspiration for the origin of what would become Godzilla. The crew’s ordeal serves as an entry into the Japanese horror film that soon followed: Gojira — later translated into the anglicized name we know today. Eventually, time has a way of defanging even the most fearsome creatures. The green guy from Tokyo is no exception, as evidenced by the many traditional and animated iterations, including Toho’s cutesy Son of Godzilla, TV’s educational Godzillaland, the better-than-we-deserved Fox animated series and even the Hanna-Barbara series featuring Zilla’s Johnny Quest-like gang. (The lone exception may be 2017’s more serious-minded Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters.) While Blue Oyster Cult’s song “Godzilla” may be the most famous song revolving around the icon, Pharoahe Monch’s “Simon Says” may very well be the most infamous, thanks to an uncleared sample of composer Akira Ifukube’s theme in its hook. Cementing its pop-icon status once and for all, the monster was even featured in “Homerzilla,” the 15th installment of The Simpsons’ annual “Treehouse of Horrors” series, with Homer featured as a giant green monster that needs doughnuts to quell his rage.

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Fresh Future Farm co-founder Germaine Jenkins hopes a new documentary detailing her mission to provide sustenance for Charleston food deserts can be a blueprint for other urban communities. ROOTED profiles Jenkins’ mission to purchase Fresh Future Farm’s 0.8-acre plot of North Charleston land and her goal of eventually reaching a wider network in the Lowcountry. “Just imagine how many people can take control of food justice for them and their families by watching this documentary,” Jenkins said. “My hope is that we can demystify what liberation looks like. We as communities that have been pushed to the margins have lots of needs. Through the documentary, folks can see it in real time.” ROOTED director and Charleston resident Bridget Besaw met Jenkins at a 2017 event, and one week later, she asked if she could document her work on the farm. Filming began shortly after in January 2018. “That initially was meant to be a very short film, which turned into a short film, which turned into a feature,” Besaw said, recalling initial filming. “I had a camera in one hand, and she handed me a hacksaw and we started hacking down banana trees. What struck me immediately is I had never seen anything like (the farm), certainly not in an urban setting.” According to the documentary’s outline, “While Germaine’s battle for Fresh Future Farm sets the stage for the film, at its core, ROOTED is the evolution of a leader.” “(Viewers) can expect to learn about food justice and food apartheid — the definition of those two terms,” Besaw said. “They’ll learn a little bit about the history of Black

farming and food justice in this country — or lack of food justice in this country. All of this they learn through what we call a profile of Germaine.” Commenting on Jenkins’ humor and ability to entertain viewers, Besaw and co-director and producer Adetoro Makinde said they are targeting the “new foodie” demographic interested in sustainable farming. They also want to engage activists and policymakers. “There need to be legislative changes,” Jenkins said. “I hope people who watch this story understand the importance of ownership of land from the outset.” Land ownership is a focal point in ROOTED, as Jenkins’ well-documented effort to purchase Fresh Future Farm’s land continues. A July 2019 Kickstarter project raised more than $72,000 to buy the property, but progress has been hard to come by since then. In February, North Charleston City Council voted to subdivide the property Jenkins has been leasing since 2014, clearing a path for her to acquire the Success Street plot from the city. But, Fresh Future Farm and city officials have not had recent discussions regarding the matter, Jenkins told the City Paper on March 15. “From what I read, I think there’s been some movement around the city selling a portion of where the basketball court goes to the school to Metanoia, and then at some point in the future, we’re supposed to hear from the city,” Jenkins said. “We got it third hand, so we’ll see.” The ROOTED team is currently raising initial funds to help pay for the film’s completion. A Kickstarter campaign surpassed its

We Flew South pop-up owners Marc and Elizabeth Hudacsko will open their first restaurant in the downtown space previously occupied by Uneeda Sicilian. Slated to open in spring 2021, Berkeley’s will bring “classic American fare with a focus on chicken cutlet sandwiches, meatball parmesans and French dips, alongside fresh salads, shareable appetizers and more refined entrees” to the North Central neighborhood at 624 ½ Rutledge Ave., a press release said. “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work,” the Hudacskos wrote on social media. “It’s a dream come true for us. We are grateful and humbled by the love and support Charleston has shown us over the years.” After arriving in Charleston — or “flying South” — from New Jersey in 2016, Marc and Elizabeth secured jobs at Little Jack’s Tavern before starting their own popup, which was known for cheesesteaks, Reubens and “red sauce” dishes reminiscent of classic Italian restaurants they frequented in New Jersey. Several of these favorites will be found on Berkeley’s menu, and takeout will be a focus with “Berkeley’s Boxes” catered towards families, friends and offices. After renovations are complete, Berkeley’s will open this spring for lunch and dinner six days a week. For more information, follow Berkeley’s on Instagram @eatatberkeley’s.—Parker Milner

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$50,000 goal on March 23, money that will help producers complete a first cut for submission to film festivals by September 2021. But, ROOTED will need nearly half a million dollars to “support the additional elements needed to make a final polished film,” Makinde said. ROOTED is just part of Jenkins’ big plans for the future, and her lofty aspirations stem from the desire to help underserved communities in need. “The more communities that are engaged, inspired and empowered this way, the better economies of scale that we can work towards to make it even more affordable for folks to do the work. We’re a template, and we hope to open source the lessons that we’ve learned with other communities.”

Local pop-up Vegan Demon started its indefinite residency at Lo-Fi Brewing on Thursday, March 25. Look for plant-based favorites like cheez steaks, tacos, fried Oreos and more weekly from ThursdaySunday for the foreseeable future. Vegan Demon co-owners and Charleston natives Jordan Lied and Alexandra Lesley base their pop-up on dishes they missed at music festivals when they went vegan in 2017. After debuting in March 2020, the duo has popped up at Fatty’s Beer Works, Ghost Monkey Brewery and Lo-Fi, where they hit it off with owner Jason Caughman who “offered us to return anytime,” Lied said. The menu will include popular Vegan Demon items like its cheez steaks, tacos, fried Oreos and fries and some new additions like nachos, fried pickles and mac n cheez, Lied said. “The new additions will be unveiled as we get into the swing of things, but initially, it will be the same menu we had previously. We plan on adding weekly specials and have a few tricks up our sleeve,” Lied said. “Pretty much pub grub that pairs well with an ice cold beer as the weather starts to warm up.” Vegan Demon will serve food from 4 p.m.-close Thursday through Sunday. For more information, follow Vegan Demon on Instagram @vegandemonfood.—PM


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After tasting a meal that Chef Xavier Yvernogeau prepared at his restaurant in Challans, a small town southwest of Nantes, Owner of Saveurs du Monde Thierry Chateau tried to convince Yvernogeau that such a talent couldn’t stay in France. Previously, Chef Yvernogeau relocated to Paris, where his 15-year career included a stint at a two-Michelin-star restaurant and won the 2019 French Hamburger Championships.

