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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

“pop pop pop pop – what the hell was that?” It’s sad but it’s the truth – the default often goes to gunshots. But the reality is 99% of the time it is fireworks. (knock wood, knock wood.) Last night via email and twitter the season officially kicked off in force with folks asking this very question in Shaw, NoMa, Petworth, Columbia Heights, H Street NE, Brightwood, Park View and probably a few other spots.

If you’d like to participate leading up to the 4th of July, and actually a few weeks afterwards, send an email to princeofpetworth@gmail.com or tweet us @PoPville

car2go

A reader sends from Cleveland Park. We spoke about Car2Go and “a breach of residential etiquette?” in Shepherd Park back in July of last year. As best I can tell this note says:

“Please do not Block Park in front of my house. I am expecting people from several embassies. Thanks.”

Does Car2Go and/or District government need to do some better outreach explaining how it works?

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“Dear PoPville,

I recently moved to Mt. Pleasant (yay!). We’ve quickly come to realize that on a daily basis, sometimes early in the morning, other times just during a day, a man is walking down the street singing as loud as he can, top of his lungs type of thing, the whole way. He’s usually singing in Spanish, which I speak, but I haven’t been able to make out exactly what it is he’s singing. I’ve heard him at random times of day, 8 am, 5pm, you name it.

I’m all for self expression but he seems keenly apt on making as much noise as possible. He’s not doing anything illegal (as far as I understand) and it’s not like he sits outside of our building yelling all day. I’m more just curious if anyone knows the back story to our neighborhood serenader.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mike Maguire

“Dear PoPville,

Friday night, around 10:45, my husband and I got out of an uber at S and 16th NW. As we stood waiting for the light to change, I noticed a man standing a few feet to the right of me, tinkering with a very large white cell phone (or a very small tablet). It caught my eye because it was an unfamiliar brand and was surprisingly large for someone to be carrying around while out and about on town. When the light changed, I started walking and glanced back over my shoulder. The man had also entered the crosswalk and was now raising his device, held horizontally, in my direction. At first, I thought he might be taking a photo of the Masonic Temple, but it quickly became clear that he was either photographing or videotaping me. He kept angling the device to track my movements. I asked him if he was taking my picture and if he was, would he please stop. He kept the device up, as if recording me and made some comment to the effect of, “so what if I am?” I asked him again to stop. He now angled his body behind a bush, and kept the device aimed at me. I was starting to get really upset about it as we were fairly close to our apartment and I really didn’t want him to take video footage of me going into my building. I again asked him to stop and he shouted, “Cracker!” and started following me again as I kept walking.

I told him that if he didn’t stop following me and taking photos of me, I would call the police. I dialed 911. I know it’s not illegal to take photos of people in public, but he was following me and seemed really aggressive. I hoped that he would either leave, or the police could diffuse the situation. As soon as I mentioned the police, however, he got aggressive and starting yelling at me and accusing me of being racist. From that moment, things escalated very quickly. He shouted something to the effect of, “Oh, you’re going to call the police on me for doing nothing, should I put a ski mask on?” As soon as I raised my phone to my ear, he charged towards me. My husband and I bolted for the door of the closest apartment building. There were several women standing near the call box. I shouted to them to move and get the door open. I ran up and tried to open the door but wasn’t able to get in.

At this point, the man had reached the bottom of the steps leading up to the door- he had pulled on a ski mask. He was maybe 5-6 feet from me. He stood directly in front of me and started yelling that he would kill me. I saw him reach into his pocket and assumed he was pulling a gun or a knife. I took off down a wheelchair ramp, followed by a couple of other people who had been standing at the door. I began screaming as loudly as I could and shouting for help. There were at least 15-20 people in the area. I knew I couldn’t outrun him, and that if he caught up to me on the wide open sidewalk, I would be in serious trouble- so I darted into the street, hoping he wouldn’t follow, or that the exposure of being in front of cars and people would make him stop. I narrowly dodged getting hit by traffic, and flattened myself against a parked car. He then caught up to me. I felt something hard striking my back and was terrified I had just been stabbed (I wasn’t – he just punched me). I took off running again. Fortunately, he decided not to pursue me any further, and ran the other direction down the street.

While all of this was going on, a neighbor who had been standing at the door when the guy ran up in his ski mask and who was also chased down the ramp, started screaming for people to help us. She made eye contact with a group of 5-6 men at the corner of the street and implored them to do something. According to her, they shrugged and said, “Nah, we’re too drunk.” and kept going on their way. Not a single person who wasn’t directly involved offered any type of assistance or even called 911. To the best of my knowledge, I’m the only person who called 911 to report the incident. I am certain numerous people heard my screams, and at least two cars were passing by when the man struck me. (more…)

From a press release:

“EVENT: 14th and Kennedy Street NW Farmers Market Soft Launch
WHEN: June 6 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m
WHERE: 5500 Colorado Ave. NW

A new Farmers Market is launching in D.C. at 14th and Kennedy Street NW. The soft launch of the market is Saturday, June 6 at 9 a.m. The market will run through Nov. 21 and currently features 7 vendors selling meat, fruit, vegetables, bread and coffee.

As the season progresses, the market hopes to foster a deeper connection with the community and bring new and varying types of vendors each week based on the expressed needs and desires of the local residents.

The market will also feature a rotating table hosting local community organizations, not-for-profit government organizations, and local community businesses to increase awareness of organizations and promote small business in the area.

The market will accept WIC and SNAP in late June and plans to have live music every Saturday.”