07/07/15 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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“Zoe the Corgi beating the heat in Brookland”

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“Fred and George of Petworth”

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“This is Woodson from Bloomingdale. He’s a sweet little puppy who loves to nap, play and snuggle!”

07/07/15 2:50pm

3901 Tunlaw Road Northwest

This rental is located at 3901 Tunlaw Road, Northwest. The listing says:

“Great 2 BR, 1 Ba unit in Winchester Fulton. Renovated kitchen with gas cooking and separate eating area. Refinished parquet floors. Living room and large dining area. Renovated bath and 2 large bedrooms. Ceiling fans and through the wall units. Roof deck. Close to Wisconsin Avenue and shopping, restaurants and transportation. Street Parking . Available September 1st.”

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This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $2,300/Mo.

07/07/15 2:25pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Matt Steenhoek

“Dear PoPville,

I’m writing for advice about excessive noise levels that DC police have repeatedly refused to address.

Each day (every day) on the corner of 15th and Penn a band with a full drum kid, three trombones, and, occasionally, amplified vocals plays for about 6 hours. It’s a commercial district where DC law imposes a 65 decibel noise limit (DC Rule 20-2701.1) which applies to “Noise resulting from musical instruments, loud speakers,” and other sources (20-2800.1).

The trombones and drums clearly exceed these decibel limits (trombones produce sound between 85-115 decibels and drums are even louder). (In addition to being extremely loud, the band only plays four musical sequences, so it’s basically like listening to the same ten trombone blasts on repeat over the entire workday.)

Hundreds of people in my offices and in the five surrounding large office buildings have called in noise complaints over the last several months. (See the Washingtonian article–from May–mocking one office for their complaints.)

DC police regularly respond that they are unable to measure the decibel levels of the band and hence cannot tell whether they are breaking the law. In essence, they shrug their shoulders and say they won’t do anything about it.

We are all sympathetic for the guys in the band, and understand where people are coming from when they ask what the big deal is. But it is exceptionally distracting and people are very frustrated with the band itself and with the response of the city and the police. The police are basically allowing four individual street vendors to break the noise ordinance at the expense of several hundred workers.

Thus far, neither the city nor the police (nor direct outreach to the band itself) have helped. Any advice?”

07/07/15 2:10pm

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Any streets without street sweeping? Zone 2

“My boyfriend and I are going out of the country for a week and were wondering if anyone has suggestions about where to park during that time as to avoid a street sweeping ticket. Are there any streets that do not have street sweeping? We have a Zone 2 parking sticker. If not, is there anywhere we can park for cheap for a week? Thank you!”

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07/07/15 1:25pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

“Dear PoPville,

I live in an apartment on Corcoran St. NW and have been having repeated issues with moisture in walls and floor and now mold. Over the past two years, when I reported it, the landlord came and cleaned the affected areas and repainted them. The underlying sources of the moisture is still there (the apartment is partially underground), and I am now having respiratory issues (asthma basically).

DC passed a law last summer called the Air Quality Amendment Act of 2014. Although DCRA housing inspectors still do not inspect for mold (just moisture), the law now requires landlords to inspect for mold within 7 days of written notification and to remediate within 30 days if it is determined that the mold meets the threshold as defined by the law. Failure to meet these requirements allows the tenant to file a complaint in housing court and enables them to be awarded certain damages.

In my situation, I am still waiting to hear back from the landlord, but my concern is that they will “inspect” within the 7 day threshold and then claim that the mold doesn’t meet the requirements in the law for a professional remediation, proceed to clean it, and repaint the affected areas again, and then be off the hook.

So my questions are:
1) Does anyone have any experience with mold/resolving mold issues since this law took effect?
2) Should I have a professional inspection done to have definitive proof of the mold? The court can require the landlord to reimburse me if I take the landlord to court. The law also states that if I provide a written report of a professional inspection, this creates a rebuttable presumption that the landlord must have it professionally remediated, thus forcing action more quickly.
3) Should I file the complaint in housing court NOW given the time it will take to serve the landlord and to get a hearing date? Or do I need to have proof that they have failed to act in accordance with the law first?”

07/07/15 12:50pm

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This house is located at 19 15th Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“OPEN HOUSE 7/5 1-4PM. You’ll love this 5BR/3.5BA beauty just off Lincoln Park! Open & airy! Upstairs is 2 lvls and features 3 generous BRs, HWFs, Kitchen with SS appliances and honed limestone counters, LR w Gas FP, 2 car OSP, large deck + yard space, and 2nd floor terrace! 2 BR in-law suite in LL w separate entry & W/D. 2 nearby Metros. Ask about KVS $500 buyer credit.”

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This 5 bed/3.5 bath is going for $949,000.

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575 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

From a press release:

“On Monday, August 3rd, The Source by Wolfgang Puck will close for two weeks to redesign the two-level restaurant space. The restaurant will reopen to the public at the end of August with a new look. During the last week of August and the first two weeks of September, Executive Chef Scott Drewno will change over his menus in order to offer guests a new lounge concept and dining room menu that will launch at the end of September.

The Source’s first floor bar and lounge will be completely renovated and will focus on offering guests a new menu of innovative takes on classic Chinese cuisine. Additions to the space include an open wok station and new seating throughout. Beginning in September, the upstairs dining room will become home to a hot pot table designed by Art Drauglis, offerings guests a traditional Chinese hot pot experience in a tasting menu format. Guests will experience a progression of dishes that they will cook themselves at the table in a spicy Sichuan peppercorn and Facing Heaven chili broth. Both the lounge renovation and dining room update are being done by Waldo Fernandez.

A roving tableside soup cart will also join the new dining room offerings, with updated versions of traditional Chinese soups. Chef Drewno will dedicate a section of the new menu to large format dishes, which will include his dining room signature, Chinese Lacquered Duckling, served two-ways.”