Chef Yvernogeau finally accepted the challenges of moving overseas, much to the delight of Charlestonians including Gerald, who was probably the first one to recognize him: “Ah, Msr. Yvernogeau. He is, isn’t he, of L’Apart resto in Challans? How very good for Saveurs to gain from his experience, yes. I lived not far from there for several years, in La Rochelle, not too far south of the Vendee.”

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describe that first bite… If you remember the food critic tasting the Ratatouille in the animated movie of the same name, there I was...transported by the perfectly balanced flavors of the mushroom cream sauce and ravioli. I held a bite over for my husband to taste as I said to him, “This is to DIE for...”. The server heard my comment and said he would certainly convey to the chef. As he went to the glassed-in kitchen, I could see the chef look my way...I lifted my wine glass in his direction to toast his efforts, and he gave me the thumbs up. Ahhhh.... the perfect meal. If that were to be my last, I could die in a state of bliss.” - Kathryn C, March 12th 2021

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From the Bay Meet the West Coast transplant behind Tacos de la Bahia BY MICHAEL PHAM You might have come across Tacos de la Bahia on Instagram. The new pop-up has been making its rounds throughout Charleston at places like Sightsee Shop, Charles Towne Fermentory and Munkle Brewing Company, and starting in April, expect to see West Coast-style tacos and burritos every Monday in April at Cutty’s on Bogard Street. From Oakland, California, Tacos de la Bahia owner Jeremy Weiss moved to Charleston in August to support his longtime friend and mentor James London, executive chef at Chubby Fish. “The vision had been to help [London],” Weiss said of his decision to move coasts. “I really believe in him and want to see him nationally recognized, so I moved myself out here to help out in whatever way I could.” Owning a granola bar company in the San

Francisco Bay area, Weiss started working from home when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and while doing so, made his plans to move to Charleston. But by the time he moved, Chubby Fish had temporarily closed its doors. Despite the setback and not knowing many people in his new city, Weiss kept true to himself and set out to do something he was passionate about. The inspiration for the pop-up came from his Bay-area culinary experience, a combination of the “setup, the ease of access, the clarity and the story” between working with friends in home kitchens and restaurants. Additionally, with his Jewish and Mexican roots along with Japanese and Laotianinfluenced ingredients and recipes, Weiss wanted to bring a unique blend of cultures and flavors to Charleston using locally sourced ingredients.

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“There’s a lot of Bay-area roots, but we came to a bay, too, so Tacos de la Bahia, or ‘Tacos from the Bay,’ is a mixture of all of that,” Weiss said. Before making official pop-ups at places around the city, Weiss started serving takeout dishes on Mondays and Tuesdays via his Instagram account (@tacosdelabahia), and while doing so, he made the connections he needed to start serving a wider audience. In a month’s time, a thought-to-be smalltime gig became a full-time endeavor. “I thought this was just going to be my Sunday gig to meet people out in Charleston because that’s how I like to engage,” Weiss said. “I want to go and create tacos for people. Now it’s become the full-time and

full-investment thing, and everything’s been coming together.” Starting a taco pop-up isn’t Weiss’ only goal, however. With Tacos de la Bahia, the chef wants to help create a community of artists, chefs, musicians and other creatives that can work together. With this in mind, the goal is to not only have tacos, burritos and quesadillas at his pop-ups, but to also have clothing and locally sourced merchandise from local producers available as well. Weiss wants his pop-up to be a community of creatives who can meet and connect with one another and have a platform to showcase their stuff, he said. “I wasn’t looking to just open up something that was food. If I have either a platform or a canvas for somebody to use, I want that space to be taken up with something genuine that has a story behind it, that’s supporting somebody else both financially and emotionally, especially now,” he said. “Why not collaborate like I do in the kitchen with artists, jewelry-makers or whoever?” Using tacos as a way to build a network for himself, Weiss wants to extend that hand to others in the Lowcountry and bring the community closer together, despite being socially-distanced.

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JOHNNY SCOTT, Plaintiff, vs. HEIRS OF JAMES PRIOLEAU, CRYSTAL ADAMS, JOHN DOE, SARAH DOE, RICHARD ROE AND MARY ROE, being fictitious names used to designate the unknown heirs-at-law, administrators, executors, successors and assigns if any and all other persons claiming any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the lands of the estate of JAMES PRIOLEAU, or any portion thereof, including any such as may be infants, incompetents, or otherwise under any disability, Defendants. SUMMONS (Quiet Title Action) (Non-Jury)

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TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Amended Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to the Amended Complaint on the Plaintiff or his attorney Veronica G. Small, Esquire, 3300 W. Montague Avenue, Suite 102, North Charleston, South Carolina 29418, with in thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such Service; and, if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff(s) in this action will apply to the Court of the relief demanded in this Complaint. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that the undersigned attorney will seek the agreement and stipulation of all parties not in default for an Order of Reference to the Master in Equity for Charleston County, South Carolina, stipulating that the said Master in Equity shall enter a final judgment in this case. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced and is pending in the Court of Common Pleas for Charleston County, South Carolina upon the Complaint of the above named Plaintiff against the above named Defendants, to determine the interests of the parties to the below described real estate: ALL that piece, parcel or tract of land, situate lying and being on James Island, County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, known and designated as Tract B on a plat entitled, “PLAT OF JOHN RICHARDSON ESTATE, James Island Charleston County South Carolina” surveyed by A. Molinaroli and survey check and plat prepared by Tommy E. Ayers, May 1960, and recorded in the Register of Deeds Office for Charleston County in Plat Book M, page 149. Tract B Measuring and Containing 3.4 acres. To establish a Point of Beginning, begin at a point established by an old axle at the intersection of an old road separating Tract C hereafter described from the lands now or formerly of Praleau; thence n generally a Southerly direction to the Southeastern right-of way of the old road bounding on lands now or formerly of Praleau; in generally a Northeastern direction along the Southeastern side of the said old road on a line bearing N 20 degrees 03 minutes E, approximately 1,033.7 feet to a ditch separating the said Tract B from the lands now or formerly of Praleau, being the Point of Beginning; thence continuing along the old road on the aforesaid bearing 140 feet to a point; thence on a line bearing N 74 degrees 03 minutes E, 373.6 feet to a point on an old bank; thence S16 degrees 33 minutes E, along the old bank for a distance of 417.3 feet; thence N 83 degrees 48 minutes W, 294.7 feet to a point at the intersection of a ditch; thence N 57 degrees

