Notes from Jane
Whether students are alternating classes, on a virtual/in person rotation or strictly virtual, there will be buses galore this September. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen them on the road, so here is a visual refresher for those encountering a stopped school bus. Better to be safe than to cause an accident or injury.
Public schools are opening in the Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties on September 8th. Charleston County will end the school year on June 19, 2021. Feeling a little insecure about mailing in an absentee ballot and feeling just as leery about standing in line due to Covid-19? There a couple of options for you to consider for voting in the November election. There is a securely monitored (24/7) drop box for absentee ballots at the Board of Elections headquarters at 4367 Headquarters Rd in North Charleston. This is the only one in Charleston County. Remember to sign and have your signature witnessed. In Chas. Co. you can cast your absentee vote in person beginning Oct 5th until the Monday before the election. The locations for absentee/in person voting will be announced in September. Reasons to vote absentee are age, disability, working, etc. Covid-19 concerns are not, as yet, a reason but that may change when the state meets in early Sept. The last day you can register to vote is 10/2.
For Dorchester county information and location go online to: https://www.dorchestercountysc.gov/government/administrativeservices/ election-commission
For Berkeley County info go to: https://berkeleycountysc.gov
Remember the most important thing is to vote.
We are still surprised by some events that are being cancelled due to Covid-19. The James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the culinary world, have been cancelled this year and also 2021. The Charleston Food+Wine event here in Charleston has been cancelled also.
One bright spot: Pitmaster Rodney Scott is expanding his audience. Netflix will spotlight four chefs during their series on BBQ. The new season of Chef’s Table will begin on the 2nd. The inside look at Scott’s life and how he makes his whole hog BBQ will be the third episode. Southern Living’s Best of the South 2020 has chosen us as the Best City n the South. The Best Classic Restaurants honored both Martha Lou’s and FIG. Isle of Palms made the top 10 best beach towns list. The Griffon and the Surf Bar at Folly scored on the list of the best Dive Bars. Melfi’s was given recognition as a New Classic Restaurant. Home Team BBQ was on the list of BBQ joints. Of course we were one of the South’s Best Food Cities!
Two notes from chemists that may affect our dinner plates. With oceans becoming more acidic with climate change, less iron is available to be filtered by mussels. This in turn lessens the strength of the substance they secrete to adhere to wet rocks. On a brighter note, chemists have discovered a natural and tasteless protein that blocks the formation of ice crystals in frozen foods. No more crunchy ice crystals in your ice cream!! Clemson has developed a reporting site for those mysterious unsolicited seed packets showing up in mailboxes around the US sent in from China.Now people are reporting mystery boxes being delivered from Amazon.
The boxes of random items made in China are part of a scam called brushing. Similar to the seeds, the object of these deliveries is to boost the number of positive reviews by verified buyers. It makes no sense but, you are cautioned that your contact info may have fallen into the wrong hands. South Carolina is one of only two states without a collegiate level aeronautical program, but that will soon be changing. CSU will offer a Bachelor of Science in the fall of 2021. The professional pilot program will offer three tracks: commercial, military or missionary aviation.
Walmart has announced it is building a 3 million square foot distribution center near Ridgeville. The center will need to fill about 1,000 jobs. The Port ended 2020 down 28%, but July offered a glimmer of good news. There was a 47% uptick in the number of vehicles it handled. 25,128 vehicles moved thru the Columbus terminal, the highest count on record. This shows the automotive segment is beginning a return to normal. Rosebank Farms is bringing a little farm to table product closer to you. They have opened a tent stand on the corner of Wappoo and Savannah Hwy. Both the Mt Pleasant and Lexington Publix Greenwise stores in SC are closing due to space constraints. Earthfare has reopened its store in South Windermere and Summerville.
Labor Day opens the month’s activities. Celebrate the traditional end to the summer and salute the working man/woman on the 7th. The Autumnal Equinox, when the sun shines directly on the equator dividing the day and night nearly equally, is marked at 9:31 EDT on the 22nd. Celebrate Charleston’s own Bill Murray’s birthday on the 21st. Charleston celebrates the creeks, lakes and ocean that create our playground here in the Lowcountry. Charleston Water Week will run the 5th-13th with events throughout the area. CharlestonWaterWeek.com
The Lowcountry Splash, our 6-mile or 2.4-mile open water harbor swim is being held under Covid rules on the 26th with limits on the number of participants. LowcountrySplash.com. You’d think the real estate market would have slowed during the Covid-19 crisis, but that’s way off the mark. 2,400 homes sold in the Charleston region in July with a median price of $305,000 making this the highest number of sales recorded in the region and a nearly 32%increase over last July.
According to the MLS:
Berkeley County 587 sales in July 500 homes and 87 condos/townhomes. Year-to-date 2,648 single family homes sold at median price $280,000 & 412 Condos/townhouses at a median price $192,000 Dorchester Co. 475 sales in July, 404 homes and 71 condo/townhomes. Year-to-date, 1934 single family homes at median price of $265,940 and 30 condos/townhomes at a median sales price of $185,000.Chas. Co. 1,219 sales in July, 911 homes and 308 condos/townhouses. Year-to-date, 4,265 single family homes w/ median price of 405,000 and 1,406 condo/townhomes with a median price of $249,180.