10/30/14 4:45pm

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I remember when people told me I’d surely run out of things to post – I can’t believe it’s already 8 years! Thanks to you guys for helping make it happen. I sound like a broken record but I’m super grateful for all the great tips, tweets, emails, questions and photos that folks send. At this point it’s just as much “your” website as it is “mine” and I love it like this. Though admittedly some of my days are filled with aggravation – I truly and genuinely feel I have the best of job in the world. A lot of this of course is timing. I’ve now lived in DC 17 years (11 in Petworth) and it’s amazing how much has changed, some for the worse, but tons for the better. I feel so lucky to be witnessing it and chronicling it. So thanks again for allowing me to do so.

Ok – party on Thursday, November 6th at Meridian Pint (11th and Park Road, NW) 5/5:30- 11/11:30 depending on how much gas is in the tank. Thanks again to the folks at the Pint and DC Brau for hosting and brewing up something special for us. I’m also gonna bring some limited edition t-shirts (and regular ones too) for those who’ve been asking me how to get one. Anyway, these things are pretty chill but I’d love to be able to say thanks in person – so mark your calendars and stop by for a pint or two.

10/30/14 4:13pm

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Thanks to a reader for passing on from reddit. A user noted that if you type Uniqlo into google it comes up as CityCenterDC (825 10th St, NW) – see screenshot above I took a few minutes ago. Almost exactly a year ago we thought craigslist had confirmed uniqlo when an ad for “UNIQLO Manager Candidate Program – Retail Sales – new” popped up for Washington, DC. Yes, yes, not everyone likes their clothing. Noted. But for those who do – this is one more reason to get excited! Though it still may be worth taking with a grain of a salt as their website makes no mention of a Washington DC expansion:

“Our clothes are functional, designed with innovative features and available in a wide range of colors and styles. Our designers are artistic apparel engineers, dedicated to finding elegant solutions to common garment dilemmas. We now operate more than 1,400 stores in 16 countries worldwide. This fall we will open 18 new stores in the US, in addition to the already 21 in the Northeast and the San Francisco Bay Area. We will be expanding into new markets including Boston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia metro areas.”

UPDATE: CityCenter Rep says they aren’t coming. According to OP, Uniqlo says it’s news to them so they can’t confirm or deny.

10/30/14 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 3-4 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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“This is my sweet cat Fiona in Capitol Hill. She is usually really good, but I had to cat shame her after she puked all over my bed one morning….”

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“Rumor, my Bedlington Terrier god-dog doing his stealth impression on some carpet that matches him pretty well. Can you tell where dog ends and carpet begins? Rumor lives in Columbia Heights.”

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“This is Rex, from H Street, our Jack Russell Terrier stuck in a cat suit. She is doing her best impression of a Sea Otter in the bathroom sink.”

10/30/14 3:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

From DPW:

Residential Street Sweeping Ends Friday, October 31

Weekly residential mechanical street cleaning will end for the season Friday, October 31, 2014. “No Parking/Street Cleaning” restrictions will be lifted and motorists may park on posted, alternate-side, daytime sweeping routes without moving their cars on street-cleaning days. All other parking restrictions will remain in effect. Residential street sweeping will resume Monday, March 2, 2015, weather permitting.

Residential street sweeping is suspended for public safety concerns and to allow DPW employees to transition to leaf collection duties, which starts November 3. The sweepers release a fine spray of water to control dust as they sweep. When the temperature is at freezing or below, the spray can freeze and cause hazards for vehicles and pedestrians.

Overnight sweeping along the District’s major roadways, e.g., Pennsylvania, Georgia, Constitution, and Independence Avenues, will continue all winter, as weather permits. Motorists should obey the street sweeping signs posted along these and other streets where sweeping occurs.

2014-2015 Leaf Collection Season Begins Monday, November 3

Leaf collection runs from November 3, 2014 through January 10, 2015. Residents should note that the same crews that collect leaves also remove snow, so leaf collection may be interrupted for snow removal duties. Leaves will be removed from neighborhood treeboxes at least twice, following the schedule that can be found at  Find the Leaf Collection Schedule for Your Neighborhood on the DPW Website, www.dpw.dc.gov. DPW asks residents to place their leaves in the treebox space the Sunday before each collection cycle.

Loose leaves raked into the treeboxes will be composted. Bagged leaves placed in the treebox space or where trash and recycling are collected will not be composted.

During the last two weeks of leaf collection season (December 28-January 10), DPW will collect holiday trees and other greenery from residents whose trash is collected by DPW. Trees and greenery should be placed where the resident’s trash is collected. Please remove all ornaments and lights and do not put the tree(s) and greenery in a bag.”

10/30/14 3:00pm

746 Park Road Northwest

This rental is located at 746 Park Road, Northwest. The listing says:

“Two unit apartment in Columbia Heights. Two-bedroom, one bath. Private outdoor space. Close to Downtown and the shops, galleries and restaurants of Logan Circle and 14th & U Street corridors. Hardwood floors, W&D, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, custom kitchen & tiled baths.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $2,495/Mo.

10/30/14 2:30pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

“Dear PoPville,

I’m trying to figure out why tap water in DC has been tasting so funny lately. About a month ago I was served water that tasted moldy to me at a restaurant in Columbia Heights. (My husband thinks it tastes like dirt, not mold). I figured they just had some unclean pitchers, even though our replacement waters still tasted bad. A week later my water at home (which we filter) in Sixteenth St Heights tasted moldy. Not constantly but for a while. And then today at work in NoMa our filtered water tastes moldy.

I grew up in DC drinking our tap water–I don’t recall it tasting like this in the past. My basic googling hasn’t uncovered any out of the ordinary stuff happening at WASA.

Has anyone else had the same problem? Does anyone have any idea what’s going on?”

Ed. Note: We’ve previously spoken about chlorine in the drinking water temporarily but that is usually around spring time.

10/30/14 2:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user number7cloud

Trick or treat, but when?:

“Even though my house STILL isn’t ready to live in (renovation and DC permit woes), I’ve taken the time to decorate my lawn-port-a-potty and will be there, probably with candles on the porch, giving out candy for the kids.

3 questions:
1) When should I be there to catch the earliest trick-or-treaters,
2) How much candy is a safe bet? (I got 4 bags / about 400 pieces)
3) and when can I expect it to be late enough to go down to Meridian Pint after the last of the pillow-case-carrying high school kids are done?

Fair warming: I’m super nice until I get some adult lying that they’re carrying a bag for “a sick kid at home.” ‘aint no kid so sick they don’t go out on halloween (I mean it’s possible but 99% of the time it’s a lie).”

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