TMS No.: 334-10-00-021 TO THE INFANT DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED, IF THEY BE OVER THE AGE OF FOURTEEN YEARS AND TO THEM AND THOSE WITH WHOM THEY RESIDE IF THEY BE UNDER THE AGE OF FOURTEEN YEARS: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem to represent you in this action within thirty (30) days after the service of this Amended Summons upon you, and if you fail, application for such appointment will be made by Plaintiff(s) herein. NOTICE OF FILING TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Lis Pendens, Notice of Filing, Notice Nisi, Amended Summons, Amended Complaint, Notice of Intent to Refer to Master-inEquity, and Petition for Appointment of Guardian ad Litem, were filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County, Court of Common Pleas, Charleston, South Carolina on November 19, 2020. An Order Appointing the Guardian Ad Litem was filed on November 20, 2021. The purpose of this action is to declare Plaintiff to be the sole owner of the property which is the subject matter of this action and for an Order confirming the same pursuant to the request in Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint. /s/Veronica G. Small, Esquire Attorney for Plaintiff 3300 W. Montague Avenue, Ste 102 North Charleston, SC 29418 Dated: March 8, 2021

TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to the said Complaint upon the subscriber at his office, located at 1847 Ashley River Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29407, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and, if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiffs in this action will apply to the Court for the relief demanded in said Complaint. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced and is now pending in the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Charleston, which action was brought by the above-named Plaintiffs against the abovenamed Defendants to determine the rightful owners and partition by sale of the below described real estate. That the premises affected by this action is located within the County and State aforesaid and is more particularly described as follows: ALL that certain lot, piece or parcel of land with improvements thereon, situate, lying and being in the County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, containing 1.0 acre more or less and known as 527-A Fleming Road and 527-B Fleming Road in the present numbering system of the County of Charleston. TMS Nos.: 340-01-00-008 and 340-01-00-086 NOTICE NISI

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CIVIL CASE NO.: 2020-CP-1004778 MAXINE BARR, JAMES C. SIMMONS, BILAL M. RAHEEM, TRÉVAUGHN SIMMONS, MARIAN LOUISE SIMMONS SMALLS and GILBERT SIMMONS, Plaintiffs, vs. DAVID HARRIS, JOHN HARRIS, DONESE SIMMONS, SHAWN SIMMONS, MIASIA WHITE, DANIEL SIMMONS, ABRIALANNA SIMMONS, ISRAEL HARRIS, EDNA GREEN, EDWIN SIMMONS, LAWRENCE ASKIA, THOMAS SIMMONS, WILLIAM JOHNSON, J. A. MILLIGAN, (A MINOR CHILD) C. S. SWINTON (A MINOR CHILD), M. S. JOHNSON (A MINOR CHILD), MILDRED GREEN, ALFREDA SIMMONS, DANA SIMMONS, CLARENCE SIMMONS, HERMAN JOHNSON, BARBARA CHAVIS, JOSEPH SIMMONS, ELLIS SIMMONS, JEROME SIMMONS, ROBERT SIMMONS, EVELYN SMALLS, ANNETTE SIMMONS, PATRICIA BROWN, JOHN DOE and MARY ROE, being fictitious names used to designate the unknown heirs at law distributees, devisees, legatees, widow, widowers, successors and assigns, if any, of MARIE SIMMONS, (deceased) and the following Deceased individuals: EDWARD SIMMONS, EDWARD SIMMONS, JR., ABRAHAM SIMMONS, DOROTHY SIMMONS, HENRIETTA SIMMONS MOULTRIE, CRYSTAL MOULTRIE JOHNSON, JUSTIN MILLIGAN, ELLIS SIMMONS, JULIA SIMMONS, RICHARD SIMMONS, MARIE SIMMONS and all other persons unknown claiming by, through or under them or having or claiming any interest in the real estate described in the Complaint, whether infants, incompetents, insane persons under any other disability. Defendants. SUMMONS (Quiet Title/Partition By Sale)

TO: THE DEFENDANTS ABOVENAMED: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Plaintiffs have applied to the Court for appointment of a suitable person as Guardian ad Litem for all unknown and known Defendants who may be incompetent, under age, or under any other disability, and said appointment shall become final unless such Defendants, or anyone in their behalf, within thirty (30) days of the service of this Notice, shall procure to be appointed a Guardian ad Litem for them. NOTICE OF FILING TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Summons, Complaint, Lis Pendens and Notice Nisi were filed on October 29, 2020 in the Office of the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas for Charleston County, South Carolina. FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that Toya Hampton, Esquire of 1847 Ashley River Road, Suite 200, P.O. Box 32181, Charleston, S.C. 29417, has been designated as Guardian ad Litem for all Defendants who may be incompetent, under age, or under any other disability by Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Charleston County, dated the 3rd day of November, 2020 and the said appointment shall become absolute thirty (30) days after the final publication of this Notice, unless such Defendants, or anyone in their behalf, shall procure a proper person to be appointed as Guardian ad Litem for them within (30) days after the final publication of this Notice. /s/ Arthur C. McFarland Attorney for Plaintiffs 1847 Ashley River Road Suite 200 Charleston, SC 29407 843.763-3900 843.763-5347 (fax) Email: Cecilesq@aol.com Charleston, South Carolina October 28, 2020

