Smitten Ice Cream Returns to its SF Roots

first_imgThe wagon set up on the streets of the Mission back in 2009 is poised to return early summer of 2016 as a full-grown ice cream shop.Robyn Sue Fisher, fresh from Stanford with an MBA,  began Smitten Ice Cream by selling frozen treats in the Mission district out of a Radio Flyer®. Since then, she has opened shops in Hayes Valley and Pacific Heights in San Francisco; Lafayette; Los Altos; Rockridge in Oakland; and The Point in Sepulveda. Now, she plans to combine two storefronts at 904 and 908 Valencia.“It’s really core to our opening,” she said of the Mission. The community supported her business when she was “broke and just wanted to get [her] food out there” so she is thrilled to return.Fisher hopes to showcase the homemade and often local ingredients at her new place, as Smitten is immensely “obsessive about our ingredients.” It is this commitment to quality ingredients, she said, that means “we fit right into that family” of businesses on Valencia that deeply care about their products. 0% By combining two storefronts, Fisher hopes to make “a true gathering spot” that is warm, welcoming, and vibrant rather than a grab-and-go.Fisher views her ice cream as the meeting of old and new. “A lot of the time, technology makes food less food,” she complained. She set out to make delicious ice cream without the high-tech ingredients that extend ice cream’s shelf life. The result was Brrr™, a patented ice cream machine that relies on liquid nitrogen.The latter freezes at extremely low temperatures, resulting in tiny ice crystals and smoother, denser, ice cream. Because the new-fangled Brrr™ can churn out ice cream in just minutes, Fisher can make old-fashioned ice cream to order without “all the yuckiness that technology brings.”Although she emphasized that Smitten’s focus is on making the best ice cream, she has a few other ideas for the new opening because, as a startup, “It’s fun to play a little now and then.”She also has plans to exhibit the story of Smitten Ice Cream, including photos and a display of the original wagon she used to set up near the Mission Pool. “It’s really core to our opening,” she said of the district. Just as Brrr™ returns to an old product through new technology, Fisher returns to her old district through a new ice cream shop. Of the opening in the Mission, she said, “I always dreamed I could come full circle.” center_img Tags: Business • food • ice cream • restaurants • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

JCDecaux toilet contract may be flushed as city spurns extension

first_imgThe Board of Supervisors budget committee declined today to extend the city’s advertising kiosk and public toilet contract with JCDecaux, a pact Supervisor Aaron Peskin lambasted as “arguably one of the worst contracts this city has ever entered into.” The Budget and Finance committee will revisit the item on March 13, setting into motion a likely lobbying orgy by the world’s No. 1 outdoor advertising company — and bringing about the possibility the city will cut longstanding ties with JCDecaux, forcing the French multinational to cart off the 25 ungainly, problematic toilets that have been scattered throughout the city since the 1990s. That contract, ratified in 1996, was the subject of a Feb. 4 Mission Local article, which was cited multiple times today by the supervisors. As that story noted, JCDecaux’s deal mandates it pay the city a max of 7 percent of its ad revenue — a jarringly lower split than the city’s advertising deals with Clear Channel (55 percent) or Titan Outdoor (65 percent). What’s more, JCDecaux’s toilets have a long history of poor performance and malfunctioning — and, even when not on the fritz, they were not infrequently commandeered by drug-users, sex workers, or people who used them as homes rather than restrooms. It was not until the city initiated its “Pit Stop” program of hiring nonprofit workers to attend the toilets that they became usable for all but the bravest among us. Both Peskin and Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer today bemoaned that they had not seen the new JCDecaux contract San Francisco Public Works has been negotiating with the company, the terms of which may be revealed as soon as next month. “When our office spoke to [Public Works officials], it sounded like even they weren’t privy to all the details,” said Chelsea Boilard, a legislative aide to Fewer. “Public Works is being very tight-lipped.” Mission Local’s requests for details of the contract were this month denied, though we were assured it was “far more favorable” to the city than the prior deal. Both Fewer and Peskin were surprised and disappointed to learn today that, during the three years of extensions between the conclusion of the contract’s 20-year term and today, the city was still only receiving its 7 percent cut from JCDecaux. “We thought this agreement would be before you long before now,” said Julia Dawson, Public Works’ deputy director of finance and administration. “We did not renegotiate the current terms.” As such, in the most recent year on record, 2017, JCDecaux amassed $10.55 million and gave 7 percent of that to the city — $738,539. And while Dawson told the supervisors that JCDecaux’s haul “has gone down the last couple of years” and that its lack of digital ad platforms has caused its market to “erode,” numbers provided by Public Works do not back up this contention. Quite the opposite, in fact: That $10.55 million figure is the most JCDecaux ever made in San Francisco and represents a generally upward swing. It’s twice what JCDecaux amassed in 2004 and three times what it brought in in ’98. You can see the chart below. Source: San Francisco Public Works.Our request to Public Works, hoping to square the discrepancy between today’s statements and these numbers, has not yet been answered. With the spurning of the extension at today’s meeting, multiple possibilities have opened up. One is: six supervisors liking the as-yet-unrevealed details in Public Works’ deal with JCDecaux and re-upping the contract. Another is just the opposite: leading JCDecaux to yank out its toilets and kiosks posthaste. And, depending on which of those comes to pass, a third way would be the city creating a contract for digital advertising, then bonding against that revenue stream to create a revenue source for staffed public toilets. These toilets, Peskin notes, need not be technical marvels, considering part of the plan is to pay attendants to keep them clean and safe.  “Instead of privatizing this shit,” he said after the meeting, “we can do it ourselves.”At your service at 16th Street. Photo by Lydia Chavez. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more

