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Jennifer Moore

Taste of right here at home

New restaurant to reintroduce North Liberty residents to Italian favorites

NORTH LIBERTY- For Gregg Mirabito, family and food go hand-in-hand.
During the holidays, the Mirabito clan often gathers together for what he called “an Italian Christmas,” where the kitchen is filled traditional Italian favorites, like spaghetti and savory meatballs or daughter Lindsey’s, favorite; shrimp scampi with linguine.
“I tried to change it one year to something like prime rib,” Greg recalled. “It was not well-received.”
Now, Gregg has brought that home cooked goodness to North Liberty with his new restaurant, “Mirabito’s,” located at 40 Sugar Creek Lane.

Bride Meets Wedding online

Solon wedding specialist offers planning tools and inspiration for local brides

SOLON– Aubrey Secrest’s fondness for weddings began at a very young age.
She spent her childhood in her mother’s floral shop and, in high school, began helping her make arrangements and bouquets for brides-to-be. Her brother also owned his own disc jockeying company that often performed at receptions in the area.
“I’ve always been around weddings and loved them,” Secrest said.

New opportunities

New recreation director hopes to add more programs

SOLON- Solon Recreation Director Mike Reeve’s favorite moments are those of triumph and kindness.
Because he’s present for every Parks and Recreation game and activity, he gets to see the best of young athletes and coaches in the area. Sometimes he witnesses the excitement of a kindergartener’s very first soccer goal. Other times, he sees the definition of integrity, like when a coach tells a referee about a penalty he missed, even though it would go against his own team.

Upcoming IC school district enrollment lower than predicted

IOWA CITY- Iowa City school board members were slightly underwhelmed by the distric’ts enrollment numbers presented at the board’s Tuesday, Nov. 9 meeting
Student enrollment for the 2014-15 school year increased by 156 students in K-12, bringing official certified enrollment to 13,050. However, this increase was not as high as originally projected.

Dinner and a movie, delivered to your door

NL businesses Marco’s Pizza and Family Video team up to package at-home entertainment

NORTH LIBERTY– Who doesn’t love spending a Friday evening curled up on the couch with a hot slice of pizza and favorite movie?
Marco’s Pizza and Family Video are willing to bet that answer is no one.
The pizza place and video rental store have teamed up to offer North Liberty residents a convenient way to get their movie rentals and dinner all at once.
Customers can order their food either on the phone or online, and select a movie to be delivered along with their meal. They can also pick up their pizza and video themselves.

Bride Meets Wedding offers online planning

SOLON– Aubrey Secrest’s fondness for weddings began at a very young age.
She spent her childhood in her mother’s floral shop and, in high school, began helping her make arrangements and bouquets for brides-to-be. Her brother also owned his own disc jockeying company that often performed at receptions in the area.
“I’ve always been around weddings and loved them,” Secrest said.

NL residents can compost food for curbside pickup

Curb your garbage

NORTH LIBERTY– Curbside composting is now available to all North Liberty residents interested in reducing waste.
The program, which began its test run last month with just seven households, has now expanded to the rest of the city, with over 70 families signed up to participate already.
Tracey Mulcahey, North Liberty Assistant City Administrator, feels the program is just a smart idea for those looking to be more eco-friendly.

More than home ec

SOLON– Right now, Marjorie Lane’s students are doing a little bit of wedding planning.
Some are trying to decide if their budget affords a destination wedding while others are planning a more intimate hometown affair. They’re drawing up their budgets and figuring out if they can do without that fancy photographer and lavish flowers.

Debra Dolores Designs dreams big

Debra Sutherland creates unique fashion designs based on her own artwork

SOLON– When you first meet designer and artist Debra Sutherland, she simply oozes optimism.
She will excitedly show you her latest fabric designs, gush about her newest garment creations, and wax poetic about where her inspiration comes from. When you ask her about what she’s going to do next, the answer is clear.
Everything.
And the thing is, you will instantly believe her.
She exudes confidence as she talks about her prints becoming everything from dresses, to wall hangings, to dinnerware.

Good Time Charlie’s

Fresh food, fresh look, good times

Good Time Charlie’s in Shueyville boasts an impressive menu, welcoming atmosphere

SHUEYVILLE– Everyone has a Good Time Charlie in his or her life.
He’s the guy who’s always up for anything. The friend who convinces you to stay for just one more round at the bar. The guy whose life experiences are significantly more colorful and carefree than the rest of us working stiffs.
For the owners of Good Time Charlie’s in Shueyville, it was the perfect name for their newest bar and restaurant.

SonShine Dry Cleaners delivers more than quality dry cleaning

Let the SonShine in

NORTH LIBERTY– For Phoebe Roberson, dry cleaning is about more than just caring for the clothes; it’s also about creating comfortable relationships.
She recalled a recent SonShine Dry Cleaners customer who struck up a conversation while dropping off a few items. Among other things, he mentioned that it was his wife’s birthday. When he returned for his order, Roberson remembered the familiar face and asked him how the birthday went.

Jazzy jack-o-lanterns

NORTH LIBERTY- Smiling Jack ‘o’ Lanterns, ghosts, and even a minion from “Despicable Me” all made an unexpected appearance at the North Liberty Recreation Center last weekend.
With the help of some paint and glitter, kids were able to decorate their very own pumpkins the morning of Saturday, Oct. 18.