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Letter to the Editor - April 16

April 11, 2013

City evicts its biggest supporter

To the editor:

Vinnie DiCola, owner of Rocky’s Pizza, was a pillar of the downtown area. He stayed, even when other businesses and small restaurants left.

He stayed and struggled for 30 years until the city of Hagerstown kicked him out with five days’ notice. He has become another victim of the “downtown train wreck.”

I am not privy to the financial history, and understand that payments to the city were due, but I believe the city bears some burden by not being successful in bringing more customers/businesses to downtown.

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What angers me is that the city just gave a $15,000 grant to a new pizza shop instead of helping an already dedicated business.

Vinnie hired people who no one else would; he sent free pizzas to the Boys & Girls Club each week, he gave away slices of pizza to the needy and homeless.

I personally witnessed his acts of kindness. If I had the money I would pay off his city loan so he could regain his equipment and then he could move out of town — but I’m sure he would want to stay.

His shop was empty as I walked to my office this morning, my heart is aching and I miss him already. I wish nothing but the very best of luck and success to a kind and caring man!

Catherine A. Skaggs
Hagerstown

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