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~ ROW News ~
ROW Speaks Out on Water Street Deck Proposals
Posted on Jan 28th, 2015 Comments (0)
ROW presented its view on the Water Street Deck proposals in the Star News.  You can read it at  The ROW View.  ROW commends the City for seeking a replacement for the Water Street Deck but decries the large taxpayer subsidy expected by developers.
ROW Presents Grant to Blue Ribbon Commission
Posted on Jun 3rd, 2014 Comments (0)
           ROW presented its grant to the Blue Ribbon Commission today.  The grant will fund a summer program for DC Virgo students at Kids Making It.  Jana Jones Hall (left), along with Jimmy Pierce of KMI, accepted the grant from ROW board members Paul Lawler, Scott Conant, Mike McGinty, Paul Mason and Sylvia Kochler.  WWAY covered the presentation and you can see their story HERE.
Give Your Input on Riverfront Park
Posted on May 29th, 2014 Comments (0)
What would you like to see at the new Riverfront Park?  The City purchased 6.6 acres close to the Isabelle Holmes Bridge for a new City Park.  Now they're trying to figure out what to do with the land.  It's a wide open space so almost anything is possible.  Wilmington's Parks Department has created a website that gives details about the park and seeks citizen input.  Let them know what you think.  Here's a LINK to the City's page.
Comments on Northern Riverfront Park
Posted on May 20th, 2014 Comments (0)
Wilmington will be holding a public input meeting on the Northern Riverfront Park.  It's set for May 22, in City Council Chambers and runs from 5:30 to 7 pm.  Folks interested in offering their thoughts on the development of the park, or to learn more about it are encouraged to attend.  The City's information on the project can be found HERE.  
ROW Awards Presented
Posted on May 19th, 2014 Comments (0)
Congratulations to Sherry Demas and William and Patricia Braswell! 
Sherry was presented with ROW's Good Neighbor Award Saturday.  The award recognizes a person who has gone above and beyond to be a good neighbor through his or her actions supporting neighbors and the neighborhood.  Sherry has been a mainstay of ROW serving as Mayor, Chair of the Back Door Kitchen Tour, has opened her home repeatedly for picnics and the first member event, and always supported ROW activities in many, many other ways.  Thank you Sherry!
The Braswells were named this year's winner of the Dolly Pearson Garden Award.  The committeee noted their use of perennials, the plantings in the Civic Plaza (the area between the curb and sidewalk), as well as the fountain, colorful flowers and statuary in the front sunken garden.  The award recognizes a beautiful garden with an emphasis on those that can be seen from the street and enjoyed by all. 
Council Moves Ahead on DFI Proposal
Posted on Apr 29th, 2014 Comments (0)
Wilmington City Council held a work session yesterday, April 28, to look into concerns with the DFI proposal to replace the water street deck with a two tower building.  They approved the DFI proposal with 325 public parking spaces and a waiver to exceed height limitations provided the design meets some yet to be determined criteria.  No substantive changes were made to the DFI proposal. 
Council to Study Water Street Proposal
Posted on Apr 9th, 2014 Comments (0)
Wilmington City Council took the Water Street Deck proposal off the agenda at their last meeting and will hold a work session to consider concerns raised by ROW, the HWF and other members of the public.  It is now scheduled to be reconsidered at the May 6, Council meeting.  Interested parties can contact all Council members at council@wilmingtonnc.gov and share their views. 
ROW Asks for Options to 15 Story Tower
Posted on Mar 5th, 2014 Comments (0)
ROW's members have voted to ask the City to look at options other than the proposed 15 story tower/parking deck for the Water Street Parking Deck.  The City contracted with Development Finance Initiative out of the Institute of Government at UNC-Ch. More can be found at: http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/news/2014/02/19/water-st-deck
Remembering Dolly Pearson
Posted on Feb 24th, 2014 Comments (0)
A good friend of ROW and Wilmington has left us with a wealth of memories and inspiration.  Dolly Pearson epitomized the term "good neighbor."  She was always upbeat about life and welcomed everyone to her city and her neighborhood.  ROW recognized her contributions to our neighborhood when it presented its second annual Good Neighbor award to her, held a 100th birthday party for her and named the garden award the Dolly Pearson Beautiful Garden award.  The City also recognized her on her 100th birthday by declaring the day Dolly Pearson Day.  We look to her for inspiration as we strive to make Wilmington a better place.  ROW's condolences go to her family and especially members Muriel and Sarah Pearson.   The Star News warmly recalled her amazing life in a Ben Steelman article.  You can read the article here.
