02/10/16 4:25pm

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‘Rhus typhina – Staghorn Sumac’ – painting by Kellie Cox

From an email:

“Unique art exhibit starting on February 18th to October 2nd at U.S. Botanic Gardens. Featuring local and national artists.

United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and National Park Service (NPS) launch art show Flora of the National Parks at USBG, part of NPS Centennial celebration

United States Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this art exhibit will showcase some of the plant species and communities found throughout the more than 400 national parks. From giant redwoods and aspen forests to endangered Virginia spiraea and water lilies, the national parks contain a diverse representation of the North American flora. Illustrations, paintings, and photography will take you on a tour of the beauty and importance of the American flora.”

02/10/16 3:55pm

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“Dear PoPville,

The first meaningful dust is flying at Walter Reed. The building at Butternut and Georgia (across Georgia from the main campus) is nearly demolished. This will be a new fire station.

Just up the street (Georgia and Elder-Fern), several vacant properties have been razed. Not sure what’s going in there. I don’t think this is part of the Walter Reed plan. My guess is condos. There have been several low- and mid-rise new construction and renovations in that immediate area.”

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02/10/16 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 2 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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“Billie from Columbia Heights”

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“Cookie, foreground, and Timur, both of Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, trying to calculate the snowfall total in Mt. Pleasant.”

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“This is Nina Simone of U Street. Photo by Jane Petersen”

02/10/16 3:00pm

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301 Water Street, SE

Ed. Note: This is the space that was once planned for the Navy Yard Oyster Company.

From a press release:

“Cousins and fourth generation Washingtonian’s Nick and David Wiseman will open Whaley’s, a raw bar and restaurant, in Spring 2016 in the historic Lumber Shed at The Yards, located at 301 Water Street SE in the growing Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront District.

The menu will feature shellfish towers, crudos, a selection of seafood-focused small plates and a rotating family-style plate for sharing. Dishes will feature items like New England clam chowder with oyster crackers; scallop crudo with charred grape vinaigrette and shaved radishes; iceberg stack with buttermilk dressing and shaved bottarga; and grilled swordfish with braised endive and black garlic vinaigrette. Only sustainably caught and harvested seafood will be served. (more…)

02/10/16 2:20pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Brian Mosley

“Dear PoPville,

Random question that I couldn’t answer via Google: Do you know why there are no retail outlets in DC metro stations? For a system that seems to be underfunded and in need of upgraded cars and greater police presence, among other things, it would seem like leasing retail space could provide a least a secondary source of income. This technique is employed to a great degree in Europe, where even small-town train stations resemble shopping malls.”

02/10/16 2:00pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user brunofish

Architect recommendation?

“I am interested in working with an architect to redesign the roof of my two-story, circa 1900 DC row house. I would like to add some skylights and relocate the HVAC system to the roof. Anybody have good experience and recommendations with local architects who take on smaller residential projects like this? I’m specifically looking for a firm that has experience with roof engineering, systems design (e.g., electrical and drainage for the HVAC), and construction oversight. Thanks.”

You can see all forum topics and add your own here. If you are having trouble uploading your question please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail Please Note this is NOT an events calendar.

02/10/16 1:15pm

updates
via gofundme

“Dear PoPville,

Just wanted to give the community an update on my friend who was hit by a construction truck. The driver was arrested in December thanks to the community on brainstorming where to find footage and proof of incident for the investigation.

Friend still has a long road to recovery, but thankfully is miraculously alive.
Updates (and any donations that folks are able to provide to help this friend and his loving family) can be found here.

Thanks again to the PoPville community for their help and support.”

02/10/16 12:59pm

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via Washington Humane Society

Thanks to all who passed on from the Washington Humane Society:

“The Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League today announced a definitive agreement to merge the two organizations to create the first end-to-end animal care organization in a major U.S. city. Founded in 1870 and 1914, respectively, WHS and WARL will bring together a comprehensive set of animal care and protection programs that touch the lives of more than 60,000 animals each year, including: Rescue and Adoption, Humane Law Enforcement, Low Cost Veterinary Services, Animal Control, Behavior and Learning, Spay/Neuter, Pets for Life and many other programs.

Merger (PDF)