03/06/15 12:25pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mike Lock

From DPW:

“The Department of Public Works is postponing the start of the residential mechanical street sweeping program to Monday, March 16 because of continuing winter storms and subfreezing temperatures.. This seasonal sanitation program is scheduled to run each year from March 1-October 31 but the start has been delayed in the past because of weather.

Signs are posted that identify the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be enforced so the sweepers can clean the streets effectively. The fine for violating this restriction is $45. Street sweeping parking restrictions will not be enforced until the sweeping program resumes March 16. (more…)

03/06/15 12:00pm

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From a press release:

“This spring, Washingtonians can anticipate the opening of Veloce, a quick service pizza restaurant from the acclaimed culinary talent behind Pizzeria Paradiso. A custom designed Neapolitan-style brick oven will allow for fast cooking without compromising quality, producing artisanal pizza ready within a few minutes. Owned and operated by Chef Ruth Gresser, who is credited with bringing Neapolitan pizza to Washington more than 20 years ago, Veloce will be located in Downtown Washington at 1828 L Street, NW, serving both breakfast and lunch. The space will be designed by Eric Gronning, AIA of Gronning Architects with graphics by Soung Wiser of The General Design Co.

At Veloce, Gresser and team will serve personal sized veggie and meat pizzas, calzones, sandwiches and salads. The menu will feature composed breakfast and lunch pizzas, like the Rooster, which features basil pesto sauce, goat cheese, house-made chicken sausage, sweet red pepper and pine nuts. Patrons can also build their own pizzas and will have the option of four different crusts including white, whole wheat, mixed grains and seeds or gluten-free. Sauces will all be made in-house using organic and local ingredients whenever possible. Sausages will be made in-house, while a wide variety of cheese, protein and vegetable toppings will be available and sourced from small, quality producers. (more…)

03/06/15 11:30am

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Person First Project is a photo blog that seeks to give those currently or formerly experiencing homelessness in D.C. the chance to share their stories. In doing this, we hope to reduce the barriers that separate people in D.C. and spark a dialogue. The Person First Project aims to connect us – and to make us all feel a bit more human.

“I grew up in Montgomery County. I’ve been here my whole life, pretty much. Now I live in Frederick because it’s cheaper; our hotel is in Frederick. So I take the commuter bus every day to Shady Grove and then I take the Metro. It’s a little bit of a commute but it’s worth it because I couldn’t afford a hotel in Montgomery County.

I live with my two kids and my fiancé. I have a seven-month-old and a two-year-old. He stays with them all day. The whole reason we’re in this situation is because he got laid off and has disabilities, so he’s been having issues finding a job. He was a restaurant manager in Silver Spring and the restaurant just went down. He’s in the midst of filing for disability, but obviously it’s kind of hard for him to find a job with that going on.

We’ve been in and out of different hotels – now we’ve been at the same one for about three months. We’ve been bouncing around for over a year and a half. Hotels are expensive – but we weren’t smart and we ruined our credit when we were younger, so finding an apartment is very difficult. The amount I pay in a hotel probably equals what I’d pay in rent but I would never get approved anywhere. And then whoever is renting rooms on Craigslist never wants kids, a lot of people don’t want couples… there’s always something.

If I had just saved, if it hadn’t screwed my credit up – things you don’t think about when your twenty-one or twenty-two years old – I’d be in a very different situation.

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Apparently I am known as the ‘candy lady’. I’ve had so many people come by and say, ‘Good morning candy lady!’ It’s fine with me. It could be worse.

My favorite thing about doing this is getting to know people. I have met so many people that have helped me. Not even just with money, but even the most random things. My fiancé had this really infected tooth for months and we were trying to find someone to pull it. We have state insurance but it doesn’t cover dental, so everyone wanted to charge him a fee to pull this tooth. But this one lady signed him up for something and we got a phone call saying in a week and a half we could go to this church and they’d pull this tooth. Or I have a lady that used to drop off baby clothes. Cute stuff like that, so I’ve gotten to know people. I like that.

I went to University of Maryland for the full four years. I wanted to become a pharmacist… and then I had children. So that really didn’t pan out very well. I’m twenty-six, but most people think I’m older.”

– Liza, Bethesda

03/06/15 11:00am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mark Andre

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is informing the public about a consumer scam where aggressive telephone calls are being made by scammers posing as IRS representatives.

