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Public Safety February 9, 2016 at 7:23 pm

Two kids on the loose in Shaw

Just this evening I was walking home when one kid approached me, at about 10th and P NW, just saying stuff. He started laughing so I laughed it off and crossed the street to walk away, when two seconds later, the same kid and a buddy approached me, this time asking for my phone (I was on a call). He squared up in a fighters stance and asked for the phone, and when I said no, he asked why. At that point, I bolted for the closest spot indoors I could find. I looked behind me and figured I had made enough distance, so I slowed down a bit, but two seconds later, they popped out of an alley, just laughing and saying stuff again. At that point I was right around Chaplins on 9th and I bolted again, eventually making my way to Starbucks. You’d think at that point I’d be fine, but the kids caught up with me again and one poked his head in through the door, started saying stuff and chucked a few stirrers in my direction, before heading east on O. I called the police and when the officer arrived, he mentioned that two kids with the same description had pulled a screwdriver on someone the night before. They took my info and drove me home.

The info: 2 black males, no older than 15. The one who approached me was maybe 5’4″, super young looking and was wearing a grey puffer jacket with neon yellow piping. The other kid was taller, but I hardly got a look at him, because I was sprinting. STAY ALERT PEOPLE!!!!

Also, shout out to the barista at starbucks for giving me my drink for free!! I just wish I had cash to leave a tip.

Events February 8, 2016 at 4:39 pm

Homebuyers' Informational Session

Statistics prove that homebuyer education contributes to successful homeownership. Come out and learn how you can purchase your home in the District of Columbia using a DC Open Doors mortgage product.

All DC Open Doors Homebuyers’ Informational Sessions are FREE and co-hosted by the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency, a Participating Lender and Realtor. This session’s presenters are Alex Jaffe, Loan Officer, First Home Mortgage and Sammy Knosh, Real Estate Agent at Redfin.

DCHFA is a short walk from the U Street Cardoza metro station (green line) and there’s free parking available in our garage accessible via the V Street NW side of the building.

Register here to attend: http://ow.ly/Y5WQ3

Public Safety February 8, 2016 at 11:15 am

fight with knife at Georgia Ave Metro station on Saturday night

About 7PM Saturday a group of about 10 teenage girls began fighting near the corner of New Hampshire and Georgia (actually on the west side of Rock Creek Church Road). It was a fairly big incident and about a dozen people witnessed it. At one point, one of the girls was dragged into the street and the other girls began stomping her in the face. One the girls involved in the fight pulled out a butcher knife and a hammer and began wildly screaming. I called 911 and timed the police response at 6 minutes. The first police cars arrived on the scene and the girls scattered right in front of them. The girl openly wielding the knife and hammer threw them down behind the zip cars on Rock Creek Church Road, 10 feet in front of the police. The girl kept walking down Rock Creek Church Road in front of me and I frantically waved my arms to pointed her out to two more approaching police cars as they drove past her and myself. The police cars did not stop and drove on. I have to say that I was a bit perplexed by the police behavior, rather than chase down the girls, look for evidence, or question the dozen witnesses that stood around, the police officers congregated together in the middle of the street. After several minutes of their meeting, I became concerned that they would simply leave without even looking at the crime scene (which was evident by torn clothing and other objects in the street). I hunted down the knife under the zip car and had to break the little police huddle to flag their attention to it. And, of course, there was no email alert put out about this incident. Maybe I’m expecting too much, but this incident seems like it could have been handled better.

Real Estate February 5, 2016 at 11:45 am

Help! Filing A Structural Warranty Claim?

Hi,

We have had multiple issues in my condo conversion, mostly related to plumbing. The builder has sent us on wild goose chases claiming the problems to be due to xyz and refusing to fix them when in fact they were often due to improper installations. I recently appear to have a leak in my shower which, after some failed attempts at fixing, turns out to be a bigger issue than I originally thought and might require the entire shower to be pulled out and redone. and which is going to cost plenty. Prior to this the issues were less expensive to fix, so we just handled them on our own, but given the cost associated with this issue and the inconvenience (not being able to use a shower to shower!) I am going to pursue filing a structural warranty claim. Does anyone have any insights into how I might do so, and tips? Building was registered as an LLC, but builder does appear to have filed a letter with the city for 10% of conversion costs (not sure if the letter is still valid or with DCRA, but building is still under structural warranty period).

