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~ ROW News ~
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.
ROW Grant to Burgwin-Wright House
Posted on Jan 17th, 2014 Comments (0)
ROW presented a Grant to the Burgwin-Wright House today.  The Colonial Dames, the organization that owns and operates the house, is beginning a project to light the house and the grounds.  The house lighting will highlight its many beautiful architectural details and the grounds lighting will allow the grounds to be used for evening events. Groups interested in ROW Grants are invited to visit the Grants page on the website for eligibility rules and an online application form.
Help Lead ROW
Posted on Dec 20th, 2013 Comments (0)
Want to make your neighborhood better?  Serving on ROW's Board is a great way to be a leader in and for our neighborhood.  ROW has formed its Nominating Committee with a charge to present its nominations in February.  The Committee is looking for people who will serve on the Board with an eye towards moving into the Officer roles.  Think you might be interested?  Contact Nominating Committee Chair Cate Falcone and let her know.  She's at catefalcone@gmail.com
Looking for that Holiday Gift?
Posted on Nov 27th, 2013 Comments (0)
Looking for a unique gift this year?  Downtown retailers are full of gift ideas for your holiday shopping.  And WDI has produced a handy guide to some of their favorite suggestions.  Check out their suggestions at HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE and shower your friends and family with unique gifts this year!
New ROW Logo Adopted
Posted on Nov 14th, 2013 Comments (0)
ROW adopted a new logo at its November meeting.  The redesigned logo incorporates the organizations founding year into the design.  This change emphasizes that ROW has been serving its neighborhood for 40 years!
City Downtown Meeting Set
Posted on Oct 22nd, 2013 Comments (0)
Staff for the City's Comprehensive Plan is holding meetings around the City to gather input about the long term direction of the City.  The downtown meeting has been set for April, 2014.  Be on the lookout for more details about this meeting.  ROW Members can read more about the Comprehensive Plan and the Growth Factor Analysis (GFA) on the Government Information Page in the Members Only Section.
Its Sheriff McMahon
Posted on Oct 13th, 2013 Comments (0)
And he's ROW's guest for its November 9, meeting.  Sheriff Ed McMahon visits ROW at its monthly meeting to talk about safety in New Hanover County.  Sheriff McMahon was instrumental in creating the downtown task force with WPD and improving safety here.

~ Upcoming Events ~
May Meeting is the Picnic
Saturday, May 17th, 4:00 pm
ROW's May Meeting is the Picnic
June Member Meeting
Wednesday, June 11th, 7 pm at Tileston School
Join us for the June meeting, the last until September.

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~ Back Door Kitchen Tour News ~
ROW's 9th Annual Back Door Kitchen Tour will be held October 11, 2014 in historic downtown Wilmington.  The BDKT organizing committee has begun its work.  They've already begun lining up homes for this years' tour and are identifying volunteers to help.  If you'd like to help with the tour or volunteer your kitchen for the tour then please contact Chair Sylvia Kochler at bdkt@rowilmington.org But can they be more successful than last year, challenges last year's chair? 
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.  Check back soon for information about the 9th Annual Back Door Kitchen Tour!
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.
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.