Here's a special Four Corners edition of News 'N Notes...
- A sign affixed to the door of the The Corner Pub, the neighborhood bar which closed in July, indicates that the restaurant/bar will soon be re-opening under new ownership and a with new name - "The 4 Corners Pub".
The new establishment already has a Facebook page, which for unexplained reasons features a photo of erstwhile Redskins tight end Chris Cooley.
- Another arrival on the block is the Red Maple Asian restaurant, which has taken over the former Fajita Coast space. There's a new sign up on the building, but I'm afraid that's the extent of my knowledge at this point.
- One reader recently wrote that she's observed some activity in that area that leads her to believe that rather than just being a collection of independent "entrepeneurs", the panhandlers manning the medians at Four Corners' intersections are actually part of an organized panhandling ring:
I've also noticed activity that suggests that these panhandlers operate together: a red van dropping them off at their "posts" in the morning; one relieving the others' shift and using the same sign; "conferences" held on the side of the street between 2 or 3 of the panhandlers; even informal "break" areas where different panhandlers take a rest while another one covers their corner.This wouldn't surprise me at all. Has anyone else noticed similar behaviors by panhandlers in Four Corners? We could have been rid of the red light panhandler scourge in Montgomery County last year had it had not been shot down at the state level by supporters of firefighters' "Fill the Boot" campaign. I don't see why we can't have a reasonable law that allows exceptions for groups with the appropriate permits.