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“Dear PoPville,

I currently live in DC (Primary in June).
I am moving to Virginia on March 1st, but the deadline to register is Feb 8th.

So I wont live in DC in June, so can’t vote.
I wont live in VA on Feb 8th, so I can’t register. Therefore I can’t vote.

This has me really, really angry. What can I do? I want my voice heard!”

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“I’m looking for information on how to change my party affiliation in order to vote in the primaries. I’m a DC voter. Does the PoPville community know if there is a way to do it online?”

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“Dear PoPville,

The past two days walking home from the metro at around 5 I have encountered more than a dozen drunk men hanging around my neighborhood. It was a little unnerving yesterday to hear them aggressively yelling at each other (on the verge of blows) but I kept my head down and tried to avoid them as best I could. If it weren’t for their age I would have thought I had stumbled upon a tail gate or something, the atmosphere was so similar.

Fortunately, the sidewalks in my neighborhood are mostly clear (there’s a few piles that have caved in from the side of the road) but unfortunately the cleared area is small and only wide enough for one person at a time. Tonight, a man saw me coming and jumped over the snow bank in front of me and asked for money (not a theft, just begging) and when I said no he got aggressive and touching my arm saying “please, please just a few bucks for the store…” He didn’t move aside or stop when I asked, so I had to step into the ice covered snow to get around him and almost fell. Normally I take advantage of the full width of the sidewalk, but with the snow I couldn’t do that. My purpose in sending is just to remind everyone to be aware of your surroundings, and to keep your eyes open for one another. Also, shovel your damn sidewalks more than just one shovel length in width!”

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“Dear PoPville,

One of my best friends is having her bachelorette party this weekend here in DC. Since she truly never got over the end of the boy band era, we were going to take her to the 9:30 Club’s 90s Dance Party on Saturday. However, they sold out on Friday before I bought the other half of our tickets because people either lost their minds with Snowzilla and think that Britney Spears is cool again.

Do you have any suggestions on how I can get my hands on 4 tickets? We already bought slap bracelets for crying out loud.”

If anyone has an extra ticket they’d be willing to sell please email [email protected] Thanks.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Paul Sirajuddin

“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering if anybody knows the DC law governing signage for parking restrictions, particularity for identifying snow emergency routes? I just got a ($250) ticket for parking along a snow emergency route (400 block of 6th St NW, between D and E). I try to be vigilant about this sort of thing, and I had checked the 2 or 3 parking signs in both directions of my car (about 30 yards in either direction), but it turns out there was one “snow emergency route” sign on the northern end of this very long block. There were at least 10 other cars who had likewise parked and been ticketed, and even more cars continued to park as people vacated their spots (though I warned as many as I could). Perhaps I just need to be more vigilant, but it seems reasonable to survey 6 parking signs spanning 60 or 70 yards before concluding that a block is okay to park, and clearly many others agreed (to the tune of $2500/3000 in tickets within a few minutes). Does anyone know the law on this? I searched the DC parking code for signage requirements and turned up nothing.”

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Also this just in from the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser announced today that citations issued for parking on snow emergency routes on Friday, January 22nd will be voided.

“The Blizzard of 2016 was one of the largest snow events in recent history and we are all working together to dig the District out from this storm,” said Mayor Bowser. “Despite that drivers were advised last Thursday to remove their vehicles from snow routes, I understand that some who received citations that Friday may not have known about the parking restriction, or may have been running errands in preparation for the storm. This ticket dismissal is one small way that we can continue to help each other recover from the storm.”

At 9:30 a.m. Friday, January 22nd, a snow emergency declaration went into effect requiring residents to remove their vehicles from snow emergency routes and prohibiting them from parking along these routes until the declaration expired. 2800 citations were issued Friday, each of which carried with it a fine of $250 fine and fees for towing and vehicle storage.

Unpaid citations issued for violating the January 22nd snow emergency will be voided administratively. Residents who have already paid their citations for violations that occurred on Friday, January 22nd will receive a refund. In either case, all applicable towing and storage fees still apply. Residents with questions about the citation void are asked to call 311.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Nikoo Yahyazadeh

“Dear PoPville,

Anyone have an idea when mail will be delivered again in DC? Is anyone getting mail? We haven’t had a delivery since last week (in Brookland).”

I’ve been getting a lot of these queries on twitter too – so let’s put it all together here – who has or has not gotten mail yet? Please include what neighborhood you live in. Thanks.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend not the same sign – just using to illustrate

“Dear PoPville,

I am in a bit of a parking pickle because of this snow (aren’t we all) and am looking for advice.

Someone’s put up emergency no parking signs across four/five car lengths to make room for a moving truck this weekend. Parking is already tough as it is and this snow has made it a bigger nightmare. There are still piles taller than I am.

My car is parked within the no parking zone, but it is right across the street from my apartment AND I’m leaving the country on Monday and will need to bring down very heavy luggage to put in it. I am willing to incur a ticket if it means leaving my car where it is. Luckily I’m the very last car within the blocked zone and not right in the middle of it.

Worth flouting the sign? Will I get towed? Do you know of any exceptions DCPW is making in light of the snow? Enforcement is so hit or miss with these things. Hate to be a bad neighbor to these new transplants but honestly this week is inconvenient for everyone involved.

I forgot to mention that 99% of the cars on my street are still walled in by snow and the piles on the sidewalk are at least four feet tall. Which would make maneuvering a moving truck and lifting furniture next to impossible.”

Update:

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Caroline Angelo

“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I have been searching for a financial adviser in the DC/MD/VA area and I’m struggling to find someone. On a lot of sites I’m looking at they say they START working with people who have a portfolio of $250k or $500. We definitely don’t have that, and are looking for someone who can help us get our affairs in order (mortgage, student loans, taxes, etc) and help us start investing in things other than small plate brunches. Any recommendations?”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Caroline Angelo

“Dear PoPville,

I’m writing in hopes of finding recommendations from your readers for indoor swimming pools. With the closing of the National Capital YMCA, I’m trying to find a new lap pool in the area but keep coming up blank!

I know the Anthony Bowen YMCA is open but am looking for something a little closer to downtown. I was wondering if any readers might know of some local pools (maybe ones that are part of another facility, like the JCC) or have any recommendations?

Thanks!”