Burleith Toasts Its Historic Call Boxes

The Burleith Citizens Association and the Burleith Community Fund celebrated the restoration of five historic fire call boxes Oct. 15 at one of the newest business in town, the liquor store, Hop Cask & Barrel, on Wisconsin Avenue, which provided the drinks, while food came from Shanghai Lounge. Eric Langenbacher, president of the Burleith Citizens Association, thanked Linda Brooks and Ross Schipper for their work on the project as well as Liane Jones and Kay Twomey, president of the Burleith Community Fund, for working on the get-together. Adding to the almost 100 donors to the restoration program was Liza Gookin Hodskins, who wrote a $500 check for the call box project in honor of her mother Suzi Gookin, a longtime Georgetowner columnist — and all-around colorful character and neighborhood activist —who lived in Burleith for decades before her death in 2014.

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