07/31/14 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 3-4 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.


“Kevin from Capitol Hill”


“Dieter from the Beauregard has staked out his spot in the Heathman Hotel in Portland.”


“Franny in Eckington enjoying a good chew.”

07/31/14 3:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user ep_jhu

Thanks to all who passed on the press release:

“The 2014 U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit will take place from Monday, August 4th through Thursday, August 7th in Washington, D.C.

Security and transportation plans have been developed by a partnership of local and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies. Road closures, parking restrictions, and changes to public transportation routes and public works services will be necessary during the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit. Additions or updates to this plan may be made prior to the start of the event.

Area Road Closures/Parking Restrictions/Pedestrian Screening:
Road Closures: Closures will be coordinated by the District Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Police Department. The closures will be staggered in implementation based on the locations of Summit Events. Beginning and ending times and dates have been included with each days’ closures. All of the following areas will be posted with Emergency No Parking signage. Fencing and other physical barriers will also be in place as will uniformed law enforcement officers. Vehicular traffic will be limited to law enforcement, official participants, employees, and in certain locations, guests.

 29th St. NW between K St. NW and M St. NW from 7/30/14 (12:00AM) to 8/8/14 (12:00AM)
 F St. NW between 14th St. NW and 15th St. NW from 8/3/14 (12:00AM) to 8/8/14 (12:00AM)
 23rd St. NW Southbound Curb Lane from E St. NW to Constitution Ave. NW from 8/3/14 (6:00AM) to 8/7/13 (6:00PM)
 29th St. NW between the Canal Channel to M St. NW from 8/3/14 (12:00AM) to 8/8/14 (12:00AM)

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07/31/14 2:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80

Blown in Attic Insulation Recommendations:

“I need to add insulation to the my attic of my row house. The attic space gets lower as you get closer to back of the house. I am having trouble finding someone that will do the work because the height in the back (or lack there of). 3 Contractors have come by but said they will not do it. Has anyone had luck finding a contractor to do this work when the attic space gets lower on one end? I think there is about 3 feet in the lowest part.
Thanks for any help!”

Deck renovation:

“I’m looking at tearing down my rusty, steel backyard deck and replacing it with a wooden deck. Anyone done something similar to remove/add a (small) deck? Any advice on possible contractors and cost estimates would be appreciated!”

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07/31/14 1:20pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user ep_jhu

“Dear PoPville,

I had my bike stolen the other night right from outside of the shaw metro. The thieves cut my lock and took the bike. Sure enough I see an ad for the same bike on craigslist a day later offering it at a very low price – it was clear they were trying to get rid of it quickly. The photo was not actually of my bike, so I was only 90% sure it was the same one. When I met them to confirm it was mine and “purchase” it, my plan was to just take it. But I was met by two people who came in a car and the bike didn’t have the wheels on it so a getaway didn’t seem likely. I reluctantly paid them $100 for my bike back, but told them I knew they stole it or at least they know it was stolen. Naturally, they claimed to have “bought it off some guy on the street” the previous day.

I filed a police report once I noticed it was gone and I know what the person who sold it to me looks like and their phone # – is there any way to get these people in trouble?

I wanted to go for the sting type of operation, but I didn’t see any police nearby and I don’t have any documentation that I even own the bike.”

07/31/14 12:50pm

816 G Street Southeast

This house is located at 816 G Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“Lump in my throat. Game changer. Conjures cottage, an easy peaceful farmhouse feeling centered in a splintered world. Set-back in balance with its lot stop shopping houses, seek synergy tween work, play and personal lives. You need feeding. Chicken soup for your inner-homebody. Betsy Ross put on her party dress, left pie on the sill, hit the strip chasing men in uniform. See me re steel structure.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1.5 bath is going for $748,500.

07/31/14 11:45am

Photo via The Oval Room

From a press release:

“Ashok Bajaj is pleased announce that his landmark power dining restaurant, the Oval Room, which originally opened in October 1994, will reopen on Monday, August 4th after a complete million dollar renovation changing both the menu direction and the design scheme. James Beard Foundation’s award-nominated restaurant designer Martin Vahtra of Projects Design Associates of New York is responsible for creating its design scheme.

The restaurant’s light-filled interior will take on a sleeker ambiance. Vahtra is incorporating a white Carrera marble bar and flooring, with striking darker mahogany wood accents throughout. One will find bold art pieces, theatrical lighting, faux leather and plush fabrics with rich, deep accent colors of burgundy and deep brown contrasting soft gray, beige and touches of lilac. The large eye-catcher installation in the main dining room is a painting created by nationally recognized American artist Jennifer Bartlett. Her work combines abstract and representational styles.

In addition to a new a la carte menu, Executive Chef Tony Conte will be introducing a four-course, fixed price offering at $60 (excluding tax and gratuity) or $90 with complementing wine pairings, selected by Oval Room’s new sommelier Alek Milford. The restaurant will also introduce a $20 lunch at the bar special including one beverage (wine or a non-alcoholic choice), an entrée selection and a dessert sorbet. Those in the neighborhood will also want to drop by for Happy Hour, Monday-Friday from 5 PM to 6:30 PM, for a 20 percent savings on all libations at the bar or on the 35-seat patio, which also has new furnishing. Finally, a familiar face for many, Simon Stilwell is moving from Rasika to be the opening general manager of the new Oval Room. (more…)