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Announcements October 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Found bike in Adams Morgan

I found a Gary Fisher mountain bike in Waterside park (in Kalorama/Adams Morgan) that had been left unlocked for a whole day. Surprised it wasn’t stolen. I figured some thief just abandoned it and I took it home for safe keeping. Just send me the description if it’s yours and I’ll happily return it (I’ve had NINE bikes stolen!) Cheers, Gretchen

Public Safety October 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Attempted Home Invasion in Takoma

Hi All–

Just wanted to let my Takoma and Takoma Park neighbors know of a frightening experience that happened around 2pm today. I live on the ground level in a nice condo building right next to the Takoma Metro Station on Cedar St. near Evolve Restaurant and My Little Bistro. Around 2pm today I heard a noise coming from my slightly open (open just enough for the cat to smell the fresh air) window in the living room. When I approached my window I saw a man with a knife trying to enter my apartment through the window screen that he had slashed. Luckily by screaming and slamming the window closed he was scared off and ran away. I called the police and filed a report but they weren’t able to find him. I just wanted to pass this along to alert neighbors to be vigilant and to keep their windows closed and locked at all times. The police let me know that these type of burglaries/home invasions have been happening more often in the Takoma/Takoma Park neighborhood, particularly during the day time.

Has this happened to anyone else in our neighborhood?

Announcements October 17, 2014 at 11:08 am

Lucky Dog’s Animal Rescue Casino Night on 10/18 (Sat)

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is hosting its 2nd Annual Let’s Get Lucky Casino night from 7-10 on Saturday, 10/18. For three special hours, guests will test their luck at craps, roulette, blackjack, poker, and the money wheel. At the end of the night, winnings can be used to purchase raffle tickets for exciting prizes! We also have great auction items like beach vacations, suites, hockey tickets, etc.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, a volunteer-run 501c3 working to save dogs and cats from certain euthanasia. To purchase tickets visit http://www.luckydoganimalrescue.org.

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Announcements October 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Got Wisdom? Become a CPE Mentor!

Want to have a teenager think you’re the coolest? Become a CPE Mentor!

Nationally, 41% of low-income students will enter college, while only 8% will finish by their mid-20s.
Since inception, 99% of Capital Partners for Education (CPE) graduates have gone on to college, and 70% have graduated on time.
Founded in 1993, Capital Partners for Education (CPE) is a dynamic college preparatory program that helps motivated, low-income students in the Washington Metropolitan area to get to and through college by providing one-on-one mentoring, college and career preparation and support, individualized staff support, school partnerships and scholarships.
We are now hosting mentor trainings for our inaugural class of 11th Grade Navigators! This two-year mentoring relationship will include: structured and staff supported mentor-mentee workshops one Saturday each month; weekly email exchange via our e-mentoring platform, iMentor; and weekly phone calls.

RSVP for one of our upcoming mentor trainings on:
Saturday, October 25 from 11am-2pm
or Tuesday, November 4 from 6-9pm!

To RSVP or for more information:
leo@cpfe.org
202-682-6020 ext. 221
http://www.cpfe.org

Apply: bit.ly/cpementor

Home and Garden October 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm

recs to fix basement flooding during rain and leaky porch roof?

Hi all,

Today’s heavy rains brought to light two unrelated issues in my Mt. Pleasant rowhouse. I’d love suggestions for people/companies to contact to fix either or both problems!

1. The basement is underground and has a door that opens to an outdoor stairwell that leads you to ground level. At the bottom of the outdoor stairwell is a drain. On days with heavy rain, the drain can’t keep up with the amount of water pooling at the bottom of the stairwell and it flows under the basement door and into the basement.

We’ve had the drain snaked and have sand bags against the door, but water still gets through during a prolonged heavy rain.

I’m not sure whether I need (1) a plumber to do something to the drain, or (2) a contractor to replace or otherwise better seal the bottom of the door, or (3) both, or (4) some other solution entirely. Thoughts/suggestions very appreciated!

2. I noticed today that the roof of our front porch is leaking in several places. I don’t see any obvious holes in the tar on the top of the roof, but they must be there! Suggestions for someone who can repair the porch roof, which has wood slats on the underside that need to be preserved?

Thank you!

Real Estate October 15, 2014 at 9:16 am

is it legal for condo HOA to impose different rules for renters vs. owners?

Condo building HOA is proposing enacting a new rule that would prohibit renters from having pets. However, any owners who live in the building, are permitted to have pets.