Salvation Army serves its last meal to Mission seniors as lunch program

first_img Email Address Every table was filled with cheery attendees enjoying their plates of rice and beans with tortillas and a side of vegetables. They chatted in Spanish as laughter and friendly conversations permeated the building. The majority are Latinos who live at a low income level and rely on the affordable lunch. For the past three or four years, Connie has been driving from Daly City to see the welcoming faces at the Mission Corps center. She initially came to bring her mother and father who live in the area, but “I started to like it here myself,” Connie said. “We’re going to miss it so much.”  Hade Vargas has been a volunteer for 11 years and doesn’t know what she’s going to do now that the senior meal service is ended. Vargas has spent so much time with the regulars that she considers the center her second home. “I started volunteering here because I like to help out in the community. I’m so sad right now that today I’m going to go cry in my house. I can’t go right now because I’m going to feel sadder.”  A year ago, Salvation Army Lieutenants Raymundo and Thelma Jimenez were stationed at the center and have taken on the bulk of the work; they are currently away on vacation. The lieutenants, along with two other staff members, were responsible for running every program as well as taking care of administrative work. “After the full-time admin person had left they were doing admin, they were the pastors, they were in charge of the whole building; these guys were working like seven days a week,” caseworker Molina said. “They were told, ‘no budget  [so] you guys have to do all the work.’”Mission Corps attendees are being encouraged to attend the senior meal at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in the Tenderloin. But Molina said the distance poses a challenge. Longtime Mission resident Gloria, who uses a walker to move around, has been attending senior meals for more than 20 years. She will miss what she considers to be a family. “If someone doesn’t come in for two or three days, we miss them and they say, ‘where is Adelita, where is this person?’” she said. She has no plans to attend the Kroc center in the Tenderloin, because “It’s too long for me and I think the Tenderloin is too dangerous.” Gloria has high blood pressure, diabetes, and survived two strokes but proclaimed God has gotten her through all of these tough ordeals. Faith in God is what Gloria believes will carry everyone through the program’s closure. “Look at everybody. You see, everyone is happy and saying to each other, ‘you are here, you are here!’” After lunch had been served, the volunteer cooking staff brought out a white cake with blue and yellow icing that read, “God Bless!” A volunteer placed the cake on a table, then beckoned the attendees to come take a group photo in front of the pastry, signifying a bittersweet ending. “I’m going to cry,” the volunteer said with tears in her eyes. The last church service will be held this Sunday, June 2, at 11 a.m. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img On Friday, May 31, Mission residents congregated at the Salvation Army Mission Corps Center for lunch. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, senior citizens, as well as the homeless, could pay $2.50 for a hot plate of food at 1156 Valencia St. But not anymore. The Salvation Army is currently downsizing, and is eliminating programs at the center to save money, according to the center’s case worker, Marline Molina. There has been no specific reason given as to why the organization is cutting back costs, but “I have heard a lot that donations are declining and that’s partially the reason why we’re downsizing,” Molina said. Our messages to Salvation Army USA and Golden State Division were not returned as of press time. Mission Corp services that will be terminated include the senior meal, an after-school program, as well as the weekly church service and bible study. The only service that will continue is the Friday food pantry. “We’ve been probably one of the heaviest hit as far as programs, staff, downsizing,” Molina said. The congregation was officially notified of the program cuts in mid-April. last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Satur

