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Archive for April, 2012

NHRMC unveils renovated cafeteria

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Grand opening to be April 16

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Wilmington considering Ripken Design to manage baseball project

Friday, April 13th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The city’s effort to bring a baseball stadium to the Port City now includes another big hitter.

Wilmington City Manager Sterling Cheatham proposes the city should hire Ripken Design, founded by Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. and his brother Bill, to manage Wilmington’s baseball project. The proposal also asks for additional funds to hire a project manager.

“We are asking for them to determine whether we think baseball is good fit for Wilmington or not, you know, overall,” Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said.

Saffo says that’s the main goal when it comes to finding a company to manage the city’s baseball project. Ten companies put in a bid, six fit the city’s requirements, and after a series of interviews, city staff members feel Ripken Design will fit like a glove.

“Our role is going to be to help the city, work with the city to get everybody’s head wrapped around the project and the size and scope of the project before the project moves into its next phases,” Ripken Design Director of Projects Jim Arnold said.

Arnold said their company plans to do an in-depth feasibility study, visit all the proposed sites and determine the overall level of public support. Arnold said Ripken Design will not discourage or encourage; they will simply do a thorough study and present the results.

“We have worked with projects in the past where we’ve looked at projects and changed the scope of the project,” Arnold said. “Not necessarily a no, nothing will work, but what you were planning may not have worked. Here are other options.”

“They’ll have a pretty in-depth evaluation of the process so that when we make a decision from the council that we will have all the information necessary to make a good decision,” Saffo said.

The proposal for Tuesday night’s council meeting also suggests the council approve spending another $55,000 from next year’s fiscal budget on top of the approximately $150,000 it set aside this year to hire a project manager.

If Ripken Design is approved to manage the baseball project, analysis will start in June. Arnold said the Ripken brothers are very involved in all of their projects and will likely make several trips to the Port City.

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Red-velvet cheesecake and more at new Leland bakery

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Hannah’s opened at 103-B Village Road, near Food Lion.

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Cast of ‘The Warren Files’ enjoys time in area

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The film is set for a 2013 release, according to IMDB.com

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KITCHEN SCOOP: Loaded Shrimp Wedge

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Loaded Shrimp Wedge

1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled*
1 tablespoon Old Bay, or other seafood seasoning, optional*
1 large head iceberg lettuce, well chilled
4 slices thick bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup sliced or chopped fresh tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup pitted and sliced Kalamata olives
lemon vinaigrette to taste, recipe follows

1. Boil or steam the shrimp with Old Bay, if desired. Set aside to drain and cool.
2. Slice the lettuce into 4 wedges and place in the center of each serving plate. Top with the remaining ingredients. (Salads may be covered and refrigerated for up to four hours, at this point.) Just before serving, drizzle with lemon vinaigrette.

Check out more recipes at www.KitchenScoop.com.

The Kitchen Scoop kitchen was provide by Joyce Barnwell at www.JoyceBarnwell.com

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