Park Circle Praise, Hurricane Guide, Local Teen Wins Europe Trip 

Park Circle Gets Another Nod

Praise has circled around again for North Charleston's quaint little downtown. In its June issue, Men's Journal named Park Circle as one of the nation's "coolest neighborhoods." One of six neighborhoods chosen in the Southeast, Park Circle ranks among the best areas which serve as "enclaves that offer the best of both worlds — outdoor adventure and great homes — plus amenities such as amazing bars and bike shops."

This honor comes close on the heels of Cottage Living and Green Builder Magazine recognizing the Noisette Community and Oak Terrace Preserve, respectively. Picked largely because of the wave of artists and entrepreneurs moving to Park Circle and the Noisette Community's approach to sustainable urban renewal, Men's Journal names denizens of the area as unique, character-driven, and fun-loving. —Moira Phillips

Windy Cities Guide 2009

We're now two days into hurricane season, which means officials are panicking and the general public is a good two months from paying any attention whatsoever. Charleston County is publishing two official manuals: the Hurricane Preparedness Guide and the Disabilities and Special Needs Emergency Preparedness Guide, both available at charlestoncounty.org. The guides provide all the information needed on evacuations, finding shelters, preparing your home, and all the other details of making it through a storm.

Cathy Haynes, Director of Charleston County's Emergency Preparedness Division, encourages residents to have an emergency plan in place along with a supply kit well in advance.

"Everyone has an individual responsibility to get prepared and make sure their family has a plan," she says. "Our entire community needs to help spread the word." —Moira Phillips

Student Gets 10-day European Vacation

Garret Academy of Technology senior Shawaunna Middleton was one of 10 students in the nation to win an all-expense paid trip from Washington, D.C., to Prague, Berlin, and Lucerne.

Middleton's 1,000-word essay about racial barriers was a winner in the EF Tours Global Citizen Scholarship essay contest.

Middleton will visit the Berlin Wall and speak to survivors of racial prejudices and conflicts between East and West Germany as a part of the educational tour program. —Lindsay Frost


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