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Saturday’s Engage Super League trip to Huddersfield Giants.Paul Wellens and Tommy Makinson return to the side for top of the table match but Kyle Eastmond, Tony Puletua and Chris Flannery miss out.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 12. Jon Wilkin, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 24. Tom Armstrong, 27. Nathan Ashe, 28. Thomas Makinson, 29. Scott Hale, 32. Joe Greenwood, 33. Warren Thompson.Nathan Brown, Giants’ Head Coach, will choose from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Michael Lawrence, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Lee Gilmour, 5. David Hodgson, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Danny Brough, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Luke Robinson, 10. Darrell Griffin, 11. Luke O’Donnell, 13. David Faiumu, 14. Shaun Lunt, 17. Danny Kirmond, 18. Larne Patrick, 19. Greame Horne, 20. Jermaine McGillvary, 29. Joe Wardle, 37. Dale Ferguson.The match kicks off at 5pm and the referee is Thierry Alibert.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Official Facebook sites.It will also be broadcast on Wish FM.Stats:Saturday’s televised clash is the first meeting between the sides since St Helens ended Huddersfield’s hopes of a first Super League Grand Final in last season’s play-offs.St Helens have won their last five meetings with Huddersfield. The Giants’ last win was 24-14 in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup in 2009. Their last Super League win was a 28-26 home victory on 24 March, 2008 – the Saints have won the last three games between the sides at the Galpharm Stadium since then.All of Huddersfield’s three Super League wins against St Helens have come at home.Last 10 meetings:St Helens 42, Huddersfield 22 (SLQSF, 24/9/10)St Helens 30, Huddersfield 22 (SLR17, 11/6/10)Huddersfield 6, St Helens 24 (SLR8, 28/3/10)St Helens 15, Huddersfield 2 (SLQPO, 19/9/09)St Helens 12, Huddersfield 10 (SLR25, 21/8/09)Huddersfield 24, St Helens 14 (CCSF, 9/8/09) (@ Warrington)Huddersfield 6, St Helens 23 (SLR2, 22/2/09)Huddersfield 22, St Helens 40 (SLR26, 24/8/08)St Helens 46, Huddersfield 16 (SLR18, 29/6/08)Huddersfield 28, St Helens 26 (SLR8, 24/3/08)Super League Summary:Huddersfield won 3St Helens won 26 (includes wins in 2009 and 2010 play-offs)Huddersfield highest score: 36-22 (H, 2003) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 68-18 (H, 1998) (Widest margin: 68-18, H, 1998; 54-4, H, 2007)last_img read more

NATHAN Brown says if Saints bring the same commitm

first_imgNATHAN Brown says if Saints bring the same commitment and effort to the table when the playoffs begin this week then they stand every chance of progressing.Speaking after the 17-16 loss at Huddersfield he described the defeat as the “best” he’d been involved with in terms of what his 12-men produced.“It was a superb effort,” he said. “We played for 60 minutes with 12 men and I don’t think anyone would be disappointed in what the guys as a group of players did for the club.“We all knew where the game was heading at the point [of Alex Walmsley’s sending off]. My view is if Alex’ first point of contact has caught Robbo (Luke Robinson) in the head then it is obviously deserved.“If he hasn’t made contact with the head and the whiplash motion has made his Robbo’s head hit him then it wasn’t a good decision. I couldn’t tell from where I was sitting.“Obviously, we would have liked to have got the Shield tonight. The players showed they wanted to do that for the Club and fans and unfortunately it wasn’t to be.“Either we’ll be first or second and we’ll play next week at Langtree. If we bring the same commitment then we will give ourselves every chance to progress.“I think people saw tonight who probably deserves to be League Leaders. We have been there from the start and overcome more than most sides with what has gone against us. The effort tonight is one of the season why we are where we are on the table.”Brown says Matty Dawson was being “checked out” after being stretchered off in the second half of the match.The winger was suffering numbness in his shoulder which stemmed from his neck.last_img read more