Thank you!

Home and Garden February 5, 2016 at 11:40 am

Architect recommendation?

I am interested in working with an architect to redesign the roof of my two-story, circa 1900 DC row house. I would like to add some skylights and relocate the HVAC system to the roof. Anybody have good experience and recommendations with local architects who take on smaller residential projects like this? I’m specifically looking for a firm that has experience with roof engineering, systems design (e.g., electrical and drainage for the HVAC), and construction oversight. Thanks.

Events February 5, 2016 at 10:16 am

International Women's Day Event

FINCA’s International Women’s Day Panel Event
Date: Tuesday, March 1st | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Venue: NAHB Auditorium, 1201 15th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005, First Floor
Event Details: Panel discussion moderated by Andrée Simon, Co-CEO of FINCA Microfinance Holding Company, followed by networking session
Panelists: Lakshmi Balachandra, Babson College; Diana Sierra, Be Girl; Rachel Robbins

Can Entrepreneurship Close the Gender Gap?
A Panel Discussion on the Future of Women’s Equality in the Developing World
Join thought-leaders from global development, think tanks and academia on March 1st at FINCA, in honor of International Women’s Day, to discuss what needs to be done to help achieve gender parity and whether entrepreneurship is the key to closing the gender gap.

Please feel free to sign up for this free networking event at one of the two following links:

http://www.finca.org/event/iwd-participant-sign-up/?utm_source=web&utm_medium=homepagebanner&utm_campaign=IWD2016

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-womens-day-can-entrepreneurship-close-the-gender-gap-tickets-21311150224

Hope to see you there!

Travel and Transportation February 3, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Buying a car in DC

I am a first time car buyer that lives in the District. Are there any car dealerships in DC proper? Does anyone have any recommendations for reputable car dealerships nearby?

Thanks.

Announcements February 3, 2016 at 12:17 am

Door replacement at my office

Would like to replace those storm doors at my office to a better fiberglass door which would look perfect for my office. Apart from the design part of it, I would also like it to stay durable as the storm door has remained all perfect without much wear and tears for the past 20 years. I have gone through the collection of fiber glass doors being offered by “Clera Windows” at Canada. Any ideas on this ? Please reply, thanks in advance :)

Announcements February 2, 2016 at 9:34 am

FOUND CAT!

I recently found a young female cat on my front porch in Takoma Park and am looking for the owners. She is 6 months old and is very friendly but has no tags. I am trying to spread the word as much as I can to try to find her owner!

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Travel and Transportation February 1, 2016 at 5:14 pm

Choosing between Baltimore and DC

My significant other just took a job in Baltimore (Fells Point). My work is near NOMA/Union Station. We currently live in Columbia Heights, and we’re trying to figure out where we should move.

It seems like our options are:
1). Moving close to Union Station, perhaps in NOMA or around H Street. I could walk to work (which obviously would be great for me!), and she could walk to Union Station for the MARC train. We’re still trying to figure out the best way to get her from Baltimore Penn/Camden to Fells Point. I suppose an option 1b might be her driving from H Street.
2). Move to Baltimore. I could take the MARC and then walk to work, she’d walk/bike/bus/drive to Fells Point, depending on where exactly we live.
3). Live somewhere in between. We only have one car, so this option would likely have one of us taking the MARC (probably me) and one of us driving.

Anyone have any opinions on those options, or the DC-to-Baltimore (or vice-versa) commute in general?

Announcements February 1, 2016 at 11:05 am

Anyone know what’s going on at the Simple Bar and Grill?

I’ve noticed that the Simple Bar and Grill n the corner of Missouri and Georgia has had both its front windows smashed out. I drove by about a week ago and they were both completely destroyed. On the way home yesterday, I noticed they had replaced on of the windows, while the other was still boarded up.

This morning, I see that the new window was again smashed and there were a couple of cop cars there conducting an investigation.

