05/26/15 4:30pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Lauren Parnell Marino

From an email:

“I am pleased to announce that I’m coordinating DC’s first Master Naturalist Program scheduled to run this summer! If you have ever been interested in learning more about the natural world around you, and have the desire to “give back”, this program may be a good fit for you!

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the Master Naturalist Program, it has two components: an intensive volunteer training that gives a comprehensive overview of DC’s natural history, followed by a year-long period in which trainees complete 40 hours of volunteer service with pre-approved projects that advance conservation, environmental stewardship, and outreach in the District.

The classes will focus on DC’s physical environment, ecology, and then move on to DC’s flora and fauna. Class examples include: geology, forest ecology, taxonomy, birds, aquatic life, etc. Each class is taught by a local expert and is approximately 3 hours long, consisting of a presentation/lecture followed by a hands-on or field activity. (more…)

05/26/15 4:10pm

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Rendering via Ivy and Coney (1537 7th Street, NW)

From a Shaw listserv:

“My name is Josh Saltzman and I’m one of the owners of Ivy and Coney. We are excited to present to the neighborhood our planned roof deck expansion. This will entail us adding a full kitchen (because we know everyone is tired of eating just hot dogs), an outside bar and more seating. Additionally, the roof deck will have 12 foot walls and a retractable roof that will allow the deck to be enjoyed in all seasons and provide a large measure of noise reduction. We would love to here from all of you, our neighbors (and hopefully our customers), regarding what you think of our plans. We welcome all critiques, good and bad. We will be hosting a meeting at the Kennedy Rec Center this coming Tuesday, May 26th at 7 PM to answer any questions or concerns. Please feel free to pass our information along to any fellow residents that are less technologically inclined. A small slide set with more details: Expansion-Overview (PDF)

05/26/15 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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“Oliver, an orange American shorthair. Capitol Hill but not in the 1%er area”

Pawly

“This is Pawly of Columba Heights. He crossed the rainbow bridge over Memorial Day weekend at his favorite vacation spot Lake Anna. We was truly loved and will be deeply missed.”

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“Lola, of Petworth, seriously on neighborhood watch.”

05/26/15 3:10pm

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From DDOT:

“Hot weather began early this year and that means the DC Department of Public Works trash and recycling crews will begin their collections an hour earlier, at 6 am, when temperatures are predicted to be 90° or more Tuesday, May 26-Saturday, May 30. DPW will observe Memorial Day, Monday, May 25; therefore, collections will “slide” to the next day.

Residents may put their trash and recyclables out for pick-up starting at 6:30 pm the day before their collections. Trash and recycling containers should be removed from public space by 8 pm on the collection day or a sanitation citation may be issued.

Throughout the summer, when the temperature is predicted to be 90˚ or higher or the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments announces unhealthy air quality (Code Orange or Code Red days), DPW collection crews will begin their work at 6 am to avoid health or environmental issues.”

1320 13th Street Northwest logan

This rental is located at 1320 13th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Gorgeous 2BR/2BA Condo in Logan w/ Private Balcony! * Flowing Loft Style w/ Open Floor Plan * Spacious Master Bedroom w/ Attached Master Bath & Large Walk-In Closet * Sunlight Filled w/ Floor to Ceiling Windows * Incredible Location w/ Walk Score of 97 ! * Available Immediately for Rent & Properly Registered with DC Government as Exempted from Rent Control”

1320 13th Street Northwest

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,750/Mo.

05/26/15 2:25pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Clif Burns

“Dear PoPville,

I currently work for Community Academy Public Charter School. As you may have heard, it is closing at the end of the current school year.

Despite having signed contracts, employees were recently informed that it is very unlikely that we will be paid for leave hours we have accumulated. This is especially disappointing as the organization continues to take any responsibility; placing the blame on others. Many employees are afraid to speak out.

I am hoping you can bring attention to this issue and that some of your readers might have suggestions.

I have attached the letter employees were sent:

Employee Letter of May 15,2015 (PDF)

05/26/15 2:10pm

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Photo of an “old volvo” by PoPville flickr user psinderbrand

mechanic recommendations?

“My VW needs a new catalytic converter. I thought I found a good mechanic, but work they did a while ago has actually contributed to my need for a new catalytic converter now. I am interested in recs for good mechanics, but particularly if they seem to have an emphasis on VWs.”

You can see all forum topics and add your own here. If you are having trouble uploading your question please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail Please Note this is NOT an events calendar.

05/26/15 1:20pm

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A reader reports:

“This afternoon [Sunday] I took my 2 year old son to the Petworth water park– the one at 8th and Taylor – for its first open weekend. It was packed. Frequent visitors to that water park may notice that (what I assume are) the filters/pumps are located in the corner under large green lids a few feet from the edge of the paved play area. Next to one of these lids, towards the fence, was a white jug. I thought nothing of it since kids bring all kinds of containers to the water park. But when my little boy went over there, I followed because it had the look of a pool chemical container. I’m glad I did because it when I picked it up and, assuming it was actually full of water, sniffed it… Whoa! not water! My nose and eyes still hurt an hour later. It was a nearly full jug of muriatic (hydrochloric) acid with no top on it! (Photo attached.) This is dangerous stuff, very poisonous, and can cause serious damage to eyes. It etches concrete and cleans calcium stains and, as the photo shows, is used as a pool chemical (diluted in the water), which is why I imagine it was there. The jug is emblazoned in big red letters with: Keep away from children! With little kids running around dumping containers of water on eachother, imagine what would have happened if a 5 year old had dumped this on themselves or a friend!

Clearly this chemical was used by city workers/contractors when they turned the water park systems on to prepare the water and it was carelessly left there. Since no one was staffing the park’s building on Memorial Day, I reluctantly dumped the chemical down a storm drain and disposed of the container.

Assuming my guess is right and this was left by city staff when they turned on the water system, it was an incredibly negligent thing to do and could have ended with a very serious injury or even a poisoning death. I’m putting this is in writing to the city as well.”