07/29/14 2:10pm

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Parking Space vs Yard – opinions wanted!

“I bought a townhouse in NW that has a very small backyard, which is concreted over for a parking space. Street parking is relatively easy here. In practice, given the tight alley way and awkward access, only the smallest of cars will fit back there. At the moment, there is no gate whatsoever, and for security reasons I would like to put up a fence or gate separating the space from the alley. I think I’d prefer to just put up a privacy fence and then landscape the parking space with planters, shrubbery and a bench etc (though the house already has a 2nd floor deck off the kitchen so doesn’t need more outdoor space necessarily). I thought I’d solicit your opinions on what this would do to the value of the house – is taking away what could easily be sold as a parking space to buyers going to drastically reduce the house value? Thanks in advance!”

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07/28/14 2:10pm

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Cancer Fundraiser for DC Fashion Stylist Tara Papanicolas:

“This past May, PoP posted about my friends cancer fundraiser dance party at Flash.

It was the second event our close friends put together in an effort to raise awareness about the rare cancer she discovered last September. The fundraisers were also an effort to help her with her mounting medical bills.

Watching her appearance transform with her chemo and radiation I was inspired to do a photo shoot of her. Here is a link to view part of the shoot.

The images have captivated and inspired many so it got me to thinking that perhaps others going through a similar experience may want portrait of themselves like this. So they can remember this time as not one of being sick but of transformation. Transformation can be beautiful.

Going one step further, I created a t-shirt campaign to raise money for Tara.
You can view that here.

If you are interested or anyone you many know is interested in purchasing this limited edition t-shirt to help us raise money for Tara, please pass along the links.

Tara is like the Washington monument practically. She is a really special person in DC. Her strength through this entire process of detection and treatment have inspired many. We want to give that love and inspiration back to her and help her get back healthy and happy.

Many thanks in advance for your support.
-Violetta”

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07/25/14 2:10pm

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Yogo – 1 on 1:

“Haven’t done Yoga before [have taken stretch classes] and have a few lower back issues. Wondered if anyone in PoPville can recommend 1 on 1 Yoga instructor/class to see if my back is A-OK for a class.”

Classes in Auto/Motorcycle Mechanics and Electrical Installation?

“Does anyone know places in DC where one can learn vocational hands-on skills? I would like to learn more about auto/motorcycle maintenance and electrical installation, but cant’ find any classes in the area. Only tech institutes that offer associate degrees. I’m not looking to be certified, I just want to learn some more skills.”

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07/24/14 2:10pm

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Pet care options for low-income folks?

“I remember hearing something a while back about DC having community pet health expos? I was wondering if this was still the case. If not, does anyone know about other kinds of free or low cost resources are out there for low-income folks with pets? Ex: spay/neuter, routine shots, and care for other minor health concerns for dogs and cats. Either scheduled events or consistent programs are helpful. I do social work, and this is a relevant issue to a lot of our clients but I’ve been struggling to find good solutions.

If anyone has any information on the subject it would be wholly appreciated!!!”

Regulations for erecting a sign on commercial property?

“I’m wondering if anyone knows if there are regulations for small signs on a commercial property? I have a small sign for my business, and it appears you need a permit for large signs, but the regulations for small signs are just not there at all! And I tried to check the website…. nothing. I called, and the DCRA are being their usual nonhelpful selves. So, I wondered if anyone knows how I can put my sign up? It’s about 2 feet high and about 3 feet long.”

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07/23/14 2:10pm

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Early morning dumpster noise in NoMa:

“My husband and I are woken up nearly every work day (between 4:15am and 5:30am) and every Saturday (around 6:30am) by the extremely loud banging of dumpsters. It sounds like it is coming from the unit block of M or Pierce St NE. I know that NoMa is commercially zoned, so there are no restrictions regarding trash pick-up times, but for the love of God, this is cruel with so many apartments being built in the neighborhood. I’ve been working with my property manager to find the culprit, but since we are the only ones who have submitted a complaint, it has been hard to get traction.

Does anyone else in the neighborhood hear this?!”

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Red Apron or Stachowski’s:

Which butcher/sandwich joint is better? Stachowski’s is more old school, but Red Apron has some cool sandwiches, like the epic Porkstrami. I’d love to hear about some of your experiences.”

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07/22/14 2:10pm

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Any advice or recommendations for moving a Central Air Unit?

“I was looking for any advice / recommendations on moving a central air unit. Our place was recently redone, but when they installed the air conditioning unit, they placed it in the middle of the yard (bizarre right?). We liked the house in spite of this, but now we’re looking to move it and I thought that I would put the question out there before we considered it – Thanks in advance!”

