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“Dear PoPville,

I don’t know if others have complained, but I can’t walk my dog in the dark through Petworth because the small narrow walkways shoveled out for pedestrians to walk are littered with dog poop everywhere. I’m a dog owner and a home owner and these people who don’t scoop their poop are beyond disgusting and terrible neighbors. What has always been a problem is magnified ten-gold because the dogs aren’t climbing on top of a foot high of snow to poop.

Can you please send a friendly reminder to folks to take two minutes to clean up after their pets. Thanks!”

Ed. Note: Look, I genuinely love dogs. I really do. As I’ve said before – my blogging day is never better than when I’m uploading dogs to the afternoon animal fix. It always brings a smile to face. Having said that – dog owners – please, please, please – don’t be an asshole. You know what you need to do. You don’t need a reminder to pick up after your pet. Perhaps you need a reminder to not be an asshole. So please consider this your reminder.

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Ed. Note: God forbid, but you can find DC’s warming centers here.

From Pepco:

“With the weather forecast growing increasingly severe, Pepco continued reaching out to customers to encourage them to prepare for the possibility of extended power outages as a result of Winter Storm Jonas.

The company contacted individual customers who have registered with the company as needing electricity for critical medical equipment and advised them to review their plans and to take appropriate action as necessary to ensure their safety and well-being.

Weather services are predicting up to 24 inches of snow, high winds and ice that could produce hazardous road conditions and power outages starting tonight and continuing through Sunday. Because icy roads hamper restoration efforts, Pepco is prepared for the possibility of widespread outages that could take several days to restore.

“Winter Storm Jonas is predicted to produce heavy snow and winds that could cause extensive power outages. Pepco is well prepared for the storm, but if roads become impassable due to deep snow and downed trees, our power restoration efforts could be slowed,” said Donna Cooper, President of Pepco.

The utility is preparing for the possibility of significant power outages and currently has 150 internal linemen, 200 contractors and more than 200 tree crews available to respond. Pepco is participating in calls with other utilities to request additional line and tree crews as needed.

In addition, Pepco’s Call Centers will be staffed 24/7 and all internal personnel, who have been mobilized to support the potential for an emergency restoration effort, also will be working around the clock.

Pepco is coordinating closely with local emergency management agencies and the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County departments of transportation.

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From a press release:

The Source Hosts Collaborative Cider and Tapas Happy Hour with ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar on January 21st

WHAT:

The culinary teams at The Source and the forthcoming ANXO Cidery & Pintxos bar will host a pintxo and cider happy hour at The Source. Both restaurants will present five pintxos each, along with five collaborative ones, which marry Chef Scott Drewno’s acclaimed Chinese fare with ANXO chefs Brad Walker and Alex Vallcorba’s Basque flavors, culminating in bites such as a Morcilla Steamed Bao with Sichuan Pickle. Three ciders will be served, including ANXO’s own collaborative cider with Millstone.

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m new to the Bloomingdale neighborhood, and am trying to figure out how to run near the MacMillan Reservoir. I passed by it once in the car and it looked like you could run right along the water, but then when I went back to try it (from First St. NW) I got stuck in a maze of fences and parking lots. Do you know if it’s only accessible from the North (Hobart Pl/Michigan Ave)? Can you help?”

Hmm from Bloomingdale – I’d go to Bryant and head west to 4th Street then go north passing Howard University and it’ll turn to 5th Street and you’ll see the view in the photo above. I’m not sure if you can do a full lap around the water thought – isn’t part of the road closed by security? Anyone else have a good route to run around here?

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“Eat DC is pleased to present the Second Annual DC Bacon and Beer Festival on May 31, 2015 at Penn Social to benefit Food & Friends. Last year’s DC Bacon and Beer Festival sold out in just FOUR hours. The event features creative bacon-inspired bites and tasty beers from area restaurants and breweries.

Tickets are $45.

Attendees of the event will again be able to vote on a Beast in Show in restaurant and brewery categories. And this year, Eat DC will donate $250 on behalf of each winner to the charity of their choice.

Returning Beast in Show Art and Soul executive chef Douglas Alexander notes, “Bacon is very important at Art and Soul. We make around 300 pounds per week, and it factors into all our menus. Most everyone loves bacon, and showing up and taking the title at Bacon and Beer was something that we take a lot of pride in. The fact that we can also support a great charity like Food & Friends makes it even better.”

Co-organizer and local food writer Jamie Liu adds, “Our local chefs and breweries really brought it last year. I really look forward to seeing what amazing creations folks will be able to come up with this year. And I’m excited to be able to do more to help promote the great talent in our local food community and raise money to support people in the community.”

Where: Penn Social
801 E St NW

When: Sunday, May 31, 2015
2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

“This Friday Saturday, May 9th, Irish charity Pieta House’s Darkness Into Light comes to Washington DC for the first time this year. Darkness Into Light is a unique, early morning experience which begins in darkness at 4.15am when thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. The walk/run will begin at Catholic University of America, in partnership with the CUA Gaels, crossing the finish line just as dawn is breaking at the breathtaking Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Pieta House is a centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide in Ireland and provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who need it.Darkness Into Light is now in its seventh year and last year’s event attracted 80,000 participants in 39 locations across Ireland, London, Sydney and America. With the number of locations doubling this year, organizers are expecting over 100,000 people to take part. 80 venues will host the event on the island of Ireland and abroad including in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland and the USA.

Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House, spoke about the launch in Washington, “Darkness Into Light is a people’s event organized by local committees all over Ireland and abroad. Although the number of people walking has never been greater, neither has the need. The addition of Washington as a location this year shows how Darkness Into Light is uniting people across the globe in solidarity with those who suffer.” She added “While suicide is a devastating tragedy, we mustn’t forget that there is hope, there is help, and Pieta House will be there to provide both.”

While Darkness Into Light raises much needed funds, it is also about awareness, solidarity and local communities. This year, Pieta House is asking those taking part to connect with others at the event. Walkers/runners are encouraged to speak to the person beside them, tell a story or simply say hello, connect and acknowledge one another. Make your presence known. No one should walk alone.

Online registration and further details are available now at  www.darknessintolight.ie

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From WMATA:

“Metro Transit Police (MTPD) detectives have identified the suspect who allegedly assaulted a 69-year-old victim last week at Eastern Market Station.

MTPD has obtained an arrest warrant for Elijah J SMITH, 19, with a last known address in Northeast DC. The charge is felony assault. If convicted, SMITH could face an enhanced penalty of 1.5 times the maximum term of imprisonment due to the age of the victim under District of Columbia law (§ 22–3601).”