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Break in and Suspicious Activity in Petworth:

“Just want to make readers aware that there have been two break ins in the last two weeks on New Hampshire Ave by Grant Circle. On Thursday night my Fiance heard someone knocking at the front door around 12:15am she then heard them trying to kick in the back door. She called the cops, they came search the house and yard. Found nothing. She left and went to her sisters. At about 1am I got a call from the alarm company that the back door had be opened. Cops came and found someone had broken into the house and stole some items. The tried to break in one door, and that didn’t budge, the basement door they were able to break in through.

There were signs that someone was casing the house earlier in the week, late knocks on the door that we ignored, but shouldn’t have. We also had a package stolen earlier in the week and our neighbor mentioned that she saw a man and woman in our yard multiple times.

Today I found out from a neighbor across the street that on the night our house was broken into a woman knocked on his door around 1am, when he answered she said she had the wrong house, there was a man on the street with her. He thinks this could be the same people our other neighbor saw earlier in the week.”

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Christmas Dinner in D.C.:

“My family has agreed to travel to D.C. for Christmas and will be arriving Christmas Day. I’m wondering what restaurants will be open for dinner on Christmas Day? I was hoping for Le Diplomate but I think they only do Christmas Eve. Any recommendations?”

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Midwife and birthing center recommendations in DC:

“We are having our first baby and are inexperienced with navigating the healthcare system for pregnancy and delivery. We are interested in using a midwife and would ideally like to give birth in a birthing center attached to/near a hospital but don’t know of any reputable places in DC (if they even exist).

Does anybody have experience or recommendations for either how to go about finding this information out, or have recommendations for specific midwives in the area?”

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Jogging in the cycletrack?:

“Quick question of etiquette, DDOT just put a cycletrack on 6th Street NE, where I usually jog to and from work – is it acceptable to jog in the new track so that I don’t run up behind walking pedestrians?”

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TOY STUFFED DOG FOUND IN PLAYGROUND:

“It’s tan in color. SEE ATTACHED PHOTO. The little guy smells nice and looks/feels really loved-up. I’m a nanny, so I know when a toy looks like someone really loves it. I think a little person is really missing him. I’m trying to get the word out. I found him yesterday (October 30) in the playground across from Mt. Pleasant Library (Lamont and 16th NW). Please email to:

dumplingdreams (at) yahoo (dot) com”

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Having a baby; should we buy a car?:

“My husband and I are expecting our first baby next year and are trying to think through expenses. One issue that we’ve been throwing around is whether having a car would make life with a baby much easier. Neither of have had a car for the last 10 years or so, and we’re generally pretty happy that we don’t have to deal with the expenses and hassle. There are times — perhaps once a week or so — when we like to get somewhere a little more quickly or to a place that’s slightly inconvenient via public transportation, and we usually use car2go then. Obviously, with a baby, car2go would be out.

All this to say, should we get a car? I assume that normal errands with a baby in tow would be harder without a car — we usually walk from the grocery store, but probably couldn’t do that with as many groceries with a baby, for example. And obviously it would take more time to get to doctor’s appointments and the like (we hear little kids have lots of those). Is quality of life with a kid way better with a car? Is it worth the expense? Or do people get by almost as well as they used to in their pre-baby days on metro/bus and on foot? We live in Columbia Heights and don’t have an off-street parking spot, though we think we could pretty easily find street parking around us.”

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Trick or treat, but when?:

“Even though my house STILL isn’t ready to live in (renovation and DC permit woes), I’ve taken the time to decorate my lawn-port-a-potty and will be there, probably with candles on the porch, giving out candy for the kids.

3 questions:
1) When should I be there to catch the earliest trick-or-treaters,
2) How much candy is a safe bet? (I got 4 bags / about 400 pieces)
3) and when can I expect it to be late enough to go down to Meridian Pint after the last of the pillow-case-carrying high school kids are done?

Fair warming: I’m super nice until I get some adult lying that they’re carrying a bag for “a sick kid at home.” ‘aint no kid so sick they don’t go out on halloween (I mean it’s possible but 99% of the time it’s a lie).”

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Creeper in Columbia Heights Metro:

“Waiting for the train Saturday Afternoon when I spied a 40 odd year old black male, thin build, 6’1″, with a creeper mustache (essentially looked like Mayor Gray with more of a goatee) walking around with his phone pointed up. I spied him out of the corner of my eye taking a picture of my girlfriend — then he walked off. I followed him over as he was taking more pictures of other women on the metro platform. I confronted him loudly ensuring the rest of the platform was aware of this creeper and told him to delete the pictures he was taking. He proceeded to fumble with the phone acting like he had no idea regardless of the fact I caught him red handed with a picture of the girl he just took a picture of in his gallery. Called him out loudly of being a pervert and walked away which infuriated him (perverts dont like being called out?) He approached me again and quickly changed face and called himself a pervert and showed me he was deleting the pictures. This kind of person exists on the metro people — keep an eye out for him.

Light brown skin, early to mid 40s, goatee, relatively tall (6’1) short brown hair. Was dressed casually in a light brown sweater shirt with khaki pants. Using an older model black android phone.”

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Best composter for town house??:

“Can anyone recommend a non-worm composter for a DC rowhouse with a typical post-card sized backyard? My husband (surprisingly) would rather try his hand at composting rather than pay for a service. Any related recommendations also appreciated. Thanks!”

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Local Theater?:

“There’s a ton of local theater in the area. Any fave theater venues to attend?

Also, are any of the local universities ‘the’ theater university? I have noticed in my home state that there was a huge disparity between the quality of the theater departments at different universities.”

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