The New Survey Page 2 • March 2010 VIEW FROM THE TOWER The New Survey Are we there, yet? Editor - Becky Bailey Published by The Eau Claire Community Council www.eauclairecommunity.org Mail Submissions and Requests for Advertising to: The New Survey 830 Wildwood Avenue Columbia, SC 29203 Voice: 454-0088, 691-1168 FAX: 691-1187 E-mail: [email protected] Advertising and Publication Deadlines 25th of each month Circulation: 20,000 readers The New Survey is printed by Florida Sun Printing - Callahan, FL What parent hasn’t heart this mournful refrain from kids in the back seat anxious to see grandma or Thunder Road? And, who hasn’t brought along myriads of distractions from Xboxes to iPods in hopes of keeping the complaints down to a low roar during the two-hour road trip? It’s kind of like the 2010 Columbia municipal elections; and the complaints are growing while the kids are tiring of the trip. Like the old “making sausage” analogy that often gets repeated when democracy gets messy, this election has become a “no holds barred” contest to replace a twenty-plus year political machine that has enjoyed both success and failure, prestige and disappointment. It would be enough to rearrange Columbia’s governing board were it only a contest to replace the city’s longest-serving mayor. But add to the equation the entry of Kirkman Finlay, the current council’s budget chair and self-anointed “financial geek,” the vacated seat he leaves behind (win or lose), and the unexpected vacancy created with the forced resignation of long-time District 2 representative E. W. Cromartie II, and you’ve got yourself a major paradigm shift. It’s messy, like those cheese fries you bought to keep the kids quite a little while longer. But, gratefully, the journey’s almost over. What happens on April 6 will turn the corner on our little burg for decades to come. We’re not there yet. But we’re well on our way. This is one vote you don’t want to miss. Letters to the Editor Something on your mind? Drop us a line... IN THIS ISSUE Election 2010 The latest information on the April 6 municipal elections begins on Page 4. Celebrating Women’s History The legacy of the Monteith women endures in North Columbia with the dedication of the Booker T. Washington-Monteith Cultural Center this month. Page 5 Living in North Columbia There’s no place like home for one North Columbia resident who found her dream home just around the corner. Page 8. Tax Time! Besides elections in April, it’s that time of year we all have to sharpen our pencils and fill out that pesky 1040. For some last minute tips, visit Page 11. Regular Features Eau Claire Community Council News Matters of Faith Government Calendar Community Calendar Becky Bailey, Editor Page Page Page Page 7 10 12 14 On the Cover North Main Street business owner Chris Barczak (In the House Realty) planted an “equal opportunity” garden for this spring’s election crop. WIth voting less than a month away, we know there’ll be more sunny days, and probably a little rain, before the harvest is in. Do your part! Get out there are VOTE! Development Corporation has history of service to children The Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center (the Cooperative) is nearing completion of construction on a new Sterling Sharpe Pediatric Center on Monticello Road, with a grand opening scheduled for April This effort is, in no small part, a product of the Eau Claire Development Corporation’s efforts and advocacy for neighborhood-based primary health care in Eau Claire. In 1994, the Eau Claire Development Corporation (ECDC) presented a challenge grant of $175,000 for the construction of a new pediatric clinic to serve low-income families. The nonprofit Cooperative was able to raise the necessary funding match, largely through the generous contribution of Mr. Sterling Sharpe, a National Football League star player, and the center bearing his name was built. Since that time, the Sterling Sharpe Pediatric Center at 4605 Monticello Road in Eau Claire, has served as the medical home to more than 22,000 children, of whom 90% live within 100% or less of the federal poverty level. It has served the community well, providing access to affordable quality care. Without the support of the ECDC, its board and directors, there would be no sixteen year history of service to children without regard to family income or ability to pay. Stuart A. Hamilton, MD Director Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center Reader questions questions So, let me get this straight. Two City department heads possibly defrauded taxpayers and no one is talking about firing either of them. North Columbia is the wrath of every taxpayer for possibly receiving $9.5 million from a TIF while $50 million may be spent on a water park in the Vista. Mr. Finlay and Mr. Rickenmann voted “no” on the TIF, so obviously they do not want or need any votes in North Columbia. And now, someone (who?) is taking aim at the Eau Claire Development Corporation without talking to any of the neighborhood leaders or presidents to explain why? I feel like I am reading a Mario Puzo novel. Rhett Anders, President Windemere Springs Neighborhood Send your letters to Editor: 830 Wildwood Avenue Columbia, SC 29203 or [email protected] OPINION The New Survey March 2010 • Page 3 Eau Claire Development Corporation has earned its stripes Becky Bailey, Editor Not only does the Eau Claire Development Corporation deserve the support of the City of Columbia, the ECDC has more than earned its stripes as a partner in development in North Columbia, a catalyst to eliminate blight, and a guiding force in creating a thriving community north of Elmwood. I am so disheartened to hear anyone say that the ECDC has not done its job. Indeed, our development corporation is to be commended and thanked for cleaning up dilapidated apartments once the home of drugs and prostitution and turned an area into a thriving industrial park: Bobcat, American Scaffolding, Cat Rentals, Honda of Columbia and Dr. Louis Lynn's commercial landscaping company, to name a few, are all in business on Buckner Road, paying taxes and employing many people, thanks to the efforts of the ECDC. I am pained when selective memory ignores the pitiful condition of Randall Street (often referred to simply as Randall “Ditch” because the homes along the open sewer and drainage ditch were rotting from within creating an environmental hazard and an unfit place for anybody to live. It was the ECDC and Councilman Sam Davis that fostered the idea and engineered resources to pipe the ditch and prepare the area to build new houses. As a result this Belmont neighborhood is breathing new life. Soon after, Loretta Thomas opened her “Hair Boutique” just around the corner, and neighbors and elected officials joined the community to “clean up” a back alley of trash and rid it of unwanted visitors. When I first moved back to Eau Claire in 1993, there was no Bi-Lo, no Eau Claire Print Building or Town Hall, no Moss Center at Hyatt Park, no Sterling Sharp Pediatric Center. In fact the place was pretty desolate. Then I met Mike Manis and Henry Hopkins and realized I had arrived on the crest of a wave. To imply, that the ECDC has mishandled, mismanaged or otherwise squandered public money, is hard-pressed toward reality. I have written many stories about the ECDC from the rainy February day in 2003 when Mike Manis sloshed through the mud with the rest of us by the ECDC to the Columbia the ECDC has been among the best as we moved the old Monteith Empowerment Zone, Inc. (CEZ) in investments the city has made in School up Main Street to its new 2008, if there is any debt “forgiveredeveloping North Columbia. home. It was the ECDC that ness,” it should, at best, be shared The ECDC Board is communityarranged for engineers, movers and with the CEZ which promised to driven. From the early days of the contractors to shore up the building market the development and “fill it late Angelo Tsantis who opened his to protect it from certain destruction. with tenants.” first Zesto on North Main Street in On March 24 of this year, the The ECDC has been the catalyst the heart of Eau Claire, to Joe Edens Booker T. Washington-Monteith for growth in North Columbia. The and Jimmy Derrick who grew up in Cultural Center will be dedicated, a financial breakdown of ECDC projthis community, to today’s leaders City of Columbia historic marker ects doesn’t begin to tell the whole like Rev. Dozier and Rhett Anders erected, and Dr. Henri Monteith story, though. Other projects have and Caroline Whitson and Donald Tredwell, granddaughter of the been spawned with private developGist, the ECDC board is active and Monteith School’s namesake, will ers—Willowbrook in Hyatt Parkhands-on and has always been speak to the role of black women in Keenan Terrace, Woodbridge off focused on best development praceducation. We’re all tremendously Duke Avenue, numerous infill homes tices for North Columbia. grateful that the ECDC was a part of built by companies like CelticWorks And, finally...I have to give it all. credit to Mike Manis—a one-man I also lightening rod. Tireless and dedicatThe North Main Plaza is a beautiwrote about the ed, Mike knows Real Estate. He ful piece of retail architecture that will restoration of knows how to cobble together projthe Print ects and people to benefit this comprosper in time. Pointing to this develBuilding and munity. He is as passionate about the opment as a “disaster” is nonsense and Town Hall. I quality of life in North Columbia as akin to throwing the baby out with the remember anybody. He is present. He attends crawling as many community events as anybathwater . through a one connected with North Columbia. boarded door He and the ECDC are as much a part with Fran Potter back in 1997 to and Brian South to name a couple. of Eau Claire and North Columbia as gaze in dismay at a dirt floor under Private investment in this comour neighborhoods, our churches, our now, beautiful, Print Building. munity by folks like Henry Bracey our schools and our businesses. Call Who was there? The ECDC. and Wiley Cooper and Rhett Anders him up; he always has time for you. This issue of The New Survey would not have happened without As the streetscaping comes closincludes a story about Burton the spark provided by the ECDC. er to OUR city center, and the new Heights II, the ECDC’s latest initiaEvery day, I pass through the TIF and Master Plan promise opportive involving several builders and Ridgewood Community, still a tunity, we are depending on the presdevelopers who have created a new Richland County Neighborhood, but ence of the ECDC more than ever. subdivision on Farrow Road which, one that has enjoyed the stimulus It’s a very small investment on of course, will add significantly to provided by the ECDC. When behalf of the city. One that I know the tax base in that area and provide Richland County chose Ridgewood will continue to reap handsome homeownership opportunities for as its growth project back in 2004, it rewards for our community for a families, singles and empty nesters. was a direct result of the vision seen long time to come. Next month you’ll read about the in Eau Claire and North Columbia. I commend Columbia City Council “new” Sterling Sharp Pediatric Financial difficulties faced by and Assistant City Manager Allison Center currently under construction the city in the past year or the past Baker for their courage to let the political on Monticello Road—a project that 17, have not been the result of winds blow and place their support was jump-started by a simple chalinvesting in the ECDC. Quite the squarely behind the Eau Claire lenge grant from the ECDC of contrary. Politics aside, support of Development Corporation. $175,000 in 1994. To date, that facility has served as the medical home to more than 22,000 children, Now Serving Sunday Dinner of whom 90% live within 100% or less of the federal poverty level. The 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. 12,000 square-foot facility has a Only price tag of $1.6 million. The ECDC has only produced BBQ Chicken - Fried Chicken - Smothered Pork Chops winners. The North Main Plaza is a Yams - Yellow Rice - Mac and Cheese - String Beans beautiful piece of retail architecture Cabbage - and Much, Much More! that will prosper in time. Pointing to this development as a “disaster” is Dine in or Take Out - 803-929-0980 nonsense and akin to throwing the 3800 A. North Main Street baby out with the bath water. Sold “ ” $11.99 The New Survey Page 4 • March 2010 Richland County Democrats elect new leadership The Richland County Democratic Party hosted its biannual convention on March 6 at the Dreher High School Auditorium. Offering an opportunity for citizens all across Columbia to hear from both state-wide and local Democratic candidates, the convention elect new leadership to take the county's Democratic Party into the next couple of years. New party officers are: Chair, Boyd Summers; First Vice Chair, Saundra Carr; Second Vice Chair, Adell Adams; Third Vice Chair, Sam Johnson; Executive Committee Man, Frank Caggiano; Executive Committee Woman, Audrey Snead; Alternate Executive Committee Man, Wil Brown; and Alternate Executive Committee Woman, Carol Dodson Keynote speaker at the event was Rep. Anton Gunn (D-Richland & Kershaw Cos.), He is a bright spot in the Upcoming Mayoral & City Council Candidate Forums Monday 15 March, 6:30 P.M. Bradley Community Peterson Hall in Covenant Presbyterian Church 3100 Covenant Road North Columbia resident Dyann White (center) introduces her daughter, Krystin, to former national Democratic Party chair Don Fowler at the 2010 Richland County Democratic Party Convention in March. General Assembly and has been a key leader in the Richland County community. For more information visit www.RichlandCountyDems.com. Story submitted by Richland County Democratic Party South Carolina student activists from 1960s, 1970s join historians for conference March 19 - 21 at USC Some of South Carolina’s student activists from the 1960s and 1970s will join historians March 19 - 21 at the University of South Carolina for a public conference on the impact of student activism in the South. Titled “Student Activism, Southern Style: Organizing and Protest in the 1960s and 1970s,” the conference will focus on student protests over the Vietnam War, civil rights and women’s rights movement that took place at colleges throughout the South. Dr. David Snyder, a lecturer of history at the university, organized the conference. Events will take place in the Russell House University Union and some will be in Gambrell Hall. Most of the panel discussions and lectures are free, and the complete schedule is on line at www.cas.sc.edu/hist/sass/. Two panels featuring former student activists will take place Friday, March 19. Brett Bursey, Vicki Eslinger and Bob Zellner will discuss why and how they became involved in protest movements. A second panel will focus on the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) in the South and will feature Scott Camil, Peter Mahony and Donald Donner. That night, writer Jack Bass will screen and discuss the film, “Scarred Justice,” which details the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre. Nine panel discussions will take place throughout the day Saturday, March 20. Topics will include examples of activism on college campuses in the South, efforts to repress student activism, civil rights activism in high schools, sexual liberation on college campuses, conservative activism at colleges, the role of campus media and the sit-in movement at Southern colleges. Political activist Tom Hayden, an organizer of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), will participate in a twohour panel Saturday night on the topic, “Situating the South in the History of Student Activism.” Sunday will begin with a panel on the teaching of Southern student activism featuring Dr. Cleveland Sellers, president of Voorhees College, and USC’s John Gardner. Additional panels will focus on desegregation and the Black Power movement and detail examples of counterculture and activism at colleges. The final panel discussion will feature three Carolina undergraduates discussing student activism today. Awardwinning historian and USC professor emeritus Dr. Dan Carter will moderate. For more information, contact 0Snyder at 777-6394 or via e-mail at [email protected] Tuesday 16 March, 7:00 P.M. Central Carolina Community Foundation, Midlands Interfaith Homeless Action Council and United Way Mayoral Forum on Homelessness Richland County Public Library Assembly Street Wednesday 17 March, 5:30 P.M. USC Law School - Top Four Mayoral Candidates Invited Thursday 18 March, 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church 1005 Asbury Drive (off Leesburg Road) Sunday 21 March, 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. Southside Mayoral Forum Rosewood Elementary School 3300 Rosewood Drive Monday 22 March, 12:00 NOON Christ Central Community Development Center 2401 Main Street (Corner Main & Price) Monday 22 March, 6:00 P.M. Free Times/COR Mayoral Forum Top Five Candidates Invited 701 Whaley Street Tuesday 23 March, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. South Side Neighborhoods Mayoral Forum Wesley Memorial UMC 2501 Heyward Street Moderator: John Temple Ligon, Columbia Star Thursday 25 March, 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. Columbia Council of Neighborhoods Mayoral forum Moderated by Judi Gatson, WISTV EC Print Building Tuesday 30 March, 5:30 P.M. Mayoral Forum Cecil Tillis Center 2111 Simpkins Lane Behind Drew Wellness Center Thursday 1 April, 7:00 P.M. Live broadcast, WISTV Channel 10, 3 on TWC cable, 803 of TWC HD VOTE - APRIL 6 Polling Place Changes The Richland County Election Commission has provided updated information on polling places for the April 6 Mayoral election. Some polling places have temporarily been moved. Check the list below to confirm where you will be voting. North Columbia Polling Places Ardincaple College Place Fairwold Greenview Meadowlake Ridgewood Ward 3 Ward 4 Ward 19 Ward 20 Ward 21 Ward 22 Ward 29 Ward 31 Reformation Lutheran Church, 1118 Union Street John P. Thomas Elementary, 6001 Weston Avenue Pendergrass-Fairwold Elementary, 5935 Token Street Greenview Park, 6700 David Street Pendergrass-Fairwold Elementary, 5935 Token Street Eau Claire High School, 4800 Monticello Rd. Reformation Lutheran Church, 1118 Union Street Park Street Baptist Church, 2204 Park Street Latimer Manor Community Center, 100 Lorick Circle Earlewood Park Community Center, 111 Parkside Drive Arden Elementary, 1300 Ashley Street Eau Claire High School, 4800 Monticello Road Alcorn Middle School, 5125 Fairfield Road Hyatt Park Elementary, 4200 Main Street The New Survey March 2010 • Page 5 CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY Monteith School to receive historic marker The Booker T. Washington High School Foundation, Historic Columbia, and the Eau Claire Community Council will unveil an historic marker for the former Monteith School (c.1880-1947) at 6808 N. Main Street on March 24, 2010. The ceremony will be held from 10:00 – 10:30 