“Dear PoPville,

I am the co-owner of DC Tree Delivery. I notice you wrote an article about where to get a Christmas Tree in DC last year and wanted to share what DC Tree Delivery is doing this 2015 season!

This year DC Tree Delivery is delivering Maryland grown Fraser Firs to homes and apartments in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland (inside the Beltway). Each tree comes with a tree stand, delivery, and setup included. We’re even vacuuming up the needles to help take the hassle out of the holidays. We went live in October and so far the response has been great. Our delivery slots are filling up fast and our full service trees start at just $75!”

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From an email:

“Wanted to let you know that on Thursday, Uber is bringing house calls back with UberHEALTH across more than 35 US cities–including right here in DC.

While vaccination remains the single best flu prevention option, less than 50% of adults receive a flu shot. So to help, from 11am until 3pm we’ll be delivering wellness packs for $10. If you request and receive a wellness pack, you’ll also have the option to request a free flu shot from a registered nurse for up to ten people – at the single touch of a button.


Open your Uber app between 11 am and 3 pm
Select the ‘UberHEALTH’ option and request. Pro Tip: Please select a suitable indoor location prior to UberHEALTH arriving.
Upon arrival, users will receive a wellness pack for $10 and the option to request a flu shot from a registered nurse from Passport Health for up to ten people – at no cost.
If you request a shot, the nurse will handle all paperwork and consent forms
We expect demand for UberHEALTH to be high, so your patience is appreciated.

Cost is $10 for wellness pack which includes a UberHEALTH water bottle, tissues, hand sanitizer, lollipop and recyclable UberHEALTH tote. “

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“I’m hoping you can help me identify the owner of a phone I found this morning. It was in the Rock Creek Park field at 23rd and O St NW. It is locked, so I can’t get any clues from the phone itself. If someone wants to claim it, they can email me at [email protected]

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Thanks to Kate for sharing from the Census Bureau:

“U.S. Census Bureau released a set of new tables today detailing hundreds of languages that U.S. residents speak at home. American Community Survey data on languages spoken at home were previously available for only 39 languages. These tables, based on American Community Survey data collected from 2009 to 2013, expand the languages and language groups tabulated to 350.

These tables are among the most comprehensive data ever released from the Census Bureau on languages spoken less widely in the United States, such as Pennsylvania Dutch, Ukrainian, Turkish, Romanian, Amharic and many others. Also included are 150 different Native North American languages, collectively spoken by more than 350,000 people, including Yupik, Dakota, Apache, Keres and Cherokee.

“While most of the U.S. population speaks only English at home or a handful of other languages like Spanish or Vietnamese, the American Community Survey reveals the wide-ranging language diversity of the United States,” said Erik Vickstrom, a Census Bureau statistician. “For example, in the New York metro area alone, more than a third of the population speaks a language other than English at home, and close to 200 different languages are spoken. Knowing the number of languages and how many speak these languages in a particular area provides valuable information to policymakers, planners and researchers.”

The tables provide information on languages and language groups for counties and core-based statistical areas (metropolitan and micropolitan areas) with populations of 100,000 or more and 25,000 or more speakers of languages other than Spanish, as well as for the nation, states and Puerto Rico regardless of population size. These data show the number of speakers of each language and the number who speak English less than “very well” — a common measure of English proficiency.

In addition to making the tables available for download as a spreadsheet, the Census Bureau will release the data as part of its application programming interface, or API.

Washington metro area

At least 168 languages are spoken at home.
26 percent of the metro area population age 5 and over speak a language other than English at home.
One of the smaller language groups found there is Amharic, with 43,125 speakers.”