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Printing of large scale photography?:

“Any recommendations for getting a large photograph printed? Looking to print some black and white artwork on photo paper or canvas that is rather large – about 5′ X 4′. Any recommendations (in town or on-line) would be highly appreciated. Thanks!”

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Recommendation Needed: Wedding Dress Cleaners:

“I recently got married and am not sure where to take my wedding dress to get cleaned/preserved. Any DC area brides have recommendations? I also have no idea how much it’s going to cost so estimates would be great!”

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Graffiti Artist Needed:

“I’m looking for a graffiti artist to do some graffiti inside my house on a full wall. Anyone out there do graffiti art or know of an artist? I haven’t posted anything on craigslist as I’d rather try here first…any help would be appreciated…”

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ANC powers if we have completed DC Permits??:

“I am trying to figure out if the local ANC’s actually have any real or legal power over residential construction or building permits. We recently got permits to turn our carport into a garage. (It took a while) We are working with a larger area builder/company they did the designs and all the running back and forth for the permits. We have them post on our door.
We do NOT live in a historical area or any special zoning to our knowledge. And none of our neighbors have ever mentioned anything surrounding the topic. We have been open with our construction goals with our neighbors.

After materials were delivered today one of our neighbors called and said she was concerned that we may not have asked out ANC for permission for construction?? I can not find anything that states the ANCs have jurisdiction over approved residential building permits. I also think it is odd that this is the first and only person that have mentioned this to us. Any feed back?”

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Got wisdom? We need long-term MENTORS for motivated low-income students!:

“Nationally, 41% of low-income students will enter college, while only 8% will finish by their mid-20s. In Wards 7 and 8, where the highest percentage of our students reside, only 1 in 3 students finish high school within five years, and only 1 in 20 high-school graduates earn a college degree within five years.

Since inception, 99% of Capital Partners for Education (CPE) graduates have gone on to college, and 70% have graduated on time.

Founded in 1993, Capital Partners for Education (CPE) is a dynamic college preparatory program that helps motivated, low-income students in the Washington Metropolitan area to get to and through college by providing one-on-one mentoring, college and career preparation and support, individualized staff support, school partnerships and scholarships.

We are now hosting mentor trainings for our class of 9th Grade Trailblazers! This two-year mentoring relationship will include: monthly in-person meetings, quarterly staff supported mentor-mentee workshops, weekly email exchange via our e-mentoring platform, iMentor; and weekly phone calls.

RSVP for one of our upcoming mentor trainings on
Saturday, January 10: 10:00AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday, January 13: 6:00PM – 8:00PM (dinner provided)
Saturday, January 31: 10:00AM – 12:00 PM

To RSVP or for more information:
leo@cpfe.org
202-682-6020 ext. 234

Apply: https://cpe.imentor.org”

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Cutting the cable cord, looking for advice:

“RCN has informed me that my cable bill will be going up another $20 (so for internet/cable bundle it’s up to $180, that’s obnoxious!). I just have 1 tier over basic, no premium channels. Not a movie watcher but a Caps and NE Patriots fan. I have an old TIVO (III) and an LED tv but not a smart tv so would need something to push internet to TV and then possibly get an antenna? I see FIOS is actually available in my building so that’s an option. What do others use/recommend?

Thanks for your help”

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Business Improvement District for U st? Or volunteer litter removal groups?:

“Happy New Year, everyone! I wanted to start New Year’s day fresh and good spirits when I woke up on Thursday morning, but I quickly soured when I saw all the garbage and litter floating around U st. (I have a short temper…working on it in the new year).

I realize the benefits of living on U come with some of the burdens of trash, but sometimes the trash lingers for days on the street, becoming an unattractive mix of food wrappers, pizza boxes and leaves. When the wind kicks up, even trash that’s been responsibly thrown away gets blown out since the bins are almost always filled to capacity.

So rather than simply complain, can we come up with a solution, and can we come up with any strategies to implement the solution? A few quick thoughts:
– Could we solicit U st. business & condos to start a business improvement district (much like Golden Triangle or Downtown BID) so there’d be funds for more frequent clean-up efforts? How could we go about getting that started?
– Could we start our own clean-up group? Maybe volunteers meet up every Saturday and Sunday morning to clean up the streets between 14th and 9th streets? (the simplest solution, but perhaps the most difficult to implement). I would provide the coffee!
– Could we ask the city to install garbage bins that have a lid on them, or install the solar powered trash compacter so that at least the garbage thrown away doesn’t pop back out when the wind kicks up?

Any other ideas? Or please chime in if you’re willing to be a clean-up volunteer – that could be the easiest and quickest solution.”

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Steam heat system suddenly VERY loud:

“About two weeks ago our steam heat radiators started making very loud noises when on. I’m talking REALLY loud. They wake up the whole family when they turn on at night. We’re miserable and need recommendations for someone with experience working on old steam heat systems.

Background/Details:
Our rowhouse was built in 1924, and the current boiler was installed by the previous owners in 2007. On 12/15, the boiler wouldn’t start. I called Jiffy plumbing, and they sent out Ron Smith (I mention his name just in case someone can vouch for him). Ron reseated a spring on the pressure switch that had gotten out of place. Once he left, the noise began. Loud banging in the pipes and radiators, and it sounds like there’s a lot of water in the radiators. I called Jiffy back the next day, and they said that Ron did nothing that would cause noise. They are happy to come out and try to determine the problem, but I am wondering if there is someone more qualified. PSI is currently set between 1 and 2. Any help would be greatly appreciated!”

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Help: Wedding Venues for approx 250 people in Washington area:

“Any ideas?

We’re looking to have a wedding in DC (also open to nearby venues in MD and VA) for approx 250 people… we both have LARGE families. I don’t really know where to start so any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!

I’ve looked at previous posts on the topic but they’re concerning either fewer guests or are relatively outdated…”

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Seeking Landlord Insurance:

“Does anyone have an insurance agent who can provide landlord insurance on a rental condo? All companies I have talked to require me to change the insurance of my primary residence, which is not an option right now. I am looking for an insurance provider that will offer a landlord policy as a standalone policy, not linked to my primary residence. Any suggestions?? Thanks!”

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