08/22/14 3:30pm

Ed. Note: Thanks to Michelle for putting together this list of adoptable pets. It will be featured the last Friday every month. If you are interested in submitting an adoptable pet you can email Michelle at Help.the.Pups.DC(at)gmail(dot)com


Derby and Preakness – Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Derby and Preakness are two adorable kittens from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.  These two kittens are full of energy – whether attacking a ball, running for a teaser toy, or bird watching through the window, these kittens love life!  When they tucker themselves out, they’ll curl up next to you, purr, and drift off for a nap.  They are even treat motivated enough that you could probably teach them tricks!  If you are interested in adopting Derby, Preakness, or any of our adoptable animals, please fill out our cat adoption questionnaire and email it here.  Homeward Trails needs more cat fosters, so if you are interested, please contact Lori here.  You can also meet some of our adoptable animals at one of our events!


Betita – Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

Betita is a seven-month old shepherd mix from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.  She is a very sweet little girl from Puerto Rico.  As seen here, she’s just too cute!  She has just discovered dogs toys, gets along with other pups, and loves to go on walks – literally skipping along with her ears up and wagging her tail.  Though she is shy, she is gaining confidence every day and now even jumps to her foster mom to go for those walks she loves to much!  To adopt Betita, please fill out our adoption application available here and email it to Elissa.  We have many adoptable animals, so feel free come check us out at one of our events!

More great pets after the jump. (more…)

08/22/14 3:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user philliefan99

Terrible update to our snowy owl who was hit by a bus in Jan. then taken to Minnesota for care then released into the wild. The Raptor Center reports:

“Sadly, we’re writing today to let you know that The Raptor Center has learned the snowy owl’s body has been recovered from the shoulder of a Minnesota highway, near where he had been released last spring. The snowy’s cause of death is uncertain, but the placement of the body indicates he may have been hit by a vehicle. The body was in good condition, indicating the owl was successfully hunting, and was identifiable by a bird band placed on the leg prior to release.”

3060 16th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 3060 16th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Lovely condo in Old World building! Spacious, bright and sunny one bedroom unit located on the 6th floor with beautiful views of DC from every window. Hardwood floors, generous closet space, renovated bathroom and Kitchen with granite counter tops and SS appliances. One block from Columbia Heights metro and bus stop right outside the building.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,700/Mo.

08/22/14 2:30pm

1125 Spring Road, NW

“Dear PoPville,

DC government has posted materials about the project here.

The results of a resident survey are available here.

The city has their own spin on it. The city suggests that 80% of respondents want “some” mix “ranging from 10% – 100%”.

Even using the skewed questions (only offering choices at % levels that seem pretty arbitrary), however, 72% of respondents want there to be 1/4 or less affordable housing in the complex.

That’s just a quick glance. There are some upcoming public meetings as well.”

From ANC Rep Vann-Di M. Galloway:

“The Department of General Services will host a follow-up to the August 12th Community Meeting. It will be held on Tuesday, 9 September from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Raymond Recreation Center in the Multipurpose Room on the second floor.

In this meeting we will discuss Program Development for 1125 Spring Road, N.W.”

08/22/14 2:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

DCRA and Basement Apartments, again

“I am in the middle of a Pro-Active Building Inspection on a basement apartment for which I have had a C of O for 24 years and a current Basic Business License. The Inspector claims that my two bedrooms are illegal because there is not sufficient fire egress, yet what he cites is the DCMR 14 (which just deals with maintenance – keeping the egress clear) and the International Residential Code (for which he gave me copies of the rules). But the IRC, as I understand it, deals with new buildings and/or buildings with two units or less. My building has of C of O for three units (they don’t do Pro-Active Inspections on two-unit buildings). This is covered by the International Construction Code and its Fire Code and Existing Building Codes, as modified by DC. The Fire Code section on Egress says that bedrooms in basement apartments meed the requirements if they have doors that open directly onto an Exit Path, which mine do.

Now the Codes are very convoluted, with numerous revisions and cross-references (and some of the cross-references have not been updated to reflect revisions). Both the Inspector and his boss told me to find a contractor who knows the rules and let him get the permits, letting the permit inspectors sort it out. I talked to an old friend who had been a building inspector for a long time (now retired) and he said, “you can always appeal”.

My contractor has had a designer and permit expeditor who is supposed to sort this out, but they are not returning phone calls from him or me.

Has anybody had similar experience with basement egress issues or can recommend a knowledgeable expert?”

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08/22/14 12:55pm

309 Seaton Place Northeast

This house is located at 309 Seaton Place, Northeast. The listing says:

“Porch front rowhouse with high ceiling and period details. Open floor plan. Rear porches integrated into living room area for a large 3 bedrboom home. Insulated windows and doors, radiant heat in a larger than typical Eckington home. Sunny Exposure. Minutes to Metro.Shows well.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $439,000.

08/22/14 11:55am

Alleged incident at Petworth Market just north of metro stop

“Dear PoPville,

Last night, I went into the store around 10:40pm to get some matches. While standing in line, a man behind me slapped me really hard on the ass, and slinked away with a satisfied, perverted grin. I only saw his side profile. He was young, in his mid 20′s, with a curly high top, and light brown skin.

The man behind the glass was laughing so hard. He apologized, saying, “I’m so sorry to laugh, but in my country, nothing like this ever happens, since I’ve been here, I’ve seen so much crazy shit!” He offered to show the video to the police, but I was so damn mad and humiliated that I just wanted to go home.

My friend told me that a lot of these incidences have been happening to women, so I just wanted to let someone know in case this pervert is serially assaulting random women.

If this man would have slapped me in my face with the same vigor, it would be assault no question. But because he slapped me on my ass, it was funny. I was so shocked that it happened, even I had to laugh a bit. What kind of fetish is this? I mean, it wasn’t like child’s play. He slapped me so hard, my ass was stinging all the way home. And that look on his face… I couldn’t sleep last night because I was so upset.”