A.M., followed by information tours and refreshments until 11:30 A.M. The unveiling of the historic marker will commemorate one of the oldest black public schools in Columbia. The Monteith school has connections to three generations of AfricanAmerican women pioneers in the areas of education, health care reform, and community activism. Rachael Monteith —for whom the school was named in 1932—taught at the School for 28 years, and served as its principal from 1936 to 1942. She was the mother of prominent civil rights activist, Modjeska Monteith Simkins, and another daughter, R. Rebecca Monteith. Rebecca Monteith also taught six years at the school, and served as the school’s principal from 1942-1947. In 1944, she filed suit for equal salaries for black teachers in Columbia, and was represented by Attorney Thurgood Marshall. Special guests on hand for the unveiling ceremony will include former Monteith School students and Dr. Henri Monteith Treadwell, daughter of Rebecca Monteith. In 1963, Treadwell became one of the first three African American students to attend the University of South Carolina since Reconstruction. Treadwell currently serves as director of Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta. The Booker T. Washington High School Foundation purchased the school in 2003, and major renovation of the facility was completed in 2008. The Foundation has plans to locate its headquarters at the school, and to establish the Booker T. Washington–Monteith Cultural Center as a learning center in the fall of 2010. Partners in the restoration and preservation effort include the Eau Claire Community Council, The City of Columbia, The Eau Claire Development Corporation, Richland County Conservation Commission, Historic Columbia, Richland School District One, the South Carolina State Museum and several faculty from the University of South Carolina. The Richland County Conservation Commission has also designated the site as a Richland County Landmark. Reservations are requested for the ceremony. Please call Historic Columbia at 252-7742, ext. 29 or e-mail [email protected] Above: A restored classroom in the former Monteith School, ca. 1880-1947). Below, the renovated Monteith School at Christmastime. The school, owned by the Booker T. Washington Foundation, will be dedicated and an historic market placed on March 24. Submitted by the Booker T. Washington High School Foundation Correction Dr. Jasper Salmon participated in the parade and other events at the Career and Technology Education program at Eau Claire High School in February. Also, we were informed by CATE Department Chairperson Adrena Jackson, that the FBLA is an organization, not a club. We apologize for the errors and thank Ms. Jackson for the corrections. The New Survey Page 6 • March 2010 Eau Claire/North Columbia Neighborhood Associations Ardincaple Willie Harriford, 252-0209 Quarterly, St. Mark UMC Belmont Community Group Sam Pringle, 754-5978 3rd Monday, New Jerusalem Interdenom., 1003 Colleton Booker Washington Heights Katheryn Bellfield, 765-9347 2nd Thursday, 7:00 P.M. Bellfield Cultural Arts Center Broad River Heights Jordan D. Smith, 786-1249 1st Tuesday, 7:00 P.M. Clement Road Church of God Burton Heights/Standish Acres Neighborhood Edna Harrison, 754-5444 2nd Tuesday, 12:00 NOON Eau Claire Community Council, 830 Wildwood Ave. Byrneswood Community Robert Seawright, 252-5166 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 P.M. Eau Claire Print Building CABB Island Cindy Rhoades, 691-4685 Regular meeting times and places are listed below. For meeting dates of non-regularly meeting groups, please call the contact person listed. If you are not sure which neighborhood association you belong to, contact the Eau Claire Community Council at 691-1168. Colonial Park Willie Mae Belton, 786-6268 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 P.M. ECCC, 830 Wildwood Ave. Forest Heights Lois Culler, 754-6191 2nd Monday, 6:00 P.M. Haskell Heights Baptist Church Colonial West Johnnie Mae Wheeler 754-4430 3rd Monday, 6:00 P.M. Gable Oaks Tenants Association Mary Myers, 661-9161 Gable Oaks Apartments Concerned Citizens Club of Farrow Terrace Paul Wade, 754-0540 1st Thursday, 6:00 P.M. Greenview Park Denny Terrace Lawrie Sikkema, 691-0410 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 P.M. Denny Terrace Community Center Earlewood Community Citizen's Organization Fred Monk, 765-0264 3rd Thursday, 6:00 P.M. Reformation Lutheran Church Elmwood Park Peter Korper, 727-3486 1st Monday, 7:00 P.M. Logan Elementary School Ensor Forest Senior Complex Debra Finch, Mgr., 765-9515 Meets with Seminary Ridge College Place Community Dawn Stoner, 691-4319 3rd Thursday, 7:00 P.M. College Place UMC Colonial Heights Bruce Sanders, 252-5266 3rd Tuesday, 7:30 P.M. Family Worship Center 3600 Colonial Drive Fairwold Acres/Harlem Heights Sharon Caughman, 786-9832 2nd Tuesday, 6:00 P.M. Farrow Hills Improvement Jorie Steadman, 754-2433 1st Thursday, 7:00 P.M. Golden Acres Ms. Boyd, 754-5247 3rd Monday, 7:00 P.M. Volume One Beauty Salon Jones Street Highland Park Mazetta Alston, 786-1086 Bi-monthly, 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 P.M. Gills Creek Baptist Church Hyatt Park Neighborhood Gail Baker, 929-3005 1st Tuesday, 7:00 P.M. Eau Claire Print Building Lincoln Park Community Club Dyann White 254-7254 2nd Friday, 7:00 P.M. ECCC Council House Prescott Terrace Maude Christopher, 754-2347 Quarterly Ridgewood/Barony Neighborhood Mildred Johnson 786-0450 3rd Thursday, 7:00 P.M. Holloway House Riverview Terrace Keith Staton, 933-0933 Ryan Community Dr. Martha Brown, 740-1944 1st Thursday, 6:30 P.M. 4311 Ryan Avenue Seminary Ridge Dr. Julius Carroll, 461-3216 2nd Tuesday 7:00 P.M. Ascension Lutheran Church Starks Terrace Hubert Williams, 754-6223 2nd Monday, 7:30 P.M. Dennis Chapel Church Willowbrook Marlene Neal, 254-1429 North 21 Terrace Bernard Burns, 760-6405 Bi-monthly, 1st Wednesday, 6:00 P.M., Belmont Baptist Ch. Windemere Springs Rhett Anders, 238-5684 1st Monday, 6:30 P.M. Locations TBA North Columbia Civic Club Adell Adams, 754-0726 2nd Monday, 7:00 P.M. Greenview Baptist Church Columbia Council of Neighborhoods Tige Watts. 776-2667 4th Thursday, 5:30 P.M. Eau Claire Print Bldg. www.columbianeighborhoods.org Northwood Hills Christie Savage, 786-1562 1st Monday,7:00 P.M. Alcorn Middle School Visit ECCC online at www.eauclairecommunity.org Notice to Neighborhood Presidents: Please contact The New Survey at 454-0088 for corrections. The New Survey March 2010 • Page 7 Eau Claire Community Council News ECCC elects new leadership at Annual Meeting The Eau Claire Community Council elected new officers to lead the organization at its Annual Meeting on February 23. They are: President, Phyllis Coleman. Former president of Windemere Springs Neighborhood Association, Coleman is president of the Greater Columbia Chapter, Black Data Processing Association and is employed by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. President Elect, Reggie McKnight. McKnight is a resident of College Place and currently completing coursework for his Masters in Education at Cambridge College in Augusta. Returning Secretary is Becky Bailey, a resident of Denny Terrace and former neighborhood president and cur- Clockwise from top: Phyllis Coleman, Reggie rent committee member. She is director McKnight, Dyann White and Becky BAiely of the annual Ribs & Renaissance Arts president and is an active member of the & Community Festival and editor of The Columbia Council of Neighborhoods and New Survey. the ECCC. She is Administrative Support Also returning as Treasurer is Manager for Cardiac Diagnostics, Lincoln Park resident Dyann White. Palmetto Health Heart Center. Dyann has served as her neighborhood Candidate forum draws capacity crowd Jobs program hosted by ECCC The Eau Claire Community Council has joined forces with Midlands Technical College and the Midlands Workforce Development Board to provide jobs training opportunities for area residents. On March 24, from 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. , at Grace Christian Church, 5010 Monticello Road, the coalition will host an informational meeting for job seekers wishing to start a new career or move up to a better one. ECCC Executive Director Henry Hopkins said the program will help re-train workers for better paying jobs adding, “We are happy to bring this jobs program to North Columbia.” The Midlands Tech program, Quick Jobs, provides training for workers in a variety of trades at its local campuses. In the North Columbia program, workers will be able to attend classes in more convenient locations in Eau Claire where in as little as four weeks, they can be retrained for a new career. Programs offered in North Columbia include truck driving, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), welding, office administration and cake decorating. Program lengths are from four to eight weeks. Tuition assistance is available for most participants. For more information visit www.mtctraining.com/quickjobs or call 691-1168. ECCC meeting dates for 2010 Quarterly Meetings: Quarterly meetings are open to all neighborhood residents and are a forum to discuss community issues. If you would like to be placed on the agenda, please call 691-1168. Quarterly meetings for 2010 May 25 August 24 November 23 All meetings are held at 6:30 P.M. at the Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Avenue, unless otherwise noted. Executive Council Meetings The Executive Council is made up of neighborhood presidents and officers of the Eau Claire Community Council. The monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:309:00 P.M. at the Eau Claire Community Council, 830 Wildwood Avenue unless otherwise noted. Upcoming EC meeting dates for 2010: March 16 April 20 May 18 Eau Claire Community Council Contacts Henry Hopkins Executive Director Phyllis Coleman President Reggie McKnight President-Elect Becky Bailey Secretary Dyann White Treasurer Residents from throughout the city filled the Eau Claire Print Building on February 23 when candidates hoping to be Columbia’s next Mayor were quizzed on their positions regarding development, crime and homelessness. Candidate Sparkle Clark addresses the group as (l-r) moderator Don Frierson, candidates Joseph Azar, Steve Morrison and Irwin Wilson look on. 691-1168 414-2461 708-2505 454-0088 252-7254 434-6742 Contact ECCC via e-mail at [email protected] www.eauclairecommunity.org The New Survey Page 8 • March 2010 Home There’s no place like North Columbia community welcomes home buyers back to the city S tarting over isn’t easy for anybody. But for one North Columbia resident, a new start in a new home was a matter of necessity. Yolanda Bell didn’t expect to be house-shopping last year. In fact, she had invested time and resources to remodel her Seminary Ridge home when, almost without warning, she found herself single again. “I had no choice,” Bell said of her months-long search with the assistance of Rana Davis, a Realtor with Russell and Jeffcoat. “We must have looked at 20 houses.” “More like 30,” Davis laughed as the two talked about their quest and their growing friendship. Though Bell wanted to stay in North Columbia, Davis showed her homes throughout the Midlands area. “I liked the new homes on Randall Street,” Bell said, “but they didn’t have a garage.” It seems the garage for her car, and the security it would provide her, was a sticking point in the choice of the perfect home. Meanwhile, Davis, a member of the Realtor team selected by the Eau Claire Development Corporation for their new housing initiative on Farrow Road, knew Bell would like the homes at Burton Heights II. The cozy subdivision of 26 new home sites is located on the grounds of the former Burton-Heights Elementary School. The ECDC began construction of the project in 2004 with a HUD Economic Development Initiative (EDI) grant of $99,000 and a commercial loan from SCBT. One of the many development initiatives fostered by the ECDC, Burton Heights II is unique in that several builders have contributed to the project. The first two single-family homes were erected by Rogers Construction and were priced in the $150,000 range. Both homes sold early on in the project as did the $130,000 homes built by Spirit Construction and J.K. Smith Builders. In the spring of 2009, ECDC advertised for joint venture proposals to begin construction on the remaining 22 homes. A HUD H.O.M.E. program loan through the City of Columbia’s Community Development office provided over $1.5 million to allow construction of 12 of the new homes. Rex Thompson Builders, Inc., was selected as partner in the project and committed to building the other 10 homes. Note: The HUD H.O.M.E. program is the largest Federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. Five different home plans are now available to buyers. The homes range in size from 1275 square feet to 1829 square feet and two plans feature twostory designs. All the homes are brick with upgraded lighting and appliance packages and include attached garages. “I love my garage,” Bell gushes. “When I talk with my mom, she feels better that I have that added security.” To date sixteen of the homes have been completed and seven have been sold, including Bell’s which closed in September of last year. “The house is still under warranty,” she said, which means any problems will be attended to by the builder for up to 10 years on the structure and two years on things like plumbing and heating and air conditioning. The new homes are energy efficient as well. Bell says the monthly power bill in her 1154 square foot home averages $76.00. The heat pump, she says, keeps her home a comfortable 66-73 degrees. “It’s just a perfect fit for me,” says Bell who enjoys the serenity of the community. “Every day I walk around the cul de sac and onto Farrow Road and through the cemetery,” she said. Her mother, Bell confessed, bristles at the idea of a cemetery next door. “I can’t think of any quieter neighbors!” she quips. Financing Assistance Available through City of Columbia Housing and Loan Administration In 2001 the City of Columbia Housing and Loan Administration Division launched the CityLiving Housing Initiative to promote owneroccupied homeownership in the City of Columbia. The program offers a variety of loan options, some for as little $500 to $1000 down. For more information, call Megan Odom. 545-3373. The New Survey March 2010 • Page 9 Burton Heights II Standard Features • • • • • • • • • 6-panel interior doors Raised panel cabinets Disposal Plumbing for ice-maker hook-up 2 Phone jacks 2 TV cable jacks Garage door opener Cathedral ceiling per plan Cultured marble counter tops in bathrooms • 10 pallets of sod • Foundation shrubbery • Flood light package • Brushed nickel or brass fixtures • Exterior electrical outlets in front and rear • 2 hose bibs • Tankless hot water heater • Single cylinder dead bolts on outside doors • 13 SEER heating and air units Photos: Opposite, top left is a view of several homes in Burton Heights II; below center, Yolanda Bell enjoys her cozy living room; Top right: The entrance to Burton Heights II; above: Yolanda Bell (right) with Realtor Rana Davis in her coveted garage. “I’ll get it painted this summer, Bell said. • Insulation - R-30 attic. R-13 walls • Double pane windows and insulated exterior doors • Garden tub per plan • Ventilated wire shelving in closets • 2-10 home buyer’s warranty • Interior and exterior wall studs 16” on center • Vinyl porch columns and rails per plan • Security system with one year monitoring • Mailbox • Full appliance package • 2 paint colors • Blinds • Ceiling fans • Upgraded light package • 10 x 10 patio • Crown molding Below are the five home models available at Burton Heights II Page 10 • March 2010 Matters faith OF North Columbia Worship Centers Antioch Baptist Arise Christian Center Ascension Lutheran Bethlehem Baptist Capital City Church Chosen 2 Conquer Christ Center Pentecostal Christ’s Lutheran Church of Christ College Place UMC Cola. Col. Dr. Church of God Community CME Community Mem. Church of God Denny Terrace Baptist Eau Claire Baptist Eau Claire Presbyterian Emanuel Church Ephesus SDA Family Worship Center Francis Burns UMC Fruit of the Spirit Christian Full Gospel Center Gill Creek Baptist God’s Church of Deliverance Good News Gospel Outreach Grace Christian Church Greater Carolina Baptist Ch. Greater Faith United Baptist Greater St. Luke Baptist Greenview First Baptist Haskell Heights Baptist Haskell Heights Prog. Bapt. Holy Mission of Faith I. DeQ. Newman UMC Jehovah Baptist Kingdom Builders Ministries Life Giving Outreach Life Transformers Word Min. Masjid As-Salaam Mt. Olive Baptist Mt. Pilgrim Baptist New Day Baptist New Hope Deliverance New Jerusalem Interdenom. New Laurel St. Baptist New St. Thomas Refuge Episc. New Williams St. Baptist Northminister Presbyterian Refuge Temple Rehoboth Restoration Ministry Reid Chapel AME Ridgewood Baptist Second Calvary Bapt. Ch. Second Chance Universal St. John Baptist St. John UMC St. Paul Baptist Stedfast Christian Center Stover Chapel AME Spirit of Truth Christian Temple Zion Baptist Village of Hope Zion Cannan Baptist Rev. Dr. Albert A. Neal 5715 Koon Road Pastors John & Trythinia Bookert 7020 Frost Avenue Rev. Ron Brown 827 Wildwood Avenue Rev. Anthony A. McCallum 1028 Eastman Street Pastor Ned Crosby 4600 Monticello Road Pastor Pedro Maldonado 7910 Monticello Road Rev. Scott Smith 623 Oakland Avenue Rev. Anne Christiansen 1323 Winyah Drive Brother Fred Turner 5889 Ames Road Rev. Tiffany Knowlin 4801 Colonial Drive Rev. Willie Sutton 4702 Jones Street Rev. Joiquim Barnes 4317 Ridgewood Avenue Supt. James McKenney 4727 Roberts Street Rev. Fred Kaigler 6324 Dorchester Street Rev. James A. Goudelock 4427 North Main Street Pastor Brandon Cranshaw 629 Wildwood Avenue Rev. Ricky Jackson 1641 Blue Ridge Terrace Rev. Carl Nesmith 7709 Wilson Boulevard Pastor Derrick Hutchins 3600 Colonial Drive Rev. Dr. Thomas Bowman 5616 Farrow Road Bishop Kevin Nelson 700 Sunset Drive Pastor Dana A. Holmes 6015 N. Main Street Rev. Reginald T. Burdon 2116 Cushman Drive Pastor Milton H. Mosby 3950 Clement Road Rev. Eddie Guess 605 Alcott Drive Pastor Aaron Bishop 5010 Monticello Road Rev. Carey L. Hopkins 1419 Anthony Avenue Rev. Charles E. Graham 119 Crawford Road Rev. Michael H. Baker 5228 Farrow Road Rev. Johnny C. Owens 101 Isaac Street Pastor Glen Wigfall 1231 Blue Ridge Terrace Pastor Charles E. Epps 1323 Townsend Street Elder Isaac Dash 131 Duke Avenue Rev. Augustus Rogers 7801 Wilson Boulevard Rev. S.E. Marshall 1540 Frye Road Rev. Joseph English 5320 Fairfield Road Pastor Henry A. Cleare 6101 North Main Street Pastor T. LaVern Manigault 3801 River Drive Imman Omar Shaheed 5119 Monticello Road Rev. Norman E. Curly 1700 Blue Ridge Terrace Pastor Leon R. Dickerson 9300 Farrow Road Rev. Ray Hoskins 4201 Abington Avenue Pastor Mary Burton 4005 Monticello Road Pastor Diana M. James 1003 Colleton Street Rev. Charles Jackson Jr. 5214 Fairfield Road Rev. George C. McCray 5709 Ames Road Rev. Allen Jacobs Jr. 5408 Middleton Street Rev. Richard F. Dozier 6718 David Street Bishop W.L. Bonner 4450 Argent Court