Coastal Insider December 2020

December 2020

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I was born and raised in Algarve, Portugal, and moved to Myrtle Beach about three years ago. I speak five languages fluently and I’ve always been surrounded with international people and cultures. But when I arrived in Myrtle Beach, I was struck by warmth of the people here. I find the famed Southern Hospitality to be genuine and unique.

I’ve been at the Insider for almost three months, working on social media marketing and web design. I like that I’m able to put my creative abilities to use to support this community that’s my new home.

The holiday season is always a special time for me because it’s time to be with family and reflect on my accomplishments over the past year and my goals for the future. I not only celebrate Christmas but also Chanukah. I’m a recent convert to Judaism which has been a goal of mine since I was eleven-years-old. And this will be the first Chanukah that I celebrate as a Jewish woman, alongside Christmas, in Myrtle Beach. I’ve gleaned what has meaning for me from both religions, and it’s shaped the fabric of my thinking and my love for and desire to give back to the community.

And this month’s cover story is reflective of that same philosophy. When you come together as a community to do the best you can— to make a difference in the way that you feel called, sharing with others in a spirit of fellowship— beautiful things can be created. Janice Ash Siliano and her team of remarkable volunteers have been feeding the people of this area every holiday season for over thirty years. It’s a heartwarming story about nourishment on a deeper level— a story that’s relevant to us all, no matter your traditions. May you be truly nourished as well as nourish this holiday season and beyond. And have a blessed holiday season, no matter how you celebrate.

Solange Edwards


Wild Birds Unlimited

Wild Birds Unlimited, in Surfside Beach, is the premier place to find every product imaginable for outdoor birds, bird-enthusiasts, and nature-lovers in your life, or for those who are budding birders or simply curious to learn more about their natural environment.

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Market Common School of Healthy Eating

Emma’s Health Talk: Enriched Foods

It is the holiday season and now more than ever we need to maintain our bodies and minds healthy. Emma is here to talk to you about all that and more! Read all about it in this months Emma’s talk.

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Harry Turner

Harry Turner

This month’s Meet Your Local Veteran column is a tribute to Harry Turner. Harry passed away on May 24, 2020, but his story and legacy live on in the hearts and memory of his children and grandchildren. The story of Harry is here narrated by his daughter, Brenda Turner, who lives locally in Myrtle Beach.

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