02/26/15 4:30pm

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On Friday I mentioned that I’ve joined Boundary Stone’s St. Baldrick’s Team – and to please consider donating $5 or $10 to fight childhood cancer. Thank you to all who have donated!

I realize I still have a long long ways to go towards reaching my fundraising goal so let me sweeten the deal for ya! Anyone who donates $20 or more will get a free special edition PoPville t-shirt (pictured above, real sign from 14th Street). We’re on the honor system here – so just come to the event March 15th at Boundary Stone (or a future PoPville happy hour) and I’ll get you a shirt. But I beg you again, this is a really good cause – so if you are able to donate anything even 5 bucks I’d be super grateful. And if you are fortunate enough to be able to donate more (or just want a t-shirt that’s cool too) please make your donation here. With all sincerity – thank you very much for considering. And come to the party at Boundary Stone on March 15th when we’ll all get our heads shaved.

02/26/15 3:30pm

If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 6-8 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit. Please try to send horizontal photos 640×480 (medium size on your iphone) if possible. If you’re not using an iphone any size is fine.

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“Majestic Mervis from Petworth”

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“Casey from u street!”

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“Poster of 17th Street is both proper and very chill”

02/26/15 3:15pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user bajidc

From DPW:

“The Department of Public Works announced today that residential mechanical street sweeping will resume Monday, March 2. 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.

The program represents a true commitment by residents who have committed to move their vehicles when sweeping is underway. “To become part of the program, we require 80 percent of the residents to sign a petition pledging to honor the parking restrictions,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “Their cooperation is what makes the program successful.”

Mr. Howland noted DPW established March 1 through October 31 in 2012 as residential street sweeping season and this information appears on the signs where the program is in effect. He asked motorists to obey the times parking is restricted. “A supervisor follows behind the sweeper and may require the block to be swept again, so don’t park until the end of the posted sweeping period,” he said. Beginning March 2, parked cars also may be towed to allow the sweepers access to the curbside. Generally, parking is prohibited for two hours while sweeping is underway.

DPW street sweepers cover about 4,000 lane miles monthly, removing litter and pollutants by brushing them onto a conveyor system, which transports the material into a debris hopper. The sweeper also emits a fine spray of water to help control dust. In addition to sweeping residential streets during spring, summer and fall, DPW also sweeps commercial streets overnight year-round (weather permitting), and parking restrictions also apply.”

1615 Q Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1615 Q Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Watch the sunset from this great corner One Bedroom apartment. Exposed brick in LR and BR. Brand new energy efficient windows enhance the apts natural light. Great Hardwood floors, Updated Kitchen with stainless Steel appliances. Fantastic views of DC skyline from all rooms. Tenant pays Electric. Building with 24hr Desk and a 360~ View of DC Skyline from the Roof Deck.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $2,205/Mo.

02/26/15 2:54pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user JJ Jackson

From WMATA:

“The following statement was issued today by Metro Board Chairman Mort Downey:

“Today the WMATA Board voted to forego any fare increases or substantial cuts in bus or rail service as we move forward with the adoption of a balanced budget. While the final budget vote will come in the spring, the Board’s action today reflects a continued commitment to further reduce administrative costs and reprogram money from non-safety programs, and signals continued support from our jurisdictional funding partners to help balance the budget and continue our standing fare and service policies.

“The Board’s search for a new General Manager and Chief Executive Officer is ongoing, as we want to ensure that we identify a candidate with the combination of leadership, transportation, financial and management skills required to move WMATA forward. We appreciate Jack Requa’s outstanding leadership as interim General Manager, which will continue until the search has concluded.”

02/26/15 2:25pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

“Dear PoPville,

Can anyone explain the zoning restrictions that deal with % of lot occupancy available for certain zones (R-2, R-3 and such)? I do not know much about this, but bought a house a while back where the previous owner had sold a portion of the back lot to a neighbor. By all indications, they sold more than enough to throw the lot size versus house size out of whack by most percentages I can find as legally allowed in the District. I’m curious what the process is by which that could have happened legally and if found to not have happened legally, is there any recourse I have as the new owner? Obviously if the lot versus occupancy % is over the limit, there’s zero options to expand. I have no concerns over that as much as wondering if I have a smaller lot than I should have because of illegal actions by a previous owner. Anyone dealt with this or know how to research this?”