08/31/15 1:15pm

diplomate move
Photo by PoPville flickr user Tyler Nelson

“Dear PoPville,

We live on a busy street in Dupont and had spots reserved legally through the city for our u-Haul. We paid the $55 fee and posted the signs the required 72 hours in advance. The morning of our move, a diplomat parked right in the middle of our spot (DC problems, right?). The city can’t ticket or tow them, so we are screwed trying to find new parking for a box truck in the middle of our very busy neighborhood, having to walk our heavy book cases, mattresses etc all the way down the block. Anyone ever had a similar issues?? Is there anything that can be done?”

08/31/15 12:15pm

3211 O Street, NW

From Crumbs and Whiskers:

“The past two months have been incredible. With your help, we have fostered over 40 cats, adopted 23 cats, and put smiles on the faces of thousands of people. Cheers to that!

But, we have also learned a lot about how we can improve. We have spent the past two months listening very carefully to everything you’ve had to say, and it’s now time for us to make some changes. So here they are:

Max Number of People: We are reducing the number of people we allow in the café at once by nearly half to eliminate overcrowding. That being said, please remember that weekends and some weeknights will still feel busy because they are our peak hours. If you would like to visit us during slow hours, we recommend weekday mornings/afternoons and late evenings.

Café Experience: We are eliminating the previous food ordering system, and are instead including complimentary coffee and tea (self serve) with your cover charge. We will also feature macarons and other treats from a neighborhood bakery for those of you with a sweet tooth. No more waiting around for orders to arrive.

Cover Charge: Starting today, August 29, our cover charge will be $15 per reservation. This charge will include complimentary coffee and tea. Due to the significant reduction in our capacity, we have no choice but to implement a small increase in our cover. We hope you’ll understand.

Seating Options: We have added additional seating options in the cat café – there are more chairs and benches for those of you who are not stoked about floor seating.

We are making lots of smaller changes as well, but these are the big ones we want you to know about. We really want you to have an amazing time at the cat café. Email us (kanchan@crumbsandwhiskers.com) if you visited Crumbs & Whiskers when we opened and did not have good time. We have some ideas on how to make it up to you.

PS. We just discovered that a lot of you really like yoga. And cats (obviously.) You know what’s coming next…”

08/31/15 11:45am


From an email:


To kick this off and to give you a chance to meet me and try our food for free, the Stevens’ and I are throwing a BBQ Wednesday, 9/2 at their house (1411 Girard St. NE), from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. I will be providing Whiffletree chicken wings and pork bratwursts off the grill for FREE! BYOB and a camp chair, if you like.

If you can, please let me know you are coming (email JesseStraight@gmail.com) and how many are coming with you so I know how much meat to bring. If you don’t end up RSVP’ing, don’t let that stop you from coming–I will bring extras!

*Also, you are welcome to place an order for any of our food at this BBQ. I will arrive to the BBQ with your order at 5pm. Again, you would place your order at www.whiffletreefarmva.com/order by 9pm 9/1.

This is an open-invitation BBQ, so please help us out and spread the word and bring your friends and family!

Our friends Bill and Alexa Stevens’ have generously agreed to be hosts of our new monthly DC delivery!

Here is how this works:
Step 1: Check out the product list here (http://www.whiffletreefarmva.com/2014-product-list/) and email Jesse your order at jessestraight@gmail.com
Step 2: We deliver coolers to the Stevens’ yard (1411 Girard St. NE, DC 20017) with your order at 12:30pm on the first Wednesday of the month. You can pick up your order from 12:30 to 8:00pm.
Step 3: You will leave a check in the designated place at the Steven’s house for us.
Step Awesome: You eat food that is good for you, the land, the animals, the farmer, and the community–and is TASTY!”

08/31/15 11:15am

Photo by PoPville flickr user Jeff Krehely

From MPD:

“Since Friday night MPD has recovered 21 illegal guns across the city. 16 arrests made for illegal gun possession.”

Some details:

“At approximately 10 pm [Saturday], MPD officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 2300 block of 18th Street, NW [Adams Morgan], as the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. It was determined that a loaded handgun was accessible to both the driver and passenger. They were both placed under arrest.”


