The Most Romantic Ending I Have Ever Known – Original Poem

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By Mark A. Leon

You are the most romantic ending I have ever known
The rain falling on our wet lips clenched in a moment of endless passion
The music orchestrated to our every move
The natural light of sun warming your skin
The conflict that heats the passion
The letters, the regret, the pain, the times that were almost so right

You are the romantic ending that will be studied for generations

A cure for the broken heart
So many lost moments earlier in the film
What almost was
So many times
Drown by meaningless affairs of the heart
With every passionless night; so many faceless beauties, you were always in the shadows
Lingering at the edge of my unfulfilled heart

The benchmark of this existence
My reason for being
A helpless soul, I was, always searching for what I already found

A wonderful misadventure this has been
Still
After all this time
I know
You are the most romantic ending to this story

I see now, with this dried up pen, there is no more to write
It is now time to live in the moment after the credits have run their course
The part that is just meant for you and I
Our sequel
A continuation
Bury the mistakes
Close our eyes to what might have been

See me for the first time once again
Feel the glimmer that began so long ago
Raise your beauty to the sun and hear the music intensify

Because this is now
This is the most romantic ending I have ever known

MESU (Mexican and Sushi Inspired Fare) celebrates Grand Opening on King Street – Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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MESU – Republic Development and Management Group’s (RDMG) newest venue is planning on opening its’ doors in early summer 2019. Located next to its sister spot Bourbon n’ Bubbles at 570 King Street (on the corner of Spring ST.) MESU will offer a combination of Mexican and Sushi inspired fare in its energetic new location on upper King Street. As one would expect, it will offer a unique list of sake, tequila and attractive cocktails.

Under the eye of Republic DMG’s Creative Team- the space is designed around street art that has been collecting for years. Our team believes that “People want to eat somewhere that’s exciting and full of energy – where they can meet and engage the food, art and each other.” Diners come to enjoy Sushi and Mexican fair alongside works, original prints, art pieces of world-renowned artist like Alec Monopoly, Jeff Koons, Kaws, Hush, Vhils, just to name a few. Charleston is ready for this kind of experience.

Service and Operations will be overseen by General Manager, Michael Sanders. Sanders has a dynamic background in both fine dining and bar fare. “We want to create a spot that incorporates two complementary cuisines made better by an outstanding service experience.” Full table and bar service will be available.

MESU?is developing a menu that speaks to the best ideas from each cuisine. “The menu will have items from both cuisines but of course we’re looking for fun ways to integrate them as well.” MESU is planning on being open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week with late night service and live beats nightly.

About MESU
MESU is Charleston’s first Mexican Sushi concept located on upper King Street in the heart of Downtown Charleston, S.C.  A dynamic “street art” design wraps the energy driven dining room with its complementary Mexican and Japanese cuisine. MESU is located at 570 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29403. MESU will be open Monday-Sunday 11am-2:00pm Lunch 4:00pm-11pm Dinner 11pm-2am Late Night(Live beats).

For more information and the latest updates, please visit www.Mesuchs.com, follow us on Instagram (@Mesuchs), Twitter (@mesuchs), andFacebook.

Media Contact:
Jeremy Young
Jeremy@republic-dmg.com
843-847-9058

SOURCE MESU

College of Charleston Now Accessible on Common App starting September 23, 2019

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Applying to the College of Charleston just got a little easier.

Starting Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, the College of Charleston will give applicants the option of applying to the College through the Common Application. The Common App is an online application program used by over 900 colleges in the United States for undergraduate admissions.

By becoming a Common App member, the College of Charleston will streamline the application process for students interested in applying to multiple institutions, and gain exposure to students who may not have otherwise considered CofC.

“We joined Common App to help simplify the college application experience for students and counselors,” said Jimmie Foster Jr., vice president of enrollment planning at the College. “Our new partnership with the Common App will help the College educate more students about the value, attainability and affordability of a College of Charleston degree.”

Students applying for college through the Common Application website will be able to submit one application – instead of having to submit multiple ones – to the schools of their choosing. Information required in the application includes class rank, SAT/ACT test scores, essays, GPA and letters of recommendation.

Last year more than 1 million students submitted 4 million applications through Common App.

“Joining Common App will make the College of Charleston more accessible to more students as well as expand the College’s reach and visibility,” said College of Charleston President Andrew T. Hsu.?“Further, it will enable us to continue recruiting the best and brightest students from around the country and the world while making it easier for students to apply to the College.”

