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Mysterious Man Outside The Quarry in Adams Morgan Attempting to Force His Way In:

“This morning I was accosted by a man outside my apartment building in Adams Morgan trying to force his way in, claiming to be a maintenance worker. I’m sure he is who he said he was, but I refused to let him in the building because I didn’t understand why he wouldn’t have a key fob or a code to get in if he was indeed employed to do maintenance on the building.

He tried to push me out of the way, questioned my authority, put his foot in the door and refused to take it out of the way, and then proceeded to verbally assault me, calling me a “cunt” and a “stupid bitch”. I closed the door on him and left him outside the building without letting him in because I had to go to work.

I am posting this here not for the sympathy or the kudos, but just to let you know that, no matter who you are, IT’S OK to stand your ground against creepy people.

Sure, I was probably putting myself in a lot of danger, but to me the risk of what he could possibly do to the building and/or the many single young women that live in my building was greater.

Please, for the love of god: DO NOT let people you don’t know into any locked building. They are locked out for a reason.”

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The Curse of Frau Mueller, Gravensteen Haunted House at 50 Florida Ave, NE

Halloween in DC:

“Some friends of mine and I want to do a real haunted trail this year for Halloween – we were hoping for something with a trail, hayride, even a bonfire if possible. So that’s definitely outside of DC, but does anyone know of anything fun that’s an hour away or less? Thanks!”

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Annual maintenance on hot water radiators and boiler

“I own a 1920 row house in Petworth and now that it’s getting colder, I’m looking for recommendations for someone who can provide basic annual maintenance/check up to our hot water radiator and boiler system. In particular, it’d be great to have answers to:

1) Who would you recommend?

2) What particular services should I look for or avoid?

3) What’s a fair price to pay?

Thanks!”

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Anybody send their kids to Oyster-Adams?

“It had a great reputation 10-12 years ago (my block was in-boundary then but has since been zoned out), but I get the impression people are much less happy with it now than they once were, and specifically that the administration is very weak. Our daughter’s still a few years away from starting, but it looks like we’re going to be moving in-boundary again. Any recent experience/info would be greatly appreciated.”

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election signs:

“Karl Racine for attorney general signs have shown up on my block. On every telephone and light pole, in my front yard (didn’t ask for or give permission) and stapled to some trees on the strip between street and sidewalk. Is there an election sign limit on residential streets? I’m sure using trees on the strip is a no-no.”

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Where can I find Shaw ‘Superman’ t-shirt?

“Hi all – looking for one of these t-shirts as a gift for a neighbor who’s leaving Shaw after 17 years. Any one know where I can pick one up? Thanks in advance”

AWESOME ROAD TRIP OPPORTUNITY: Blue Ridge Parkway, November:

“I’m taking a one-week road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway in November. (http://www.blueridgeparkway.org) Stops will include camping, sight-seeing, nature walks, and visiting small towns from Virginia to North Carolina (and possibly Georgia if time/money allows). I’m looking for one or two companions who have a genuine love for adventure, outdoors, and would like to experience the unique culture and people of small southern towns as well as beautiful mountain landscapes. Travel dates would be some time between mid and late November — I’m flexible. In keeping with the spirit of culture-sharing, I’m extending this offer to foreign nationals first. Due to the possibility of shared sleeping accommodations females would be better suited for this excursion. Candidates should be comfortable spending long hours in a car, non-smokers, enjoy the outdoors, and have a true spirit of adventure. I would cover car rental, camping gear, and general travel necessities. Companions should be willing to contribute to gas costs, entry fees to camp sites/parks, and cover the cost of their own food. If you’re interested please respond here and I’ll get in touch with you. — Katie

P.S. Please pass on to any of your friends — students, colleagues, etc — who are foreign nationals and might be interested in this trip.”

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Woman Held Against Will in Taxi in Cleveland Park:

“I want to make DC aware of something terrifying that occurred to me on Friday evening, September 26th, around 10:30 pm, after taking a taxi home to Cleveland Park.

After repeated personal questions and inappropriate comments (eg “I like you,” “will you go on a date with me?”), the cab driver stopped in front of my building, looked me in the eyes, intensely, and told me I was locked inside his cab until I handed over “enough” cash. (He had not turned on the meter for the trip). I was trapped inside and scared, so I complied with his request to hand over cash.

I filed a police report with MPD immediately following the incident, I have consulted an attorney, and I plan to press charges.

I notified the DC taxicab commision of the incident, and I plan to do the same in Maryland- the cab had Maryland plates.

It is outrageous how difficult it can be for women to travel around this city safely.”

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Man Masturbating in Meridian Hill Park:

“Just wanted to let people know that there was what appeared to be a homeless man openly masturbating in the bushes next to me while sitting in Meridian Hill Park [Tuesday]. It happened on the southern end of the park on the right side of the fountain in the little field surrounded by bushes. The man was black, wearing gray sweatpants, a black jacket, blue t-shirt and blue hat. I called the cops but not sure if they arrested him or took any action.”

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Relatively Quiet Restaurants:

“My parents are coming into town in the next couple of weeks and my boyfriend and I are taking them to dinner the night they arrive. My mom has been here many times over the years so I’m not looking for anything particularly DC. The main problem is that they are both very hard of hearing, which doesn’t mix well with a lot of restaurant noise, so I’m looking for recommendations of restaurants that are relatively quiet and moderately nice in the downtown, U Street, Columbia Heights, Admo area.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!”

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Burglary in Mt. Pleasant:

“On the afternoon of Thursday, 9/25 two guys broke into our home through our front window. Our neighbor saw them walking up our front steps and loitering on our porch. She called me, I remotely turned on our alarm system, and she called the police. They had about 4 minutes in the house during the phone call and me figuring out how to turn on our alarm. Once the alarm triggered, they left.

In those few minutes they took three iPads, an expensive watch, a baby monitor, and some money.

They entered through a cracked and locked front window. The lock is a plastic latch which they broke.

My neighbor videoed them and I was able to extract a close up of their faces from the video – police have both.

If you see these two, contact police.”

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