08/21/14 3:30pm

f 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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“Porter in Columbia Heights taking it all in and lounging the day away.”

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“Marlow from Shaw, enjoying a casual morning.”

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“Luna, a Pleasant Plains resident and an AmStaff/Shar Pei mix, enjoys lunch on the patio at dog-friendly DC Reynolds”

08/21/14 3:15pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user J Sonder

From a press release:

“Today, the District of Columbia Police Union endorsed David Catania for Mayor of the District of Columbia. The union represents approximately 3,600 police officers, detectives, and sergeants in the Metropolitan Police Department. It was founded in 1982 and is one of the city’s largest collective bargaining units. Catania welcomed the endorsement and spoke about the need to field the best trained and best equipped police department in the country.

“Last week, 21 people were shot in the District, including 6 people steps from where we are standing today,” said Catania. “I want our officers and our residents to know that, as Mayor, I will never neglect their safety. We can’t pretend that policing the District is the same as the suburbs.”

Residents of the Nation’s Capital live with elevated public safety and security risks, and they deserve the best police force in the country and Mayor who is capable of leading them, especially in a time of crisis. Catania noted the excellent work of the police department in recent years but said we must do a better job ensuring that our best officers do not leave the department. As Mayor, Catania will make it a priority to understand why great officers leave our police department and how we can stop it.

“If we lose an excellent officer to the suburbs because we don’t recognize the increased complexities of working in the District, then we have failed our residents,” said Catania. “I believe that recruiting, training, and maintaining an excellent police force decreases the possibility of mistrust between the police and the public.”

08/21/14 3:00pm

939 Longfellow Street Northwest

This rental is located at 939 Longfellow Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Stunning renovated 1st floor 1BR, 1BA Apt. Perfect Location. Hardwood Floors Beautiful Gourmet Kitchen w/ SS Appliances, Granite Counters, Dishwasher, storage. Don~t miss this seeing this beautiful unit. Video Home Tour available. Please email or call to see right away.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,200/Mo.

08/21/14 2:30pm

“Dear PoPville,

In March we had to file a lawsuit against the house flippers who sold us our house. Turns out they had illegally renovated our house. The flipper did not even have a D.C. business license. He runs approximately 15 limited liability corporations (LLCs) out of his $2 million house in Potomac, Maryland. Like some (but not all) other house flippers, he runs the house flipping LLCs like shell companies, undercapitalizing them, mixing his personal assets with the LLC assets, and failing to hold any board meetings or to otherwise respect the formal rules that govern LLCs. Those shell companies essentially protect him from liability and make it hard to find out who is behind the shoddy construction. We fully expect that the LLC he used to flip our house has no insurance and no money in it. That means that if we want to recover our losses, our attorney will have to “pierce the corporate veil” of the flipper’s LLC (a potentially expensive proposition) and show that he was using the LLC as an alter ego, that he didn’t respect the rules governing LLCs, and that he was using the LLC to perpetrate fraud.

In addition, the real estate firm for the seller/flipper was not registered and was not in good standing (and thus was also operating illegally in D.C.), and the contractor also had no license and used unlicensed subs.

Examinations of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) building permit records, deeds in the D.C. Recorder of Deeds, pre-flip real estate listings and then post-flip listings strongly suggest that the same flippers who did our house have also illegally renovated dozens of other homes in D.C. They’ve covered up their tracks well, in part by using permits for minor repair work while they greatly exceeded the permits and gutted the place amid a total rehab. Their carefully hidden illegal work includes the tearing down of load-bearing walls or columns to create a superficially nice but structurally defective and non-code compliant open floor plan, floors that sag two inches or more, an asbestos-contaminated HVAC system, a now-collapsing porch built by draping brand new casing over thoroughly rotten wood, a construction-debris-filled sewer line that will likely spew sewage into our basement yet again soon unless we excavate the pipe to replace the whole thing, zero insulation in the walls and ceilings, and several other problems. We plan to keep the house, but we know that if we ever want to be able to sell the house in the future, we will have to disclose all these problems, will have to undertake a significant redo of the house, and be able to show prospective buyers documentation regarding how we fixed each defect. (more…)

08/21/14 2:10pm

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Help! My Bike Was Stolen! + A Love Letter:

“…I know this might be a futile effort, but just hoping that the good of the internet can help keep their eyes peeled.

I left my bike locked in front of my office (M st Between 16 & 17) last night because I left my bike lights at home and I didn’t want to ride home in the dark. This AM my good ol’ faithful was missing — the Ulock had been cut by a person with superpowers or some nefarious device. Perhaps it was poofed like the 3% of the earth’s population on HBO’s The Leftovers. But I’m just not willing to accept that.

This. The bike that got me through years of art school, the bike that got me from downtown to my home in midtown one-hundred-million times, the bike that took me from Georgia to North Carolina on the dirty, shittily paved roads of the southern stretches of 95. The brakes are loose and the gears are a little weird by now, but hell, I’m so pathetically in love with the thing I’d even buy it back. “Just shut up and take my money,” I’ll say.

I’m sorry I always talked about how I didn’t like your sporty appearance because I do. I’m sorry for that one time that I rode you around the coastal highways too much and you got rust from the salty air. I’m sorry I left you behind that weekend and cheated on you with another bike, but mostly I’m just sorry that your gone. Please come back.

PS. I love you.

The bike is a Specialized green and white “Vita” 21-spd hybrid, 27″ spoke wheels, thumb shift, quick release, gel seat for anyone who cares to help! I would GREATLY appreciate it.”

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08/21/14 1:35pm

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Photo via Washington Humane Society’s Facebook page

From the Washington Humane Society:

“The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) was alerted to a Pygmy goat just running down the street! He had obviously taken a few wrong turns, and was calculating his next move when he was spotted on V Street, NE, between 31st and 33rd Streets.

WHS Animal Care and Control Officer Beth Phillips was quickly en route. Sure enough, a young, male goat had been corralled by MPD into their vehicle maintenance facility. Officer Phillips arrived and sprang into action, easily leashing up our new friend and guiding him safely into her van.

Back at the New York Avenue animal center, Billy was given a deluxe suite in our agility yard. For the first few days his fame overwhelmed him, so he rested beneath the stairs. But after settling in, and spying on the nearby dogs inquisitively, Billy took to exploring his temporary home and lying in the sun.

In the meantime, WHS searched for a more suitable habitat for Billy, and soon found one with our friends at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Just three days later, Billy was once more catching a ride, this time to his new home.”

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Washington Humane Society

08/21/14 1:25pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user streetamatic.com

“My son turned 2 this summer and walked home from a party store near our house with balloons for the party. A few neighbors asked what they were for and my husband invited them to stop over if they could. Two neighbors came by after the party was over each with a card and a gift for my son. I love our block.”

Ed. Note: We hear a lot about crime in certain neighborhoods. This is the other side of the coin. If you have a story/experience from your own mean streets please send a brief description in an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dog)com and include what neighborhood you live in.

08/21/14 12:55pm

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This unit is located at 1125 Maryland Avenue, Northeast. The listing says:

“The perfect marriage of design and function in an unbeatable Capitol Hill location! The smart floor plan features an updated kitchen w/ new appliances, tons of cabinet space and granite countertops, gleaming hardwood floors, washer & dryer in unit and plenty of storage space. Close to public transportation options, Stanton &Lincoln parks, walking distance to Eastern Market, H Street &so much more!”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $239,000 ($198 monthly fee.)