03/04/15 3:10pm

Photo via ‘Lift the sled ban on Capitol Hill’

From Change.org:

“The forecast calls for a sled-worthy snowstorm to hit Washington, D.C. in the next 24 hours, likely the last opportunity for the children of D.C. to partake in a favorite childhood pastime, sledding, this winter. In recent weeks, those attempting to sled on the Capitol grounds have been brusquely asked to leave the premise.

The Regulations currently read:

AOC Sledding Regulation
No person shall coast or slide a sled within Capitol Grounds. Skiing With the exception of the use of cross-country skis or snowshoes as a means for transportation, no person shall ski on any area within Capitol Grounds.

Please lift the sled ban and allow the children of D.C. (including those who are children at heart) to take advantage of the last bit of snow this winter.”

Sign the petition here.


“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today wrote U.S. Capitol Police Board Chair Frank Larkin requesting a waiver of the sledding ban on Capitol Grounds effective from March 5-8 in anticipation of a snowstorm expected to drop a significant amount of snow in the District of Columbia. Members of Congress and the public can request a waiver of any of the Capitol Police Board Regulations. Last month, Norton wrote Larkin urging the U.S. Capitol Police Board to overturn of the prohibition on sledding on the Capitol Grounds. The Board has until March 26, 2015, to provide Norton with a formal response to her letter.

“This could be the last snowstorm the D.C. area gets this winter, and may be one of the best for sledding in years,” Norton said. “Children and their parents should able to enjoy sledding on one of the best hills in the city. This is a one-time waiver that will allow D.C. kids to sled while we await a more formal review of the ban, which will likely come after the last snow has fallen in our region. Have a heart, Mr. Larkin, a kid’s heart that is.”

Below is a copy of Norton’s letter: (more…)

03/04/15 2:55pm

2009 Vermont Avenue Northwest

This rental is located at 2009 Vermont Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“This beautiful two bedroom townhouse with hardwood floors, granite and stainless appliances in the renovated kitchen, offers you vibrant living in the U Street Corridor. Located just across the intersection from the U Street Metro and Metro bus stoops you can go anywhere in the DC metro area! A back patio and upper level deck offer outdoor spacing and leaves room for fenced parking for 1 car.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $3,600/Mo.

03/04/15 2:39pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user District Shots

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser will deploy the District Snow Team, starting at midnight Wednesday, March 4 with a full deployment of more than 200 snow trucks that will be on their routes by 2 am Thursday. The District has declared a snow emergency that will go into effect Thursday, March 5 at 7 am to allow the Snow Team to clear major streets curb-to-curb. Any vehicles parked along snow emergency routes (designated by red and white signs) after 7 am may be ticketed and towed.

The forecast calls for 5 to 8 inches of snow to fall through the day and end by 7 pm Thursday. The storm will begin as rain Wednesday night then mix with sleet before turning to all snow by 5 am. Snowfall will be heavy at times. Through most of Thursday, air and surface temperatures will be below freezing, so precipitation will stick. Overnight, Thursday into Friday, temperatures will fall well below freezing to a possible record low of 10F and remain below freezing through Friday.

Whatever the mode of travel, people are asked to be cautious because subfreezing temperatures are expected overnight. Motorists are asked to remove all snow from their vehicles before driving. Snow may blow back on following vehicles and cause accidents. Property owners are asked to put abrasives (pet-safe de-icer, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter) on their sidewalks before the storm starts. Sidewalks are to be cleared within 24 hours after the end of the storm.

Snow Emergency Details

To learn where a vehicle has been towed, call the Towed Vehicle Locator office at 202.541.6083 or go to http://dpw.dc.gov/service/locate-towed-vehicle.

The snow emergency will remain in effect until an announcement is made that it has been lifted. Motorists are asked to tune into television and radio broadcast stations or go to www.snow.dc.gov for a notice that the snow emergency has been lifted.

Vehicles ticketed for a snow emergency violation and towed by DPW will be taken to the DPW Impound Lot at 5001 Shepherd Parkway, SW 20032. The lot is open weekdays from 8 am to 6 pm, the telephone number is 202.645.5500. The lot is closed weekends, holidays and when DC government is closed. Vehicles also may be towed by private towing companies, and vehicle owners can learn where their vehicle has been towed by calling the Towed Vehicle Locator office at 202.541.6083. To have an impounded vehicle released, these fees must be paid before the vehicle will be released:

· $250 ticket for the snow emergency violation.
· $100 tow fee.
· $20 per day storage fee.