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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GEORGETOWN IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO.: 2020-CP-22-00947 Vandella Victoria Rainey Blye, Steven Townsend, Sr., Nathaniel Rainey, Jr., Arthur Rainey, Joel Rainey and Thomas Mengesha, Plaintiffs, v. Nathaniel Rainey, a deceased person, his heirs-at-law, distributees, personal representatives, successors, and assigns and spouses, if any they have and all other persons with any right, title or interest in and to the real estate described in the Complaint, commonly known as: 56 Annie Rainey Lane Pawley’s Island, South Carolina Georgetown County TMS # 04-0203-115-01-00 and also any unknown adults and those persons as who may be in the Military Service of the United States of America, all of them being a class designated as John Doe; and any unknown minors or Persons under a disability being a class Designated as Richard Roe, Defendants. SUMMONS AND NOTICE To the Defendants above-named: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the undersigned at his office at: 1721 Ashley River Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29407, within thirty (30) days, after service hereof upon you, exclusive of the day of such service, except as to the United States of America, which shall have sixty (60) days, exclusive if the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that should you fail to answer the foregoing summons, the Plaintiffs will move for a general Order of Reference of this cause to the Master-in-Equity or Special Referee for this County, which Order shall, pursuant to Rule 53(e) of the South Carolina Rule of Civil Procedure, specifically provide that the said Masterin-Equity or Special Referee is authorized and empowered to enter a final judgment in this case. NOTICE OF FILING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Summons and Notice, and Complaint, were filed on November 18, 2020, the Order Appointing Guardian ad Litem was filed on November 30, 2020 and the Order of Publication was filed on February 9, 2020 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Georgetown County, State of South Carolina.

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FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that Carl B Hubbard, Esquire of 2201 Middle Street, Box 15, Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina 29482 has been designated as Guardian ad Litem for all Defendants who may be incompetent, under age, or under any other disability or in the Service of the Military by Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Charleston County, dated November 30, 2020 and the said appointment shall become absolute 30 days after the final publication of this Notice, unless such Defendants, or anyone in their behalf shall procure a proper person to be appointed Guardian ad Litem of them within 30 days after the final publication of this Notice. THE PURPOSE of this action is to clear the title to the subject real

property described as follows: All that certain piece, parcel lot of land situate, lying and being in Tax District Number 4. County of Georgetown, State of South Carolina, measuring and containing one (1) acre as shown on a map surveyed for Nathaniel Rainey by Samuel M. Harper, R.L.S. 26 August, 1974, and to be recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Georgetown County. Said one (1) acre parcel is irregular in shape and measures and contains in front on Road shown on said map two hundred sixty six (266) feet and two hundred eight (208) feet on its rear line, one hundred forty-two (142) feet on the eastern side, line and three hundred twentyeight (328) feet on the western line and Butts and Bounds as follows: On the North by said road as shown on said map; on the East by lands of Rainey, Shown on aid map; on the South by lands of Annie Rainey; and on the West by Channel. All of which will more fully and at large appear by reference to said map which is hereby made, pro tanto, a part and parcel hereof. TMS #: 04-0203-115-01-00 s/Jeffrey T. Spell Jeffrey T. Spell 1721 Ashley River Road Charleston, South Carolina 29407 (843) 452-3553 Attorney for the Plaintiffs Date: March 10, 2021

Master’s Sale 2019-CP-10-01623 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc, PLAINTIFF versus Louise Lawrence f/k/a Louise Habersham and SC Housing Corp., DEFENDANT(S). Upon authority of a Decree dated the 14th day of January, 2021, I will offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, the premises fully described below, at the PSB County Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina, on the 6th day of April, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. or shortly thereafter. All that piece or parcel of land together with all the buildings and improvements thereon, situate, and lying in Charleston County, South Carolina, known and designated as Lot F-2 on plat entitled “Snowden Christ Church Parish, Charleston County, SC, Plat of Subdivision of Lot F containing 1.39 acres and Lot F2 containing .68 acre both owned by Louise Habersham”, dated May 7, 2003 and revised on November 17, 2003 and recorded on January 16, 2004 in Plat Book DD, Page 983 in the RMC Office for Charleston County. Subject to all easements and rights-of-way of record in the RMC Office for Charleston County. Also includes a mobile/manufactured home, a 2004 Oakwood Mobile Home Vin # HONC07716923AB This being the same property conveyed to Louise Habersham by deed of Charles E. Habersham dated March 9, 1993 and recorded March 12, 1993 in Deed Book O 224 at Page 152 in the RMC Office for Charleston County, SC. TMS No. 556-00-00-482 (land) MH00052127 (mobile home) Property Address: 432 Harry Habersham Road (land) 434 Harry Habersham Road (mobile Home), Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. THIS SALE IS SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS,

EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. The property shall be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The highest bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will be required to deposit with the Master, at the conclusion of the bidding, cash or certified check in the amount of five (5%) per cent of the bid: the said deposit to be applied to the purchase price. The successful bidder will be required to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed and interest on the balance of the bid from the date of sale to the date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 9.0000%. Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the bid within thirty days from the date of sale, the Master will resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting bidder upon the same terms as above set out. Should the Plaintiff, or one of its representatives, fail to be present at the time of sale, the property is automatically withdrawn from said sale and sold at the next available sales day upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or any Supplemental Order. The Sheriff of Charleston County may be authorized to put the purchaser into possession of the premises if requested by the purchaser. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search well before the foreclosure sale date. ATTENDEES MUST ABIDE BY SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES AND MAY BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK OR OTHER FACIAL COVERING. Any person who violates said protocols is subject to dismissal at the discretion of the selling officer or other court officials. PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY RILEY POPE & LANEY, LLC (803) 799-9993 FOR INSERTION March 17, 2021 March 24, 2021 March 31, 2021 Mikell R. Scarborough Master in Equity 4142

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AN FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA FAMILY LAW DIVISION IN RE: THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS PURSUANT TO THE ADOPTION OF A MINOR: CASE NO.: 21-DR-000427 DIVISION: A P.N.G. DOB: JANUARY 8, 2021 NOTICE OF ACTION, NOTICE OF PETITION, AND NOTICE OF HEARING TO TERMINATE PARENTAL RIGHTS PENDING ADOPTION TO: RICKEY VELTMAN DOB: June 28, 1987 Hispanic Male, brown hair, blue eyes Approx. Age 28, Approx. Height 5’9”, Weight 240 lbs. Current Residence: UNKNOWN Last Known Residence: 8810 Deerwood Dr., Lot 51, North Charleston, SC 29406 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Termination of Parental Rights Pursuant to an Adoption has been filed, and you are required to serve a copy of your written response, if any, to it on Mary L. Greenwood, Esq., 1038 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, Florida 33511, Petitioner’s attorney, within 30 days after the date of first publication of this notice. You must file your original response with the Clerk of this court, at the address below, either before service on Petitioner’s attorney, or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition. Clerk of The Court

800 E. Twiggs Street Tampa, Florida 33602 NOTICE OF PETITION AND HEARING TO TERMINATE PARENTAL RIGHTS PENDING ADOPTION A petition to terminate parental rights pending adoption has been filed. A copy of the petition is being served with this notice. There will be a hearing on the petition to terminate parental rights pending adoption which will take place on April 13, 2021, at 11:30 A.M., in front of the Honorable Jared E. Smith, Circuit Judge, of the Hillsborough County Courthouse, via ZOOM, https://zoom.us/j/94736137435, Meeting ID 947 3613 7435, Password 549446. The ZOOM App is available for free for IOS and Android devices, and it may also be accessed via desktop computer. No account or fee is required. Please visit the ZOOM Help Center at https://support. zoom.us to familiarize yourself with the service. If you are unable to use the ZOOM link, to appear telephonically, you may call (301) 715-8592 and enter the ZOOM Meeting ID of 947 3613 7435, Password 549446. The Court has set aside fifteen (15) minutes for this hearing. UNDER SECTION 63.089, FLORIDA STATUTES, FAILURE TO TIMELY FILE A WRITTEN RESPONSE TO THIS NOTICE AND THE PETITION WITH THE COURT AND TO APPEAR AT THIS HEARING CONSTITUTES GROUNDS UPON WHICH THE COURT SHALL END ANY PARENTAL RIGHTS YOU MAY HAVE OR ASSERT REGARDING THE MINOR CHILD. PARA TRADUCCION DE ESTE FORMULARIO AL ESPANOL LLAME A LA OFICINA DE INTERPRETES DE LA CORTE, AL 813-272-5947 DE LUNES A VIERNES DE 3:00 P.M. Y 5:00 P.M. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provisions of certain assistance. Please contact the Clerk of Circuit Court, Circuit Civil Division, Hillsborough County Courthouse, 800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida 33602, Telephone No.813-276-8100, within 2 workings days of your receipt of this document; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8771. WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on this 4th day of March 2021. CINDY STUART CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT BY: SANDRA SHATTLES Deputy Clerk /S/ SANDRA SHATILES Charleston City Paper Charleston County, SC LaGaceta, Hillsborough County, FL

Master’s Sale Case No.: 2018CP1004595 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

ALL that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, situate, lying and being in the County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, and being shown as Lot 114, Hidden River Townhomes on a plat by Empire Engineering, LLC, dated October 4, 2005 and entitled: “FINAL PLAT LOTS 41-49, 61-115 & 131-168, THE PARK AT RIVERS EDGE MULTI-FAMILY PHASE 1B, CITY OF NORTH CHARLESTON, CHARLESTON COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA FOR CTM III, LLC” and duly recorded in the RMC Office for Charleston County in Plat Book EJ at Pages 714-716. SUBJECT to assessments, Charleston Ad Valorem Taxes, any and all restrictions, easements, covenants and rightsof-way of record, and any other senior encumbrances. This being the same property conveyed to Shavontee S. James by Deed of Martin Henry Investments, Inc. dated June 29, 2007 and recorded in the Register of Deeds Office for Charleston County on July 9, 2007 in Book N-631, at Page 074. Subsequently, Shavontee Shanell James-Brabham died intestate on June 4, 2015, leaving the subject property to her heirs namely, Marlon D. Brabham and Malachi K. J., a minor, as is more fully preserved in the Probate records for Charleston County, in Case No. 2015-ES-10-1213; also by Deed of Distribution dated September 12, 2016 and recorded September 14, 2016 in Deed Book 582 at Page 906 and by Deed of Distribution dated November 9, 2016 and recorded December 7, 2016 in Deed Book 601 at Page 772. TMS # 404-02-00-198 Case#: 2018CP1004595 Current Property Address: 7878 Park Gate Drive #B11 North Charleston, SC 294183686 No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The property shall be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The highest bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will be required to deposit with the Master, at the conclusion of the bidding, certified funds in the amount of five per cent (5%) of the bid: the said deposit to be applied to the purchase price. Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the bid within thirty days from the date of sale, the Master will resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting bidder upon the same terms as above set out. The Sheriff of Charleston County may be authorized to put the purchaser into possession of the premises if requested by the purchaser. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search prior to the foreclosure sale date.

Specialized Loan Servicing LLC, PLAINTIFF, VERSUS Marlon D. Brabham; Malachi K. J., a minor; Hidden River on the Ashley Homeowners Association, Inc.; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (Sioux Falls, SD); South Carolina Federal Credit Union; Hills Machinery Company, LLC; The Park Recreation Development; , DEFENDANTS.

PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY John J. Hearn (803) 744-4444 016831-00172 2018CP1004595 FOR INSERTION 3/17/21, 3/24/21, 3/31/21 Mikell R. Scarborough Master in Equity

Upon authority of a Decree dated the 15th day of November, 2019, I will offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, the premises fully described below, at the Front Entrance of CHARLESTON COUNTY CHAMBERS, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina on the 6th day of April, 2021 at 11:00 AM or shortly thereafter.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Case 2021-DR-10-820 JOHN ROE AND MARY ROE, Plaintiffs, ‑versus‑ JANE DOE (DOB: 9-11-13), a

