03/02/15 3:10pm

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser named Gregory M. Dean as Chief of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS).

“The safety and well-being of District residents is my top priority and FEMS is at the frontlines of this effort. Chief Dean is a proven, collaborative leader who led a department with an international reputation for its fire-based EMS performance. I am certain that he will work with our emergency first responders and the community to move the department forward in exciting ways,” said Mayor Bowser.

“I look forward to working with Mayor Bowser and FEMS providers to deliver efficient and compassionate fire and emergency medical services to the residents in all eight Wards,” said Dean. “We will build on the Department’s strengths and bring a data driven approach that will ensure we are delivering top-notch services 24/7.”

Dean previously served for 10 years as the Fire EMS chief for Seattle, Washington, where he led the administrative and operational functions of a team of 1,150 employees with a $175 million budget. He brings homeland security expertise and a reputation for working well with residents, labor and other stakeholders. (more…)

1701 Park Rd Nw

This rental is located at 1701 Park Road, NW. The listing says:

“A large 1 Bedroom Apartment at the Park Regent with a huge closet is available. Hardwood floors, High Ceilings & Large Windows. Historic building located in Mt Pleasant. Great access to #42, H2, H4 & S bus routes and 3 blocks to Columbia Heights Green line Metro station. Also close to Rock Creek Park and the Zoo. Quiet neighborhood, yet close to the action in Adams Morgan. Lots of shopping at mom & pop stores close by and Target, Giant, Staples and other large store within walking distance. Zip car and Bike share located across the street. Elevator building with exercise facilities, indoor bike storage and laundry located on lower level. Rent includes Heat, Hot Water & Gas for cooking. Tenant pays only for electric (Est $20-$25/mo)”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,699/Mo.

03/02/15 2:30pm

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“Dear PoPville,

DC has parking time limits in many areas, but the ParkMobile app keeps letting you pay. Unfortunately, this resulted in a ticket. Sketchy on my part, perhaps, but I do find it ridiculous that the city continued to take my money through the app only to ticket me. I protested the ticket but lost and will pay it, since I’m a decent citizen (I guess), but frankly I see a serious problem here. Either the app can alert you that you can’t stay in the zone, or a ticket is unfair — can’t have it both ways.

Perhaps others have had a similar experience.

Update:

I heard back from ParkMobile; I emailed them explaining the situation and this is what they had to say when explaining that the app keeps allowing you to extend your time and pay: “Our zones are configured in the way DC dictates and they haven’t asked us to restrict parking for this regulation.” It seems the app has the technology…but DC chooses not to use it, I’m sure for their benefit.”

03/02/15 2:10pm

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Pipe burst, flooded apt. What can I demand as a tenant?:

“Please help if you have any experience or legal knowledge with issues like severe flood damage to your apartment (as a tenant.) Landlords: feel free to chime in, too.

Really stressed out here and seeking advice! :(

Question: What can I expect for compensation for the trouble of being displaced out of my home?
Backstory: Pipe burst Saturday 2/21 late at night. I came home to discover 3 inches of standing water in my bedroom, and also in 2nd bedroom (roommate was out of town). Water came from a pipe somewhere behind the walls of the 2nd floor. It was not my fault or negligence. Landlord came as soon as he knew, and he did call contractors, (but did not admit the issue or apologize). Contractors came the following morning. The pipe that had burst was one that went to an external spigot and they had questioned why there was no valve for that pipe to prevent exactly this kind of situation. (In other words, implying he is to blame for not ensuring that precaution.) Damage: mostly structural– all carpeting, walls, and ceiling, insulation, and some piping needs to be re-done. Personal Damage: clothes, shoes, documents/books, furniture.

Total time for repairs: Minimum 14 days. It is an absolute mess right now. Carpet has been ripped up but the place is not dry yet which means they haven’t put up the new drywall.

Landlord found us temporary housing but is not offering any more. He frequently resists our requests. As a result, both my roommate and I had to scramble to find accommodation, and he is not even sure when the repairs will be done.

Some may argue that pipes freeze as a result of Mother Nature — or God?– and so it unfortunately is something unexpected and should be treated like an accident.

My concern: Many people have differing views and advice on this. After calling DC Tenant Rights Office, they said if he accommodated us, then I am still required to pay rent. Now he is not accommodating us.
Do we simply pay a pro-rated event (calculated per diem), or can I also add on costs of inconvenience such as getting cabs to transport my belongings, a day off work for the trouble of moving belongings and finding alternative housing? What about utilities?

At this point I am rambling but just have so much burden on my brain.
Please put in your thoughts, ESPECIALLY if you have been through this or KNOW your rights.

Many thanks!”

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03/02/15 1:55pm

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03/02/15 1:45pm

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From an email:

“Tuesday is National Pancake Day, in which area IHOP restaurants give away free short stacks of pancakes to all customers throughout the day and in lieu of payment, they ask that patrons make a donation in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Throughout the 10+ year partnership with LLS locally, IHOP has raised more than $1 million for our mission, with a $325,000 goal this year.”

IHOP is located on the 1400 block of Irving St, NW in DC USA

03/02/15 12:55pm

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This house is located at 1251 K Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A PIECE OF THE HILL***WALK TO POTOMAC AVE METRO, EASTERN MARKET, HARRIS TEETER AND CAPITOL BIKE SHARE***NEWLY UPDATED WITH SELLER CREDIT TOWARDS NEW APPLIANCES***KITCHEN WITH OPEN FLOOR PLAN***GREAT LIGHT***NEW HARDWOOD FLOORING***GRANITE COUNTERTOPS AND MORE!”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $545,000.

03/02/15 11:45am

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Excitement continues to build for Purple Patch the American–Filipino restaurant coming to the Tonic space in Mt. Pleasant. A reader sends the note above and their facebook page shares:

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You will be able to try our chicken wing with Guaillo pepper sauce, celery and carrot salad with blue cheese vinaigrette sooner than you think!!”

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3155 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW