The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are highlights from the latest issue. Links are to items we've covered here on NVSF or outside sources as the Voice doesn't post stories online until mid-month.
Front Page: An interview trying to rehabilitate the infamous "worst husband in the world" Stephen Fowler who traded his Noe home for one in Eureka Valley after the Wife Swap incident - and is now considering writing a book; local Noe resident Mike Underhill heads the team trying the government's case again BP in the aftermath of the Gulf Oil spill; the story behind the "blue bottle tree" on 30th at Sanchez.
Photo: Members of Bethany United Methodist Church return to their property on Clipper at Sanchez to celebrate the start of the remodeling. The work should be done by Christmas 2011.
Features: Upper Noe Rec Center sandbox is beloved by kids - and cats (Funniest line: "Pretty much almost every day where parents come up to me and say, 'My child was sitting in the sandbox and rubbed poop all over themselves.'"); Town square concept drawings; profile of the Beatles-loving Tamasei Sushi owners on 24th Street.
Cost of Living in Noe: Zephyr reports just 3 houses and 2 condos changed hands in Noe in January.
Short Takes: Noe Valley Democratic Club meets March 16 at 7:30 PM at St. Philip's at 725 Diamond - speakers will include District 8 Supe Scott Wiener who will have updates about the new Mollie Stone's on 18th Street, Trader Joe's coming to the Castro, and the proposed Noe Valley Town Square. Also lots of food happenings at Omnivore Books this Spring.
Rumors: Two Birds women's clothing boutique opens, Noe Smiles & Braces still coming soon, and Russo Music also still coming soon; several other store fronts still vacant and asking hefty monthly rent (former Mop Salon: $3,000, old J&J corner market: $5750, ex-Urban Cellars: $4500); Garage Store on Sanchez at 24th changed it's name to Decor Galore to avoid the confusion of it being an (ahem) garage store; Star Magic changed it's name to Cosmic Wizard; Mollie Stone's set to open in the Castro on March 9; Noe Valley Ministry converts parking lot on 24th Street to monthly spots to raise money (says Luke Aguilera, co-owner of the company that runs the lot for the Ministry, "...we expect we have roughly eight more months before the Ministry sells the lot, [which I guess will be] to the city). [Ed note: That's quite an edit to the quote!]