SAINTS are still seeking their first league win at

first_imgSAINTS are still seeking their first league win at Hull KR since 2007 after an agonising 24-22 loss on Friday night.Although they dominated in terms of possession and set completion – for at least an hour – the Robins took full advantage of their chances.Tries from Jon Wilkin and Tommy Makinson had Saints just four points down at half time.But the home side kicked on through Kieran Dixon and the trusty boot of Josh Mantellato.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook’s try set up a barnstorming final five minutes and when Jordan Turner put down with seconds to go it was left for Travis Burns to attempt to level it up.But the conversion went just side.Lance Hohaia came into the starting line-up for the league leaders in place of the injured Paul Wellens at full back whilst Mark Flanagan returned at 13.Hull KR have had an injury crisis of late and were down to their last fit two props and a half back playing in the second row.Saints got the game underway with a strong set before a shoulder charge, off the ball, on Travis Burns, gave them a set in good territory.Keiron Cunningham’s men probed and on the last Wilkin chipped through, got the ball back off a defender’s legs, and scored.Burns stable enough to add the extras.Saints came again but another stab through kick on the last was this time picked up by Albert Kelly and returned 90 metres for a try.And on the 20 minute mark Kelly did the same, intercepting a long ball and scooting under the posts from 80 metres out.Saints were rocked after being in control for the opening stages and they almost conceded again when Hull came up the field on the back of two penalties – Ken Sio unable to collect a wayward pass.But on 27 minutes a Wilkin chip to the corner from bumbled, Vea collected and Makinson showed great feet to go over in the corner.Saints survived a scare on the half hour mark as a try was chalked off for a knock on and then they lost James Roby to a head knock.And they should have finished the half level but they failed to deal with a high ball and Sio made it 16-12 to the home side at half time.Mantellato missed a penalty attempt early in the second half and then would’ve counted himself really unlucky not to score in the corner.Saints continued to dominate in terms of possession but Mantellato took the lead out to six points on 55 minutes with a penalty.He added another on the hour mark and then Kieran Dixon went over to take the game seemingly out of reach.Saints tried to get back into it but were guilty of going a little lateral until they broke down the left hand side.Swift dummied when perhaps he should have passed but LMS took Burns’ suspect pass to go over.Jordan Turner then scored with seconds to go but Travis’ kick was just wide.Cunningham said after the game that Hull were the better team but praised his side’s resilience once more.Match Summary:Hull KR:Tries: Kelly (2), Sio, DixonGoals: Mantellato (4 from 6)Saints: Tries: Wilkin, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, TurnerGoals: Burns (3 from 4)Penalties: Hull KR: 9Saints: 7HT: 12-16FT: 22-24REF: James ChildATT: TBCTeams:Hull KR: 1. Kieran Dixon; 4. Josh Mantellato, 19. Kris Welham, 3. Darrell Goulding, 5. Ken Sio; 23. Terry Campese, 7. Albert Kelly; 8. Adam Walker, 31. Shaun Lunt, 20. James Green, 12. Graeme Horne,   6. Maurice Blair, 13. Tyrone McCarthy.Subs: 11. Kevin Larroyer, 15. James Donaldson, 21. Aaron Ollett, 24. John Boudebza.Saints:16. Lance Hohaia; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 22. Matty Dawson, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 12. Jon Wilkin; 14. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan.Subs: 4. Josh Jones, 8. Mose Masoe, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards.last_img read more

Battleship receives grant to illuminate the American Flag

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Battleship North Carolina will be a little brighter, thanks to a grant from Residents of Old Wilmington.The $1,500 grant from ROW will be used to illuminate the flag flown from the fantail of the Battleship, which will allow it to remain up all hours and be a visible symbol of patriotism and honor, according to a news release. The flag will be seen from The Riverwalk in the evening as people visit downtown Wilmington.- Advertisement – The Residents of Old Wilmington award grants through a competitive application and review process. ROW’s continued support for the Battleship and recognition for all Veterans strongly aligns with our mission as the state World War II memorial to the more than 10,000 North Carolinians who sacrificed their all for their country and all who have served since, the release states.“My first visit to the Battleship was when I was eight years old.  She is still as impressive now as then. I hope the children visiting today will carry those memories for a lifetime too. The Battleship is an important part of our history and culture.  ROW is honored to be in a position to support the Battleship’s ongoing renovations, improvements and preservation for the next generation,” says Phoebe Bragg, ROW President.“The Battleship is honored to be awarded this grant from the Residents of Old Wilmington,” says Captain Terry Bragg, Executive Director for the Battleship.  “The Battleship is the crown jewel of Downtown Wilmington and we are thrilled to enhance the visitors experience whether onboard or viewing the ship from across the river.”Related Article: Wilmington could be first WWII Heritage City after bill signed into lawlast_img read more

