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Thank you and goodbye

From the November 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

This column began seven years ago, and a lot has changed since then. Restaurants like Blue Ridge (2340 Wisconsin Ave., now Town Hall) and Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave., now Mad Fox Tap Room) came and went. Vacant storefronts filled with eateries such as Z-Burger (2414 Wisconsin Ave.), Angelico Pizzeria (2313 Wisconsin Ave.), and Bruegger’s Bagels (2334 Wisconsin Ave.) and merchants such as Natuzzi and Ligne Roset (2201 Wisconsin Ave.) and Tennis Zone (2319 Wisconsin Ave.).

Controversies erupted and played out. Wisconsin Avenue was spruced up and reconfigured with a median, then un-reconfigured due to concerns about increased congestion and cut-through traffic. The burnt-out JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) surmounted stiff neighborhood opposition to reopen, and then couldn’t make its rent and got evicted. Max’s Best Homemade Ice Cream lost its lease at 2416 Wisconsin Ave.; demonstrators helped extend the shop’s tenancy through the end of the ice cream season, but the building eventually became part of Rocklands. The tan monstrosity at 2136 Wisconsin Ave. went from disruptive, unlicensed nightclub to short-term rental units.

Through it all, I and my much-missed partner in crime, Laurie England—an enthusiastic Glover Parker who died unexpectedly this year—kept an ear to the pavement and brought Gazette readers the news we thought they could use. Writing this column has been a great pleasure, as well as a fantastic way to meet neighbors. I would like to thank the many businesspeople, public servants, and civilians who provided us with information and insight for the column.

Sadly, I must end my service to the Gazette with this issue, due to an upcoming move. If you are an experienced or aspiring journalist in Glover Park looking for a challenging and fun way to serve your community, you couldn’t do much better than volunteering to write a business-news column of your own for the paper. Interested parties should contact Gazette editor Sheila Meehan at sammeeha@yahoo.com.

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