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Interior Designer recommendations.:

“I am nearing the end of a house renovation and in need of the services of an interior designer. I mostly want some guidance on selecting paint, floor covering, window treatments and fabric. Ideally I would like someone who I can hire by the hour to consult, help make selections and point me in the right direction. Perhaps someone starting out who needs to build a portfolio? Any recommendations? Thanks!”

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How early should one arrive to get a table at Rose’s Luxury on a Saturday?:

“My parents are coming to town this weekend and we are thinking about trying to get a table at Rose’s Luxury on Saturday. If we want to get seated when they open at 5pm, how early should we be in line?”

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Helping Homeless DC Man who Thwarted Rape:

“With all of the great things that happen on PoPville, it would be great if we could band together to help Ketrell Ferguson, a homeless DC resident who recently helped a woman who was being attacked fight off her attempted rapist (see story here); with our city growing and changing every day, it is heartening to know that we live among neighbors who still care enough to do the right thing.

A friend of Mr. Ferguson set up a GoFundMe to help raise money for a good person who has fallen on hard times and it is my hope that we as a PoPville community can each donate a bit of money to the campaign.

I’ve never posted anything on here before and am not associated with the GoFundMe in any way, but feel really strongly about helping to make the life of someone who helped someone else a bit better.

Thanks for your time!”

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pre-graffiti, pre-patio 2737 Sherman Avenue, NW at Girard

Hilltop Bar & Restaurant:

“So, whatever happened to this place opening up?

There has been hype around this bar since I moved to DC almost 3 years ago. Last August I had an Uber driver and he overhead me speaking about Hilltop. It turned out he was actually one of the owners. He told us he has had some permit issues, but everything was good to go and was hoping to open up in January or February. It is now April, and the only sign of life I have seen is they have painted over the graffiti on the front of their building, but not the side. Does anybody have any idea what is going on with this place?”

Ed. Note: I’m told they are still planning on opening and I see the patio area as a good sign but yeah this is taking way longer than originally anticipated.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

Volunteer Opportunity at the Columbia Heights Farmers Market!:

“The Columbia Heights Farmers Market is recruiting new volunteers! The market is one of the largest in Washington, DC, and volunteers help with market operations, particularly with the administration of the matching funds programs for Farmers Market customers who receive WIC, SNAP, and other nutrition assistance benefits. Being involved with the Columbia Heights Farmers Market requires only a few hours per month and is a great way to get involved in the local community. Spanish speakers are especially needed. Interested volunteers are invited to our pre-season training session on Sunday, April 12 at 5:30 pm at the Park Triangle Apartments Community Room (2nd Floor), 1375 Kenyon St NW. For more information, please email volunteer@cfwdc.org.”

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Speaker Wires in My Walls:

“Quick and Dirty:

I have a TV on one wall, a receiver on another, and want to put surround sound speakers on the TV wall and a third wall. I want to bury the wires inside the walls so they aren’t visible. I am absolutely not handy. Do I need an electrician, a drywall expert, something else? And any recommendations on contractors?

A little more detail:

The TV is on the northern wall. The north wall is connected to the neighbors, but where the TV is has been built out a few inches. The wall came pre-wired with an HDMI in and out. The built out wall has vertical studs. I want three speakers on this wall (above and to the sides of the TV).

The eastern wall has the receiver on it and is outside facing. All the speakers will connect to the receiver.

The southern wall is also outside facing. I want to put two speakers on this wall.

I also own the floor above, if going through the ceiling is easier…

Thoughts? Thanks!”

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Setting up a telescope in DC?:

“This is likely a long shot, but is there anywhere in or very near to DC that is A) away from street lights, B) with open views of the sky, and C) open to the public at night?

I’d love to have somewhere to go set up my telescope, but my front yard is surrounded by bright streetlights and doesn’t have much of a view of the southern sky.

I’m fully aware that I live in a light-polluted city and not many stars are visible, but the major planets and moon are, and that’s all that’s really fun to look at through a small telescope anyway.”

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Can owner live in a basement and rent out rest of house?:

“Is it possible in DC for an owner to live in basement that is less than 7 ft in height and rent out rest of house where there is a connecting stair to basement? Would it be possible to get BBL for rest of house? What do the laws say about owner’s right to use property for self? I have been researching but am confused. Thanks”

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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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