IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ‌ Jennifer Griffin in Evanston Estates 

"Before I moved to Evanston Estates, I looked at a few different areas, all of which were in Dorchester County except for this one. I have family in North Charleston and this is where my church is, too. I sing in the choir at New Charity Missionary Baptist, but I sing in the background.

"My daughters are the ones with the real talent in music. That is another good thing about where we live — we have a garage where they can practice their songs.

"I was born in Brooklyn, and I moved back and forth between North Charleston and New York when I was growing up. It was my choice to come back here for high school.

"When I graduated, I went straight into the Air Force. Two weeks after graduation. I spent a year in San Antonio for basic training and tech school. I told my recruiter I wanted to be a nurse. He made me a cop!

"They put me in law enforcement and I volunteered for K-9. I did my training in Texas and then went on to ABGD (Air Base Ground Defense) training — where you basically live in the woods. I went to Germany — Rhein-Main Air Base, right in Frankfurt — and I was stationed in New Mexico after that. That's when I got out and began studying for my degree in nursing. I moved back to North Charleston and went to Trident Tech for my ADN and then went to MUSC and got my BSN. Now, I want to continue on to my master's degree.

"Evanston Estates is really quiet and all of the neighbors are friendly. I can tell you also — all of the neighbors here look out for each other. If there is a strange car parked near a house, a neighbor will call to check and make sure everything is okay. That's especially helpful when you have teenage daughters who may try to sneak little boys in the house when mom's at work." —as told to Jason A. Zwiker

About the neighborhood: Directly between the upland northeast shore of the Ashley River and Dorchester Road, Evanston Estates is a small residential area with easy access to I-526.

What's the story on your neighborhood? E-mail jason@zwiker.com for a chance to give your 'hood its due.


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