03/06/15 2:55pm

1333 28th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1333 28th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Open Sun 3/8 2-3pm! Quintessential Georgetown – Charming Federal rowhouse on tree-lined street in desirable East Village. Renovated Granite/Stainless kitchen w/ gas cooking & easy access to brick courtyard – perfect for entertaining! Spacious living room w/built-ins & fireplace. Both bedrooms have closet organizers. LL with washer/dryer! Walk to Metro, every shop and restaurant you could want!”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $3,500/Mo.

03/06/15 2:30pm

“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to share that on Wednesday evening at about 6.05pm, I was walking past the intersection of 5th and R NW in Shaw when a black male, about 5’10”, walked by me and grabbed my butt. I turned around and shouted at him, but he kept walking down the street, never reacting, as if nothing happened. About two blocks later I passed a police car and ended up reporting it. I spoke to about six different officers and eventually a sex crimes unit detective over the course of about an hour-all were very professional and kind. The detective opened an investigation and said she would see if there were any video cameras that captured what happened.

Just another reality check that there are crazy people out there with zero regard for basic humanity, but it was reassuring that the police officers in my neighborhood all took the situation, and myself, very seriously.”

03/06/15 2:10pm

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Do I need a permit?:

“We are thinking of changing a window into a door and a door into a window in one of our bedrooms. We would basically like to flip where the window and door are. Is a permit needed for this type of work? Also, does anyone have a recommendation for a contractor? Thanks in advance.”

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03/06/15 1:25pm

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Ed. Note: In July we posted a Dear PoPville – Dangerous dog in Cap Hill attacked toddler and my dog but Animal Control not doing anything.

“I’m finally getting to testify about my dog bite case at an upcoming hearing, but because the DC Department of Health (DOH) never followed up with any of previous attacks, my upcoming hearing is just to determine if the sheepdog is “Potentially Dangerous” rather than “Dangerous”. A Potentially Dangerous dog just has to be on a 4 ft leash, registered with the city, neutered, things like that. Which is better than nothing. But the problem is, even if my hearing succeeds and this dog is determined to be “Potentially Dangerous”, then he has one more opportunity to attack someone before any real restrictions will be placed on the owner (like having to muzzle her dog and notifying the authorities if he attacks someone again).

So, because the city failed to do anything in all of the previous bite cases, we have to treat my case as if it were the first time this dog has ever bitten anyone, even though the city provided me with a document via FOIA that shows this sheepdog has bitten 2 people (!) and 2 dogs (including my case on 12/15/2013) in 4 separate attacks in the past. Furthermore, the owner’s other dog, a brown standard poodle, also attacked a dog in 2010. So in the last 5 years, this woman has allowed her dogs to attack others 5 separate times (there was a 6th incident in which her sheepdog was apparently the victim according to the document, so I’m not counting that one). I redacted private info, labeled myself as Ms. A and the owner of the aggressive dogs as Ms. B in the descriptions, and put red arrows at the relevant parts of the document.

My favorite line from this document is where, after listing some of the previous attacks by this woman’s dogs, DOH writes, “Recommendation: I recommend closing out the case and informing Ms. [A] there’s no probable cause to start a potentially dangerous dog investigation on Arbor [the sheepdog]. Arbor has not bitten a person or dog this year and no menacing reports has not been reported to DCACC as of date.”

FOIA Request Case Number Redacted (PDF)

03/06/15 12:55pm

2220 20th Street Northwest

Ed. Note: Every Wed. we feature “house porn” over $1.25 million. On the flip side I’m starting “under $400k Friday” – featuring, you guessed it, real estate under $400k.

This unit is located at 2220 20th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“OPEN SUN 3/8, 1-3pm! Charming 1BR/1BA unit in the Mendota! Exquisite original features/convenient upgrades, this home is a rare opportunity that cannot be missed! Sleek new kitchen + updated bath are sure to impress. Contrasting the modern updates are classical details incl. beautiful crown molding, 10 foot ceilings & more. Moments to restaurants, shops, and services of Adams Morgan & Dupont.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $289,900 ($622 monthly fee.)

03/06/15 12:25pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mike Lock

From DPW:

“The Department of Public Works is postponing the start of the residential mechanical street sweeping program to Monday, March 16 because of continuing winter storms and subfreezing temperatures.. This seasonal sanitation program is scheduled to run each year from March 1-October 31 but the start has been delayed in the past because of weather.