Just curious if anybody is aware if this is legit? Is it ok to apply different rules depending on your status of being an owner resident vs. tenant resident?

All current renters would be grandfathered in. Not sure if it matters, but this building has approximately a 54% to 46% owner to investor ratio.

Announcements October 14, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Found Dog – Female pittie mix in Columbia Heights

Friends found this female pittie mix with pink collar and no tags in the 1200 block of Girard Street NW this afternoon (10/14/14). Neighbor is keeping her for the evening. Contact lesley.muldoon@gmail.com or 202-316-1599 if you recognize her or know her family!

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Announcements October 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Carolina's

It again looks like Carolina’s on 14th at Spring has closed. Anyone know if this is the case? The backyard has been full of mattresses and other items that makes it look abandoned. Thanks.

Public Safety October 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Peeper in Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant

Hey y’all – anyone ever had a problem with this before? I live on Park road (the “Parkade” across the street from the church on 16th) on the first floor. There’s a road behind my apartment complex for the townhouses and complexes nextdoor. On Saturday night, my fiancee was asleep while I was reading, and I noticed some movement on my window sill – a short, young, Latino man climbed up to look into our window! I immediately got up and would’ve taken a picture of him, but thought it must’ve been a raccoon or cat., as my vision was obscured by our curtains. So, I just banged on the window and yelled for him to leave. He immediately left and took off. For some detail, we’re about three or four feet off the ground, so the guy really must’ve wanted to see something. Obviously we have bars, but it’s still pretty freaky.

Anyone dealt with peppers before? Is it worth doing anything besides reporting it to the building management/my landlord? Is this something to be worried about becoming worse? We have several families with young children on the floor, so I wasn’t sure how else to handle it. Let me know if you guys have seen anything lately!

Real Estate October 14, 2014 at 11:12 am

Owner wants to keep our deposit???

We have recently vacated a rental property and completed a final walkthrough with the property manager. We hired someone to clean the property beforehand and did two more checks afterwards to make sure everything was clean. During our final walkthrough, we were only asked to replace a few lightbulbs and otherwise were told that the property was in a perfect condition. Two weeks after our walk through, we get an email from the property manager stating that there is a damage inside the house: chipped front door, chipped floor board, mildew/mold inside a HE washer. The email states that our deposit will not be fully refunded due to these damages. What are our rights dear Popville?

Announcements October 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Inclusionary Zoning Unit -Experience/Advice?

Hi everyone,

I applied for the housing lottery a while back and recently got a notification that I was one of the selectees chosen to purchase a unit in a new condo building. I’m not sure how many other people got the same notification, but I was obviously pretty excited that I might be able to own a condo for an affordable price. I have been told that other selectees and I will need to submit letters of interest, approval letters from lenders, and documents to verify our lower-income status.

My question is…what are the odds and how exactly does DCHD choose the individual who gets to purchase and inhabit the unit? I am confident in my ability to get a mortgage approval-but I haven’t lived in the city very long. My tax statements still use a previous address, in fact.

Anyone have experience with IZU buying? I shouldn’t get my hopes up…right?

Announcements October 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Mega Adoption Event – Saturday, Oct 18th at 7319 Georgia Avenue NW

The Washington Humane Society’s Mega Adoption Event FRISKY BUSINESS, will be for 8 hours only. 11:00 am – 7:00 pm $8 adoption fees for 8 hours, and standard adoption procedures apply.

WHS has dogs, cats, kittens, and even a couple of bunnies and guinea pigs right now!
Come to this event and meet a furry animal that fits your pace and living situation.

I’ll be bringing my two fostered kittens, Drum and Annelle to the event. They are 18 weeks old and looking for a permanent home. The kittens are vaccinated, spayed/neutered, microchipped and come with love and purring!

Hope to see some animal lovers from PoPville!
If you need information about alley cats-community cats, or want to learn more about being a foster for an animal, then please stop by

7319 Georgia Ave NW — (202) 723-5730

http://support.washhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=adopt

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Announcements October 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm

13th St NW Free Library Launched! (Logan Circle)

Yesterday my neighbor launched the 13th Street Little Free Library. Leave a book. Take a book. So far there are a variety of contributions: Lonely planet travel guides, yes. Signed copies of books, yes. Novels, yes. Bookmarks, yes. What will be in there tomorrow?