These callers usually threaten arrest or prosecution if money is not immediately paid. Technology allows the scammer to “spoof” or alter the Caller ID to make it appear that the call is coming from legitimate law enforcement or IRS phone numbers. Most of these scams originate from overseas using VOIP phone services such as Skype or MagicJack. These services allow a scammer from any part of the world to obtain a phone number with any area code they wish. Many times the scammers choose a 202 area code to add legitimacy to their scam, due to the Treasury Department and other Federal Agencies being headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The IRS will never:

Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a tax bill.
Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a Greendot pre-paid card, or wire services such as Western Union or MoneyGram.
Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, immediately HANG UP. Under no circumstances should you engage them in conversation or provide any personal information. Also do one of the following:

If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS employees can help you with a payment issue.

If you’ve been targeted by this scam, please report the incident by completing the following online report: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

Also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov

Remember to add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.

If you have further questions regarding this scam, please contact the Financial and Cyber Crimes Unit at 202-727-4159 or mpd.fraud-unit@dc.gov”

03/06/15 10:33am

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Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the founder of 10 Square Team and is affiliated with Keller Williams Capital Properties. 10 Square Team is a popville.com advertiser. Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 26 Q St NE #1
Legal Subdivision: Eckington
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Eckington
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 3 Parking: Driveway/ Off Street Levels: 2 Square Footage: Not reported Ownership: Condo
Original List Price: $569,000.
List Price at Contract: $584,000.
List Date: 2/15/2014
Days on Market: 139
Settled Sales Price: $584,000.
Seller Subsidy: $15,500.
Settlement Date: 2/27/2015
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Last week, Good Deal or Not Revisited (GDoN-R) revisited a sale of a house in Eckington that sold for $595,000. The house was a smaller scale porch front at the north end of the neighborhood.

This property is a Victorian rowhome turned into two duplex condos. It is located at the south end of the neighborhood, on the unit block, with fairly easy access to NOMA and the New York Avenue Metro, as well as Bloomingdale’s Washington Firehouse Restaurant, Big Bear Café, the Bloomingdale Farmer’s Market, and other amenities. This side of the neighborhood is heavy in the large bay front Victorians that are mirrored in Bloomingdale on the west side of North Cap.

You can see details for both units here.

The listing agent for this sale was Jason Martin with Keller Williams Capital Properties (per disclosure above, the same brokerage that the writer is affiliated with). Chad Dudley with Re/Max Realty Services represented the buyer in this transaction.

03/06/15 10:05am

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Props to David F and jaddams who sculpted this, er uh, sculpture in Bloomingdale. It looks huge and must’ve taken quite an effort to build – so I’m gonna call it a bird and say well done! Although, maybe it’s a garden gnome?

03/06/15 9:29am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

From WMATA:

“Metrobus service is transitioning from the current “moderate” snow plan to a light snow plan, with the goal of having service restored on all routes — with detours — by 10:30 a.m. today

Under the light snow plan, all Metrobus routes are in service. However, snow detours will continue in effect as shown on Metro’s website to keep buses away from hilly terrain, narrow streets and other problem areas. Riders are encouraged to check the webpage below and plan to board their bus outside of the detour zones:

http://www.wmata.com/snow/light

Metro will alert riders on a route-by-route basis through MetroAlerts (email and text message) and Twitter as detours are cancelled and normal routing is restored. Metro is also advising bus riders of the potential for delays in service dued to traffic and road conditions. Customers can use NextBus for real-time arrival information to minimize their wait time.

MetroAccess service (for riders with disabilities) will be restored at noon today. The MetroAccess call center is open to assist customers with rescheduling their trips.

Metrorail is open and operating on a regular weekday schedule.”

03/06/15 6:35am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Kevin Wolf

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Friday, March 6th the Government of the District of Columbia will open with a two-hour delay.

The District’s snow emergency will be lifted at 9:30 a.m.

Trash Pick-Up
The DC Department of Public Works will attempt to pick up trash and recycling today. If trash and recycling pick-up is discontinued because of conditions, residents are asked to hold onto their items until their next collection day.”

From Alert DC:

“The Office of Personnel Management reports that Federal Agencies in the Washington, DC area are open under 2 hour delayed arrival and employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.”

03/05/15 10:22pm

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Rendering Atlantic Plumbing project by 9:30 Club

This week’s question comes from @ChloDubs:

“@PoPville idea for Friday Q: if you had the $, which building in DC would you most like to live in?”

We can make it a two parter – rental and/or condo building. Personally I’m pretty jealous of the new Atlantic project buildings going up by the 9:30 club. Though I’d also be pretty happy in one of those buildings in Navy Yard by Yards Park. And in terms of older buildings I have a soft spot for the Cairo in Dupont and the Dresden in Kalorama. What about you guys?