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The cheapest grocery option in C-Heights/Park View/U Street Area:

“Hey y’all – I tried to search this online, but couldn’t find a topic specific to DC that actually helped me, so I figured I’d ask here. I know what some of you may say, but I’m legit not interested in super organic farmer’s market shit – I spend money on coffee and fine liquor – not necessarily on fruit.

I normally do my shopping at Giant on Park road because it’s only a five minute walk away, but I heard from several people in my office that Giant was still pretty expensive, even with the deals. So, I guess I’m just wondering now – is there a better option in the area? All I can think of is going to the Target, maybe hiking over to the Safeway, or Biking down to Trader Joe’s or going over to Arthur’s – would it be worth it to actually head anywhere else, or should I stick to Giant?”

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A Suspicious SUV Casing Neighborhood Vehicles:

“I wanted to report some seemingly suspicious activity to the Popville community. I live on Kennedy Street NW, and the following took place on the 1300 block around 2:30 AM last Sunday.

Realizing I’d left my phone in my car, I went to retrieve it. I brought along my super-duper heavy-duty flashlight, as I typically do if I have to go out to my car late at night.
On the south side of Kennedy Street, next to the bus stop, was an idling black Cadillac Escalade, a gigantic SUV. Although I think it had DC plates, I didn’t observe closely enough to be certain, and I didn’t think much of it. I went to my car, retrieved my phone, and started back to my building. As I walked along the north side of Kennedy, this SUV started slowly moving along the cars on the south side of the street.

I looked at the driver as they drove past me; I couldn’t see anything beyond them likely being a male with closely-cropped hair, but they were definitely scrutinizing something as they drove down the street (cars? street addresses?). When I returned to my building’s front door, the vehicle did a u-turn and started down the other side of the street, again moving very slowly. There was parking to be had, so I assume they were not looking for parking. I observed from inside the lobby that the SUV then parked in the bus zone in front of my building, and idled there.

I went up to the building’s roof deck to observe them for a bit. After they sat there for a few minutes, I decided to shine my flashlight on their vehicle. They did not visibly react. Then I shone it on cars and the sidewalk around the vehicle, and on Colorado west of 14th Street (it’s a very powerful light; you can’t even look at it directly), and let it rest again on the SUV in a really deliberate, obvious way. While I can’t know for sure that they were reacting to me, the second time I let the beam linger on the SUV, it took off in a hurry, driving west to 16th Street NW at maybe 35-40 mph, and then drove north.

So, maybe it was suspicious, or maybe I was just being a bit paranoid, but it seemed hinky to me. Maybe it was nothing, or perhaps they were casing cars, looking for an address, or even waiting for an employee of an escort service. I’ll also note that somebody entered my car on this same street earlier this fall, and I don’t know exactly how they did so. They went through my glove compartment, and didn’t appear to steal anything. As they always say, don’t leave anything in your car! Be vigilant!”

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201 Massachusetts Ave, NW – Misdirected Package:

“Are there any residents or business owners in the 201 Mass Ave NE Building here? My mother in Michigan mailed my 10 year old son’s birthday present to me, but had the wrong street number on Mass Ave – she had 201 Mass Ave listed – but my work address is in the 4000 Mass Ave NW neighborhood.

Just wondering if anyone has seen a package in their mail room or business for me with 201 Mass Ave, Washington, DC 20016 as the address. The package is from Michigan and the sender has the same last name as me (which is listed on the incorrect mailing address).

Thanks for any info if you see it! We hope the post office will return it due to the miss match NE and 20016 ….but you never know.”

Found Fit bit on Massachusetts between 6th and 7th NW:

“I found it around 7pm on Saturday. It’s in a maroon case. Let me know what name is on it and I’ll get it back to you.”

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DC neighborhoods with the best Christmas lights this year:

“Zoo Lights is great and all, but the Christmas lights on houses in Cleveland Park – my bit of the District – are disappointingly few and far between. Can anyone recommend DC neighborhoods/streets that have a concentration of lights? Gaudy, over-the-top suburban cul-de-sac stuff is not really my thing, but I do love a historic neighborhood with lights that highlight our city’s great architecture.”

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Adams Morgan Liquor License Moratorium Questions:

“I know this subject has been tackled here a few times before, but I was hoping to bring a slightly different spin to this. I chose to research this issue as a class assignment and as a resident of Adams Morgan. I would like to start a more positive, open discourse regarding the pros and cons of the moratorium, instead of the current situation where both sides seem to be talking past each other. I think a great starting point for that is for the ANC to specifically state which establishments they are painting with broad brushes. Below is a copy of the body of the letter I sent over to the ANC. Feel free to constructively comment or flame me behind your pseudo-anonymous internet personas!

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Dear Commissioners,

I have been a resident of the Adams Morgan neighborhood, and more specifically ANC 1C for a couple years. While I was not initially involved in the liquor license moratorium extension discussion, I chose to begin researching the issue for a class project through Georgetown University. I wanted to understand the history of the moratorium and the pros and cons of moratorium continuation. (more…)

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Masonry and Permitting?:

“Curious to see if anyone out there knows a great mason who is also very adept at navigating DC permitting issues. It would be great to know what we can/cannot do regarding the construction of a wall/parking pad on our property – but abutting DC city property (i.e. a sidewalk). If there’s anyone out there who’s gone through this process – it would be fantastic to hear from them.

Much appreciated!”

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Michael Warren – I have your Amazon Package:

“If anyone in DC knows Michael Warren – tell him I have his Amazon Package (containing a dog water bowl and a floor mat). It was delivered to me with his name at my address. Called Amazon – they know but I’m not sure they care. They told me just to leave it outside and at some point, someone would come by and pick it up. And while I’m sure “someone” will do that, I’m not sure Amazon and I are thinking of the same person…Just saying.”

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Found Wallet:

“I found a wallet that was actually sitting on the hood of my car in Columbia Heights. If it was stolen it unfortunately looks like all the contents except the SmarTrip card were removed. However, I thought someone might want to have their wallet recovered. It’s a leather tri-fold with an engraving”

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Newborn photographer:

“We’re looking for a newborn photographer for our first child. Does anyone have any recommendations for someone who will come to us? Thanks!”

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Removing Radiators for donation:

“So I recently made the decision to remove my radiator heat system and replace it by adding a gas furnace to my pending central air install. I was wondering if somebody could recommend a contractor to pull the entire system (radiators, pipes, boiler) from my two story house and cart it down to Community Forklift or a similar organization. Also, any general advice from somebody who has had this done would be helpful as well. Thanks!

And just to be clear I do prefer radiant heat to forced air. My radiant system would need extensive work to be functional and efficient. The whole system would need to be repiped, I would need to add a radiator to the kitchen extension and the boiler takes up a 4×3 room in my living space. Instead of spending many thousands of dollars to redo the entire system I’m cutting my losses and installing central ac/gas heat from a rooftop system.”

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