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“Dear PoPville,

Does anyone know what the waka is going on with 3228 Hiatt Pl NW? When it was last featured on PoPville back in 2011, it was nominated for the Horse’s Ass, which may have spurred on the property’s owners to achieve even greater levels of decrepitude. Rather than just letting it rot, they’ve been actively tearing off architectural details, and making and then “patching” mystifying holes in the brick facade and window openings. It’s sad to see what’s been done to this once-handsome building, and I can’t find any recent info online about the property.

I’m not normally a historic preservationist hand-wringer type, but walking by this building almost daily puts it on my mind a lot. My curiosity finally got the better of me, so I thought I’d ask around.

Thanks for any insights!”

03/26/15 3:30pm

If 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 6-8 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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“Dexter of Petworth, fighting sleep because he has a massive case of FOMO. Dexter is a WHS alum.” Ed. Note: I had to ask ‘fear of missing out’.

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“This is Rilo, U Street’s newest resident! She was recently adopted from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.”

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“This is Bree, whose sister Lola has mistaken her for a pillow. Their human lives at Eastern Market.”

03/26/15 3:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user m01229

From DDOT:

“Starting this Monday, March 30, the DC Circulator will extend its service hours by two hours on week nights and add Saturday service on the Union Station—Navy Yard Metro and Potomac Avenue Metro—Skyland via Barracks Row routes.

Both routes will run Mondays through Fridays from 6 am to 9 pm, and Saturdays from 7 am to 9 pm. The extended hours will run until Saturday, October 3, 2015.

Union Station–Navy Yard Metro Stop Change

As of March 30, buses at Union Station headed in the direction of Navy Yard will only serve the stop at Massachusetts Avenue, NE, and Columbus Circle, NE, before turning right at Columbus Circle to head south on Second Street, NE.

Buses on this route will no longer service the First Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NE, or Second Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NE, bus stops headed eastbound.

DC Circulator to Ballpark

For every Washington Nationals night game (beginning at 4:05 pm or later), the Union Station—Navy Yard route will operate until midnight. For Sunday home games, the route will operate from 10 am to 10 pm.”

03/26/15 2:40pm

From an email:

“The District of Columbia Sexual Assault Response Team (DC SART) is launching a public awareness campaign to improve public response to sexual assault.

The campaign is called Start by Believing, because a friend or family member is typically the first person a victim confides in after an assault, and each person’s reaction is the first step in a long path toward justice and healing. Knowing how to respond is critical—a negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where sexual assault predators face zero consequences for their crimes.

Research documents that rapists attack an average of six times, which means that one failed response can equal five more victims. Start by Believing will lead the way toward stopping this cycle, by creating a positive community response, informing the public, uniting allies and supporters, and improving our personal reactions. The goal is to change our community and outcomes for victims, one response at a time.

The Start By Believing campaign was developed by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI). DC SART is comprised of the following organization and government partners: DC Office of Victim Services, DC Metropolitan Police Department, United States Park Police, DC Forensic Nurse Examiners, Network for Victim Recovery of DC, Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, Georgetown University Health Education Services, DC Rape Crisis Center, DC Department of Forensic Sciences, DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

The agencies listed are involved in launching the campaign in the District and are prepared to respond to survivors in our region.  If you or anybody you know has been sexually assaulted, help and resources are available at www.askdc.org or for campus specific resources, www.uaskdc.orgTo report a sexual assault, call 911. To obtain resources without reporting to police, call the DC SANE Call Center at 1-800-641-4028.

For more information about the campaign, please visit www.startbybelieving.org.   For more information about DC SART please visit http://dcforensicnurses.org

03/26/15 2:10pm

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HELP! Pepco is out of control:

“Our Pepco bill for February is $356, this is about $80 more than in January which was already extremely high for our two bedroom one bath condo. The bill states that our usage is about $270 (for ‘New electric supply charges-SOS Provider) which is approximately the same as last month’s bill (and already outrageous), however this month there is an added $85 charge (for ‘New electric distribution charges-Pepco’) which was not there before. We also have a Nest thermostat which is supposed to decrease our energy use, but our bill is going up every month significantly. Every bill states that it is an actual reading, but it doesn’t seem right either.

We also went on Pepco’s website and realized that the chart stating what we’ve paid over the last four months (we moved here in November) does not match up to what our bill was (see attached screenshots). I don’t know what to do at this point, but I do know that $356 is way too much to pay for a 2 bedroom condo. Not to mention that our house has never been above 64 degrees this winter in an effort to minimize the bill. Do you know what this ‘New electric distribution charge’ is or if there is any action we can take to get our bill lowered to a reasonable price? Are there any other competitive providers who do not go through Pepco, or are they the only choice? Any advice is welcome!”

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03/26/15 1:28pm

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From a press release:

“Founded by Stu Davenport, and for the past seven years, Big Bear Café has been the Bloomingdale neighborhood spot for one of the area’s best cups of coffee or tea; breakfast or a homemade lunch, all served in a comfortable, welcoming environment or on the restaurant’s cobblestone patio surrounded by herb and flower gardens. Truly a ‘neighborhood’ spot, it has been involved in the founding of the area’s farmers’ market, community activities and social causes.

About two years ago, it began serving Chili in the evening, and has since grown its dinner menu utilizing the talents of some seriously pedigreed chefs. Fast forward to 2015, Big Bear Café is offering dinner Monday through Saturday, with plates that are stellar from product to presentation, a great selection of beer, wine and spirits, and a new James Beard nominated chef in the kitchen, front of the house manager and table service. The patio has also expanded to accommodate more diners (seats approximately 65-70). (more…)

03/26/15 12:55pm

125 T Street Northwest

This unit is located at 125 T Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“OPEN SAT/SUN 1-4! Stunning 2-bed, 2-bath condo, in a converted rowhouse, and on a delightful tree-lined block in Bloomingdale! Granite counters, exposed brick, recessed lights, attached master bath w/ spa tub, and crown molding throughout. Washer/dryer in-unit, and building is pet-friendly, with LOW FEE! Only blocks to metro, and close to Boundary Stone, Red Hen, Big Bear, Farmers Market and more!”

125 T Street Northwest living

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $425,000 ($200 monthly fee.)