Pastor Louise W. Rouse 5801 Koon Road Rev. Dr. Norvell Goff Sr. 704 Gabriel Street Pastor Fred Coit 5326 Ridgeway St. Rev. Carl R. Wells 1110 Mason Road Bishop Dr. Ronald Foxe 99 Duke Avenue Rev. Jamey O. Graham 3404 West Beltline Blvd. Rev. Rudolph Barnes, Jr. 1700 Houston Street Rev. Bobby G. Watkins 4517 North Main Street Rev. Sam Goodwin 5200 Fairfield Road Rev. Albert L. Thompson 1450 Geraldine Road Pastor Marcus R. Shiver Sr. 301 Sunset Drive Rev. Andre T. Melvin 1174 Heyward Brockington Pastor Charles Austin Sr. 3000 River Drive Rev. Bobby L. Smith 7820 Farrow Road To be included in this listing, please call 454-0088 786-0119 735-0222 786-6429 754-1890 771-0092 691-0962 754-1819 735-0880 786-5925 754-5342 754-1389 771-4739 786-2524 754-4432 786-7769 252-9296 786-2766 786-2800 736-1184 754-1760 252-7347 754-0786 754-6616 931-0057 786-6902 754-8844 252-3845 735-0631 754-6000 786-2839 754-6554 691-9724 779-3856 786-9894 786-2112 333-9036 786-0088 467-1390 252-9477 353-2275 788-4563 237-7159 799-5507 714-0306 786-5924 691-0611 735-0140 754-1812 754-9420 714-0117 786-0701 786-4017 714-9668 929-3838 254-4170 754-4588 732-9488 786-9129 754-0048 771-8933 754-0933 931-0180 935-0132 The New Survey Bost to Receive Seminary’s Highest Honor Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS), will award its highest non-academic honor, the John Bachman Award for Distinguished Leadership, to the Rev. Dr. Raymond M. Bost on Thursday, March 18 in Christ Chapel on the seminary’s campus. “In service to Christ and his body, the church, Dr. Bost has been a leader in theological education and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary,” said the Rev. Dr. Marcus J. Miller, President of the seminary. “It is with thanksgiving to God that we recognize his service by presenting him the John Bachman award.” Bost, a 1952 graduate of LTSS, served at the seminary as a professor, Trustee, and volunteer development associate. He also served as Academic Dean and President of Lenoir-Rhyne College (University) and Newberry College, both colleges of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), as well as President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, one of eight ELCA seminaries. He also served as trustee and President of the James R. Crumley Archives of Region 9 of the ELCA, and the Lutheran Church in America Board of Theological Education. “Empowered by the Gospel, Dr. Bost’s stewardship of all his gifts has been freely and sacrificially offered to the glory of God,” said the Rev. Dr. William B. Trexler, chair of the seminary’s Board of Trustees. “He epitomizes our seminary’s goal of forming servant leaders who are steeped in Word and Sacrament so that they might point others to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” Bost is only the 15th person to have received the prestigious award. Established in 1990, the Bachman Award was created to recognize those who have demonstrated in their support of the seminary the vision of its founders: that Southern Seminary be a place where the personal growth of its students is assured, the love for Christ and His Church deepened, and zeal for service inspired. The award bears the name of the first President of the seminary Board of Trustees, the Rev. John A. Bachman, who helped found the school in 1830. The seminary will present the award to Bost during the evening Eucharist service, beginning at 6:00 P.M.. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The campus is located at 4201 Main Street,Columbia, South Carolina. Submitted by Southern Seminary Stedfast Christian Center 26th Anniversary The public is invited to attend nightly services, April 14-16. Guest speaker on Wednesday night is Pastor Timothy Canty of Safe Haven Word and Worship Center, and Thursday night Pastor Charles B. Jackson Jr. of New Laurel Street Baptist Church. An “Evening of Celebration” is featured on Friday night with guitarist Terence Young, saxophonist Isaac McClinton, soloist Gayle Jones and the Conder Elementary Dance Company. Stedfast Christian Center is located across from Alcorn Middle School at 5200 Fairfield Road. For more information, call 786-9129 or visit the web site at www.stedfastcc.org. Sam Goodwin, Pastor. Join Ascension Lutheran Church for lunch every Friday at 12:00 NOON for a little food for the soul. The church is located at 827 Wildwood Avenue. Call 786-6429 for more information. Lunch On Us! Visit area churches on line: Eau Claire Presbyterian - www.ECPChurch.org Frances Burnes UMC - www.gbgm-umc.org/fbumc/ Fruit of the Spirit Christian Fellowship Church - www.fruitofthespiritsc.org Grace Christian Church - www.gccofsc.org Masjid as-Salaam - www.pluralism.org/research/profiles/display.php?profile=69024 Rehoboth Restoration Ministry - www.rehoboth-restoration.org Ridgewood Missionary Baptist - www.ridgewoodbaptistchurch.com St. John Baptist Church - www.saintjohnbaptistchurch1908.com/ Stedfast Christian Center - www.stedfastcc.org/ Send your Church News to The New Survey • 830 Wildwood Avenue • Columbia, SC 29203 E-mail: [email protected] • Phone: 454-0088 The New Survey March 2010 • Page 11 Last Minute Tax Tips! by Good Faith Business Services he best approach to tax planning is to start early in the year. Another year has gone by and maybe we got busy and did not use tax planning strategies and think that most tax-saving opportunities are gone. No worries, this tax tip article is just for you. We have 30 days left to file our taxes and this last minute tax strategy is to highlight some of the most notable federal tax breaks offered for 2009 filing. In addition, before we begin, if you feel uncertain that you have kept up with all the tax changes and allowed deductions each year, then please contact your accountant or you may contact our office at 803.791.9278, we will be happy to assist you. See further details how to contact us below. The first-time home-buyer credit. This is the up-to-$8,000 credit available in 2009 for a home purchased in 2009 to anyone who hasn’t owned a home during the previous three years. (It is subject to phase-outs at certain income levels.) The home you buy has to be your principal residence. However, the new Worker Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009 has extended the deadline. Now, taxpayers who have a binding contract to purchase a home before May 1, 2010, are eligible for the credit. Buyers must close on the home before July 1, 2010. The credit does not have to be paid back if the home remains your principal residence for 3 years. T Don’t-miss deductions for businesses. When it comes to new cars and light trucks used for business means, the maximum first-year depreciation deduction has been increased by $8,000 for cars placed in service before 2010. The Section 179 deduction (that’s the one that lets you write off the costs of certain new and used business assets during their first year of use) is still at $250,000 for 2009, instead of the prior $133,000. The firstyear bonus depreciation break of $50,000 is still in place for 2009, and even the biggest businesses can take advantage of it. The new car sales tax deduction. Okay, “cash for clunkers” is over, but you still may be able to deduct state and local sales and excise taxes if you buy a car, motor home, motorbike or light truck. You can itemize the deduction or just add it to the amount of your standard deduction. A major tuition tax break. In 2009, you can claim an above-the-line deduction for “qualified tuition and relat- ed expenses” relating to the enrollment or attendance of you, your spouse or your dependent at an eligible college or university. The deduction can be as large as $4,000. The classroom teacher credit. Are you a primary or secondary school teacher? If you were an educator who worked more than 900 hours on campus in 2009, you can claim an above theline deduction for up to $250 of personal expenses for schoolbooks and school supplies that see classroom use without itemizing. COBRA contin- uation. Did you get laid off this year? Were you insured under an employer-sponsored health plan? Well, you may qualify for up to nine months of COBRA coverage. As for the company where you worked, it can claim a credit for the COBRA subsidy it extends to you. $2,400 in unemployment income tax-free. That’s right: this year, the first $2,400 of federal unemployment compensation benefits you receive are excluded from gross income. An extra deduction for state and local property taxes. Do you usually claim the standard federal deduction? If that’s your plan, this year you can take an additional deduction for state and local property taxes. The ceiling is $500, $1,000 if you are filing jointly. The capital gains tax break. If you are in the 10% or 15% tax bracket, note that the current tax rate for longterm capital gains is 0% – and it is slated to stay at 0% through 2010. The homebuilder tax credit. Do you build homes? If so, you may claim a credit of up to $2,000 for each qualified energy-efficient home constructed and acquired from you for use as a residence. This credit is set to expire December 31, 2009; President Bush’s signature extended it into this year. The exemption from required IRA distributions. The federal tax mandate requiring IRA owners age 701/2 to take Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) was suspended for 2009, but it will be reinstated for 2010. Worth noting: in 2010, anyone will be able to convert a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA. This is just a sampling. There are other tax breaks out there during this unusual year for the federal tax