Next time you’re in Logan Circle, bring your extra books and see what is in the Little Library!
The 13th St Little Free Library is right next to Logan Circle.
13th St and O St NW

http://13thstreetlibrary.wordpress.com/

Announcements October 8, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Friends of Southeast Library (FoSEL) needs your help!

Each month hundreds of used books are donated by Capitol Hill neighbors for us to sell for the benefit of children’s programs at the library. Southeast Library is one of the smallest (and busiest) branch libraries in the city with little space to store and sort these donated books. So we have a book sale every month (second Saturdays), setting up tables on Friday afternoon and lining up books outside on Saturday morning. Why don’t you become a Friend? The cost is four or five hours of your time each month. You’ll be helping the kids in your community, and you’ll get first dibs on the books. You’ll get to watch people of all ages as they marvel over books, and you’ll feel pretty good about it. Plus, volunteers get pastries and pizza. Please email friendsofsoutheastlibrary@gmail.com if interested. Become a Friend.

Public Safety October 8, 2014 at 10:22 am

Mysterious Man Outside The Quarry in Adams Morgan Attempting to Force His Way In

This morning I was accosted by a man outside my apartment building in Adams Morgan trying to force his way in, claiming to be a maintenance worker. I’m sure he is who he said he was, but I refused to let him in the building because I didn’t understand why he wouldn’t have a key fob or a code to get in if he was indeed employed to do maintenance on the building.

He tried to push me out of the way, questioned my authority, put his foot in the door and refused to take it out of the way, and then proceeded to verbally assault me, calling me a “cunt” and a “stupid bitch”. I closed the door on him and left him outside the building without letting him in because I had to go to work.

I am posting this here not for the sympathy or the kudos, but just to let you know that, no matter who you are, IT’S OK to stand your ground against creepy people.

Sure, I was probably putting myself in a lot of danger, but to me the risk of what he could possibly do to the building and/or the many single young women that live in my building was greater.

Please, for the love of god: DO NOT let people you don’t know into any locked building. They are locked out for a reason.

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Replied on October 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Found bike in Adams Morgan

I found a Gary Fisher mountain bike in Waterside park (in Kalorama/Adams Morgan) that had been left…
Replied on October 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Attempted Home Invasion in Takoma

Hi All– Just wanted to let my Takoma and Takoma Park neighbors know of a frightening experien…
Replied on October 17, 2014 at 11:08 am

Lucky Dog’s Animal Rescue Casino Night on 10/18 (Sat)

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is hosting its 2nd Annual Let’s Get Lucky Casino night from 7-10 on S…
Replied on October 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Got Wisdom? Become a CPE Mentor!

Want to have a teenager think you’re the coolest? Become a CPE Mentor! Nationally, 41% of low-inc…
Replied on October 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

recs to fix basement flooding during rain and leaky porch roof?

For the roof – my guy is Bernie Gallagher. 301-343-3089 He’s done good work at a reason…
Replied on October 15, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Halloween in DC

Field of Screams Olney, MD (about 1 hr drive) Trail of Terror $25 (35 minutes through the woods) Pa…
Replied on October 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm

recs to fix basement flooding during rain and leaky porch roof?

Hi all, Today’s heavy rains brought to light two unrelated issues in my Mt. Pleasant rowhouse…
Replied on October 15, 2014 at 2:17 pm

is it legal for condo HOA to impose different rules for renters vs. owners?

Sounds legit to me, as long as a majority of the condo owners (well, a majority of their shares, wh…
Replied on October 15, 2014 at 9:16 am

is it legal for condo HOA to impose different rules for renters vs. owners?

Condo building HOA is proposing enacting a new rule that would prohibit renters from having pets. H…
Replied on October 14, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Found Dog – Female pittie mix in Columbia Heights

Friends found this female pittie mix with pink collar and no tags in the 1200 block of Girard Stree…
Replied on October 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Carolina's

It again looks like Carolina’s on 14th at Spring has closed. Anyone know if this is the case…
Replied on October 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Owner wants to keep our deposit???

We cleaned the washer every week inside and out, and ran a special HE washer cleaner every month…
Replied on October 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Owner wants to keep our deposit???

I think there’s a difference between “The email states that our deposit will not be ful…
Replied on October 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Peeper in Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant

Hey y’all – anyone ever had a problem with this before? I live on Park road (the “…
Replied on October 14, 2014 at 11:18 am

Mysterious Man Outside The Quarry in Adams Morgan Attempting to Force His Way In

You did the right thing. I would have called the cops on him as well. He was probably trying to ent…