Arbor Walk Newsletter

September 2013

School Bus Safety

School is back in full swing! With that comes early mornings, students of various ages waiting for the bus, and an increase in traffic. Here are some tips to help everyone go about their day safely and quickly.

  • Do you know the law in regards to driving near school buses? "Drivers must always stop when they are traveling behind a bus with flashing amber or red lights, regardless of whether the road has two, four or more lanes. They also must stop when approaching a stopped school bus from the opposite direction on a two-lane road. On a four-lane (or more) highway or private road, however, they do not have to stop. Those drivers should slow down and proceed with caution." - SCDOE
  • Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Tell kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.
  • Teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and never to walk behind the bus.
  • If your child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, he or she should take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the driver indicates it’s safe. Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
  • Instruct younger kids to use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door. If your children drop something, they should tell the bus driver and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up.
  • Drivers should always follow the speed limit and slow down in school zones and near bus stops. Remember to stay alert and look for kids who may be trying to get to or from the school bus.
  • Slow down and stop if you’re driving near a school bus that is flashing yellow or red lights. This means the bus is either preparing to stop (yellow) or already stopped (red), and children are getting on or off.

Tips from

Look at those Great Yards!

This month's spotlight yard is: 481 Dolphin

Congratulations and thank you for working so hard to keep your yard looking great!

Howdy Ho, Neighbor!

In August, Wray Emrich came to the rescue by jump starting our car due to a dead battery! It was a great help to me! The Emrichs are nice friends and nice neighbors. - Diane Vranas

What examples of community have you noticed around the neighborhood lately?

Friendly Reminders

  1. As the weather starts to cool down, now's a great time to power wash your house! We all have approved colors on our houses, and mold green was never an option.
  2. Join the Arbor Walk Facebook Page to get more updates on your neighborhood! Just search for Arbor Walk.
  3. Have you sent in your ballot yet? We need 107 to make changes to the convent. As of now, we have 40 yes and 5 No. Please ask a neighbor for a ballot and send yours if you have not done so already. You can get the ballot here and email, fax, or mail it to Deb Bair.

  • EMail:
  • Fax: 843-563-5095
  • Mail: Dorchester Real Estate Services, Inc. P.O. Box 116 St. George, SC 29477

In Search Of...

Are you looking for a service or resource? Maybe your neighbors can help! Email us with what you're looking for and how to contact you and we'll add it to the newsletter.

  • Rich and Tammy Carnahan of Dolphin Drive are looking for a baby sitter for their 18 month old son. They'd love to know if someone is available in our neighborhood. Please contact Rich at
  • Want to trade some plants? Rich Carnahan has also suggested and created a neighborhood plant swap Facebook page. This community page provides a place where neighbors can offer plants, cuttings, and bulbs for trade and make requests for what they are seeking. Items for sale are not permitted.

Here's How We Can Help

Do you have a skill that may benefit others in the neighborhood? Let us know what you'd like to share, how you can be contacted, and we'll get your information out to others.

  • Rich and Tammy Carnahan: I own a visual media company in West Ashley called UniMedia (, and I personally handle the graphic and interactive design side of the business. The thing that keeps me busiest these days is freelance book design for publishing houses, but I'm currently looking for authors to work with directly. My wife, Tiffany, is an on-site makeup artist. She owns Bella Segreto ( and is available for special events and film/tv productions. Contact Rick at

Want to contribute?

  1. Do you have a great neighbor and think others should know about it? Nominate them for Neighbor of the Month! Send us the name of a neighbor that you would like to spotlight and why you are nominating him or her.
  2. Do you offer a service that might be useful to others in the neighborhood? Perhaps a child that can babysit, lawn care service, house maintenance, or professional cakes? Let us know and we'll briefly share your info in the newsletter.
  3. Do you have any tips you'd like to share with others? Let us know

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