09/22/14 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.

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“This is Bill of Lamond Riggs enjoying his nap time”

Sencha

“Sencha from Shaw is a fan of Pharell and the Newseum.”

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“Marcus of Takoma Park loves his radiators.”

09/22/14 3:10pm

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14th and U Street, NW

Thanks to @chinaterrell for tweeting us a link to the info from Ward One Democrats:

“The Ward One Democrats now offers monthly programs for voters. Please participate in our discussion this Wednesday, September 24, at 7:00 pm in the Reeves Center Community Room, 2000 14th Street NW (14th and U St. NW).

Our guest speaker, Camille Sabakhan is the General Counsel for the Department of General Services. She will discuss the process the District currently uses when deciding to redevelop public property — whether through sale or swap or other means. She will also discuss existing avenues for community involvement. The Department of General Services manages the District’s property holdings. Its mission is to promote the efficient and effective management of our city’s real estate investments and interests.

As a group, we will discuss whether the current process is sufficient and how the District should involve the community when redeveloping public property and space. Illustrative examples will include Grimke School, Bruce Monroe, and the Reeves Center.

Date: September 24
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center – Community Room
2000 14th Street NW”

1240 18th Street Northeast

This rental is located at 1240 18th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Lovely, bright and fresh two-bedroom unit in the Atlas District. Walk to Denny’s and H street and Arboretum. At night watch the deer come out to play. Down the street from the new Costco in Fort Lincoln and walking distance new development in Ivy City featuring retail and restaurants; a nice unit with a great view and lots of light; a must see! Walk to new streetcars and other transportation.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $1,300/Mo.

09/22/14 2:25pm

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A reader writes:

“It was hanging out on the steps to our English basement near Lincoln Park. Apparently it’s copperhead birthing season.

Update: My roommate works at the Museum of Natural History, so she’s talking to some herpetologists there. Right now, we’re just leaving through the garage….

Update: Official verdict is that it’s not a copperhead! Juvenile ratsnake (pantherophis alleghaniensis)”

Ed. Note: Heads up. Literally. Last May/June we talked about rat snakes falling out of trees in Cleveland Park and Adams Morgan.

09/22/14 2:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jordan Barab

Suggestions to move air conditioning unit about 12 inches?

“Does anyone have suggestions (DIY or contractor) to move an air conditioning unit about one foot? We’re installing a rain barrel, and the ac unit needs to be moved over just a tad. We’re hoping it won’t cost hundreds of dollars to do, but if that’s the only choice, so be it. We’re already committed to moving forward as we installed a downspout. Thanks for any ideas!”

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09/22/14 1:25pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I live in a rowhome in 16th St Heights, in where the alley is so narrow that it is barely wide enough for a vehicle. That means that the only way for DPW to access your trash bin is for you to open your gate, and push the bin right up to the alley way. Within the past year, the trash collectors have wizzed by on a number of occasions, driving through the alley and never picking up any trash. When I called repeatedly for a special collection, they say that I MUST put the can in the alley way. Been there, done that. What happens is that the private trash collecters (that service the retail/apartments down the road) barrel over the cans left in the alley for special collection, leaving them debilitated and full of trash. Trash is strewn all over, and the cycle of trying to remove the trash and debilitated bins removed continues. I call the DC service center to report dumping and to request special collections. Nothing happens. I then get multiple fines for “dumping,” and in most cases was never actually alerted to these alleged notices that I received. The DC service center conveniently loses my call records (although I have been keeping my own). I keep fighting these fines on the grounds that they can’t fine me when they don’t do their job or properly notify me. This has escalated to the courts and they have put the onus back on DPW’s, and they continue to allow the same problems to fester (meanwhile I’m still uncertain whether I will be held responsible for hundreds of dollars in fines).

Recently DPW has stopped collecting my trash, but seem to take the neighbors. Retaliation? This week, while my gate was left open to allow them to try to collect my bin (without it running the risk of being barreled over by another truck), someone snuck in to my backyard, broke into my shed and stole my brand new $900 bike, that was securely locked to a bike rack and probably removed with a lock pick or bolt cutters. The police responded to my call to report the theft and were extremely helpful, and suggested that DPW should be to blame for consistently leaving me vulnerable….ehm!

My attempts to resolve the trash collection issue have not been resolved. I have contacted Muriel Bowser’s office but still no resolve. And because I must leave my gate open to allow for collection, I was at greater vulnerability to theft. Or perhaps targeted, since the trash people seem to apparently have some disdain for me now… Does anyone have a recommendation for a competant and responsive human being in DPW to resolve this?

All I want is for my trash to be collected, to be able to maintain better security of my back yard, AND I want my beautiful new bike back. It’s truly distinctive and I’ve attached a picture of it. So if anyone sees someone riding it around DC, it’s likely that they stole it. Please let the cops know because you don’t want your property to be next.”

09/22/14 12:55pm

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This unit is located at 1310 T Street, NW. The listing says:

“Exquisite, contemporary condo by Ditto Residential. This stunner features 2BR/2.5BA on two levels (approx. 1,725SF). The main level includes LR w/floor-to-ceiling windows, gourmet open-plan kit w/massive island, Quartz countertops & top-of-the line appliances. MBR suite w/walk-in closet & private terrace & 2nd BR suite w/large cedar deck. Garage prkg for one car.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $1,199,000 ($188 monthly fee.)

The requester notes that this is one of the “castle houses” that we’ve featured as house of the day a few times over the years.