code, and it is worth asking your accountant or advisor to do some research and/or collaborate to find you as many as possible. Last Minute Tax Deduction Check List Finally, here is our tax deduction checklist, which summarizes the types of federal income tax savings you should be looking for when preparing your taxes: • Job hunting expenses • Alimony paid • Student loan interest • Prescription eyeglasses, contacts, and hearing aids, crutches, canes, and orthopedic shoes, etc. • Medical transportation costs to include mileage • Cost of alcohol or drug abuse treatments • Charitable contributions (Cash and noncash donations to non-profit organizations) • Local and State income taxes • Personal property taxes or real estate taxes • Points paid for a mortgage or refinancing your home • Unreimbursed employee business expenses • Mileage and other expenses associated with volunteer work • Casualty and theft losses • Tax preparation software and fees Note: Some of the above items are deductible as miscellaneous itemized deductions and as such are deductible to the extent they exceed 2% of your AGI. In the case of medical and dental expenses, they are deductible to the extent they exceed 7.5% of your AGI. The research and material of this post was provided by: Rebecca J. Mercado Good Faith Business Services 921 Holland Avenue, Cayce , SC., The New Survey Page 12 • March 2010 Columbia City Council Recap FYI.... City Council Meeting Dates March 3 March 10 March 17 April 7 Council Meeting - 9:00 A.M.- Council Chambers Work Session - 9:00 A.M.- Council Chambers Council Meeting - 9:00 A.M.- Council Chambers Zoning Public Hearing - 10:00 A.M.- Council Chambers Council Meeting - 9:00 A.M.- Council Chambers For more information and other City of Columbia events: visit the City of Columbia online at www.columbiasc.net or contact the City Clerk at 545-3045 Richland County Council Meeting Dates March 2 March 16 April 6 Regular Session - 6:00 P.M. - Council Chambers Zoning Public Hearing - 7:00 P.M. - Council Chambers Regular Session - 6:00 P.M. - Council Chambers Regular Session - 6:00 P.M. - Council Chambers For more information and a complete schedule of County Boards & Commissions: visit Richland County online at www.richlandonline.com or call 576-2062 Richland One School Board Meeting Dates March 9 March 23 April 27 Regular Session - 7:00 P.M. - Stephenson Administration Building Regular Session - 7:00 P.M - Alcorn Middle School Regular Session - 7:00 P.M - John P. Thomas Elementary Visit Richland One online at www.richlandone.org Elected Officials representing Eau Claire / North Columbia Rep. James Clyburn Sen. John L. Scott, Jr. Rep. Chris Hart Rep. Todd Rutherford Rep. Leon Howard Rep. Joe McEachern Hon. Paul Livingston Hon. Gwendolyn Kennedy Hon. Joyce Dickerson Hon. Robert D. Coble Hon. Sam Davis Hon. Tameika Isaac Hon. Dan Rickenmann Mrs. Barbara Scott Mr. Vince Ford Mrs. Susie Dibble Dr. Jasper Salmond Mr. Jamie Devine Richland One Office U.S. House Dist. S.C. Senate Dist. 19 S.C. House Dist. 73 S.C. House Dist. 74 S.C. House Dist. 76 S.C. House Dist. 77 Richland Co. Dist. 4 Richland Co. Dist. 7 Richland Co. Dist. 2 Mayor of Columbia City Council District 1 City Council At-Large City Council At-Large Richland One At-Large Richland One At-Large Richland One At-Large Richland One Seat 1 Richland One Seat 2 202-225-3315 733-5176 771-7701 799-8633 734-3061 735-1808 765-1192 240-4572 750-0154 545-3075 754-0525 779-0312 787-7126 254-0726 735-0405 771-7613 765-2795 699-5324 799-1100 212-6048 256-3003 254-9468 212-6875 738-7655 898-9758 254-8868 254-2445 799-2001 799-2001 799-2001 799-2001 799-2001 231-7000 February 24, 2010 CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION 1. Salvation Army Update - Mr. Marc Mylott, Director of Planning and Development Services Mr. Marc Mylott, Director of Planning and Development Services reported that at the end of August they received a telephone call from a member of the Salvation Army’s Property Board who was inquiring about the necessary zoning for them to evaluate properties for a new location. At that time, we advised them that they needed to be in at least C-2 or greater. They described their intended efforts as the provision of social services, vocational rehabilitation services, religious activities and their desire to do feeding. We said that there is no singular, comprehensive use classification for all of those; however, taken individually they needed to be in C-2 or more. Mr. Steve Anastasion, Chairman of the Salvation Army of the Midlands Advisory Board said that The Salvation Army is now out of its location at Main Street and Elmwood Avenue; we have been looking for a substitute location for social services and feeding. There will be no housing component to this at all. [He said] The Easter Seals Building was C-2, it’s on a major city thoroughfare, it’s on a bus line to downtown with constant bus service; and it’s within a few blocks of our current location. All of the homeless shelters are in Council District Two, because that’s where employment is; it’s near areas of the river and other areas where the homeless find shelter; it’s where the problem is; and we want to be a part of the homeless solution. The following individuals appeared before the City Council in opposition to the relocation of the Salvation Army to Farrow Road: Dr. Isaiah Davis, Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry; Ms. Katheryn Bellfield, President of the Booker Washington Heights Organization; Ms. Ella Ruth Moultrie, Resident of the Booker Washington Heights Organization; Ms. Floretta Sutton, Practice Administrator for Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry; Dr. John Dingle, Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry; Rev. Dr. Jamey O. Graham, Sr., Pastor of St. John Baptist Church; Mr. Charles Christie, Chairman of the Trustee Board / St. John Baptist Church; Mr. Ben Duncan, Chairman of the Deacon Board / St. John Baptist Church; There was a consensus of Council to direct staff to schedule a meeting with the members of Council, the leadership of the Salvation Army and the community. There was a consensus of Council to direct staff to schedule a meeting with the members of Council and the leadership of all organizations that feed the homeless population to discuss the issues and to develop solutions. March 3, 2010 CITY COUNCIL ACTION REPORT 8. Eau Claire Development Corporation – Mr. S. Allison Baker, Senior Assistant City Manager Mr. S. Allison Baker, Senior Assistant City Manager provided a briefing on the Eau Claire Development Corporation, which was chartered in 1993 as an urban community based 501(c) 3 committed to grass-roots empowerment, residential housing opportunities and commercial development in North Columbia. He outlined the pros and cons of dissolving the corporation; merging the corporation with another existing corporation; or to improve the business model of the existing corporation. Mr. Baker recommended (Option C) that the operations of the Eau Claire Development Corporation be improved by adopting effective risk analysis processes and procedures; re-examining the current source of funding; scheduling quarterly project briefings to the City Council and Senior Management; and presenting projects to City Council and the City Manager that could potentially become a financial liability, whether it involves City funds or not. The following individuals appeared before the Council in support of the Eau Claire Development Corporation: Rev. Richard Dozier, Chair of the Eau Claire Development Corporation; Mr. Henry Hopkins, Eau Claire Community Council. The following individual appeared before the Council in opposition to the Eau Claire Development Corporation: Mr. Bill Manley, Eau Claire Community Resident. Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to endorse recommendation C as outlined. Staff is directed to present a plan of action on March 24, 2010 on the Eau Claire Development Corporation’s accountability issues, financing of projects and communications with Council. The New Survey March 2010 • Page 13 Hyatt Park improvements proposed City of Columbia, South Carolina Public Notice How would you spend $17.5 million dollars in your community? The City of Columbia, South Carolina (City) is receiving comments regarding housing and community development needs within the City’s boundaries. The City anticipates receiving an estimated $907,000 in FY 2010 HOME funds, an estimated $1,244,500 in FY 2010 CDBG funds, and an estimated $1,404,500 in HOPWA funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Over a period of five years, the total grant funds are expected to be in excess of $17.5 million. Citizens are asked to express their views on the allocation of these funds. Input received will be considered by the City in developing the Five Year Consolidated Plan to be submitted to HUD. The consolidated plan is the application for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA), and HOME Program funding and consists of a strategy to address the housing, homeless, and community development needs of our City. The plan also includes an Annual Action Plan that identifies the actions to be taking in the coming year to implement the identified strategies. All interested citizens of the City are invited to provide input on community needs. Citizens may: 1. Attend a public meeting to be held on: • April 13, 2010 at 6:00pm at Cecil Tillis Center (2111 Simpkins Road); or • April 22, 2010 at 6:00pm at Meadowfield Elementary School (525 Galway Lane) If you have any special needs, please call (803) 545-3369 at least two days prior to the meeting. 