WPD shops with kids for annual Santa Cop program

first_imgA Wilmington Police Officer shops with a child during Santa Cop on December 15, 2017 (Photo: Marissa Yoder/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  Wilmington police officers helped spread Christmas cheer this morning  as they shopped with kids for their annual Santa Cop program.From toys and games to clothes and crafts, the kids were all smiles as they picked out Christmas gifts at the Walmart on Sigmon Road.- Advertisement – To everyone’s surprise, Santa Claus himself was there!This year, Wilmington Police took around 40 children shopping.Five-year-old Keemora gave us a look inside her cart.Related Article: WPD offers reward for info on hit-and-run that shattered man’s prosthetic leg“I got a boy barbie, two girl barbies, a barbie house and two dolls and I got a gingerbread house and baby doll,” she said.The Santa Cop program is made possible by donations from people, businesses and organizations.The children are referred to the WPD by school social workers and counselors.WPD has hosted this program since 1990.last_img read more

New cranes bring economic opportunity to the Port City

first_img New cranes bound for the port pass by Southport on March 29, 2018 (Photo: Marlon Morgan) The cranes measure in at 776 feet long, longer than the North Carolina Battleship. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY)The cranes measure in at 776 feet long, longer than the North Carolina Battleship. New cranes bound for the port pass by Southport on March 29, 2018 (Photo: Marlon Morgan) New cranes bound for the port pass by Southport on March 29, 2018 (Photo: Marlon Morgan) 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After more than two months at sea and thousands of miles traveled, two new cranes are docked at the Port of Wilmington. These cranes are meant to be game changers for the economy of the area. So far, only two cranes are at the port and the third one will come next year. The cranes cost more than $30 million, but they are supposed to help the port with imports and exports from across the world.“As Wilmington becomes a bigger gateway with more and more options to connect globally, it allows that many more alternatives for our customers to use,” North Carolina State Ports Authority Trade Development Vice President Hans Bean said.According to Bean, in the past, different customers would rely on other ports for certain needs. Now, different industries will rely on the Port of Wilmington.Related Article: Hotels begin to evacuate, close doors on guests“Today it’s all about speed. Speed and user friendliness of port users. This just allows us to deliver more. I mean, Wilmington has a good reputation for performance already. This will take us up another twenty to thirty percent when the third crane comes later. So it’s just a huge boost for us to be able to do more,” Bean said.He also said Savanna and North Charleston were the typical spots for many imports and exports. These cranes mean Wilmington is trying to reclaim the title.Port officials say these cranes have already attracted hundreds of other customers for future business. Some of the businesses that rely on the cranes are major companies like Walmart and Lowes. It also handles different industries like pork and poultry, fresh produce, textiles, furniture and more. 1 of 8center_img (Photo: Brandon Todd) Cranes traveling pass the River Road Park. (Photo: Michael Stroud) “These cranes are the latest generation. So they’re being deployed in ports up and down the east coast, through the west coast, wherever these large vessels are calling and right now the demand, the growth is on the east coast,” North Carolina State Ports Authority Chief Operating Officer Brian Clark said.- Advertisement – Birds eye view of the cranes passing Southport Marina (Photo: Contributed) Cranes passing Southport waterfront. (Photo: Rosalyn Outen)last_img read more

WATCH New Hanover K9 unit joins lip sync challenge

first_img “Lip sync videos are all over my Facebook, so I thought I’d show you how North Carolina can do it,” the NHSO K-9 deputy says in the video.He then begins lip syncing to “Carolina Girls” by General Johnson and the Chairmen of the Board.Related Article: Weekend checkpoint nets 4 arrests, more than 100 citationsWhen he begins singing, K-9 Jango pops his head up from the back and enjoys some rubs from his lip-syncing handler.Great job, fellas! We can’t see who decides to join in next. NHSO K-9 unit joins the lip sync challenge (Photo: NHSO FB) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It started in Texas and now its made its way to New Hanover County.The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office posted a video of a member of the K-9 unit joining the challenge, which shows law enforcement officers in cars, lip-syncing to pop songs, posting the videos to social media and issuing a challenge to the next officer.- Advertisement – last_img read more