05/06/15 2:20pm

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Photo via facebook

A reader sends in this serious allegation from a facebook post by Greg Fuller:

“BEWARE of Wagtime daycare in Washington, DC. Their pit bull rescue named Blu (owned by Wagtime’s owners) attacked my 12.5 year old yellow lab, without provocation, while he was recently in daycare at Wagtime. My dog also lost a tooth & his ACL was injured. The owners did not think it needed medical attention, knowingly chose NOT to report the bite to DC Animal Control, and illegally dispensed unprescribed and unlabeled antibiotics.”

You can read the full allegations and discussion here.

05/06/15 2:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

Move In Cleaning Service

“Does anyone have any recommendations for a good Move In Cleaning Service? I’ll be moving into a condo soon and would like to have the unit cleaned prior to my move in. I’ve been searching around and have found that cleaning companies have a separate charge for “move in” services. Have no idea what the best option would be.”

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

05/06/15 1:20pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I live in the building directly behind the P Street Whole Foods, a store that prides itself on being a good neighbor. In the back of the store, 10 yards from my building, a truck called “Table Top Services,” has been parking. It’s a pop-up industrial shop where workers are making cutting boards for Whole Foods. Hour after hour they are sawing through thick plastic. Tuesday night they worked until 8pm. A gentleman from the building next door joined me because he is similarly fed up – saying they were out there working Sunday until 11pm. He also took photos and videos as documentation.

There are a significant number of young families with babies in the building as well as people who work at night, not to mention those just trying to hear each other over dinner at home. Surely an entity such as Whole Foods could find a commercial or industrial space to make their cutting boards that isn’t in an alley backing up to four large apartment buildings.

The police said that there is nothing they can do before 10pm. What other recourse is there? I of course understand when the occasional construction projects needs to be completed to update infrastructure, utilities, etc. But, a mega grocery store making cutting boards out of a pop-up truck? Come on.”

05/06/15 12:50pm

4534 29th Street Northwest

This house is located at 4534 29th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Gorgeous 4 BDR, 3.5 BATH Tudor home in the desirable Forest Hills neighborhood. Features include hwood flrs, a formal living room w/ fireplace, an oversized 1 car garage, an updated gourmet kit, an expanded MSTR suite and a full BDR/BA on the LL. This home also boasts a gorgeous landscaped backyard/patio. Blocks from Van Ness metro, Rock Creek Park and Conn Ave restaurants/shops!”

4534 29th Street Northwest inside

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,595,000.

05/06/15 12:20pm

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photo via IAFF36

From IAFF36:

“May 6th, 2015 – Local 36 regrets to inform the membership of the line-of-duty death of Lt. Kevin McCrae, 6 Engine No.4 Platoon, while operating at a 2nd Alarm apartment fire at 1330 7th St. NW this morning. Our heartfelt sympathies go to Kevin’s wife, and daughter, and to his fellow members of 6 Engine & Truck 4. We are greatly diminished with Kevin’s passing.”

05/06/15 11:50am

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Photo courtesy Little Miss Whiskey’s

From an email:

alrighty this is it, last patio feast ’til fall & we’re going all out w/ LARGE MD BLUE CRABS plus GRANVILLE MOORE’S MUSSELS:

IN SHORT:
Head Chef/Owner Jeremy Kermisch of Granville Moore’s &
Head Chef/Owner Ryan Gordon of The Queen Vic
present Large Maryland Blue Crabs steamed & spicy, plus
Mussels prepared in a Bacon/Bourbon/Corn/Tarragon/Mustard Broth
& a holy mess of corn & potatoes & sausage & baguettes…
3 PM, Saturday, 5/16
@ Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar
1104 H St NE

All-You-Can-Eat
All-You-Can-Drink
ALL AFTERNOON
$58 (NO FEES)
w/ kegs of:
New Belgium Brewing Trippel (8.5%)
New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire
tickets here.”

05/06/15 11:20am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

“Dear PoPville,

I just wanted to let you know about a situation I discovered today when I was finally able to speak with a live person in the DC Taxpayer Service Center.

Our tax preparer filed our US federal and DC local tax returns electronically on 27 March 2015.
We were owed refunds from both US and DC. The fed IRS credited our account an amazing five business days later on 3 April.

We still haven’t received the DC tax refund as of today. When we would go online at the
DC income tax return status website, we to the same reply for a month:

“Your return has been received and your refund is being processed. Please check back in a few days.”

Every time I called the contact number, the wait was over 15 minutes. Finally today i did wait, and the nice and knowledgeable woman I spoke with quickly came back with an answer.

As I had no W2 form and my spouse did and the return was filed under my Social Security Number, the customer service representative said that the District was unable to confirm that my spouse had had withheld any DC taxes. This in spite of our return having both our SSNs on it!. She said DC has an old 1999 tracking system that is unable to track withholding like that and that the primary taxpayer on a joint DC return must have a W2 showing DC tax withheld.

When I asked her what would have happened if I had not finally got through by phone, she said the return would have just been held in “pending.” DC does not notify the taxpayer that anything is wrong or missing in a case like this.

She asked me to fax or email her a copy of my spouse’s W2 which she would add to the file so the return can be processed and the refund issued. I emailed the copy of the W2 minutes after speaking with her.

Now to see if that actually happens! And how long that takes.

So if anyone is waiting for a while for a refund. Call the Taxpayer Service Number on their website.”

05/06/15 10:50am

Republic Restoratives from Pia Carusone on Vimeo.

Thanks to a reader for sending their GoFundMe page:

“Republic restoratives is a small batch, women-owned distillery and craft cocktail bar in Washington, DC launching this summer.

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While we perfect our whiskey through maturation, we will first offer you a vodka of the highest purity. You can craft vodka from many different things, but we will use eastern sweet corn. This vodka will be clean, smooth and light, and will be the direct beneficiary of our proprietary charcoal-polish process.

We strive to make an exceedingly approachable bourbon. Not too sweet, not too hot. Aged for just long enough, and never over-oaked. Think delicious, distinctive bourbon. The classic bottle you search for first, the legendary shot you ask for by name at your favorite corner bar.

Stay tuned for upcoming updates on rye, cordials and more vodka releases.”

Read more about their plans here.

05/06/15 10:25am

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A previous frustration articulated nicely

“Dear PoPville,

Checking to see if anyone knows what can be done to stop a car alarm which keeps going off down the street from my house on 10th St in Shaw. It will beep for about ten min, stop for about a min and then start again. This has been going on for about an hour. Wondering if anyone has suggestions (anyone to call?) otherwise it’s going to be a long night!!”

Ed. Note: Previously folks have had success calling 311.