05/27/15 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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“Polydactyl twins Franny & Hopper taking an afternoon nap. We adopted them from local rescue Homeward Trails after taking them in as foster cats and falling in love!”

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“Rudi of Logan Circle giving his best Blue Steel.”

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“Lemmy the tailless cat @ LeDroit Park”

05/27/15 3:10pm

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From DPW:

“The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program and The DC Department of Health (DOH) Rodent and Vector Control Division will host a live Web chat to discuss how residents can control the District’s rodent population through proper sanitation practices on Friday, May 28, 2015, at noon.

Among their numerous services, DOH provides a comprehensive rodent control and animal disease prevention program for the District, while DPW is charged with enforcing sanitation violations that can encourage vermin. Renowned Urban Rodentologist Robert Corrigan, who has studied rats and mice in cities around the world for more than 20 years, will be on hand to provide expert advice on vermin control.

To participate in the session once it has begun, place dpw.dc.gov/livechat into the search browser or visit www.dpw.dc.gov and select the “Live Chat” icon up at the top of DPW’s homepage.

WHAT: Live, One-Hour Chat to Discuss how Sanitation Impacts Rodent Control with DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr., and Urban Rodentologist Robert Corrigan

WHEN: Friday, May 28, 2015, 12:00pm-1:00pm

WHERE: dpw.dc.gov/livechat”

1101 3rd Street Southwest

This rental is located at 1101 3rd Street, Southwest. The listing says:

“Plz call due to dog. Great location near employment sites, shopping & other enjoyments that comes with city life. Metro, Starbucks, Safeway, CVS only half block away Short distance to SW waterfront, & National Baseball stadium. Rarely available studio in the Chic, modern, and eco-friendly Waterfront Towers. I.M. Pei-designed bldg, fully renovated. Rent incl gas & heat; tenant pays only elec.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,700/Mo.

05/27/15 2:30pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

“Dear PoPville,

I am getting ready to move and need a number of things fixed in my house / projects completed before I rent it out. My first thought was to do it ourselves but my husband and I work full time and have a new baby, so we just do not have the time. Then I thought I’d just hire a handyman rather than a full service general contractor, since individually these are all small projects (but collectively will be probably several days of work). I have contacted a few places (Renaissance and Handyman Services Corp, both with good online reviews) to see if they could take on the job but neither has replied. So, I’d like to know if the PoP community has any suggestions for a good handyman or contractor who’d be willing to take on the “small” jobs? The list of projects is below:

Projects:
1) replace missing trim on side of porch roof
2) patch cracks in concrete porch
3) touch up paint on interior walls
4) re-paint interior trim and doors (or instead of scraping and re-painting doors replacing doors if it will be cheaper)
5) replace lock on 1 exterior door
6) install 2 hard-wired smoke detectors (connections from an old one are already there)
7) replace broken floor tiles in bathroom
8) replace bathroom vanity
9) replace bathroom light fixture
10) paint fence in back of house
11) paint exterior window trim on back of house
12) insulate kitchen pipes (they are exposed in basement ceiling)
13) patch 2 holes in drywall ceiling where access to kitchen pipes is (we opened them up to expose the kitchen pipes to thaw them out after one of the cold snaps this winter)”

05/27/15 2:10pm

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Photo of an “old volvo” by PoPville flickr user Leonard Jewler

flipped condos — reselling issues

“another implication of the stories about condo flipping: issues with reselling

What, if any, are the ramifications of something related to a conversion going wrong after the we (the unit’s first owners/residents) complete a sale to new owners? To what extent could we be on the hook financially and legally? To what extent would it be the original builder and seller? We of course would disclose anything we know of that’s an issue, but what about things there’s no sign of? Does it fall into the category of “that’s homeownership”?

Likely we’ll just sit down with a real estate lawyer, but leave no stone unturned; some of you may have experience/knowledge with this, and others might be able to benefit from the topic, as well . . .

Thanks for any insights you all might be able to provide.”

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05/27/15 1:20pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

“Dear PoPville,

I have a rowhouse and my neighbor has a large tree with roots that are pushing up my patio, but it’s unclear whether or not they are damaging the foundation of my house. The tree also has branches that cover a large portion of my backyard and part of my house. Has anyone else been in a similar situation and if so, how did you handle it? The damage to the patio is an easy fix, but I’m concerned about the potential of significant damage to the house itself.”

Ed. Note: We’ve recently spoken about branches but I don’t think we’ve ever discussed a root situation like this.

