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Bringing Vinyl Back: Hill & Dale Opens in Georgetown

February 9, 2014

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Many of us our downloading our music these days, but before you take your dusty LPs to Goodwill or sell them on eBay, check out Hill & Dale. Vinyl is back!

Attracting all those who love ‘physical music,' it was a packed multi-generational crowd that poured into Hill & Dale's Friday evening for their opening reception. As if this had been a decades old neighborhood record store, the audiophiles quickly perused the racks for their favorites albums, posters and photographs.

Rob Norton (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Rob Norton

“The collection reflects what I like,” says owner Rob Norton, “A mix of pop, classical, and 60’s and 70’s music.” He’s had his eye on the spot for some time. When Parish Gallery closed in Canal Square, Rob Norton knew it was the right time and the right place.

All the vinyl is new. Yes, turntables are making a comeback and new artists, responding to the trend, are releasing their music digitally as well as on vinyl. Older albums are being re-released on vinyl too. Not ready for floor-to-ceiling woofers and tweeters? Just hook up the turntable to your computer.

Norton invited friend and photojournalist Peter Simon for the opening. Simon’s iconic photographs are part of the store’s permanent collection for lovers of ‘physical art.’

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Hill & Dale is located at 1054 31st Street. Tel: 202.333.5012

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Chadwick's Owner, Tom Russo Has Died

January 26, 2014

Thomas Joseph Russo died Friday, January 24 at age 60. Tom is survived by his beloved wife of more than 37 years, Stephanie, children Katie Burkert (Jason), Dan Russo, Annie Pavia (CJ), and Joe Russo, and grandson, Levi Thomas Burkert.

Stephanie had this to say to her friends in an email, "Tom died peacefully with all of us by his side. We find comfort knowing that in the time since his diagnosis, Tom accomplished his primary goals … walking Annie down the aisle, holding his grandson, and preparing his family to continue life’s journey.

Our heartfelt thanks for the many prayers that carried our family through this difficult time. We may not have understood, but Tom never asked “why me?” and never questioned his faith in God or lost his sense of humor. His faith grew and became a great comfort for him … we know he’s in heaven playing his tunes, doing the butt shake and making the angels laugh."

Tom was born in Norristown, PA. He attended Georgetown University where he met his wife Stephanie and graduated with a BS in Accounting in 1975. Tom, a friend of Georgetown for 40 years and the 2013 Georgetown Businessman of the Year, owned local favorite Chadwicks Restaurants in Georgetown and Old Town, Alexandria. Tom coached youth baseball and basketball for more than 30 years in Annandale and McLean, VA.

He helped to raise hundreds of thousands for DC charities as a member of the Bartenders' Ball Foundation, serving as chair in 1987. Tom was a familiar face at St. John's Academy in McLean, VA for 17 years while his children attended the school and was honored, along with his wife Stephanie, as the St. John's Academy inaugural People of the Year in 2004.

The visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 29, from 5-8pm, at National Funeral Home in Falls Church, VA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 30 at 11:00 am at St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean, VA. There will be a reception immediately following at Chadwick's in Georgetown.

Donations can be made in Tom's name to The V Foundation for Cancer Research or to Life With Cancer.

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Beasley Real Estate Agents Sell A Quarter Of A Billion Dollars In 2013

January 8, 2014

Beasley Real Estate LLC, growing by leaps and bounds, is now recording a prodigious sales surge over the previous years.  In 2013, Beasley agents sold a quarter of a billion dollars ($250MM) in real estate transactions. The company’s growth in sales volume escalated by 150% from sales in 2012.  The average growth was 42% amongst Beasley agents.

The boutique brokerage firm is one of the top-producing real estate companies in the nation.

With offices in Washington, DC and Bethesda, MD., the firm serves the entire Washington Metropolitan Region, including Northern Virginia.

“We are extremely excited to provide the Washington real estate market with a clear choice. Our success is a testament to Beasley’s business model and the hard work, knowledge, and experience of our agents,” said Jim Bell, founder and managing partner of Beasley Real Estate.

The firm will be celebrating its second year anniversary at the end January.

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