2. Complete an on line survey. The survey can be completed by going to the web site, www.surveymonkey.com/s/columbiasc. 3. Provide written comments that are delivered to City of Columbia, Community Development Department, 1136 Washington Street, Columbia If you have questions, please call Eric Cassell, Community Development Administrator at (803) 545-3369. Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grant Program The Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations, public schools, and public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities. Grants support community improvement projects that include activities such as building, rebuilding, painting, or refurbishing; increasing energy efficiency or sustainability; landscaping or planting of native trees; community facility improvements; and the development and/or improvement of green spaces. Grants of up to $2,500 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools or materials. Visit the Home Depot web site to take the eligibility test and submit an on line application. http://corporate.homedepot.com/wps/portal/Grants/ 2010 application deadlines: March 1, July 1, and November 1. Nearly $2 million in park improvements for North Columbia’s Hyatt Park and an additional $150,000 to Lincoln Park are being proposed by the city. Following meetings with residents of Hyatt Park and Keenan Terrace which surround the two parks, and site visits by the residents to other parks facilities the city maintains, major renovations to the two parks were outlined by parks officials and presented in February. Improvements to Hyatt Park would include four tennis courts, a new concession and rest room facility, extended playground area, an amphitheater, a walking trail and 77 additional parking spaces. Lincoln Park, located just several blocks west of Hyatt Park, will remain a natural habitat with enhancements to include wooden foot bridges to cross the stream that runs through the park and drainage improvements. Parks planner Damon McDuffie said the next step in the process will be to pursue funding resources for both parks. Columbia College, Midlands Technical College formalize, expand programs for transfer students Columbia College and Midlands Technical College (MTC) formalized an agreement that allows a more seamless transition into Columbia College for MTC students who aspire to earn a fouryear degree there. The formal Bridge Program agreement was signed on March 1 at Columbia College by Columbia College President Dr. Caroline Whitson and Midlands Technical College President Marshall (Sonny) White, Jr. The agreement between the two colleges is designed to enhance the transfer of students from Midlands Technical College to Columbia College. This collaboration is intended to serve students by providing program support and services that facilitate the transfer process and prepare students desiring to matriculate at Columbia College. “We believe it is important to make the educational path as smooth as possible for all students,” said White, “This program gives Midlands Technical College another opportunity to provide access to students who want to attend Columbia College.“ “Our data show that transfer students from Midlands Technical College perform well and graduate at the same rate as our traditional students,” said Whitson. “They are well-prepared when they arrive and perform well academically. Transfer students find excellent faculty support here to meet their educational goals.” To reinforce student engagement and support the transition from Midlands Technical College to Columbia College, students will be offered the opportunity to participate in identified Columbia College programs and events while still in attendance at Midlands Technical College. These opportunities may include but are not limited to campus and cultural events, provided students meet the eligibility criteria for these programs. Treasurer opens a third phase to find tax cheaters in Richland County On March 1, the Richland County Treasurer’s Office sent 1,457 delinquent business tax notifications totaling $4.8 million in its third attempt to collect delinquent taxes from county businesses. The notices were sent to businesses that have not paid their taxes in previous years (prior to the current bills due). “There are a huge number of families and businesses that we help every day who are struggling to pay their taxes,” Treasurer David A. Adams said. “It is not fair that our honest taxpayers are bearing a higher tax burden because of those who try to cheat the system. This will be a new effort to find the tax cheaters who take money from us all.” The first phase of catching tax cheaters began in 2005 when Treasurer Adams teamed up with Sheriff Leon Lott to catch car tax evaders. The program has brought in millions of dollars from thousands of delinquent tax bills in just over five years. The second phase of the program was the collection of delinquent taxes on mobile homes. In 2007, the office was successful in bringing in over $800,000 is past taxes and forcing hundreds of properties that had not paid taxes before to pay their fair share. Businesses will have 30 days to contact the Treasurer’s Office to arrange for payments. After 30 days, names of businesses found to still be arrears will be published by the Treasurer in local media outlets. The final step will be transmitting the Treasurer’s findings to the County and City business license offices that are tasked with issuing fines and revoking business licenses. The New Survey Page 14 • March 2010 Saturday, March 20 Ryan Street Action Committee Karate Classes, 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., Hyatt Park Gym. Call 740-1944 for more info. Friday, March 26 - 27 Columbia Parks and Recreation will show a free movie on a 11foot by 15-foot screen in Columbia’s downtown Finlay Park as part of the two-day Kids Day festival. Block Party on Friday, March 26 from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. with the showing of Planet 51. Saturday, March 27, 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., games, rides, petting zoo, entertainment, and more. Ride tickets will be available for purchase. For more information call 545-3100. Thursday, March 25 Greater Columbia Community Relations Council 46th Annual Luncheon. Keynote Speaker is Hon. Robert D. Coble. 12:30 – 2:00 P.M., Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. $35 per person. RSVP to 7331130. Saturday, April 3 Spring Break Fun Day beginning at 9:00 A.M. at Greenview Park, 6700 David Street. Parade, high school and middle school bands. Sponsored by the Greenview Community Crime and Safety Committee. To participate and to sponsor, contact Lonnie Simpson at 754-3473. Coming April 10 - Fourth Annual Lawn Mower Exchange 9:00 A.M. to NOON at the Colonial Life Arena Parking Lot Synithia Williams 785-8634, or visit www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org Send news of your Community Events to: The New Survey, 830 Wildwood Avenue, Columbia, SC 29203 or, via e-mail to: [email protected] Publication Deadline is the third Monday of each month. 2010 summer camp registration now open City of Columbia Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for full-day summer camps for 6- to 14year-olds at all participating locations and the Parks and Recreation administration office at 1932 Calhoun Street. Programs will be offered from 7:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. beginning June 1. For older youth, a teen camp is offered at Katheryn M. Bellfield Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center for 13- to 16-year-olds. The camp gives teens a chance to develop character, learn valuable life skills, make new friends, and discover new interests. Summer day camp sizes are limited in order to keep counselor-to-camper ratios small. The knowledgeable staff, variety of activities and small size makes these camps very popular, so parents are encouraged to register children early. Cost for the program is $45 per week per child. There are no registration fees. Dates, fees and registration information are available at www.columbiasc.net, or from the individual parks listed below. Edisto Discovery Park, 255-8103; Emily Douglas Park, 733-8531; Greenview Park, 754-5223; Hampton Park, 776-9082; Heathwood Park, 7338446; Hyatt Park, 733-8446; M.L. King Park (Sports) 733-8452; Lorick Park, 691-9339; Melrose Park, 733-8493; Pinehurst Park, 733-8449, Sims Park, 733-8451; St. Anna’s Park, 733-8450; Woodland Park, 776-1096. Submitted by City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Historic music group continues 87-year tradition in Eau Claire The Eau Claire Music Club, first organized by 35 women musicians in North Columbia nearly 90 years ago, is breathing new life, thanks to a new generation of women who are seeking to advance music and music education in the area. Women whose names still reflect ties to the community—Mrs. Maurice Alcorn, Mrs. Everett L. Cashion, Mrs. R. Hilliard Miller, Mrs. W. J. Keenan, and Mrs. John E. Wilds—founded the group which also had links to local churches and to Columbia College where music and choral education remain a hallmark of student life. According to Eau Claire Memories, “Mrs. Dandilyon Taylor, an accomplished pianist opened the Taylor Music Company in downtown Columbia in 1927” and was also a founding member of the Club. Her son, Alan, was a cellist and associate conductor of the SC Philharmonic orchestra. Alan Taylor married Mary Alcorn (daughter of Maurice