Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fire Department to conduct Hydrant testing. Find out how this could affect you.

The North Charleston Fire Department will be conducting hydrant testing throughout the City of North Charleston in the month of March. Firefighters will flow each hydrant to ensure that the hydrant functions properly and that adequate water will be available in the event of a fire.

Firefighters will be posting signs in the neighborhoods to inform residents that hydrant testing is in progress. Firefighters will be as careful as possible to minimize damage to lawns or landscaping from the flow of water.

Despite all precautions, there is the possibility that sediment from the water system may become visible in residential tap water. If a resident encounters discolored water they should run the faucet in their home until the water runs clear.

The North Charleston Fire Department thanks residents in advance for their understanding as we perform this required task to ensure the safety of our City.

If you encounter any other problems with your water, please contact your water department. Charleston Water System can be reached at (843) 727-6800 or Dorchester County Water and Sewer Department may be reached at (843) 832-0075.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

North Charleston After School Programs celebrate African American literature during Black History month

The City of North Charleston’s After School Programs are participating in the 24th National African American Read-In, sponsored by the Black Caucus of National Council of Teachers of English and National Council of Teachers of English. The intent of the Read-In is to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. 

Children ages 5 to 12 years old were read selected books, poems and speeches by African American authors. Charleston County Public Library staff selected and provided over 100 books featuring African American writers, which were read by Continental Society volunteers. Over 200 children in the City’s After School Programs were read to during the month of February at community centers. 

The Continental Society is an international public service organization dedicated to the socioeconomic and cultural welfare of underprivileged children and youth. 

The National African American Read-In has been endorsed by the International Reading Association. Over 1 million readers of all ethnic groups from the United States, the West Indies, and African countries have participated.

Senator Tim Scott sings "Hold On To Your Dreams"

US Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) sang "Hold On To Your Dreams" at RB Stall High School in North Charleston, SC to the student body. Although he admits he left his singing voice in Washington, DC.

Senator Scott graduated RB Stall in 1983. In his speech, he recounts being in high school and the difficulties and uncertain future he faced while growing up in a single parent household.

Senator Scott is a native of the City of North Charleston. Sworn in on January 3, 2013, he is one of eight African-American members to have ever served in the US Senate. Senator Scott was elected in 2010 to the 112th Congress and served as the 1st Republican African-American Representative from South Carolina since 1897.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wannamaker Park North Trail

The Wannamaker North Trail runs within the north portion of Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston and also is accessible from Goose Creek. The 8-mile trail is designed for and open to mountain bicyclists of all experience levels. The trail is also open to hikers, walkers, and runners, but pedestrians should know that the terrain contains tight curves and elevation changes.

Design & Terrain
Trail designer Brad Phillips and volunteers from local mountain bike group, Lowcountry Fat Tire Freaks, donated over 1,500 hours of work to build the ultimate mountain bike trail experience. Trails wind by beautiful live oaks and beech trees, while offering thrilling natural and man-made trail elements. More experienced bicyclists will enjoy traveling the northeast section of the trail, following along and over-top of an elevated ridge.

Hours & Admission
Open daily from sunrise - sunset
$1 per person
Free: Individual and Gold Pass Members
The physical property address is: 455 Westview Blvd. (Google Maps, Bing, and Map Quest are not reliable for directions, so please see information below.)

LAT 32.998999 / LONG -80.059173

From I-26
Take Exit 209A, merge onto U.S. 52 W/Rivers Ave. toward Goose Creek (go 5.0 miles)
Slight left onto St. James Ave. (go 0.6 miles)
Left onto Westview Blvd. (go 1.0 mile)
Driveway to the trailhead will be on your left; follow directional signage to parking area

From Wannamaker County Park Main Gate
Left onto University Blvd. (go 0.9 mile)
Take ramp on right toward Rivers Ave./U.S. 52 W (go 0.9 mile)
Continue onto Rivers Ave./U.S. 52 W (go 0.9 mile)
Slight left onto St. James Ave. (go 0.6 miles)
Left onto Westview Blvd. (go 1.0 mile)
Driveway to the trailhead will be on your left; follow directional signage to parking area

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

City Marks Milestone in Park Circle Revitalization Effort

Oak Terrace Preserve, a sustainable community

Earlier today, the City of North Charleston announced that a news conference will be held on Friday, February 8, 11 AM, at the entrance of Oak Terrace Preserve neighborhood in Park Circle (1500 East Liberty Park Circle, North Charleston, SC 29405).

Mayor Keith Summey and Councilman Bob King will speak, marking the beginning of Phase 2 of the City’s award-winning Oak Terrace Preserve neighborhood, with comments on upcoming redevelopment projects in the historic district of North Charleston.

The news conference will also address the City’s pending plans to revitalize sections of Rivers Avenue, and the northern end of the former naval base, after the December 2012 rails settlement with the State of South Carolina.

As a follow up for the public, a block party will be held on Saturday, February 9, as a free event, from 11 AM to 3 PM. The event is designed to celebrate the neighborhood’s progress over the past six years, and the construction of Phase 2, featuring food, fun, games, kids’ activities, and live entertainment.

“Oak Terrace Preserve opened the doors for the revitalization of Park Circle’s residential neighborhoods,” says Summey. “Until construction began on Phase 1, there had not been a new housing development in the Park Circle area for 50 years. Now, young families are coming back to the neighborhood, and private residential developments, like Mixson and Hunley Waters, are now gearing up with new construction as the recovery is gaining momentum after the national housing recession of 2008.”

Summey cited the unique advantages of Oak Terrace Preserve for families, with the Charleston County School of the Arts and nationally-ranked Academic Magnet High School within short walking distance of the neighborhood.

As a city owned, public-private project, Oak Terrace Preserve has received national recognition over the past five years, including Green Builder Magazine lists for top ‘green’ neighborhoods in the United States. Other City honors include the National League of Cities Award for Municipal Excellence and the Home Depot Foundation Award of Excellence for Sustainable Community Development.

Over the past two years, publications like This Old House, Bloomberg Business Week, and Men’s Journal have all recognized Park Circle as one of the nation’s ‘cool,’ up-and-coming neighborhoods. The Charleston City Paper readers voted Oak Terrace Preserve as the Charleston area’s “Best New Development of 2009”. KaBoom! cited North Charleston as a Playful City USA Community.

“This notoriety is a product of public and private efforts to redevelop a neighborhood that could have easily been lost without careful planning and investment,” adds Summey. “We’ve come a long way in six years, but I truly believe the best is yet to come.”

Oak Terrace Preserve is a 55-acre sustainable community owned by the City, and developed by private contractors. Homes are EarthCraft® Certified, and feature neo-traditional designs with a Lowcountry vernacular. Upon build-out, OTP will feature 374 homes and town homes, which includes a network of pocket parks, and some hundreds of preserved trees, including many grand oaks. Phase 2 will encompass the construction of 52 single family housing units and 16 town homes over the next 18 months.

Recent videos on the neighborhood:

Information and video on Oak Terrace Preserve are in the media kit, at

For questions on the news conference, contact Ryan Johnson at the above email address and phone number. For inquiries on Oak Terrace Preserve, call or email Keith West, at the above email and phone number.

Information on Oak Terrace Preserve can be accessed online at