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What are the top rated wedding website builders?:

“This week our goal is to create and post our live website and share with all our family n friends. I know about godaddy website builder, but their themes are more for business people or recreational (for fun) stuff. I posted this quesiton on facebok and then people said i should use facebook! Others suggested wordpress but that sounds too complex. I guess the best solution we found so far is rsvpwed.com as they have all the functions and related themes, but there might be something better lurking around the corner. If anyone has a list of maybe 5-10 to choose from, that would be huge. Or if you have experience with our top choice, it would help us come to a decision.”

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Missing Cat from Petworth:

“Hi everyone. My cat went missing yesterday in the Petworth area and I am desperately trying to get him back home. His name is Ron and he is orange with a blue collar. He is super friendly and declawed in the front so please grab him if you see him! Even if you just think you see him, please contact me. You can contact me at 904-945-4849 or return him to 509 Crittenden St NW. I am attaching some photos as well.”

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Neighbor’s Toilet Overflowed – who’s liable for damages?:

“Upstairs neighbor’s toilet overflowed last weekend. Flushed, left and about an hour later water was dripping from our bathroom vent (ceiling) and down the wall that holds our fusebox. Neighbor turned off toilet, stopping the dripping water but about an hour later we noticed water dripping and pooling under the paint in the ceiling of our dining room (about 12 feet from our toilet which has the same layout as the condo unit upstairs). About a gallon of water in total came down from 2-3 places.

We have since had a water repair specialist come out and using a density scanner was able to determine that there’s water in at least 3 of our walls, the bathroom ceiling and the dining room ceiling.

Neighbor is claiming the building’s master insurance policy should pay though my reading of our by-laws indicates it should be the unit owner’s personal policy. Neighbor has claimed a call was put in to their insurance but that insurance company will not cover this. I’m skeptical the call has even been placed. It’s now been almost a week since the incident and we have gnats starting to appear though I can’t be certain that’s related since I can’t find the source.

My understanding is that a homeowners insurance policy has a liability clause that should cover damage to other units, but I’m by no means an expert. I don’t want to get my insurance involved as I was told I have to file a claim / pay the deductible regardless of whether or not my insurance is able to get subrogation from neighbor’s.

Help! Any advice on how to get my neighbor to cooperate, what your understanding of insurance in these situations covers, whether I should bite the bullet and pay my deductible, call a lawyer or whatever else would be very helpful!”

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HELP! Pepco is out of control:

“Our Pepco bill for February is $356, this is about $80 more than in January which was already extremely high for our two bedroom one bath condo. The bill states that our usage is about $270 (for ‘New electric supply charges-SOS Provider) which is approximately the same as last month’s bill (and already outrageous), however this month there is an added $85 charge (for ‘New electric distribution charges-Pepco’) which was not there before. We also have a Nest thermostat which is supposed to decrease our energy use, but our bill is going up every month significantly. Every bill states that it is an actual reading, but it doesn’t seem right either.

We also went on Pepco’s website and realized that the chart stating what we’ve paid over the last four months (we moved here in November) does not match up to what our bill was (see attached screenshots). I don’t know what to do at this point, but I do know that $356 is way too much to pay for a 2 bedroom condo. Not to mention that our house has never been above 64 degrees this winter in an effort to minimize the bill. Do you know what this ‘New electric distribution charge’ is or if there is any action we can take to get our bill lowered to a reasonable price? Are there any other competitive providers who do not go through Pepco, or are they the only choice? Any advice is welcome!”

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Dog Friendly Places in DC:

“Hi- Now that Spring is approaching, what are some great dog friendly restaurants, bars and shops in DC? I know the CVS in Chinatown is dog friendly along with Irish Channel and Alba’s on Wednesdays for HH. Any other favorites? I wish DC was a more pet friendly city, but I’ll take what I can get!”

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What’s the deal with Dupont?:

“I can’t for the life of me figure out why the restaurants are closing north of Dupont Circle. It’s become a food desert for us office workers stuck here Monday-Friday. Sure, Smashburger,Potbelly, and eventually Fuel weren’t gourmet, but they got the job done. I never thought I would say this, but I actually miss Cosi.

The few options north of Q Street that are 1.) fast 2.) casual and 3.) less than $15 are Glen’s (which is great, but the service is not that streamlined and that makes a huge difference when you only have 30 minutes to find lunch and eat it) and the Soho Market that just opened up by the Hilton, which also has a huge problem with lines and efficiency during prime lunch time.

I get that the area has rats – I’ve worked here long enough to know not to look too hard in corners or down alleys. But the rat problem has been here for the last 10 years. What changed? I usually bring my lunch now (which is cheaper and healthier, sure), but on the days where I forget or don’t have time to make one, I’m stuck with whatever is left at Soho or Rite Aid. I would do terrible, unspeakable things to get a Pret to open up around here. Is there hope for new proprietors, or should I start lobbying my higher-ups to move elsewhere?”

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Early Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots:

“As we know the cherry blossoms at tidal basin are going to peak around 4/11-4/14 this year. We have a visitor who was hoping to catch the blossoms and there is nothing out at the tidal basin this week. I think inland away from the basin things peak a week or two earlier. Any spots to just show him a couple trees that are starting to bloom? Anybody see the arboretum this weekend to see whether that’s worth a weekday trip? ”

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Plumbing charges from landlord:

“I live in a small apartment building in the district. I recently got a bill from the company that manages our building for over $150 — for cleaning a drain, somewhere in the building. According to the letter, there was a hair clog in the drain and all tenants are being charged, because “hair is actually not meant to go down drains,” according to a note I got from the management company. So the charge to unclog it is being divided among us, the tenants.

The lease says the landlord is responsible for routine maintenance. They insist that hair is not routine. I don’t think we should have to pay this. They are sending repeat notices, demanding payment. I would appreciate any guidance.”

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Any recommendations for someone reliable to mow my NE lawn?:

“I need someone reliable and reasonable to mow my NE lawn [near H Street]. Any recommendations would be appreciated.”

Ed. Note: I’d be curious about recommendations in NW too!

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Privacy fence installation:

“We have a chain link fence in our back yard, and are looking to replace it with a nice wood privacy fence. I haven’t found much info on who you can hire to demo the chain link and install the new fence. It seems to be too small of a job for a contractor, and not within the scope of a handyman. Any suggestions? Thanks!”

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