07/10/14 2:10pm

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Loitering Around 14th and Irving:

“I’m sure this has been brought up a lot, but I have had a lot of issues this past month. I recently moved into Highland Park (1400 Irving) and live relatively close to the parking garage. For those unaware of the layout, there is a driveway between the Potbelly and the clinic that cars go under to get into the parking garage and for employees to quickly park that work at Lou’s/Pete’s/Acre. There are ALWAYS people just hanging out in that parking area, even inside. Numerous times I have seen people blatantly doing drugs, selling drugs, and drinking beer. My frustration has culminated this weekend in being woken up at 2:30AM on the 6th by fire works being set off right below my window (I live on the third floor). I have tried to contact the police numerous times, but it seems that they do not care whatsoever. Even if there is a cop around the area, he/she seems to not care about the blatant drug use and rowdiness.

I am basically questioning about the legality of people loitering within the confines of the parking driveway. Is this considered private parking or not? Has anyone had any issues with people loitering around there buildings at all hours of the day/night?”

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07/09/14 2:10pm

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Can aluminum window shutters handle hot and cold weather?

“I am planning to buy aluminum window sliding because it’s aluminum so it gets hotter and colder. Is this true? Not that I want to side my whole house right now with vinyl.”

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07/08/14 2:10pm

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Interested in Joining a Book Club in NW DC?

“Several friends and I are looking to form a book club in DC. Depending on the size of our group, we could take turns hosting at our apartments or meet in a public space such as a library or a restaurant.

We want to focus on popular, critically-acclaimed fiction books such as: (i) Water For Elephants, (ii) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, (iii) Gone Girl, (iv) The Glass Castle, (v) The Night Circus, etc.

However, we are up for any suggestions on books. This would be an entirely collaborative process. We are in our mid-20′s and primarily want to meet people who are social and interested in bonding over books and discussion while enjoying wine/beer/snacks :)

Please email me at eunice.s.min(at)gmail.com if you’re interested.”

How soon will new R-4 rules take effect if passed?

“Just saw the Post article about the DC planning office proposing new rules for R-4 zoned homes. The main target of this is pop-ups and the loss of family space, but the proposal is also to ban new 3-unit permits in R4 zones, which means if this happens I won’t be able to get a CofO for my basement since my R4 rowhouse is already a 2-flat house and would become an apartment. Note that I would be creating more housing and not taking anything away from families looking for bigger homes. I’m just wondering if this happens how long before it would take effect and prevent me from converting into a 3-unit building? I have had reasons for putting this off and now is a really bad time to go through the process (will probably have to raise ceiling and install fire sprinklers throughout) but I’m scared about losing my last opportunity to be grandfathered in. Also do people think this part of the proposed rule will be passed and 2-flats like mine will be prevented from getting a basement CofO? Thanks for the help.”

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07/07/14 2:10pm

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Legit DC Public School Fundraiser?

“Does anyone know if there is a legitimate fundraiser for DC public schools, where the children are selling giant candy bars for school uniforms? There have been a bunch of kids (with at least one adult) hanging out in Logan Circle doing this. One kid followed me a block and a half home, and then snuck into my building behind me to try to get me to buy candy after I said “No Thank You” when I passed. If it’s not legit, I may call the cops next time.”

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07/02/14 2:10pm

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Advice on Buying a Scooter:

“I’m thinking of getting my wife a scooter to commute to work. Would only be in and around DC, mostly Northwest DC with occasional opportunities to cross the mall to SW or around the Hill. Any suggestions on what I would need to get her in terms of size, brand, store, etc or what I should be looking for. The way her commute works, it would be a very short scooter ride or a very loooong walk. Metro isn’t really an option because of the way the lines intersect.”

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07/01/14 2:10pm

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Speak Up for a Youth in Foster Care:

“Court Appointed Special Advocates speak up for children in the DC Foster Care system. CASAs are appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of a child. CASAs form a relationship with a child, gather information, make recommendations and provide the court with valuable insight into a child’s life. CASAs dedicate a minimum of 10-15 hours/ month to their case for at least a year. For more information check out our website.”

Musical Theater Writing Group?

“I’m wondering if anyone knows about a musical theater writing group. I’m casually working on a musical (in my spare time) and am seeking writing partners (specifically a lyricist). While there are screenwriters groups in DC, I haven’t found anything for theater. Thank you”

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06/30/14 2:10pm

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Wednesday Night Karaoke:

“Anyone know of any fun places for Wednesday night karaoke other than Hill Country?”

What to do with two boxes of Books?

“I have two boxes of books with everything from airport fiction to Stephen Jay Gould, paperbacks and hard copies. Any suggestions as to what to do with them? I’ve recycled out-of-date travel books and crates of magazines, but I’d really like to find a home for at least some of these keepers. I am moving from a large house to a much smaller condo and just can’t bring all of the books with me.”

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06/26/14 2:10pm

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Sweet Indoor Cat Needs a Home:

“Sweet-natured rescue cat, Zidane, who has lived with me for 8 years, needs a new home. Ever since I got pregnant, Zidane has made clear that he would like a new home (I have taken him to the vet and there is nothing wrong). He is a big teddy bear of a cat who loves to hang out (but not too close), and talk back when you talk to him. He is around 9 years old, is indoor and fixed, and has a sensitive stomach which just means predominantly wet food (dry treats once in a while only), and a dash of Myralax in each feeding. Zidane really is the nicest cat I have ever met, and I really want to place him in a new home instead of taking my chances with a shelter. You may reach me at anitasinha11(at)gmail(dot)com if you are interested or have any questions. Thank you!”

Liam, A Dog-Like Cat In Need of New Home:

“Looking for a new home for Liam, a 10-year old cat with a dog-like personality. He’s been our family cat since he was a kitten. He loves to cuddle, play and generally be around people. We’ve recently discovered our youngest is allergic so we’re looking for a family or person looking for the companionship a friendly pet can bring. He’s in good health with all shots, neutered, and recently checked out by the vet (City Paws on 14th).”

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06/25/14 2:10pm

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Online Harassment Lawyer?

“The irony of asking an online community for help in finding a lawyer to help me with online harassment, is not beyond me. Long story short I’ve got someone who’s making me very uncomfortable with a blog, twitter, and FB dedicated to pretty much hating me and my life. She’s stepped up her game and now has contacted me directly and to be honest I’m worried about my safety and sanity at this point. Does anyone have a lawyer they could recommend that takes these kind of cases on? I’m not sure what my options are but I’d love to talk to someone and see if I can at least get the blog/twitter/FB stopped. Any recommendations would be great!”

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