“This evening at approximately 2225 hours officers heard the sound of gunshots in the area of the 1200 vlock of Simms Place, NE. The officers were deployed to the Trinidad area as part of Chief Lanier’s All Hands on Deck Initiative. The officers quickly alerted other officers as numerous individuals were observed fleeing the area. Members of the Fifth District’s Crime Suppression Team quickly identified an individual acting suspicious as he fled the area. Crime Suppression Team members, along with Fifth District Patrol officers, stopped the individual in the 1300 block of Childress Street, NE, following a foot chase. A loaded handgun was recovered and the individual was placed under arrest. He was charged with Carrying a Pistol Without a License. Officers canvassing the area of the 1200 block of Simms Place, NE, located and recovered two additional loaded handguns. Thankfully, no one was injuried as the result of the reckless act of firing a weapon in our community. The quick actions, keen observations and outstanding communication among the officers led to the recovery of three handguns and one arrest of an adult male. Outstanding work by all of the officers!!!”


“An adult male reported that, at about 11:46 P.M. on Sunday, August 30th, he was approached by two male subjects at 13th and Clifton Streets, NW. One of the subjects displayed a handgun and the pair demanded the complainant’s belongings. The complainant refused to comply and fled. He subsequently called 9-1-1 and gave a description of the two suspects. Upon hearing the description broadcast by the dispatcher, numerous 3D units began to canvass the area for the suspects.

Within minutes, two subjects matching the suspects’ descriptions were stopped by Focus Beat Officers D. Buerster and H. Sarin at 11th and U Streets, NW, and a BB Gun was recovered from one of them. The complainant and a witness to the offense were transported to the scene, and the suspects were positively identified as the perpetrators of the attempted robbery. The arrestees, both 15-year-old males from Washington, D.C., were placed under arrest and transported to the Juvenile Processing Center.”

and more detail from Deputy Chief Groomes:

“Good afternoon all ….sorry it took me a while to compile this information but I want to send further information on how the Patrol Districts combat violent crime such as robberies, felony assaults, shootings and also citizen complaints that are brought to the attention of the commander…this is in addition to the support that the Chief of Police has provided via specialized units and the patrol support teams…..

Each district has an established Crime Suppression Team composed of ten to sixteen uniformed officers that address specific issues that the commander focuses on …. Since June these units have been able to

Make 788 arrests

Recovered 79 GUNS

Executed 43 search warrants

Recovered 23 ATVS

Seized/Recovered hundreds of grams of Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin and PCP”

08/31/15 10:15am

via google maps

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a Second Degree Sexual Assault that occurred in the area of the 3200 block of Highland Place, Northwest.

On Sunday, August 30, 2015, between the hours of 1:15 am and approximately 2:00 am, an adult female was sexually assaulted while inside of a taxi cab. The male suspect whose nationality is unknown was operating a red and black in color taxi cab.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

08/31/15 9:45am

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

08/31/15 9:23am


From the Mayor’s office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser released the following statement in support of MPD Chief Cathy Lanier:

“After 25 years of policing DC streets, deploying officers and strategies, and building a force of highly qualified officers and leaders, in the good times and the tough times, too, I have every confidence in Chief Lanier.”


From the DC Police Union:

Members of the DC Police Union were asked the following question:

“Do you have confidence that Chief Cathy Lanier is able to properly manage the resources of the Metropolitan Police Department and keep the citizens safe?”

The members had the choice of answering YES or NO.

1,150 members responded to the poll and 1,122 answered NO, they do not have confidence in Chief Lanier‘s ability to manage MPD and keep the citizens of the District safe.

That‘s an overwhelming 97.5% that answered NO; they DO NOT have confidence in the Chief‘s leadership.”

You can read the full release here: DCPU Press Release (PDF)

08/30/15 10:22pm

Located in the Cornerstone building of Monroe Street Market on Monroe Street, NE between Michigan Ave and 7th

From an email:

“I just wanted to let you know that we’ll be opening up between Chipotle and the Barnes & Noble in a few months. We just finalized our lease this week and will be starting build-out as soon as we can. Build-out will probably take about 3 months. The shop will be called Wardman Wines, and in addition to wine, we will have a good selection of beer and spirits, as well as wine-appropriate snacks. In addition, we plan on having regular tasting events and a full schedule of wine classes. We’re very excited to be coming to the neighborhood.”