minor under the age of fourteen (14) years, Defendant. NOTICE OF ADOPTION TO: MELVIN TYRONE AUSTIN, ALLEGED PUTATIVE FATHER OF JANE DOE: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED pursuant to the provisions of South Carolina Code Ann. Sec. 63-9-730 (B), that the Plaintiff, John Roe, seeks to adopt the Defendant, Jane Doe, a female Caucasian/African-American child born on September 11, 2013 at Summerville Medical Center, Summerville, South Carolina. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that an adoption action is pending in the Family Court for Charleston County, South Carolina; YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that within thirty (30) days of receiving this Notice, you shall respond in writing by filing with the Family Court for Charleston County, South Carolina notice and reasons to contest, intervene or otherwise respond in the pending adoption action; YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED the Court must be informed of your current address and of any changes in address during the adoption proceeding; and YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that the Plaintiffs in the above captioned Notice are not named for the purpose of confidentiality; however, the Court knows the true identity of the Plaintiffs and in responding to this Notice, you are required to use the number 2021-DR-10-820. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that failure to file a response within thirty (30) days of receiving Notice constitutes consent to adoption of the child and forfeiture of all rights and obligations with respect to the child. BE SO NOTIFIED. EMILY M. BARRETT Attorney for Plaintiffs 44-B Markfield Drive Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 723‑1688 Charleston, South Carolina Dated: March 18, 2021 NOTICE: A Summons and Complaint for Adoption were filed with the Family Court for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, 100 Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina under Case No. 2021-DR-10-820 on March 19, 2021.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Case 2020-DR-10-2814 MARY ROE AND JANE ROE, Plaintiffs, ‑versus‑ JANE DOE, a minor under the age of fourteen (18) years, Defendant. NOTICE OF ADOPTION TO: LUIS CEASAR, ALLEGED PUTATIVE FATHER OF JANE DOE: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED pursuant to the provisions of South Carolina Code Ann. Sec. 63-9-730 (B), that the Plaintiff, Mary Roe, seeks to adopt the Defendant, Jane Doe, a female Caucasian/Hispanic child born on May 9, 2006 at Medical University Hospital of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that an adoption action is pending in the Family Court for Charleston County, South Carolina; YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that within thirty (30) days of receiving this Notice, you shall respond in writing by filing with the Family Court for Charleston County, South Carolina notice and reasons to contest, intervene or otherwise respond in the pending adoption action; YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED the Court must be informed of

your current address and of any changes in address during the adoption proceeding; and YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that the Plaintiffs in the above captioned Notice are not named for the purpose of confidentiality; however, the Court knows the true identity of the Plaintiffs and in responding to this Notice, you are required to use the number 2020-DR-10-2814. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that failure to file a response within thirty (30) days of receiving Notice constitutes consent to adoption of the child and forfeiture of all rights and obligations with respect to the child. BE SO NOTIFIED. EMILY M. BARRETT Attorney for Plaintiffs 44-B Markfield Drive Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 723‑1688 Charleston, South Carolina Dated: November 9, 2020 NOTICE: A Summons and Complaint for Adoption were filed with the Family Court for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, 100 Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina under Case No. 2020-DR-102814 on November 9, 2020.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF COLLETON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR- 15-274 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS ELIZABETH BELL-SMITH AND KYLE BELL, DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILD BORN IN 2011 TO DEFENDANT: KYLE BELL YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Colleton County on September 4, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Colleton County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of its Attorney, Jason D. Pockrus, Legal Department of the Colleton County Department of Social Services, 215 S. Lemacks Street, Walterboro, SC 29488 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Jason D. Pockrus, SC Bar # 101333, 215 S. Lemacks Street, P.O. Box 440, Walterboro, SC 29488. (843) 584-4010.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR-10-2196 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS JOHN PRIOLEAU, AMBER BRISBANE. DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILDREN BORN 2011, 2015 TO DEFENDANT: John Prioleau YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for CHARLESTON County on September 1, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Charleston County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of

its Attorney, Sally R. Young, Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston, South Carolina 29405-5714 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Sally R. Young, SC Bar # 4686, 3366 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston, South Carolina 29405-5714, (843) 953-9625.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2021-DR- 10-0034 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS KARI LYONS & WESLEY BLAIR DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILD BORN 2015 TO DEFENDANTS: KARI LYONS & WESLEY BLAIR YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on January 8, 2021. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Charleston County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of its Attorney, Sally Young, Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Ave, N. Charleston SC 29405 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Sally Young, SC Bar # 4686, 3366 Rivers Ave. N. Charleston, SC 29405, 843-953-9625.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF BERKELEY IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR- 08-1464 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS ALEXANDRIA MACKENZIE KELLEY & THOMAS KEITH CLARKE DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILD BORN 2019 TO DEFENDANT: Alexandria MacKenzie Kelley & Thomas Keith Clarke YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Berkeley County on September 17, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Berkeley County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of its Attorney, Stacey Kaufman, Legal Department of the Berkeley County Department of Social Services, 2 Belt Drive, Monck Corner SC 29461 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Stacey Kaufman, SC Bar # 12105, 2 Belt Drive, Moncks Corner, SC 29461