Press Release from cofc.edu

Rawle Murdy Associates Welcomes Four New Members to its Charleston, SC Public Relations and Social Media Team

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Rawle Murdy (RM), a Buffalo Groupe company, is pleased to announce the addition of four key team members. Marquel Coaxum, Estelle Lampella, Raegan Loftis and Daniel Monroe have joined the agency’s Public Relations and Social Media team.

“We’re excited to welcome this talented group of professionals to our growing team,” said Bruce Murdy, Managing Director of Rawle Murdy. “Each individual brings a unique professional background, which will enhance the PR and social media services we provide to current and future agency clients.”

Marquel Coaxum joins Rawle Murdy as an Account Supervisor. In addition to his new role, Coaxum also serves as a Public Affairs Officer with the United States Air Force Reserves, where he is an official spokesman for the 315th Airlift Wing. Prior to Rawle Murdy, Coaxum, a native of Mount Pleasant, served as the Assistant Communications Manager for the Town of Mount Pleasant, coordinating the multimedia program to advance the Town’s integrated communications objectives. Coaxum’s impressive background includes earning the distinction of Public Affairs Officer of the Year. His diverse background in multimedia communications will be leveraged with the agency’s government relations and public involvement clientele.

Estelle Lampella brings more than eight years of social media experience to her role as Senior Social Media Manager. Before coming to Rawle Murdy, Lampella served as social media manager with an innovative film equipment startup, Freefly Systems, where she elevated global brand awareness for film equipment such as the Movi and cultivated an impressive online community of more than 200,000 followers on Instagram alone. In this new role, Lampella will lead comprehensive social media strategy for agency clients, including content development, paid social campaigns, influencer outreach and more. In addition to her client work, Lampella will help with overall agency promotion via social channels.

With a diverse background across key vertical industries, Daniel Monroe will serve as a Senior Account Executive. Monroe joins the agency after several years with LHWH Advertising and PR where he was instrumental in overall agency strategy, new business development and client service on public relations and marketing initiatives. In his role with Rawle Murdy, Monroe will be responsible for media outreach, message development, and content strategy for several public and private sector clients.

Raegan Loftis brings strengths in political communications and social media strategy to her roles as Account Coordinator. Before Rawle Murdy, Loftis served as the digital media and political assistant for GoPAC in Washington, D.C., leading digital efforts to capture and engage new audiences, including the development and execution of all content development and distribution. Loftis will be instrumental in content development, paid social campaigns and coordination of public involvement activities. In addition to her national political experience, Loftis is a graduate of the College of Charleston and has worked with community organizations such as DIG SOUTH and the Lonon Foundation.

About Rawle Murdy
Rawle Murdy is an integrated branding agency where strategic thinking, digital branding, and social connections converge to help businesses thrive. With more than 40 years of industry experience, Rawle Murdy consists of 27 professionals and is located in downtown Charleston, S.C. To learn more, visit www.rawlemurdy.com.

About Buffalo Groupe, LLC
Buffalo Groupe, LLC was formed in February 2019 with the vision to create the world’s first marketing platform designed through the lens of golf. Buffalo Groupe achieves this vision with its industry-leading companies, Buffalo Agency, Rawle Murdy and 54 Brands, in addition to the Buffalo Media Network which encompasses Morning Read, Where to Golf Next and The Equipment Insider. Together they build on Buffalo Groupe’s foundational philosophy to connect brands and lifestyle audiences with content that drives action. Buffalo Groupe is headquartered near Washington, D.C. with Company offices throughout the U.S. To learn more, visit www.buffalogroupe.com.

Cultural Arts Department now accepting applications for North Charleston City Gallery 2020-21 exhibitions

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Established and emerging professional visual artists creating two-dimensional or wall-hung three-dimensional works are invited to apply individually or with a group to exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery. The gallery features artwork by national, regional, and local artists in a variety of subjects and media. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department manages the exhibitions in the space, which are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. Exhibits are programmed one year in advance according to fiscal year. A Review Panel will convene in December 2019 to evaluate and select exhibits for July 2020-June 2021. There is no fee to apply. Artists must apply online at www.northcharlestonculturalartsdepartment.slideroom.com by Saturday, November 30, 2019, in order to be considered.