Two Months of Sidewalk Construction on T St. NW in U St. Corridor?

“My boyfriend, who lives at 9th & T, and I noticed construction tape and temporary fencing around all of the tree plots on T st. for multiple blocks. He often parks on T and the notice prohibits parking on this side of the street for two months! Does anyone know what DDOTs going to do here? Hopefully not rip all of the trees out.”

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07/18/14 2:10pm

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Tabard Inn Wedding Woes:

“I recently had the most horrible experience at the Tabard Inn and wanted to share in case this helps anyone who is deliberating whether or not to use them for an inexpensive wedding.

My fiance and I originally agreed on the Tabard Inn as one of the more affordable places to celebrate our wedding in DC. Boy, did we chose poorly. The Tabard Inn has gone through 3 Special Events Coordinators since February 2014. Each time we went in we had to deal with a different, inexperienced person. Earlier this week we met with yet another, new Coordinator to go over room setup, finalize the menu, and arrange a second tasting since the first tasting was horrible.

In the middle of our meeting, the Coordinator begins to engage another couple who just wandered in off the street. After 5 minutes I asked that we get back to our meeting which was scheduled in advance, since we had a lot to do. We left with an appointment set up for 5 pm on Wednesday to finalize everything and have our second tasting.

This is where things head even further south. I received a call at 3 pm from the Tabard Inn for a wine tasting at 530 for 2 people. Wrong on all accounts. (more…)

07/17/14 2:10pm

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To the good samaritan on 6th & M NE – I have your beach towel!

“I’m hoping you can help me reunite this beach towel with its owner. On Saturday afternoon at approximately 2:10 PM, while traveling northbound in the bike lane on 6th St NE, I was hit by a large van turning left from 6th St onto M St NE.

Many people responded (and thank you to all of you), but one was nice enough to wedge her towel under me as protection from the hot asphalt. I was loaded into the ambulance and didn’t realize until going through my belongings after being discharged from the hospital that the towel ended up coming with me.

It’s blue and green and I’d love to return it to you – thank you so much for responding. Though I’d never wish the circumstances on anyone, it was heartening to see the response that the 6th & M corner provided. Thanks again.”

Where’s the canary melon?

“I once had a canary melon. It was delicious. I’d like to find one again. Anyone know where I can find a canary melon in the DC area? Thank you”

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07/16/14 2:10pm

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No Parking Signs:

“Are there rules about where/how to post temporary no parking signs (i.e. the ones that people use for moves or storage units or that companies can use for construction)? A couple have been posted on cones across the street from us, but it seems that they could just be moved at will to another part of the street or another block. I can’t find any info on the DMV or DDOT websites.”

Isherwood NE alley cats:

“Hello, all — As you might know, Chris, the person who died in a fire on Isherwood Street NE not long ago, was a long-time caregiver of the cats in the alley behind Isherwood and D Streets between 16th and 17th streets NE. Chris made sure the alley cats were spayed or neutered and fed them every day. Since his death, I’ve been trying to feed the cats. There are about five or six of them. They appear to be on the tame end of feral (though I’m not an expert). They come close to me for food. One rubbed my ankles when I fed them the other night. I’m not sure how much they’re driven to hunt because they’ve been accustomed to being fed. I decided to feed them because one, it seems cruel to deprive them when they’ve been fed for a long time, and two, I’ve never seen a single rodent in the alley in the eight years I’ve been there. Not sure if they catch rats or if their presence is simply a deterrent. Since they’re all fixed (I think), there shouldn’t be a proliferation of future cats to feed.

My request is this: If you’d like to help with food or feeding, I’d be grateful. Maybe your cats don’t like a new brand of food and you don’t know what to do with it (happens with my fussy indoor cats). I’ll gladly take it. Or maybe you’re connected to a rescue group and could direct folks my way. I’d be grateful for any/all ideas. Thank you for your consideration. — Jill at 16th and D Streets NE”

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07/15/14 2:10pm

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Honda Car Dealerships?

“Has anyone had a good experience with any around the DMV area? We are looking to buy a car, and want to purchase from a dealership for various reasons.”

Internet Service in NoMa:

“My roommate is moving out and taking her DirectTV/Verizon DSL account with her – so I’m researching services for internet. We have used Xfinity and Verizon DSL, and both have been awful (slow speeds, several disconnects, countless service calls, terrible customer service). I’m wondering if RCN is any better?

Verizon FIOS has not made its way to our neighborhood yet. So I’m left deciding – What is the LEAST terrible internet/wifi service I can get?”

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