05/27/15 12:50pm

5526 Macarthur Boulevard Northwest

This house is located at 5526 Macarthur Boulevard, Northwest. The listing says:

“Expansive 5 lvl, 6 bedroom 5.5 bath home in sought after Palisades. Huge gourmet kitchen, 6 burner Viking gas range, 2 ovens, Sub Zero, Bosch DW, wine refrigerator and vegetable sink. Master bath with separate vanities, tub and shower. Walkout level family, play, guest rooms. Special lower lvl wine storage, media area, and magnificent full bar. Close to park, shopping, dining and downtown.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 6 bed/5 full/1 half bath is going for $1,995,000.

05/27/15 12:26pm

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Photo via WMATA

From WMATA:

“Metro Transit Police (MTPD) detectives today arrested Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman (aka Kidd Cole) on charges of making terroristic threats against Metro stations, buses and trains in the Washington, D.C., area.

Stone-Coleman was arrested by MTPD officers and detectives this morning at his residence in the 1600 block of Fort Davis Place, SE, in Washington, D.C.

According to the Criminal Complaint in United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Stone-Coleman is alleged to have “knowingly [conveyed] false information concerning an attempt or alleged attempt to engage in terrorist attacks or other violence against mass transportation systems,” in violation of 18 U.S.C. § (a)(9).

Between December 12, 2014, and May 12, 2015, the Metro Transit Police Communications Division received eleven telephone calls via the 911 emergency system reporting bomb threats and/or hostage situations at or directed against Metro stations, trains and buses. In each instance, the caller conveyed specific threat information concerning destructive devices and intended acts of violence. Each report prompted an emergency response by Metro Transit Police and in some cases other law enforcement agencies. The threat information provided in each of the 911 calls turned out to be “wholly false,” according to the Complaint.

Investigators allege that Stone-Coleman made false threats on approximately eleven occasions, each resulting in an emergency response and some resulting in disruptions to transit service. Among the false threats:

On January 20, 2015, the caller claimed that people “from France” told him that they planned to ambush the President’s motorcade and assassinate him that night. The caller went on to say that the same people had placed bombs around the Potomac Avenue Metro station, and also planned to kill a police officer. As a result of these threats, the entire Potomac Avenue Metro station was shut down and sweeps were conducted to check for the reported bombs or other destructive devices.

On January 22, 2015, the caller stated that he and his friends were planning to take hostages on Metrobus 6149 and that they would kill the hostages if they were not paid a $15 million ransom.

On February 22, 2015, MTPD received a bomb threat against Metrobus 7130 from a caller who advised that an individual wearing “all black clothing” and glasses had threatened to blow up the bus and was brandishing an AS-50 sniper rifle. The caller advised that the bus was near the Capitol.

On May 12, 2015, the caller claimed that someone had approached his nephew and told him that he/she was planning to blow up the Metro station.

In another 911 hoax call, a violent threat was conveyed against a Metrobus in the District of Columbia. The bus was stopped, evacuated and an innocent citizen who matched the lookout given by the caller was detained, questioned and frisked.

On April 14, 2015, the caller told a 911 dispatcher that a bomb had been placed at the McPherson Square Metro station, and that there was a bomb at the White House.

On May 5, 2015, the caller claimed that he had received information that certain individuals were planning to blow up a bus at the Potomac Avenue Metro station.

Metro Transit Police detectives used cellular phone records, digital video surveillance from stations and buses, and telephone audio to identify Stone-Coleman. A warrant for his arrest was issued on May 26, 2015.

“We have no greater responsibility than protecting Metro’s customers and employees,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik. “This case demonstrates the seriousness with which we take all threats and the lengths to which we will go to bring those responsible to justice.”

in May 2014, Stone-Coleman appeared as “Kidd Cole” in an episode of the MTV reality show “Catfish,” a show that documents people who – according to the show’s website – “pretend to be someone [they’re] not by posting false information, such as someone else’s pictures, on social media sites usually with the intention of getting someone to fall in love with you.”

05/27/15 12:20pm

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“Dear PoPville,

We found a navy blue Cadillac in the parking garage at Techworld (800 K Street) in Chinatown that has been wrecked and abandoned. It’s parked in an area reserved for Hotel Valet in two spots with a dented front fender and destroyed front right tire. It’s clearly been in an accident with something white. We called MPD to have them come look at the vehicle and maybe match it up with any reports of a hit and run but upon calling them and asking for a report to be taken they said “That’s not gonna happen” and hung up.”