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Playwright August Strindberg (1849–1912) was a maverick innovator who loved to experiment with plot and language. One of his stories takes place in a dream and the hero is the Christ-like daughter of a Vedic god. He once said that he felt “an immense need to become a savage and create a new world.” Given your current astrological potentials, Aries, I suspect that might be an apt motto for you right now. APRIL FOOL! I half-lied. There’s no need for you to become a savage. In fact, it’s better if you don’t. But, the coming weeks will definitely be a good time to start creating a new world. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Who says all Tauruses are gentle, risk-avoidant, sensible and reliable? Taurus author Mary MacLane (1861–1929), known as the “Wild Woman of Butte, Montana,” authored shocking, scandalous books. In “I Await the Devil’s Coming,” she testified, “I am not good. I am not virtuous. I am not generous. I am merely a creature of intense passionate feeling. I feel — everything. It is my genius. It burns me like fire.” Can I convince you, Taurus, to make her your role model for the coming weeks? APRIL FOOL! I don’t think you should be exactly like MacLane. Please leave out the part about “I am not good. I am not virtuous. I am not generous,” as well as the “I await the devil’s coming” part. But yes, do be a creature of intensely passionate feeling. Let your feelings be your genius, burning in you like a fire. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Poet Emily Dickinson had a good sense of humor, so she was probably making a wry joke when she wrote, “The lovely flowers embarrass me. They make me regret I am not a bee.” But who knows? Maybe Emily was being a bit sincere, too. In any case, I advise you to make a list of all the things you regret not being — all the qualities and assets you wish you had, but don’t. It’s a favorable time to wallow in remorse. APRIL FOOL! I was totally lying! In fact, I hope you will do the reverse: Engage in an orgy of self-appreciation, celebrating yourself for being exactly who you are. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Provocation specialist Lydia Lunch is a singer and poet who’s skilled at generating interesting mischief. She testifies, “My daily existence is a battlecade of extreme fluctuations where chaos clobbers apathy, which beats the s--- out of depression which follows irritability which slams into anger which eclipses ecstasy which slips through my fingers far too often.” In the coming weeks, Cancerian, I recommend you adopt her melodramatic approach to living the intense life. APRIL FOOL! I lied. Please don’t be like Lydia Lunch in the near future. On the contrary: Cultivate regal elegance, sovereign poise, and dynamic equanimity. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In 1692, a Swedish man named Thiess of Kaltenbrun was put on trial for being a werewolf. He claimed to be a noble werewolf, however. He said he regularly went down to Hell to do holy combat against the Devil. I suggest you make him your inspirational role model in the coming weeks. Be as weird as you need to be in order to fight for what’s good and right. APRIL FOOL! I halflied. What I really meant to say was: Be as weird as you need to be to fight for what’s good and right, but without turning into a werewolf, zombie, vampire or other supernatural monster. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): ❝I want to hear raucous music, to brush against bodies, to drink fiery Benedictine,” wrote author Anais Nin. “Beautiful women and handsome men arouse fierce desires in me. I want to dance. I want drugs. I want to know perverse people, to be intimate with them. I want to bite into life.❞ All that sounds like perfect counsel for you to consider right now, dear Virgo! APRIL FOOL! I lied. Nin’s exuberant testimony might be an interesting perspective to flirt with — if the COVID-19 virus had been completely tamed. But it hasn’t. So I must instead suggest that you find ways to express this lively, unruly energy in safe and sublimated ways. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Here are affirmations that will serve you well in the coming days. 1. “I am willing to make mistakes if someone else is willing to learn from them.” 2. “I am grateful that I’m not as judgmental as all the shortsighted, self-

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righteous people.” 3. “I assume full responsibility for my actions, except those that are someone else’s fault.” 4. “A good scapegoat is as welcome as a solution to the problem.” APRIL FOOL! All the preceding affirmations are total bunk! Don’t you dare use them. Use these instead: 1. “I enjoy taking responsibility for my actions.” 2. “Rather than indulging in the reflex to blame, I turn my attention to fixing the problem.” 3. “No one can make me feel something I don’t want to feel.” 4. “I’m free from believing in the images people have of me.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): According to author Kahlil Gibran, “If we were all to sit in a circle and confess our sins, we would laugh at each other for lack of originality.” But, I challenge you, Scorpios, to refute that theory in the coming days. For the sake of your sanity and health, you need to commit highly original sins — the more, the better. APRIL FOOL! I lied. Save your novel, imaginative sinning for later. The truth is that now is an excellent time to explore the joyous and healthy practice of being extremely virtuous. Imitate author Susan Sontag: “My idolatry: I’ve lusted after goodness. Wanting it here, now, absolutely, increasingly.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The coming months would be a great time to start your own university and then award yourself a Ph.D. in drugless healing or mathematical reincarnation or political metaphysics — or any other subject you’d like to be considered an expert in. Hey, why not give yourself three Ph.Ds and call yourself a Professor Emeritus? APRIL FOOL! I’m just joking. The coming months will indeed be an extremely favorable time to advance your education, but with real learning, not fake credentials. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): After his Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain committed suicide, Capricorn drummer Dave Grohl was depressed for months. To cheer himself up, he wrote and recorded an album’s worth of songs, playing almost all the instruments himself: drums, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, and vocals. I think you should try a similar spectacularly heroic solo task in the coming weeks. APRIL FOOL! I lied. Here’s my true and actual advice: Now is a time when you should gather all the support and help and cooperation you can possibly garner for an interesting project. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Argentine poet Alejandra Pizarnik told her psychoanalyst León Ostrov that if she were going to steal something, it would be “the façade of a certain collapsed house in a little town called Fontenay-aux-Roses [near Paris].” What was so special about this façade? Its windows were made of “magical” lilac-colored glass that was “like a beautiful dream.” In accordance with astrological omens, I invite you, too, to decide what marvel you would steal — and then go steal it! APRIL FOOL! I half-lied. Yes, definitely decide what you would steal — it’s important to give your imagination permission to be outrageous — but don’t actually steal it. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’ve never understood the appeal of singer-songwriter Morrissey, especially since he began endorsing bigoted far-right politicians. However, I want to recommend that you adopt the attitude he once expressed in a letter to a friend. “It was a terrible blow to hear that you actually worked,” he wrote. “It’s so old-fashioned to work. I’d much rather lounge about the house all day looking fascinating.” Be like that in the coming weeks, Pisces! APRIL FOOL! I lied. In fact, you’d be making a silly mistake to lie around the house looking fascinating. It’s a highly favorable time for you to find ways to work harder and smarter. Homework. Send the secrets you could only tell a stranger. FreeWillAstrology.com

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Rock star Grace Potter comes to North Charleston for a social-distanced pod-style show at Riverfront Park at 8 p.m. April 28 as part of the new “Safe Sounds 2.0” series. Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. April 26. Including Ticketmaster fees, a pod of four tickets will run you $320. Potter is a national touring act that made her solo debut in 2004. She has had several hits including, “Something That I Want,” which was used in the Disney movie, Tangled. Her last album, Daylight, earned her two Grammy Award nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance. The series will follow similar guidelines to other pod-style social-distanced shows:

Zandrina Dunning curates a diverse, pandemic-conscious music festival in Summerville BY VINCENT HARRIS PURE Concert Festival

• 12-by-10 square for up to four people • Social-distanced concession areas for food and drinks • Social-distanced restrooms • BYO blankets and chairs • Hand-sanitizing stations throughout —Katherine Jordan

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Ft. Danielle Howle, Jessica Daisi, Whitney Hanna, Jordan Igoe, Emily Curtis, Alva Anderson, Black Diamond, Hunter Park, Psycodelics, Blacknoyze, Gino Castillo + The Cuban Cowboys, Kanika Moore and Motown Throwdown Sat., April 3 2-8 p.m. $25-$410 (children 6 & under free) Cane Bay Family YMCA 1655 Cane Bay Blvd. Summerville pureconcertfestival.eventbrite.com

