From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Kumon Tuturing Center has rented space at 2200 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of BodySmith. The company offers supplemental math and reading programs for children aged 3 and up.
Margaret Ruth Dickie, 1935 - 2015

Margaret Ruth Dickie, 1935 – 2015

From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The Metropolitan Police Department has concluded its investigation into the death of Peggy Dickie and has presented to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecutorial review. This indicates that police investigators believe a crime may have been committed. At our press time, no charges had been filed against the driver. Although a friend of Dickie’s tells us that she had a living niece, police have not been able to locate her next of kin.

Dickie, 79, a resident of Carillon House (2500 Wisconsin Ave.), died on June 11 after being hit by a Peapod grocery delivery truck at Calvert Street and 37th Street. On the day of the incident, the Peapod truck was stopped at a red light on 37th Street, then turned right onto Calvert, where it hit Dickie, who was in the crosswalk heading north, according to the Washington Post.

Dickie was a government retiree who had lived in the apartment building for 50 years. A native of St. Louis, she studied music in college and was fascinated by biology, according to Carillon House concierge Michelle Miranda, who knew her well. “She was very kind and caring, and extremely intelligent,” Miranda says. Dickie was a talented pianist, and she once transcribed The Star Spangled Banner and a work by Beethoven from memory for a neighbor who wanted to learn to play them on the guitar. “She loved going to the museums; she was fascinated by Japanese art, by linguistics, by other people’s cultures,” Miranda recalls. Although Dickie was a private person, “when she knew you, she would do anything for you,” Miranda adds.



Mad Fox materializes

From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

After two years of renovations, Mad Fox Tap Room opened August 17 at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Mayfair & Pine. “We’re very happy to be here,” says Bill Madden, who owns the business along with wife Beth and two partners. “The more research we did on Glover Park, the more we knew that this was a good place for us.” The neighborhood’s family-friendly vibe is very similar to that of Falls Church, site of Mad Fox’s original brewpub, Beth adds.

The restaurant’s interior feels airier than it did before the renovation. Ceilings are higher, and a bulky climate-control unit that was housed near the staircase has been replaced by one on the roof. The relocation of that unit allowed builders to create a small mezzanine using an interior window that had been hidden behind wallboard for more than 50 years.

Along with a selection of Mad Fox beers on tap, the pub’s menu features kohlrabi hummous; green-tomato gazpacho; a “hifalutin” turkey burger; and entrees such as grilled ribeye steak with horseshoe fries. Chef Brandon Moser has worked previously in Orvieto, Italy, and at D.C.’s Bistro Bis.

In keeping with its family-friendly locale, Mad Fox offers a kids’ menu and has root beer on tap, made by the brewery with real cane sugar. The pub opens at 4 pm Monday through Friday and at noon on weekends.

Slate Wine Bar & Bistro (2404 Wisconsin Ave.) will participate in DC’s Restaurant Week with special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus from August 17 through 30. The promotional event features a three-course lunch menu ($22) with choices including fish tacos and beef Milanese sandwich, or a three-course dinner menu ($35) with choices including the bistro filet and jumbo lump crab cake. For reservations or more information, email@slatewinebar.com or call 202-333-4304.

Glover Park Hardware will open in its new ground-floor location (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) in mid-September, according to the Georgetown Current. The company rented the vacant storefront shortly after its lease at the prior location (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) expired in January. The owners have been working ever since to renovate the space and install a needed freight elevator. “Glover Park Hardware’s new space is smaller in square footage than the old store,” the Current states, “but [owner Gina] Schaefer said the store benefits from a friendlier relationship with the landlord, cheaper operating costs, and a nicer appearance than the unrenovated old space.”

The store’s old space underneath Washington Sports Club is slated to become a Rite Aid.

On the morning of July 16, a grey Scott hybrid bike was stolen from outside the Salvadoran Consulate (2232 Wisconsin Ave.), according to a police report. The owner had locked her bike to a rack on the sidwalk; when she returned, both bike and lock were missing.

POI Homicide 3600 Calvert St NWOn June 19, 53-year-old Joel Johnson Jr. was killed in the portico of St. Luke’s Mission Center (3655 Calvert St.), the victim of a stabbing by an unknown assailant. The Metropolitan Police Department has released the above photo of a person of interest in the case. The person can be seen in the middle of the frame, behind the archway.

Johnson, who studied fine arts in college, was known by local friends as “the Quiet Guy,” according to a profile in the Washington Post. After his employer, a film processing company, closed three or four years ago, Johnson became homeless, though he always told family that he was staying with friends, the Post states. Johnson had planned to sleep under the St. Luke’s portico the night of the attack.

“He was a photographer by profession, with a portfolio that included shots of parades and rallies, of the famous and ordinary, of moments centered on civil rights and social justice causes,” the Post states. “He wrote on his LinkedIn page that he wanted to tell a story ‘that others did not have a chance to witness first hand.’”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.


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