04/17/14 4:45pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe in DC

From an email:

“Tour de Fat season is back; New Belgium Brewing today announced that the highly anticipated 2014 national tour of traveling bicycle advocacy will go to ten cities from May to October. This year marks the 15th season for Tour de Fat, which will travel across the U.S. These day-long festivities are free in every city, but the proceeds from beer sales go to local non-profits. Since its inception, Tour de Fat has raised more than $3 million, and raised half-a-million dollars last year alone.

The events kick off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets, ending in a city park. That’s when eclectic entertainment takes over from musical acts to yo-yo performers, bike contests and even vaudeville acts. This year will also include some brewing education and feature a “Bicycle Revival” to inspire festival-goers to believe in the power of two-wheeled transportation.

During each tour stop, New Belgium tries to leave as little of an environmental imprint as possible. Tour de Fat hosts green vendors, has compost and recycle stations and festival trucks that operate on biofuel sourced from recycled waste oils.

In 2013, Tour de Fat traveled to 12 cities nationwide and attracted 97,500 festival attendees and 57,359 bicycle parade participants. The philanthropic events raised a total of $536,000 for local nonprofits and diverted an impressive 85 percent of waste from landfills. Tempe, Ariz., raised the most money (over $90,000) and New Belgium’s hometown of Fort Collins, Colo. attracted the most parade riders and festival-goers, both totaling 25,000 people.

See www.facebook.com/TourDeFat for the Tour de Fat credo, schedules, videos and to submit an entry to swap your gas-guzzler for a fancy new bicycle in 2014.

Tour de Fat 2014 will cycle through each of the following cities:

Washington, D.C. May 31 Yards Park”

04/17/14 4:00pm

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1443 Chapin Street, NW

This weedy lot has come a long way! From Victoria Condos website:

“One and Two Bedrooms from the $400’s to the $800’s

High-design fuses with high-technology elevating you to new heights of opulence. In a neighborhood where Washingtonians come to play, and the days are only surpassed by the nights, Victoria delivers every contemporary convenience – relax in Meridian Hill Park, dine on nearby 14th Street, and shop in Columbia Heights. These impeccably finished condominiums will enhance your urban lifestyle.

BUILDING

New construction
Striking exterior with innovative “C” shape design to maximize light
9 Underground parking spaces – completely indoor with elevator service to owner’s floor
Underground and surface parking available
Elevator service to all floors
Utility/pet shower in garage

Controlled access
Advanced sound attenuating materials
Private courtyards
Custom designed elevator lobbies
An abundance of thoughtful amenities
Comparably low condo fees
Secure garage bike storage”

More info and interior renderings here.

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From Jan. 2012:

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04/17/14 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.

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“Shanti (top) and SL (bottom) of Mt. Pleasant. This really captures the tone of their relationship.”

Ruby

“Miss Rhubarb Pie, Petworth”

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“Cosimo of Capitol Hill, very satisfied after mom’s boyfriend fed him Fancy Feast for dinner instead of his normal healthy fare.”

04/17/14 3:15pm

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1309 5th Street, NE

From Union Market:

The Union Market Drive-In is free to attend! Parking is $10 per car, but seating in the picnic area will be first come first serve, free of charge. The parking lot will open at 6pm and the movies will begin at 8.

Purchase parking now!

Friday, April 18, 2014
National Lampoon’s Vacation

Friday, April 25, 2014
Frozen

Friday, May 2, 2014
Diner

Friday, May 9, 2014
People’s Choice: James Bond Edition (voting will take place on Facebook)

From Russia With Love
The Spy Who Loved Me
Goldfinger”

2227 20th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 2227 20th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Call showing contact w/ 30 MIN notice before showing, if no answer leave a message & go show-202.277.4132. keys on the right side of the building. Pets allowed. One dog under 35 pounds or two cats. Storage unit , live-in super for the building, bike storage, & 7-common parking spots on a first come first serve basis.”

You can see more photos here.

This studio is going for $1,450/Mo.

04/17/14 2:30pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

The Nature Conservancy has been kind enough to offer to take us bird watching at Teddy Roosevelt Island again. I’m thinking early morning on Sunday May 4th. If enough folks are interested we’ll make it a go. Please let me know in the comments or email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail if you can make it and I’ll do an updated post with details if enough folks are in.

04/17/14 2:15pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user JoshBassett|PHOTOGRAPHYl

Home inspection fees:

“We would be very interested to know what others have been charged for a home inspection (house, not condo). We’re interested in the range of fees, high and low, not just the “best price” – it would also be useful to get a sense of how large the property was. We’re trying to do a reality check on an invoice. Thanks.”

You can see all forum topics and add your own here.   If you are having trouble uploading your question to the forum please try clearing your cache. If it still doesn’t work please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail

04/17/14 1:25pm

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Brookland’s Finest future home at 12th and Jackson Street, NE

From an email:

“Attached is a DC Superior Court decision handed down yesterday. I represented the plaintiff in the case. The case is a FOIA case – one of my practice areas.

The bottom line is that An ANC Commissioner got caught trying to delete a digital public document (an audio recording of an SMD meting) rather than produce it in compliance with a court order.

As a result:

The court referred the matter to both the DOJ and OAG for criminal prosecution of Commissioner Carolyn Steptoe for perjury and for attempted destruction of a public record.

The court found ANC 5B in contempt and ordered it to pay for the cost to hire a forensic computer firm to recover the audio file Commissioner Steptoe tried to delete.

The case arose from the controversy over the Brookland’s Finest liquor license application. My client asked ANC 5B for documents that Commissioner Steptoe gave to her colleagues that she said supported her position that ANC 5B should oppose the license application. My client also sought a copy of the audio recording Commissioner Steptoe made of her April 27, 2013 SMD meeting.

At a march 19, 2014 evidentiary hearing, Commissioner Steptoe testified that she denied my client’s FOIA requests because she did not like the requesters and thought their requests were “rude.”

In the end, ANC 5B was forced to produce all of the documents.”

You can read the full ruling below:

Crimmins v DC Final Order (PDF)

I have heartburn just reading this, can’t imagine actually being involved in it. And in happier news – can’t wait for Brookland’s Finest to finally be able to open soon!!