General Discussion February 1, 2016 at 11:05 am

Dubious parking violation left on visitor’s car

As you can see in the picture, a visitor of ours (with non-DC license plates) got a ticket on their car with the following violation:

PO53 parking violation “less than 3 feet from vehicle”

It was left by a police officer, not a parking enforcement official if that makes any difference.

1. We looked this violation up in the DPW manual, which says “we do not enforce this violation”. Perhaps this is meant to suggest that if we challenge the ticket, their should be no issue in getting it dropped but by this exact wording, I take it to mean that they shouldn’t be ticketing people for this violation.

2. If I understand correctly that they’re not supposed to be enforcing this violation, can this be seen as anything but an attempt to get money from an out-of-state visitor (who is less likely to challenge a ticket)?

3. The violation itself doesn’t even make sense. How can one tell which vehicle is the perpetrating vehicle that parked within three feet of another? Also, I’m sure this three feet rule is regularly broken with D.C. street parking as tight as it is.

Does anyone else have any experience with this type of violation? I’m hoping that there is no issue when we challenge it but it bothers me that this even happened. I understand that the occurrence of officials trying to charge baseless tickets is not a groundbreaking realization but what surprises me is the lack of any iota of defense for this ticket.

Events February 1, 2016 at 7:38 am

Help with Tenant law? Is this legal?

Hi guys!

My roommate and I have shared an English Basement in Petworth for over a year now. However, our apartment recently flooded due to a drainage problem. It cost almost $3000 to clean and repair and now our landlords are trying to charge us the costs of the damage.

They are claiming that it stemmed from flushing tampons (which I seriously doubt for many reasons). And citing the abnormal usage part of our lease to justify this charge.

What do you think? Is the law on our side on this one? What steps can we take to protect ourselves?

Announcements January 31, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Book Sale at Mt Pleasant Library now Feb 5-7

Don’t forget–The Mount Pleasant Library winter book sale is coming up! Join us Saturday, February 6 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, February 7 from 1-3pm. We have a great selection of fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, DVDs, and more!

In addition, you are invited to attend our Friday Evening Preview Sale and Social on Friday, January 22 from 6 to 8pm. Celebrate with your fellow book lovers after-hours at the Mount Pleasant Library! Light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverage will be served. For admission information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/882111998569451/

We hope to see you at our book sale!

http://www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheMountPleasantLibrary

Home and Garden January 31, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Out of control ivy

Does anyone have a recommendation for a company that would remove a lot of ivy covering the front of our brick DC rowhouse?

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Two kids on the loose in Shaw

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Gutter repair

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Homebuyers' Informational Session

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fight with knife at Georgia Ave Metro station on Saturday night

About 7PM Saturday a group of about 10 teenage girls began fighting near the corner of New Hampshir…
Replied on February 8, 2016 at 6:00 am

Anyone figure out how to stop getting the Post Marketplace midweek mailer?

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Where to Donate Clothing?

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Buying a car in DC

I can recommend OURISMAN in Bethesda. Started looking at previously owned cars through OURISMAN VW…
Replied on February 5, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Dubious parking violation left on visitor’s car

Can you email me the photo please – [email protected] thanks
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Help! Filing A Structural Warranty Claim?

Hi, We have had multiple issues in my condo conversion, mostly related to plumbing. The builder has…
Replied on February 5, 2016 at 11:40 am

Architect recommendation?

I am interested in working with an architect to redesign the roof of my two-story, circa 1900 DC ro…
Replied on February 5, 2016 at 10:16 am

International Women's Day Event

FINCA’s International Women’s Day Panel Event Date: Tuesday, March 1st | 6:00 – 8:00pm Venue…
Replied on February 5, 2016 at 12:24 am

Real Estate Agent For Rental

Hello GaryEL I am Eric Williamson dealing with one of the leading Real Estate development groups. I…
Replied on February 4, 2016 at 7:52 am

Impact of New 300 Unit Apartment building

Hello I am also looking for Luxury Apartments in New York. Any Suggestion?
Replied on February 3, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Buying a car in DC

I am a first time car buyer that lives in the District. Are there any car dealerships in DC proper?…
Replied on February 3, 2016 at 3:31 pm

Help with Tenant law? Is this legal?

Hello, You may be able to get advice on this issue at the DC Bar’s Advice and Referral Clini…