Alcorn) who also became active in the club. Mary Taylor still resides in Eau Claire. Her two daughters, Mary Lee Taylor (Scott) and Jacqueline L. Taylor are also accomplished musicians and continue the family tradition as classical musicians. As early as 1923, the Eau Claire Music Club was an important part of social life in Eau Claire. One of its founding members, Mrs. Eula Ashworth Lindfors, lived in a neat cottage on Main Street, at the current site of the Eau Claire Fire Station, and taught piano les- sons to many area young people. An old log cabin in the back yard of her home was often used as a meeting place for the young people’s “music club.” Other music instructors in the area at the time included Rachel Little and Mrs. Lulu Arndt. In addition, the Columbia College orchestra of the 1940s was conducted by professor Elizabeth Barr. Among today’s arts patrons hoping to renew interest in the club and its scholarship programs are Mary Beth L. McSwain, organist at Eau Claire Presbyterian Church. On February 16, McSwain led the monthly meeting of the club with keyboard arrangements of familiar hymns. In addition to the Eau Claire Music Club, a Morning Music Club and an Afternoon Music Club are active in Columbia. These groups are all affiliated with the S.C. and National Federation of Music Clubs with a mission to encourage young musicians and promote quality music locally and nationally. The three clubs combine efforts each spring to host an elegant luncheon and fashion show which raises funds for music scholarships. This year’s event was held at the Forest Lake Club on March 4. For more information about the Eau Claire Music Club and music scholarship auditions, held at Columbia College in April, call Mary Beth McSwain at 7358447. Submitted by Mary Beth McSwain Eau Claire Music Club 2010 Spring Main Street Marketplace! City Center Partnership, a non-profit organization that manages the downtown Business Improvement District, is pleased to announce the dates for the Spring Main Street Marketplace. The event will take place every Friday in May and June from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Admission is free. Exhibitors will be set up on the sidewalk portion along the 1500 block of Main Street beside the Columbia Museum of Art. Other exhibitors will be located in Boyd Plaza in front of the Columbia Museum of Art. The Main Street Marketplace is an openair market featuring fresh produce, baked goods, photography, books, local art, unique gifts, handmade crafts, entertainment and much more. To become a vendor, please visit www.citycentercolumbia.sc For more information contact Alicia Morgan at [email protected] or 779-4005 x 2042. The New Survey March 2010 • Page 15 FYI Attention: Role Models Richland One Middle College (ROMC) Foundation hosts Golf Tournament and Business Expo An event pitting Educators vs. The World in a golf tournament and business expo will be held at the Northwoods Golf Course, 201 Powell Road at 8:00 A.M., Saturday, April 24. The event will raise funds to support the ongoing efforts of ROMC’s innovative high school through scholarships and community service learning opportunities. The Educators vs. the World Golf Tournament and Business Expo provides interactive networking activities on the golf course similar to an indoor business expo. Whether you love to play or are looking for a creative way to reach VIP decision makers, the tournament will provide a unique opportunity. Unlike most amateur golf tournaments, we will have an abundance of spectators on the course so bring your best golf swing or promotional give- aways, and remember a lot of business is done on the golf course. For sponsorship and registration information, contact Kelly Simmons at (803)738-7114. Your sponsorship and registration is tax deductible. Your gift is an investment that makes a difference in the life of a promising student at Richland One Middle College and the community. Richland One Middle College is an innovative high school, located on Midlands Technical College Beltline Campus. It reflects a creative and dynamic collaboration between Midlands Technical College and Richland School District One, as well as community and business partners. Submitted by Raechel L. Blakeney, ROMC Publicity Chairwoman Richland One Student Named Horatio Alger National Scholar Richland One specifically assists high Middle College senior school students who Aaron G. Fountain has have faced and overbeen named a 2010 come great obstacles in Horatio Alger National their young lives. While Scholar, an honor he many aid programs are shares with only 104 directed primarily to rechigh school seniors in ognizing academic the nation. achievement or leaderAs a recipient of ship potential, the this highly prestigious Horatio Alger program award, Fountain will also seeks students who receive a $20,000 colhave a commitment to lege scholarship, attend use their college degrees an all-expenses paid trip in service to others. to the 2010 Horatio To be eligible collegeAlger National Scholars Richland One Middle College bound seniors must be senior Aaron G. Fountain, 2010 Conference in in financial need, have a Washington, DC in April Horatio Alger National Scholar minimum 2.0 grade and have access to menaverage, have a strong toring and other support services as he commitment to pursue and complete a prepares for college. bachelor's degree at an accredited instituFountain has been accepted at tion and be involved in community activWinthrop University where he hopes to ities. Fountain has overcome personal pursue a degree in United States history challenges to excel and volunteers reguand eventually become a history profeslarly at Goodwill and Harvest Hope Food sor. He is the son of Aaron Fountain and Bank. they live in the Edgewood community. Submitted by As one of the nation’s largest colRichland District One lege financial aid programs, the Horatio Office of Communications Alger National Scholarship Program is the only major scholarship effort that You’re invited to participate in a great opportunity to spread the value of literacy in Eau Claire! Tuesday, March 30, 9:45 - 10:20 A.M., at Alcorn Middle School for Meet Us as Readers. During the event, we will guide you to a classroom to share your reading experience growing up, what you are reading now, why you think it is important to read, a passage from a book, poem, or speech (if you'd like). Your presence would really mean a lot to us. You never know—you might be the one that reaches that child where s/he’s at right now. For more information, contact Catharine Aitken, Education Chair, College Place Community Council, 333-9589 or [email protected] March 18 Alcorn Middle School families are invited to have dinner together at the Safe and Drug-Free Family Night event at the McDonald’s in the Vista from 4:30 – 6:00 P.M. The project is an effort to encourage families to talk about bullying and other topics while enjoying a meal together. The project is sponsored by the school’s extended-day program. March 23 The Men Supporting Learning initiative kicks off at Hyatt Park Elementary School from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Men throughout the community will assist teachers in their classrooms as readers, tutors and activity participants. The goal of the project is to get more men involved in the learning process in an effort to improve student morale, self-confidence and academics. For more information contact Ashlye Clark at 735-3421 or Bianca Crawford at [email protected] The New Survey Page 16 • March 2010 Arts Calendar Thursday, March 18 Bring your lunch to the library for traditional Irish music (and a little blarney) by Corner House at Lunch & Listen, a music series brought to you by the Richland County Public Library. 12:30-1:30 P.M. in 1431 at the Main Library, 1431 Assembly Street. Sunday, March 21 Listen to the music of classical guitarists of the Columbia Guitar Orchestra under the direction of USC graduate student Steve Sloan. 3:00 P.M. in the Bostick Auditorium at the Richland County Public Library 1431 Assembly Street. March 25-27 Eau Claire High School presents Ain’t Misbehavin’ at 7:00 P.M. in the school auditorium. Call 735-7600 x2271 for more information. March 26 and 28 OPERA at USC features The Marriage of Figaro, 7:30 P.,M., March 26 and 3:00 P.,M., March 28. Room 208, new Band and Dance Building. Tickets can be purchased by calling 777-0058. Tickets are: general admission, $18; seniors, faculty, staff, military, $15; students, $5. Season tickets are available. Ribs & Renaissance 2010 seeks volunteers to assist with the annual event on Saturday, June 5 in the Eau Claire Town Square. Team players with good organizational skills a must! Help us welcome visitors to a “Famously Hot” taste of our side of town. Entertainers, sidewalk artists, street performers, arts & crafts and food vendors, interested in participating should visit www.eauclairecommunity.org for an application. Call 803-454-0088 for more information. The Columbia Design League announces a Call for Entries for Runaway Runway, an annual fund raiser at 701 Whaley in Columbia, SC. While the entire world is serious about being green, this event proves green can be fun, fabulous, fashionable and funky too. The competitive fashion show features clothing created by locals using items destined for the landfill. If you think you’ve got what it takes to strut your junk down the runway, entry information is available at www.runawayrunway.net or at the admission desk of the ColumbiaMuseum of Art.
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