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From Bloombars (3222 11th St NW):

“Harambee is still ON (Monday) at 9:30am…followed by Canta Conamigo (Spanish-language song/storytime) at 10:30am.

…as are morning programs for kids throughout the week:

Tuesday at 10am – Shadow Puppets
Wednesday at 10am – Little Treasures
Thursday at 10am – Harambee
Friday at 10am – Songs, Stories & Puppets”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jess J

If Saturday in Dupont doesn’t sate your thirst now there’s one Sunday too. From Facebook:

“Come to the top of Malcom X/Meridian Hill Park and bring all your battle gear. This will be an all out showdown, winner take all.

Location:
Use 2330 15th St NW DC 20009 in Googlemaps to see how to get to the park. We will be on the top level directly at the midpoint and between Chapin Street and Euclid Street. The closest metro is U street (13th St exit) and the Columbia Heights metro is also an option and pretty much the same distance away.

Time:
The official start will be at noon (first snowball thrown). So let’s try and get as many people as we can to arrive before then. Get there early if you need time to plan strategies and setup.

Setup:
We will have two teams. No need to choose a side now. You can pick which side once you get there.
Team Polar Bear vs. Team American Bald Eagle
Battle lines will be drawn and the first team that has the majority of their team members cross over the opposing teams battle line will be declared the winner. I know it won’t be an exact science when it comes to judging but that’s ok, we’re here to have fun.

Themes:
There is no theme. Come dressed however you want. Bring whatever accessories you want, as long as they’re safe.

Prizes:
I’ll give away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to the person I feel has the “best” overall costume.

Post Snowball Fight Meetup:
Acre121 is located right near the Columbia Heights metro (1400 Irving St NW) and has been generous enough to offer us happy hour all day! So come on by any time after 12pm. $5 for all draft beer and well drinks and select wines. They’ll also add a special cider drink ($7) and Hot Toddies for $5. Here is a link to their happy hour specials which include both food and drink.”

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UPDATE: Inter-American Defense Board (IADB) responds:

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“The sidewalks of the Inter-American Defense board (IADB) where all shoveled and cleaned at 10:30 P.M., 5 hours before the time limit established according to the DC laws and regulations.
The work was accomplished by a Company contracted by the IADB and that work was supervised by staff from this Organization.

The IADB does however welcome your comments and suggestions helping keep the neighborhood clean and safe for all of our community

The IADB also appreciate the positive comments received regarding the care and efforts put in to maintain these areas clean and safe.”

“Dear PoPville,

I would like to report the Inter-American Defense Board for what I think may be violations, but since they are quasi-diplomatic, not certain.

The IADB is located on 16th Street and Euclid Street, NW. In eight years of walking along Euclid Street from west to east and catching the S buses outside of their building on 16th Street, not once have I seen them clear snow or salt around their entire property. They also never pick up any trash along the sidewalk adjacent to their property on Euclid Street between Mozart Place and 16th Street, NW.

Today was no exception. The sidewalks along Euclid and 16th were sheets of ice. Is there anything that can be done about these “bad neighbor” practices? They have a security gate surrounding their property, so I can’t knock on their door. If I call, they will ignore.”

Ed. Note: If you’d like to nominate a violator after the big one – please send an email with a photo and the location to [email protected]

GDoN

This unit is located at 1474 Belmont Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“New boutique condominium of only 4 residences nestled between U Street and Meridian Hill Park. Abundant natural light throughout these meticulous homes. #2 features a nicely sized balcony w beautiful views! Bosch stainless steel appliances in the gourmet kitchen with island, plus cerused wide-plank wood flooring, Bosch washer & dryer, Duravit and HansGrohe bathroom details, low condo fee and more!”

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You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $519,900 ($221 monthly fee.)

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via google maps

Update from MPD:

“On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, around 4:15 PM, MPD responded to the sounds of guns shots in the area of the 3400 block of 14th Street, NW. An adult male victim was located suffering from a gunshot wound, he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The injury was non-life threatening. The Fourth District Detectives are investigating the case.

Anyone with information regarding his offense is asked to call the MPD CIC at (202)727-9099 or text at 50411.”

A reader reports:

“Newton street closed between 14th and Holmead, news crews out, one reportedly injured. WTF??”

Update from a reader via twitter:

“Building mgmt email to residents: shooting victim came to Allegro for help. Incident did not occur in building.”

Alert DC reported:

“Alert: Shooting at 1621 hrs in the 3400 block of 14th Street NW. Lookout for:2 black/males, Suspect (1) light complexion, long red dreadlocks, weapon, Suspect (2) ski mask, bike.”

Exhibit - tree

“Dear PoPville,

We were very saddened to learn recently that a big black walnut tree in the backyard of a neighboring lot at 1453 Girard Street NW is scheduled to be chopped down. The tree is gorgeous, very old, and healthy. I’m attaching a photograph of it here.

The lot on which the tree sits at 1453 Girard Street NW can support two parking spots, but the developers who bought the lot and the developers who bought the neighboring lot at 1451 Girard Street NW each want to pop up to 5 units, which requires 3 parking spots per lot. The only way 1451 and 1453 Girard Street NW can support 3 parking spots each instead of 2 parking spots each is for the two lots to share a driveway easement where the tree sits, and to chop down the tree.

The D.C. Urban Forestry Administration has advised us as follows:

The healthy Black Walnut tree behind address 1453 Girard St NW has a current TOPS application (#8186) for Special Tree Removal and the permit application is currently in the Approved (Pending Payment) status. The neighboring property representative, Sima Tessema [a land developer] at 1451 Girard St NW, has permission from the manager/owner 1453 Girard St NW, Amit Vora of SHG Development LLC. to submit application to remove the tree. The tree requires compensation due to its good health. As per the Urban Forest Preservation Act, this is the procedure to be followed for trees above 55’’ circumference on private property that an owner wishes to remove.

We are wondering, do you know of anything we can do to save the beautiful tree?

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3115 14th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

The Heights used to have a great happy hour – 3-7 every day with rail drinks $4.00. But they just raised the happy hour prices to $6.00! Worse than that, I was told it was still actually a good deal because non-happy-hour rail drinks are now $9.00! Seriously? Guess it’s time to abandon my favorite pub and walk a few blocks to one of the many other bars in the neighborhood.”