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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10/30/14 1:20pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I saw this Halloween display on Woodley Rd near the Marriott. It looked like a very cool Halloween decoration from the road (it’s a mummy scarecrow, there are crows but the lighting was terrible at night so it was hard to capture them).

The sign on it says “This is a most tasteless display and sign (note: “sign” has a strike through). 4500 people have died and countless are grappling with it. Please be compassionate.”

I’m guessing the 4500 is referring to Ebola victims, but why the need for the sign? Does anyone out there know if there was another sign on it before that said “Ebola victim” or something, and that’s why the word “sign” is crossed out? I regret not having flipped this one over while I had the chance to see if the other side said anything antagonistic or controversial.”

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10/30/14 12:55pm

243 Hawaii Avenue Northeast

This house is located at 243 Hawaii Avenue, Northeast. The listing says:

“Brookland Beckons! Delightfully renovated semi-detached home, 10 min walk to Brookland Metro! The perfect package at the perfect price, just in time for the holidays. The sun lights up this home with huge picture windows. 3BR/2FB, renovated kitchen w granite/stainless steel and updated baths. Hwd floors. Gorgeous Master BR. Quiet street, short walk to Catholic U/Metro/Restaurants.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $384,900.

10/30/14 12:40pm

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2015 artwork by Jing Jing Tsong from the Big Island, Hawaii

From a press release:

“The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan, Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC, sponsors, and stakeholders joined Wednesday evening for a preview for the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 12).

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Paradeâ presented by Events DC is on Saturday, April 11 (10:00am-noon), nationally syndicated once again with the organization’s support.

The 2015 artwork was unveiled (pictured above). The official artist is Jing Jing Tsong from the Big Island, Hawaii. She is critically acclaimed for her illustration work that combines traditional printmaking and digital techniques to create vibrant compositions of color, pattern and texture. The one-of-a-kind artwork is an annual collector’s item, and will be featured on the 2015 poster and official merchandise.”

10/30/14 12:15pm

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Rendering courtesy DCPL

UPDATE: DCPL notes: “The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library may include the construction of additional space for complementary non-library using a public-private partnership.”

MLK Renovation Library Building Program October 2014

Last we heard back in February Martinez + Johnson and Mecanoo Architecture Selected to Renovate MLK Library – No Decision yet on if it “will be renovated as a stand-alone library or as a mixed-use building with additional floors”. Big update from DCPL:

“The DC Public Library has revised its space estimates for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation. The entire building, plus a fifth floor, will be used to offer District residents a renovated central library.

The increased library size incorporates input to the preliminary Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation designs released in May. Initial estimates called for between 200,000 to 250,000 square feet in the building to be used for library service.

More than 3,000 people shared their ideas on the Library’s online crowdsourcing portal https://dclibrary.ideascale.com/; at community meetings; through focus groups with teens, staff and other groups; and through comment cards. In addition, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation Advisory Panel convened neighborhood meetings to answer questions and get ideas about the renovation.

The architects, working with Library officials, determined that more space would be needed in the building to accommodate many of the public’s ideas. The additional space will be used to provide new services including: (more…)

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705 6th Street, NW

Sometimes I feel like people are just messing with me…

From a press release:

“Daikaya, the popular izakaya & ramen shop, owned by Partners Daisuke Utagawa, Yama Jewayni and Executive Chef/Partner Katsuya Fukushima, is excited to recognize Godzilla’s officialbirthday on November 3rd. The restaurant will be featuring Godzilla-inspired dishes and three specialty cocktails from Monday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 9th. Also, on November 3rd, guests dining at Daikaya will be able to view the popular Godzilla film beginning at 6 PM, and it will loop through the entire evening until closing time at 10 PM.

Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima’s monster birthday dishes are Gozira Karaage with marinated alligator lightly tossed in potato starch and deep fried and served with a fiery dipping sauce for $9, Bambi meets Godzilla “Tsukune” with grilled elk and pork meatballs dipped in yakitori sauce for $5, and Godzilla’s Pretty Cool a fire-breathing soft serve snickers ice cream with snickers pieces, doused with Japanese whiskey, and flamed for $4.

For the perfect pairing, newly appointed Beverage Director Jamie MacBain has created three cocktails for the birthday celebration: King of the Monsters, Nishi Yoshida “kintaro” shochu, Cocchi Americano, and Chinese five spice bitters served on a large ice cube with a grapefruit twist; Alpha Predator, Nikka Taketsuru 12 year old whisky, Cruzan black strap rum, Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, and chocolate bitters served up with and orange twist, as well as Monster Zero-One, Choya Umeshu, Palo Cortado, Kiku Masamune taru sake and coriander bitters served up with a plum. Cocktails are priced at $11 each.”

10/30/14 11:15am

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3321 Connecticut Ave, NW

From Coppi’s facebook page T-10 days:

“BREAKING NEWS: We want to thank you all for your continued patience and support on this journey to re-opening Coppi’s Organic. This is a very exciting time and we are happy to finally share information with you that you’ve been asking for. Join us as we countdown the days for the Grand Re-Opening of Coppi’s Organic! On November 8, 2014, Coppi’s Organic will be opening its doors once again!”

10/30/14 10:45am

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Ed. Note: It has been noted that SoberRide doesn’t work for everyone. But they give a lot of rides so clearly it works for some.

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From an email:

“This Friday, October 31st, the nonprofit group, Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), will launch RightRides DC, an innovative new program to provide free and safe rides home to women and LGBTQ-identifying individuals late at night.

RightRides DC — which comes following reports of sexual assault accusations against Uber and the DC Taxicab Commission (DCTC) — seeks to help close what experts call the “safety gap.” The program’s need is evident in recent, national studies showing that  street harassment and public sexual harassment and assault disproportionately affect and limit the mobility of women and LGBT people. The program is made possible by a sponsorship from Zipcar.”