The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. The exhibition space is at the northwest corner of the Convention Center adjacent to the Coliseum, facing International Boulevard. This high-traffic venue offers great exposure for artists seeking to reach local patrons and out-of-state visitors of the multi-use facility. Exhibits are open to the public daily and admission and parking are free. Public receptions are typically held the first Thursday of each month from 5:00-7:00pm.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Only original, two-dimensional works or three-dimensional pieces that can be wall mounted on the gallery’s Walker display system will be considered. Free-standing sculptures, installations, and works requiring special display equipment cannot be accommodated in the space. Submission requirements include an artist statement, resume and exhibition history, exhibition concept, and five quality digital images that portray the quality and style of the artists’ work.

Artists not eligible to show their work at the City Gallery, like, for example, those creating free-standing sculptures or installations, are welcome to submit an exhibition proposal to be considered for other locations. Proposals may be emailed to culturalarts@northcharleston.org and will be reviewed by Cultural Arts on an ongoing basis.

For additional information about these and other exhibition opportunities or to learn more about programs and services offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or call 843-740-5854.

How are wages in Charleston / North Charleston in major job categories compared to national and state averages?

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There have been ramblings in dinner conversations, among friends and around the Lowcountry on how our wages compare to state and national averages. We want to help by providing valued data for those that reside and those that are considering residence in the Lowcountry

Using Careeronestop.org who partners with the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, we have reviewed wages in the Charleston / North Charleston and compared against state and national averages

All information is based on 2018 labor data.

Registered Nurses (Median Wages)

  • United States – $34.48 Hourly / $71,730 Annual
  • South Carolina – $30.25 Hourly / $62,910 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $34.62 Hourly / $72,020 Annual

Hotel, Motel and Resort Desk Clerk (Median Wages)

  • United States – $11.39 Hourly / $23,700 Annual
  • South Carolina – $10.35 Hourly / $21,520 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $10.89 Hourly / $22,640 Annual

Computers and Information Systems Managers (Median Wages)

  • United States – $68.53 Hourly / $142,530 Annual
  • South Carolina – $56,45 Hourly / $117,420 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $63.05 Hourly / $131,130 Annual

Human Resources Managers (Median Wages)

  • United States – $54.47 Hourly / $113,300 Annual
  • South Carolina – $46.08 Hourly / $95,850 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $46.57 Hourly / $96,860 Annual

Food Services Manager (Median Wages)

  • United States – $26.08 Hourly / $54,240 Annual
  • South Carolina – $23.94 Hourly / $49,790 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $23.93 Hourly / $49,770 Annual

Pharmacists (Median Wages)

  • United States – $60.64 Hourly / $126,120 Annual
  • South Carolina – $60.90 Hourly / $126,670 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $59.02 Hourly / $122,770 Annual

Construction Managers (Median Wages)

  • United States – $44.89 Hourly / $93,370 Annual
  • South Carolina – $42.59 Hourly / $88,590 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $43.73 Hourly / $90,970 Annual

Marketing Managers (Median Wages)

  • United States – $64.56 Hourly / $134,290 Annual
  • South Carolina – $49.59 Hourly / $103,160 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $49.34 Hourly / $102,620 Annual

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants (Except Legal, Medical and Executive (Median Wages)

  • United States – $17.61 Hourly / $36,630 Annual
  • South Carolina – $16.72 Hourly / $34,790 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $17.13 Hourly / $35,620 Annual

Veterinarian (Median Wage)

  • United States – $45.11 Hourly / $93,830 Annual
  • South Carolina – $48.05 Hourly / $99,940 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $44.27 Hourly / $92,080 Annual

Property, Real Estate Manager (Median Wage)

  • United States – $28.05 Hourly / $58,340 Annual
  • South Carolina – $22.92 Hourly / $47,660 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $34.15 Hourly / $71,040 Annual

Real Estate Sales Agents (Median Wage)

  • United States – $23.41 Hourly / $48,690 Annual
  • South Carolina – $20.27 Hourly / $42,160 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $18.79 Hourly / $39,090 Annual

Medical Assistants (Median Wage)

  • United States – $16.16 Hourly / $33,610 Annual
  • South Carolina – $15.01 Hourly / $31,220 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $16.63 Hourly / $34,580 Annual

Financial Manager (Median Wage)

  • United States – $61.53 Hourly / $127,990 Annual
  • South Carolina – $52.91 Hourly / $110,050 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $48.24 Hourly / $100,340 Annual

Engineers (All) (Median Wage)

