04/15/14 2:10pm

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DC Taxes – Letter requesting additional documents to verify our ID??

“My husband and I filed joint DC taxes for the first time this year (as we just got married in 2013). I am a new DC resident, but my husband is not. We rec’d a letter in the mail from the DC Government stating they received our taxes, but that to “ensure your identity is protected” we need to (each) send them any 2 of the listed documents – – DC drivers lisence issued before or during 2013, dc vehicle registration from before or during 2013, utility bill from 2013, apartment lease (if applicable) dated 2013, 2013 real property tax bill (if applicable). Additionally, they want us to provide them with the amount we listed on line 3 of a 2012 DC return (if one was filed)

Everything appears legit about the letter but neither of us have ever heard of anything like this before so before we send off copies of our documents I just wanted to see if anyone has heard of this/experienced this. We purchased a home in DC in 2013 and applied for homstead deduction, so I wondered if it might be an attempt to make sure we really are residents or something? Just seemed odd. Comments/insights welcome!”

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04/14/14 2:10pm

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Random DCRA inspection?

“Came home to a flyer on our door from DCRA saying they had come by and “attempted to inspect” our house–and we should call to reschedule. Anyone ever hear of that? Do they random inspect or would someone have called them? We’ve had some painting recently done and repairs to our staircase but nothing that seemed to need permitting, and nothing that has irritated neighbors to the best of our knowledge. I’m on good terms with them all (I think). Strikes me as very odd (also because they note a different address than our house–it’s a corner and used to have doors on both streets but they used the old address that no longer has a door and isn’t the official address). Anyone hear of a scam this way? Wondering if I should call to reschedule or ignore.”

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04/11/14 2:15pm

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Chinese herbalist:

“Does anyone know of a Chinese herbalist doctor? Someone once told me there is a good herbalist doctor in Chinatown, does anyone know who he/she/they could be?”

Running groups in Petworth??

“I just move to Petworth and am hoping there is a run group that meets up nearby. Ideally looking for people that are interested in a couple shorter (3-4 miles) runs during the week and a longer run on the weekends. Please let me know if you know of such a group or if you live in the area and are interested in finding some running buddies. I am a 10-min miler.”

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04/10/14 2:15pm

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Noise from Blind Whino:

“I’m wondering if anyone has advice about handling noise from new establishments. I live in SW, close (but not too close!) to Blind Whino, an art gallery that opened last fall. I live next to the highway, so it’s not as if I have high standards when it comes to ambient noise. The noise coming from the gallery between 10 pm – 2 am this week, since the spring reopening, has been unbearable. Patrons screaming and shouting, music that makes my window panes vibrate, etc. What recourse do neighbors have in dealing with noise from establishments like this?

The police are aware of the gallery and are often parked directly outside, but haven’t seemed to control the noise much. I see people with beers around the gallery, so they probably have a license from ABRA, which might be another way to go about it.”

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04/09/14 2:15pm

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Water Hammer problem:

“We have recently noticed a pretty serious sounding water hammer when we flush one of our upstairs toilets (3 story renovated rowhouse in Petworth). We have only noticed it for the last 6 weeks or so, but we must admit that does not mean it was not happening earlier, it may have been and just gotten louder to the point we noticed.

We have tried all the do-it-yourself tricks. First we drained the whole system and restarted, and it went away for about 2 flushes. Then we tried decreasing the water flow in to the tank, but no real change occurred on the water hammer.

Has any one dealt with this? Do you suggest we call a plumber? I am not sure how damaging this sort of thing can be. I see mixed reviews online about water hammer arrestors, and I am not sure one would help in our case as the sound does NOT seem to come from anywhere near the toilet/bathroom walls but from someplace else in adjacent walls. It is usually 2-3 loud bang/clunk sounds immediately post flush.

I welcome any advice from folks who have dealt with this before as the sound is increasingly disconcerting, but we are a bit afraid of calling someone in to only get taken advantage of if this is not actually that big a deal or there is some other trick we should have tried. We are also scared they will have to tear up a significant portion of our house to find the offending pipes, and we are expecting a baby in June so not an ideal time for chaos….

Thank you for any advice!”

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04/08/14 2:13pm

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Rental application identity theft concern – what can we do?

