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Parking ticket on wrong vehicle?

“Hey Popvillers-curious if anyone has had this issue lately. In the last few months, we have received notices in the mail from DMV notifying us of parking tickets we had not paid, and the fee doubling. However, both of the tickets we were notified of, we never actually got a physical ticket notifying us of the infraction. This last one we checked out our parkmobile app, and we were parked in the vicinity of where the ticket was issued, but actually around the corner on a non-rush hour street (which is what the ticket was citing). I’m curious if anyone else is having the same issue, if it’s a scam, or just the parking police doing a very dubious job of issuing tickets?”

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OpenTable fans beware – my account was hacked!

“For those of you who use OpenTable, keep an eye on your account. Mine was hacked and someone redeemed 10,000 points. I received an email about a week ago saying my account was updated with a new email address (which I did not recognize). I could no longer log in to my account on my computer to check. I still able to access my OT app, which had yet a DIFFERENT unknown email address associated with it. I changed it back to my own and I reported it to OT. They said they were looking into it and they will restore my account balance. (Although it’s been a week and still nothing more than that.)

So look out for suspicious activity on your account and credit cards for those of you who use the OT app to pay. This is exactly why I did not sign up for that option!”

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LAYC Host Homes

“Have room in your heart and home?
Want to help youth in need?

The Latin American Youth Center Host Homes program is looking for individuals and families living in the Washington DC metro area to provide up to 21 days of housing for homeless and runaway youth for ages 12-17. We also have a transitional living program for ages 16-21 where youth stay with a host family or individual for a period of 18 months. Our program offers residential services to youth with the active assistance of host families and individuals within the community that provide room and board in a secure and caring environment. During this period, sponsoring host families and individuals receive financial support, training, and professional assistance from the LAYC staff.

For more information you can call (202) 673-1754 or email us at [email protected]

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Private Security Camera System Incentive Program – Cameras that Qualify?

“Has anyone figured out what brands of cameras meet all the specifications for the Private Security Camera System Incentive Program? I’m having a hard time translating all the requirements when researching different camera options. We’ve had several packages stolen and are in one of the priority PSAs so we’re exploring options for cameras and home security systems. Thanks!”

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From the Forum – Storm Windows and Screens for Rowhouse

“Does anyone have a recommendation for a company that can make new storm windows and screens for an older rowhouse? We live in Dupont, and the companies we’ve called so far can’t help us because our windows aren’t standard-sized.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Hi. We have been living in Petworth for 10 years and we’re extremely excited about a lot of the positive changes we have seen and continue to see in our community. So much so, we are seriously considering opening a new business – Doggie Spa/ Daycare business for the dog owners in the Petworth area. Services provided at K-9 Condo would include doggie DIY (do-it-yourself) bathing stations, day and overnight quality care while pet owners are at work or away for travel, and dog walking services.

While this seems like a great idea to my partner and I, we were wondering what the broader Petworth Community thinks and whether or not they would embrace and support such a business?

Sincerely
Proud Petworth Resident”

and related:

“Dear PoPville,

I am moving to Petworth at the end of the month and need to find a dog walker! I currently love our dog walker in Adams Morgan and she is so reliable and professional, but yelping for Petworth dog walkers is a bit tough. Not much information is coming up. Our dog is a 70 pound lab, very energetic and needs walks daily M-F as I work full time.

Anyone have any recommendations? Thanks!”

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Supporting Syrian Refugees from Washington DC

“The Syrian refugee crisis is being described as the worst since World War II: 14 million people out of Syria’s population of 22 million have been killed, displaced, or are in need of humanitarian assistance, and over 4 million have fled the country, the vast majority of whom are women and children. The Syrian Government and its international backers have been engaged in a ruthless bombardment and displacement campaign against the civilians of Syria, driving huge flows of refugees. The rise of extremist groups like ISIS have further diminished hope for the displaced.

This February, over 200 humanitarian activists and concerned DC residents gathered in Columbia Heights in support of Syrian refugees, raising $27,000 for Syria Relief & Development in the process. Shira Miller organized the event along with other former Obama campaign organizers. Shira explained #DCforSyria was created because many of us were “moved by the heartbreaking images of the refugee crisis” and “frustrated that some of our country’s loudest voices were not representing our core values of tolerance, diversity and moral leadership.”

The theme of American values was picked up by Qutaiba Idlbi, a Syrian refugee and asylum seeker. He expressed the envy he had toward American freedom. As a student activist in Syria when protests broke out in 2011, he was detained for distributing human rights materials and reporting with CNN and SKY news. Now that he is in the U.S., he is often asked about what it means to be an American. He says that even without the proper papers he needs to fully be a resident, he feels that being an American is about more than just paperwork —it’s about being able to “say what you want and most importantly to stand for your moral standards.”

This gathering raised enough money to fully fund a summer youth program for 300 refugee children living in Amman, Jordan, and helped to increase awareness about the crisis. It was also a call to action to challenge ourselves and others to uphold our values about taking action to back up these moral standards. On Wednesday, dozens signed up to volunteer and #DCforSyria encourages other concerned Washingtonians to join.

Here are 8 ways you can take action, stand up for our moral standards, and help address this humanitarian crisis:  (more…)

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Amnesty for D.C. condo buildings until Feb. 29 – Question

“I recently learned that the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has introduced an amnesty program, through February 29th, allowing associations and businesses to come into full compliance with agency rules without penalty. Apparently to legally transact business here, a business or association, including HOAs, based in the District must register with DCRA.

However, I’ve recently learned that the city offers two registration options for condos: a General Business License (which costs about $350) or Cooperative Association License (which costs about $150 and applies to co-ops and HOAs). From the website: (more…)

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Would duct work in my basement prevent me from legally renting out the space?

“I have a basement that I am interested in renting out but the basement has a decent amount of duct work that that brings the ceiling space below the needed 7ft. Would this preclude me from renting the basement as a living space?

More details:

– I don’t have the money to install separate electrical panels so I will likely be renting the space as a room in a single family home.
– I am interested in adding a front door to the basement, which would make for a total of two exits in addition to the interior stairwell.
– In the event that I add the front door I may also add a window near the front door.”

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