  • United States – $46.62 Hourly / $96,980 Annual
  • South Carolina – $49.03 Hourly / $101,980 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – N/A

Maintenance and Repair Workers (Median Wage)

  • United States – $18.42 Hourly / $38,300 Annual
  • South Carolina – $16.65 Hourly / $34,630 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $17.66 Hourly / $36,730 Annual

Chemical Engineer (Median Wage)

  • United States – $50.44 Hourly / $104,910 Annual
  • South Carolina – $39.24 Hourly / $81,610 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – N/A

Chefs and Head Cooks (Median Wage)

  • United States – $23.30 Hourly / $48,460 Annual
  • South Carolina – $18.49 Hourly / $38,460 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $18.09 Hourly / $37,620 Annual

Database Administrator (Median Wage)

  • United States – $43.31 Hourly / $90,070 Annual
  • South Carolina – $37.63 Hourly / $78,270 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $31.57 Hourly / $65,660 Annual

Bank Teller (Median Wage)

  • United States – $14.16 Hourly / $29,450 Annual
  • South Carolina – $14.40 Hourly / $29,960 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $14.52 Hourly / $30,210 Annual

Training and Development Managers (Median Wage)

  • United States – $53.53 Hourly / $111,340 Annual
  • South Carolina – $45.42 Hourly / $94,480 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $49.76 Hourly / $103,500 Annual

Accountants and Auditors (Median Wage)

  • United States – $33.89 Hourly / $70,500 Annual
  • South Carolina – $28.19 Hourly / $58,640 Annual
  • Charleston / North Charleston – $25.99 Hourly / $54,070 Annual

If you would like to know about your profession, please leave us a comment.

Halls Chophouse second area location now open in Nexton (Summerville, SC)

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Halls Chophouse Nexton, located on Nexton Square Parkway, is led by Owner Bill Hall, a veteran in the hospitality and dining industry, along with his family, wife Jeanne and sons Billy and Tommy. Offering wet and dry-aged USDA Prime and Choice Beef as well as locally-sourced fish, poultry, vegetarian and gluten-free options, the Halls Chophouse Nexton menu features expertly-crafted dishes that highlight the essence of culinary creativity and distinguished flavor.

Dunkin’ Brings Next Generation Store Experience to Summerville, SC – September 24, 2019

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Dunkin’ Brings Next Generation Store Experience to Summerville 

Newly designed store with modern features and innovative technologies to open Tuesday, September 24 with Free Coffee for a Year to first 50 guests  

Charleston, SC?(September 17, 2019)?– People who live and work in?Summerville?are now?among the first in?South Carolina?to enjoy?Dunkin’s?next generation store design. Dunkin’,?America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, is celebrating the official?grand opening of its?restaurant at?1605 Central Avenue?on?Tuesday, September 24.?The doors will open at 5 a.m. to award free coffee for a year to the 50?customers in line, followed by appearances by the Dunkin’ mascots, swag giveaways, a radio remote?with 105.5 The Bridge?and a ribbon cutting at 7:30 a.m.??

The new?Summerville location has a drive-thru, outdoor seating on its seasonal patio, and features Dunkin’s new restaurant design, with a modern atmosphere, innovative technologies and exciting elements, including:  

  • Modern Design: The openness, colors and materials used in the design help to create an approachable, positive and energetic environment. 
     
  • Premium Pours: Dunkin’s signature cold beverages are now poured through an innovative tap system serving eight consistently cold beverages such as iced coffee, iced tea, Cold Brew and Nitro-Infused Cold Brew. Crew members will also use top-quality flavor-maximizing espresso machines to make hand-crafted drinks to order.  
  • Dunkin’ on Demand: Dunkin’ has introduced an area dedicated to mobile pickups, so that members of the DD Perks??Rewards program who order ahead via Dunkin’s Mobile App can get in and out of the restaurant faster than ever before. Guests will be able to track the status of their orders placed for pickup inside the restaurant via a new digital order status board. 

“We are thrilled to be a part of Dunkin’s next generation store initiative and can’t wait to bring this innovative new restaurant to the Summerville community,” said George Ross, Dunkin’ franchisee. “The new menu offerings and approachable atmosphere will grab the attention of Dunkin’ fans and help keep the area running on Dunkin’ for years to come.” 

To learn more about Dunkin’, visit?www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ blog to receive notifications at?https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog

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About Dunkin’  

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 13 years running. The company has more than 12,900 restaurants in 42 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit?www.DunkinDonuts.com