“Filled out a rental application with a lot of PII, then owner says they “went with another applicant.” The timing makes everything seem very fishy and now we’re concerned with identity theft. Is there anything we can/should be doing? More information below:

Found a rental on craiglist and met with the owner last week. We indicated that we wanted to take the place and they agreed to stop showing it to other people. The following day they sent along the rental application and the lease. We asked if we could provide pay stubs, our current landlord’s reference, and bank account statements in lieu of the full application. They did not respond for three days. We called on Saturday to ask what was going on and they indicated that we should fill out the full application and things could move forward. Sent the application this morning (Monday) and immediately received an email saying they “went with another applicant.” SO called them this afternoon, but the call was sent to voice mail.

We had a walk through of the unit, we verified their employment, and did other bits of Google stalking that led us to believe they were legitimate. Our take home pay is over 400% of the monthly rent, we have no debt, and we have a good relationship with our current landlord, so we can’t imagine they’d have a problem with the application. Can the Office of the Tenant Advocate help? Should we file a police report? Would love any advice.”

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04/07/14 2:15pm

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Patio Installation — Attached Rowhouse/No Alley Access:

“I’ve got a CoHi rowhouse with typical postage stamp-sized backyard (maybe 12′ x 10′?), which I’d like to rehabilitate with a low maintenance, eco-friendly makeover: remove existing brick and grass combo and replace it with permeable pavers. Adequate drainage is key, so I figure some topsoil and bricks have to come out, with crushed stone/sand/pavers coming in and layered properly. Here’s the rub: everything has to come in and out through the front door, as there’s no alley access. Has anyone tackled a project like this? If so, recommendation for a contractor (I definitely don’t want to tackle this DIY)? And how long would it take to complete, start to finish? Cost?”

Mini-split Ductless Air Conditioning System Install:

“Has anyone had a mini-split ductless air conditioning system installed? I know this topic has been on the forum before (and featured on the front page) but I haven’t seen any recommendations from anyone that has actually had the system installed. I have a relatively small attached rowhouse (1040 sq. feet) with no ductwork. Anyone have a similar house that has had a mini-split ductless installed and can recommend a reasonably priced and reliable company?”

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04/04/14 2:15pm

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Grassy area between sidewalk and street:

“What am I allowed to plant, or not plant, in the grassy area in front of my house between the sidewalk and street. In the summer it is more like a weed-filled-crab grassy area. I would like remove the grass and plant anything that is low maintenance.”

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04/03/14 2:15pm

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Taking university classes?

“I’m interested in taking a class at one of the local universities, just for fun. No degree or job training or any other purpose. I used to live in Los Angeles and UCLA had this great program called UCLA Extension. Classes were in the $200-$300 range. I was looking at the “non-degree” offerings from GW and Georgetown, and they appear to charge the same as they do full-time enrolled students, which is around $1100 per credit. I’m a GW alumna, but that didn’t seem to make a difference. Does anyone know of any similar programs at any of the DC universities? UCLA Extension is a completely different business with a completely different website than UCLA, so it may (hopefully) be that I’m just looking in the wrong place.”

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04/02/14 2:15pm

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Volunteers needed for Columbia Heights Community Marketplace- starting April 12!

“Calling All Prospective Volunteers!

Want to meet new friends and help make healthy food available to everyone in the Columbia Heights community? Then come join us as a volunteer for the 2014 Columbia Heights Community Marketplace season!

As we gear up for the opening of market season, we are looking for new volunteers to help us run the farmers market each Saturday. Market volunteers spend the majority of their time helping to administer our matching dollars program for recipients of SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), WIC, and other federal nutrition programs. The program allows us to match spending of federal nutrition programs up to $10, so that when a person spends $10 of their benefit, they receive an additional $10 to spend. This is beneficial both for the customer and for the vendors at the market. Additional volunteer responsibilities include set up and tear down, conducting customer surveys, helping vendors staff stalls, conducting community outreach, and other miscellaneous tasks. Volunteers are asked to commit to 1 or more 3 hour shifts, either 8 am-11 am or 11 am- 2 pm, per month. We are especially in need of *fluent* Spanish speaking volunteers.

If you have an additional specialized skill to offer that doesn’t fit in the above, such as fundraising or marketing, also let us know; there are many other ways to get involved.

Interested volunteers are invited to our pre-season training session on Sunday, April 6 at 5 pm at the Park Triangle Apartments Community Room (2nd Floor), 1375 Kenyon St NW.

This will include a general information session about the market as well as a brief orientation about volunteer duties, and will last around an hour. Snacks and drinks will be provided. If you are interested in attending, please send your RSVP to volunteers@chfestivus.org.”

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