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If anyone can make a social-distanced music festival work, it’s Zandrina Dunning. In addition to her thriving career as a versatile singer on the Charleston music scene, she’s also been doing more and more work behind the scenes, organizing and booking the PURE concerts at Forte Jazz Lounge, among other events. If not for that series, Dunning’s new PURE Concert Festival wouldn’t exist at all. “It’s an outgrowth of the series I’ve been doing at Forte,” Dunning said. “We’ve had a new artist every month, including Manny Houston, Heather Rice, StaLaV and myself in February. The ‘PURE’ stands for ‘Peace, Unity and Revival through Entertainment,’ and this will kind of serve as a finale to all those shows.” Dunning collaborated closely with the Cane Bay Family YMCA in Summerville to create the 13-act outdoor festival, which will include performances from Hunter Park, Jordan Igoe, Blacknoyze, Gino Castillo & The Cuban Cowboys, Kanika Moore, the Motown Throwdown and more. “I partnered up with the YMCA of Cane Bay because they have about 60-something acres of land out there,” Dunning said. “So we’re going to be using their backyard, essentially. It’s perfect for social distancing.” The PURE Concert Festival is also making music for a good cause, benefitting the Charleston Walk for Autism. Dunning typically handles smaller-scale events, working solo with help from friends in the music community. PURE is a much bigger undertaking, and she said that scale took some getting used to.

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SINGER ZANDRINA DUNNING SAID SHE IS EXCITED TO KEEP THE TREND OF DISTANCED FESTIVALS DURING THE PANDEMIC GOING

“I’m used to doing things by myself,” she said. “Partnering up with the YMCA has definitely been a new beast. But, it’s really exciting because they’ve done some outdoor stuff there; we’re coming together and using our resources. I actually wanted to do something last year, but we know that 2020 was a wash. But, I’m really grateful that I gave up last year to cultivate the ideas that we had for this year. It’s definitely been a long and tedious process, but it’s been worth every moment.” Dunning was inspired to create the festival last year when Ranky Tanky’s Charlton Singleton put on a two-night event at the Cane Bay Y. Singleton performed with the Charleston Horns the first night, Castillo performed with his group the next — Dunning was impressed with the social-distancing measures the YMCA had in place. “They had the squares painted on the grass,” Dunning said, “chairs out for their VIPs, and people could bring their own chairs. It was really spaced out and really nice. I’m glad to be able to continue that.” Dunning says she specifically curated the festival lineup to be as expansive as possible. “I wanted something for as many demographics in that one day as we can fit in,” she said. “It was really great to bring the country

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in amongst the jazz and funk and R&B, and then to mix that with Gino and the salsa music. I’m hoping there’s at least one performer for everybody to say, ‘Oooh, I’m coming out to see that.’ I just want as many people as possible to come out and have a good time.” Castillo, the bandleader for the salsa-jazz Cuban Cowboys, says the festival couldn’t have come at a better time. “I’ve done maybe six shows, to be generous, in the last year,” he said. “I am the most excited man in the world to be able to play. I’m a full-time musician. Being a musician is not a job for me; it’s a lifestyle. So performing is very, very important.”

Tomatoband released its latest single “Eastside Bagel” March 24 on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify and BandCamp. The new track comes from the band’s upcoming LP, Bocadillo, recorded with Coast Records in January. The band’s latest release will feature new bassist Paul Joliet and took just two days of recording and one day of overdubs to create, according to keyboard player Alex Irwin. Unlike most new records, Bocadillo will feature many tracks fans are already familiar with. The record is a hodgepodge of new songs and tracks that the band has written, but never recorded, over the last 10 years. “One cool thing for us about this record is that these songs have all been played in our live rotation,” Irwin said in an interview with S.C. music blog Extra Chill. “Some were written 10 years ago; some were written five years ago, and some are fresh and new, but we played all of them live.” Though the bagel shop itself sparked the idea for the track, Irwin says the song also draws on the overall vibe of the Eastside and encompasses themes of inclusion and open-mindedness. “When you go somewhere that much, you get to know the people, and the people at that shop were so kind and open-minded,” said Irwin. “There was an energy to that place, and I walked out of there one day singing to myself, ‘I’m chewing on this bagel from the Eastside…’ I wanted to make a song for them.” —Samantha Connors


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EASLEY-BASED CHUNX RELEASED A SIX-SONG TRIBUTE TO THE BAND’S PAST STRUGGLES

No Standstill

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SC punk outfit CHUNX finishes ‘Crawl’ toward new EP The latest release from Easley-based hardcore punk band, Crawl, comes as a tribute to the group’s struggles over the past couple years. The six-song EP tells listeners to keep moving forward, frontman Bryan Eugene told City Paper. “The EP opens bleak, but ends with a kind of positive note with ‘Latest Flame,’ a song about the organically powerful impact music can have,” Eugene said, speaking on behalf of his three bandmates. “There is no looking back, and there’s no time for that”, CHUNX members sing through head-banging drum and guitar duets on “Something New.” The album bears hallmarks of old-school punk roughness that the genre has become

known for. Eugene said CHUNX wants the sound to be “huge, but not so overproduced that it lost the authenticity of the song writing.” “Most of the EP was written in 2019, with the exception of ‘Latest Flame,’ which was a last-minute addition before recording,” Eugene said. The crew planned to record in late 2019, but like everything else last year, the pandemic put off those plans for a year. After a long wait, CHUNX finally recorded and released its EP. “We were never at a standstill, we didn’t just give up. Even at a crawl we made it through to the other side and have an EP we are quite proud of.” —Katherine Jordan Listen to Crawl on the Hero Support Records Bandcamp page: herosupport.bandcamp.com.

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Not only over your nose

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MASK UP • DISTANCE • WASH HANDS • USE COMMON SENSE A public service message from the Charleston City Paper

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Charleston City Paper Vol. 24 Issue 35  

Founded in 1997, the locally owned and operated Charleston City Paper is Charleston’s only weekly alternative newspaper and the second-large...

Charleston City Paper Vol. 24 Issue 35  

Founded in 1997, the locally owned and operated Charleston City Paper is Charleston’s only weekly alternative newspaper and the second-large...