A memorial service will be held for Dolly at First Presbyterian.  It is set for Thursday March 6, at 2 pm.  A reception will follow.
ROW Board Supports Convention Hotel
Posted on Feb 4th, 2014 Comments (0)
ROW's Board of Directors gave its support to the proposed Convention Center Hotel.  Harmony Hotels has contracted with the City to build a 186 suite Embassy Suites hotel on the convention center property next to the river.  The Board believes this development will increase the opportunity for a successful Convention Center and serve as a valuable link along the River Walk between the CBD area and the Northside development.  The hotel will be the third largest in New Hanover according to Wilmington Business Journal room estimates.

~ Upcoming Events ~
ROW Monthly Meeting - all are welcome
Wednesday, February 11th, 7 pm at Tileston School, Ann St
Join ROW for its monthly meeting
ROW Monthly Meeting - all are welcome
Wednesday, March 11th, 7 pm at Tileston School, Ann St
Join ROW for its monthly meeting

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~ Back Door Kitchen Tour News ~
Thank you to everyone for your support of the 9th Back Door Kitchen Tour.  This was one of the best ever.   The folks that took the tour enjoyed the nine kitchens and garden shown on the tour.  The kitchens stood out for their beauty, adaptation to a historic home and variety.  The spectacular garden was one rarely opened to the public.  This tour was ROW's most financially successful tour ever.  That will allow ROW to make more grants for the betterment of Wilmington.  Thanks to everyone and see you in October 2015 for the 10th Annual Back Door Kitchen Tour.
The 2014 Back Door Kitchen Tour is coming this October 11.  You don't want to miss it.  Get your BDKT tickets now at ORDER ONLINE or at any of the stores listed on the Back Door Kitchen Tour page.  WWAY has put together a nice intro to the tour.  You can watch it HERE.
Plans are in full swing for the 2014 Back Door Kitchen Tour. So mark your calendar and save the date for October 11, 2014, 11 am to 5 pm. Nine unique kitchens in Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC will be featured along with a few extra surprises for a day of terrific friend-raising!
This year our Back Door Kitchen Tour is dedicated to the memory of Miss Dolly Humphrey Pearson (1912 - 2014), our friend, neighbor and gardener extraordinaire. Miss Dolly’s fondness for Historic Downtown Wilmington and ROW will be celebrated by the gracious invitations into the kitchens of nine of our members.
Each Ticket Holder will come “through the backdoor” as welcomed guests in true Southern Hospitality. The tour is conducted rain or shine and is easily accessible by a free trolley service between homes.
The Backdoor Kitchen Tour is the only fund-raiser for the non-profit neighborhood association - Residents of Old Wilmington or ROW. All proceeds go to back into our community for the beautification, restoration, improvement and community-based grants for all visitors to Downtown Wilmington to enjoy. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a memorable day for all. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at bdkt@rowilmington.org
Visit the BDKT page for more information or to leave your email and we'll send you updates about the tour.  Click Here for BDKT Page.
Sign Up For an Automatic Tour Reminder
You can also sign up for an automatic reminder as we get close to the tour date.  Click HERE to sign up to be on the BDKT emailing list.
The 2013 Tour
The 8th Annual Back Door Kitchen tour was one of the best ever.  Great homes and hosts, great sponsors, and a great team provided a wonderful experience for everyone who joined us on the tour this year.  Thank you to everyone who visited us on tour or helped organize the tour.  
ROW member Phillis Thompson has written a beautiful first person piece about the tour.  It does a wonderful job of explaining why we love living in this neighborhood.  It is timeless.  You can read her essay HERE.
WWAY's Randy Aldridge interviewed Mindy Heu and Paul Lawler about the 2013 tour.  Mindy has a home on the tour and Paul is this year's tour chair.  Click HERE to watch the interview.
WHQR's Jemila Ericson interviewed Paul Lawler and Alicia Ross about the 2013 tour.  You can listen to the complete interview by clicking HERE.
Star News reporter Ben Steelman wrote about the 2013 tour.  You can read his story by clicking HERE.