The City of Charleston is proud to recognize Master Police Officer Sally Pranger at Employee of the Year for 2020

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City of Charleston 2020 Employee of the Year. The city of Charleston is proud to recognize Master Police Officer Sally Pranger, the city’s Employee of the Year for 2020, for her selfless actions to help a family in need.

After responding to a shooting at a Savannah Highway motel, Pranger came into contact with a mother and her three children who were guests of the motel. Because they had been staying with the victim, their room was being treated as a crime scene and access to their food and belongings was blocked.

When MPO Pranger arrived, she began to comfort the inconsolable infant and noticed the other children weren’t wearing shoes. Realizing that the outdoor temperature was dropping, MPO Pranger drove from the scene to a local Walmart, where she purchased slippers for the children, blankets, toys, diapers and formula for the baby.

Of her remarkable act of kindness, Pranger said, “I saw the children needed help and I hope someone would do the same for my child.”

Please join us in congratulating MPO Pranger on this well-deserved honor, and in thanking her for all she does to serve and protect the Charleston community.

Mount Pleasant Celebrates the Grand Opening for Serendipity Labs (Mount Pleasant, SC)

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By John Greenberg, Mount Pleasant Communications and Marketing Coordinator

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (January 14, 2021) – Mount Pleasant Council Members Jake Rambo, Brenda Corley, and Howard Chapman joined with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce as well Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce members Rebecca Imholz and Ben Knight to attend a grand opening ceremony for Serendipity Labs, located at 75 Port City Landing Suite 110, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. 

Serendipity Labs brings southern hospitality combined with modern design to Mount Pleasant. The newly opened flexible workspace provides an upscale alternative for remote work in the Portside at Ferry Wharf office building, a waterfront mixed-use office building at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge connecting downtown Charleston with Mount Pleasant. 

Serendipity Labs was created in 2011 by CRE industry veterans each with over 25 years’ experience providing strategic workplace solutions to global companies. Having dedicated their careers to delivering inspiring, safe & welcoming workplace experiences, they bring a deep understanding of enterprise requirements, proven success, and are committed to building long-term client relationships. 

If you are looking for an escape from the home office or an alternative to the company office that is closer to home, Serendipity Labs invites you to learn more about their flexible Worktopia Membership plans, all supported by an on-site hospitality team dedicated to your safety and security. Visit them online at?https://serendipitylabs.com/us/sc/charleston-mount-pleasant/?or call them directly at (843) 459-1160.

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DHEC, LLR Announce Joint Order Expands Pool of Medical Professionals who can Administer COVID-19 Vaccine (South Carolina)

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Today, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) issued a joint order expanding the number of medical professionals who may administer COVID-19 vaccine.

While the amount of COVID-19 vaccine is currently limited in South Carolina, as it is in all states, the purpose of the order is to ensure South Carolina has enough trained medical professionals for administering shots when vaccine supply into South Carolina becomes more widely available. 

“While South Carolina is currently in Phase 1a of its vaccine plan which is targeted at protecting front-line medical workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, and those who are 70 older, this joint order proactively puts us in a position to have an increased number of people who can administer vaccine when the vaccine is more widely available to everyone,” said Marshall Taylor, DHEC Acting Director. 

The joint order expanding the qualified persons who are now authorized to administer pre-measured doses of COVID-19 vaccine includes:

  • personnel with current certifications by certain certifying boards
  • students of an accredited medical school with appropriate instruction and documented training
  • registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who have retired, become inactive, or whose licenses have lapsed within the last five years but were in good standing

“This Order goes a long way in helping hospitals and other providers prepare for administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. LLR, along with the Board of Medical Examiners and the Board of Nursing and other health professional licensing boards, are committed to doing everything we can to help South Carolinians gain access to a COVID-19 vaccine as quickly and safely as possible. We continue to stand ready to assist DHEC in its endeavor to do so,” LLR Director Emily Farr said.

These newly qualified persons will need to enroll in the federal program all providers must successfully complete in order to administer COVID-19 vaccine. There are currently 924 vaccine provider sites enrolled in the federal program for administering COVID-19 vaccine and 286 of those provider sites are currently activated and able to administer the vaccine. The number of activated sites will increase as vaccine becomes more widely available.

To view the joint order, visit LLR’s website here. For more information, contact LLR’s Medical Board at 803-896-4500 or medboard@llr.sc.gov, or contact the Nursing Board at 803-896-4550 or nurseboard@llr.sc.gov.

For the latest COVID-19 news and updates, visit www.scdhec.gov/covid19.

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Oaxacan Restaurant, Pink Cactus and Mansueta’s Filipino Food are partnering for a special collaborative dining experience – Sunday, January 31, 2021

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A special collaborative dining event will be taking place on Sunday, January 31 at 6 p.m. with Oaxacan restaurant Pink Cactus and Mansueta’s Filipino Food. Owner/Chef Brooke Warden will be joining Owner/Chef Nikko Cagalanan for a three-course tasting to take place at Pink Cactus including drink pairings for just $45/person.

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Courses are as follows:

  • First Course:?Pink Cactus’s Chile Rilleno featuring local chorizo from?Holy City Hogs?paired with?Pink Cactus’s Copo de Nieve (a tequila-based drink with Coconut, Lime, and Black Salt)?with Mansueta’s Halo Halo Pi?a Colada.
  • Second Course:?Lumpia prepared by Chef Nikko paired with Mansueta’s Halo Halo Pi?a Colada.
  • Third Course:?Shrimp from?Miss Paula’s?paired with Pink Cactus’s Mango Margarita.

Guests may purchase tickets ahead of time HERE.

Walk-ins are also welcome.