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From the November 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A sign thief is on the loose. In mid-September, the birch plywood “world headquarters” sign outside Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company’s corporate office at 2424 37th St. went missing. The original item, created by Glover Park’s resident mural painter Jarrett Farrier, cost $750, according to Rocklands CEO John Snedden. Rocklands has offered a $500 reward for information leading to the sign’s return, but so far, says Snedden, there are no leads. A replacement painted by Farrier was affixed to the building in mid-October.

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From the November 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

We’ve got confirmation that Potbelly Sandwich Shop is planning a new location in Georgetown Plaza (2233 Wisconsin Ave.)—but we didn’t get it from Potbelly. We’d previously reported that the chain deli, known for its live musicians, was rumored to have rented the former Vespa and Fan Fair spaces, but Potbelly wouldn’t confirm. Then on October 4, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs approved a building permit for “New Potbelly Sandwich Works 25-seat restaurant” in that complex. Bizarrely, Potbelly’s corporate office persists in declining to comment.

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From the November 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

There’s a new(ish) salon in town. Elite for Hair (2315 Wisconsin Ave.) was recently rechristened Guven Salon & Spa after its new owner, Guven Baltaci. The salon continues to specialize in hair and waxing services.

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From the November 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

West Glover Park Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Mark Stevens stepped down from his position for family reasons, he tells us. “My wife and I will be leaving Glover Park for a while to help care for one of my wife’s family members in Maryland,” Stevens says. “We found it easier to commute to DC for work than to drive back and forth to attend to her family’s needs.” Candidates for the seat were required to submit petitions by October 31, in advance of a special election at December’s ANC meeting.

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From the November 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The sidewalk outside Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) was the site of a peculiar hate crime on September 23, according to a police report. At 9 p.m., a 32-year-old African-American man was walking north on the sidewalk with a woman, the report states. As they passed Sonja Williams, 40—also African-American—Williams said, “I’m going to f—k a black person up tonight.”

The man made eye contact with Williams, who asked him, “What are you looking at?”

“Go about your business,” he replied.

Williams then threatened to hit him on the head.

“You don’t want to do that,” the man said.

At this point, Williams swung her cane at him and missed, then swung a second time and hit him on the forearm, the report states. He grabbed the cane from her and called police, who arrested Williams. She pled not-guilty to two charges: bias-related assault and bias-related possession of a prohibited weapon (the cane). A status hearing in the case was scheduled for November 4.

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Two women have reported seeing a mountain lion in the woods behind the McLean Gardens condominium development, NBC Washington reports. The more recent of the sightings was last week, when a woman thought she spied the animal while walking her dog.

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Finders-keepers shock at CVS

From the November 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A man forgot his wallet at the self-checkout at CVS (2226 Wisconsin Ave.) around midnight on October 14. When he returned half an hour later to fetch it, the wallet was there, but it was lighter by $665 and a Visa debit card, according to a police report.

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This Wednesday, October 26, Kitchen will celebrate rocker Dave Matthews’s new wine line, The Dreaming Tree, with half-price wine and Dave Matthews music all night long. You have been warned.

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From the November 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Town Hall is still moving from its current home at 2218 Wisconsin Ave. to 2340 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Blue Ridge, but the move won’t happen this month, as initially planned, says Town Hall managing partner Paul Holder. “Initial target dates are always ambitious,” he explains. “There’s always a few surprises once you actually get in the space.” The big move should happen “closer to the end of the year,” he adds. Holder had no word on the future of Town Hall’s current space.

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From the November 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) finally has a new owner: as the Gazette foretold, a man named Brian Petruska now controls the dormant strip club’s liquor license. The original JP’s building was destroyed in a January 2008 fire, and the replacement structure has sat vacant for more than a year. But on October 19, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approved an application to transfer the club’s recently renewed liquor license from BJ Enterprises—a company held by longtime JP’s owner Michael Papanicolas—to Wisconsin Ventures LLC, a company held by Petruska, who is identified on the application as President/Secretary and Manager of Wisconsin Ventures.

According to the application, the business will not change substantially with the transfer: when it reopens, JP’s will be a restaurant serving sandwiches and burgers and featuring “non-sexually oriented nude dancers,” whatever those are. In September, the ABC Board ruled that neighbors would be allowed to formally challenge the liquor license before the club reopens. A recent neighborhood challenge to the license’s renewal was unsuccessful, though it did result in a later start time for nude dancing.

The phone number listed on the transfer application as the JP’s “business telephone” was not in service, and we have been unable to locate Petruska for comment.

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