Signs are posted that identify the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be enforced so the sweepers can clean the streets effectively. The fine for violating this restriction is $45. Street sweeping parking restrictions will not be enforced until the sweeping program resumes March 16. (more…)

03/06/15 12:00pm

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1828 L Street, NW

From a press release:

“This spring, Washingtonians can anticipate the opening of Veloce, a quick service pizza restaurant from the acclaimed culinary talent behind Pizzeria Paradiso. A custom designed Neapolitan-style brick oven will allow for fast cooking without compromising quality, producing artisanal pizza ready within a few minutes. Owned and operated by Chef Ruth Gresser, who is credited with bringing Neapolitan pizza to Washington more than 20 years ago, Veloce will be located in Downtown Washington at 1828 L Street, NW, serving both breakfast and lunch. The space will be designed by Eric Gronning, AIA of Gronning Architects with graphics by Soung Wiser of The General Design Co.

At Veloce, Gresser and team will serve personal sized veggie and meat pizzas, calzones, sandwiches and salads. The menu will feature composed breakfast and lunch pizzas, like the Rooster, which features basil pesto sauce, goat cheese, house-made chicken sausage, sweet red pepper and pine nuts. Patrons can also build their own pizzas and will have the option of four different crusts including white, whole wheat, mixed grains and seeds or gluten-free. Sauces will all be made in-house using organic and local ingredients whenever possible. Sausages will be made in-house, while a wide variety of cheese, protein and vegetable toppings will be available and sourced from small, quality producers. (more…)

03/06/15 11:30am

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Person First Project is a photo blog that seeks to give those currently or formerly experiencing homelessness in D.C. the chance to share their stories. In doing this, we hope to reduce the barriers that separate people in D.C. and spark a dialogue. The Person First Project aims to connect us – and to make us all feel a bit more human.

“I grew up in Montgomery County. I’ve been here my whole life, pretty much. Now I live in Frederick because it’s cheaper; our hotel is in Frederick. So I take the commuter bus every day to Shady Grove and then I take the Metro. It’s a little bit of a commute but it’s worth it because I couldn’t afford a hotel in Montgomery County.

I live with my two kids and my fiancé. I have a seven-month-old and a two-year-old. He stays with them all day. The whole reason we’re in this situation is because he got laid off and has disabilities, so he’s been having issues finding a job. He was a restaurant manager in Silver Spring and the restaurant just went down. He’s in the midst of filing for disability, but obviously it’s kind of hard for him to find a job with that going on.

We’ve been in and out of different hotels – now we’ve been at the same one for about three months. We’ve been bouncing around for over a year and a half. Hotels are expensive – but we weren’t smart and we ruined our credit when we were younger, so finding an apartment is very difficult. The amount I pay in a hotel probably equals what I’d pay in rent but I would never get approved anywhere. And then whoever is renting rooms on Craigslist never wants kids, a lot of people don’t want couples… there’s always something.

If I had just saved, if it hadn’t screwed my credit up – things you don’t think about when your twenty-one or twenty-two years old – I’d be in a very different situation.

….

Apparently I am known as the ‘candy lady’. I’ve had so many people come by and say, ‘Good morning candy lady!’ It’s fine with me. It could be worse.

My favorite thing about doing this is getting to know people. I have met so many people that have helped me. Not even just with money, but even the most random things. My fiancé had this really infected tooth for months and we were trying to find someone to pull it. We have state insurance but it doesn’t cover dental, so everyone wanted to charge him a fee to pull this tooth. But this one lady signed him up for something and we got a phone call saying in a week and a half we could go to this church and they’d pull this tooth. Or I have a lady that used to drop off baby clothes. Cute stuff like that, so I’ve gotten to know people. I like that.

I went to University of Maryland for the full four years. I wanted to become a pharmacist… and then I had children. So that really didn’t pan out very well. I’m twenty-six, but most people think I’m older.”

– Liza, Bethesda

03/06/15 11:00am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mark Andre

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is informing the public about a consumer scam where aggressive telephone calls are being made by scammers posing as IRS representatives.

These callers usually threaten arrest or prosecution if money is not immediately paid. Technology allows the scammer to “spoof” or alter the Caller ID to make it appear that the call is coming from legitimate law enforcement or IRS phone numbers. Most of these scams originate from overseas using VOIP phone services such as Skype or MagicJack. These services allow a scammer from any part of the world to obtain a phone number with any area code they wish. Many times the scammers choose a 202 area code to add legitimacy to their scam, due to the Treasury Department and other Federal Agencies being headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The IRS will never:

Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a tax bill.
Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a Greendot pre-paid card, or wire services such as Western Union or MoneyGram.
Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, immediately HANG UP. Under no circumstances should you engage them in conversation or provide any personal information. Also do one of the following:

If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS employees can help you with a payment issue.

If you’ve been targeted by this scam, please report the incident by completing the following online report: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

Also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov

Remember to add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.

If you have further questions regarding this scam, please contact the Financial and Cyber Crimes Unit at 202-727-4159 or mpd.fraud-unit@dc.gov”