Additional fees also may be required to be paid, e.g., fees for tickets older than 60 days that have not been entered into the adjudication system.”


“In advance of the storm, Metro is advising customers of several service changes based on current weather forecasts:

Metrobus service will operate on a Moderate Snow Plan. In the interest of safety, the moderate snow plan keeps buses from operating on hilly terrain, narrow streets and other problem areas. Some routes are suspended under the Moderate Snow Plan, while others operate on detours. Visit wmata.com for details.
• In addition, Metrobus school trips in the District of Columbia (service to DC Public Schools and Public Charter Schools) will operate unless school is cancelled.
• Additional service changes may be necessary on Thursday based on weather and road conditions. All changes will be announced via MetroAlerts and posted to the Bus Alerts page at wmata.com.

• Due to the weather forecast and expected road conditions, all MetroAccess paratransit service will be SUSPENDED for the entire day on Thursday, March 5.
• The MetroAccess call center is in the process of notifying customers with existing reservations.

• All Metrorail stations will open at 5 a.m. with train service both above- and below-ground.
• Every effort will be made to maintain rail service during the storm; however, weather-related delays are possible.
• Customers are encouraged to check wmata.com before starting their trip or sign up for MetroAlerts to receive updated service information by email or text message.”

03/04/15 2:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Michael Hicks

ISO of Tiny Backyard Designer:

“This pre-Spring weather has us in the mood to decide what to do with our small backyard. The full renovation of our rowhouse is nearly (maybe) complete, leaving us with an even smaller dirt patch than we had before. We’d like to create a green urban oasis (or at least a welcoming place to sit and look at some plants and flowers!) We’re looking for someone who is good with outdoor design of small spaces. We’re not necessarily looking for builder, or at least not yet. We just want to see what is possible with what we’ve got. Any suggestions? Thank you!”

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03/04/15 12:55pm

4060 52nd Terrace Northwest_sale

This house is located at 4060 52nd Terrace, Northwest. The listing says:

“Significant custom Miller-built home w/ gracious entertaining floor-plan, classic details, and exceptional living space on 4-levels over 8,100 SF. Too many features to list. Dual formal & family LRs, custom kit w/ conservatory ceiling, 3-rm MBR suite, 4-frplces, elev., heated garage, HVAC-new 2015, 1st-flr in-law, full walkout LL. Mature landscaped private park-like grounds, 23,000SF (.54 acre)!”

You can see more photos here.

This 8 bed/4 full bath/2 half bath is going for $3,875,000.

03/04/15 12:47pm


From an email:

“Please join us on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 for the third annual Bel’le Dinner in loving memory of chef Thang Le. Chefs Erik Bruner-Yang, Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury, and John Copeland of Ghibellina will prepare a 4-course dinner at $50 per person. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA). Space is limited and reservations are required. Please email neil@tokiunderground.com for reservations.

Third Annual Bel’le Dinner
In Memory of Thang Le
Benefitting To Write Love On Her Arms

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
4-Course Dinner, $50

Beverage Pairing Optional
For Reservations: neil@tokiunderground.com”

03/04/15 12:30pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

From the National Zoo:

“Bao Bao has graduated from a panda cub to a juvenile panda!

In the wild pandas separate from their mothers around 18 months old—exactly Bao Bao’s age. Keepers have been closely following the signs that mother and cub were ready to separate for months. They saw Mei Xiang actively discourage Bao Bao from nursing, and spending more time away from her, which was expected as a female in the wild would be preparing to breed again. As these signs became more pronounced, they prepared for the final transition, and even spent nights in the panda house to make it as smooth as possible. Bao Bao now lives in her own area of the giant panda habitat, eats significantly more bamboo and solid foods (like sweet potato), and is mastering training behaviors just like her parents.

We know that as humans it can be hard to watch a mother and cub separate, but pandas are solitary animals in the wild. In order for Bao Bao to continue to thrive and become an important member of the giant panda population in human care, weaning is a natural and necessary process. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on Bao Bao and Mei Xiang’s progress!”

They grow up so fast!