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Announcements July 24, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Mt Pleasant listserv?

I’ve now seen a couple of references to a Mt Pleasant listserv. I know about the Yahoo group and mtpleasantdc.org, but neither is active/useful; I haven’t found anything people actually used since the old e-mail newsletter years ago. Is there something else? If so, the Google knoweth not. Thanks.

Home and Garden July 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Blown in Attic Insulation Recommendations

I need to add insulation to the my attic of my row house. The attic space gets lower as you get closer to back of the house. I am having trouble finding someone that will do the work because the height in the back (or lack there of). 3 Contractors have come by but said they will not do it. Has anyone had luck finding a contractor to do this work when the attic space gets lower on one end? I think there is about 3 feet in the lowest part.
Thanks for any help!

Home and Garden July 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

Parking Space vs Yard – opinions wanted!

I bought a townhouse in NW that has a very small backyard, which is concreted over for a parking space. Street parking is relatively easy here. In practice, given the tight alley way and awkward access, only the smallest of cars will fit back there. At the moment, there is no gate whatsoever, and for security reasons I would like to put up a fence or gate separating the space from the alley. I think I’d prefer to just put up a privacy fence and then landscape the parking space with planters, shrubbery and a bench etc (though the house already has a 2nd floor deck off the kitchen so doesn’t need more outdoor space necessarily). I thought I’d solicit your opinions on what this would do to the value of the house – is taking away what could easily be sold as a parking space to buyers going to drastically reduce the house value? Thanks in advance!

Neighborhood News July 24, 2014 at 9:32 am

LANIER HEIGHTS POPUPS

Dear PoP:

We understand that your readers may be getting tired, impatient, maybe even a little bit sick of hearing about the Lanier Heights downzoning battle. But this might qualify as BREAKING NEWS.

The Lanier Heights pro-downzoning groups will give a special presentation to the ANC on Wednesday. Just announced, this is apparently a last-minute add-on to the regular ANC agenda.

Planning, Zoning, and Transportation Committee
Wednesday, July 23, 7:00 PM
Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW

Interestingly, this was first announced as a presentation on creating a Lanier Heights Historic District, but “corrected” later the same day.

We oppose downzoning Lanier Heights but think everyone should have a chance to hear what the downzoners have to say.

We offer our own opinions and analysis at Neighbors Against Downzoning

Thanks,
Lanier.Neighbor@gmail.com

Life and Society July 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Cancer Fundraiser for DC Fashion Stylist Tara Papanicolas

This past May, POP posted about my friends cancer fundraiser dance party at Flash.

http://www.popville.com/2014/05/fck-cancer-benefit-for-tara-papanicolas/

It was the second event our close friends put together in an effort to raise awareness about the rare cancer she discovered last September. The fundraisers were also an effort to help her with her mounting medical bills.
Watching her appearance transform with her chemo and radiation I was inspired to do a photo shoot of her. Here is a link to view part of the shoot. http://violettamarkelou.com/fashion/
The images have captivated and inspired many so it got me to thinking that perhaps others going through a similar experience may want portrait of themselves like this.
So they can remember this time as not one of being sick but of transformation. Transformation can be beautiful.

Going one step further, I created a t-shirt campaign to raise money for Tara.
You can view that here :

https://www.booster.com/taracancerfund

If you are interested or anyone you many know is interested in purchasing this limited edition t-shirt to help us raise money for Tara, please pass along the links.
Tara is like the Washington monument practically. She is a really special person in DC. Her strength through this entire process of detection and treatment have inspired many. We want to give that love and inspiration back to her and help her get back healthy and happy.

Many thanks in advance for your support.
-Violetta

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Schools and Education July 23, 2014 at 9:16 am

Classes in Auto/Motorcycle Mechanics and Electrical Installation?

Does anyone know places in DC where one can learn vocational hands-on skills? I would like to learn more about auto/motorcycle maintenance and electrical installation, but cant’ find any classes in the area. Only tech institutes that offer associate degrees. I’m not looking to be certified, I just want to learn some more skills.

Thanks!

Announcements July 23, 2014 at 8:57 am

Calling all Pug owners!!

Does anyone have the name of a reputable breeder in the area?

Thanks!

Sports and Fitness July 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Yogo – 1 on 1

Haven’t done Yoga before [have taken stretch classes] and have a few lower back issues. Wondered if anyone in POPVILLE can recommend 1 on 1 Yoga instructor/class to see if my back is A-OK for a class.

Thanks!

Real Estate July 21, 2014 at 10:38 am

Regulations for erecting a sign on commercial property?

I’m wondering if anyone knows if there are regulations for small signs on a commercial property? I have a small sign for my business, and it appears you need a permit for large signs, but the regulations for small signs are just not there at all! And I tried to check the website…. nothing. I called, and the DCRA are being their usual nonhelpful selves. So, I wondered if anyone knows how I can put my sign up? It’s about 2 feet high and about 3 feet long. :-/ Thanks!

Events July 21, 2014 at 7:04 am

Pet care options for low-income folks?

Hi there PoPville,

I remember hearing something a while back about DC having community pet health expos? I was wondering if this was still the case. If not, does anyone know about other kinds of free or low cost resources are out there for low-income folks with pets? Ex: spay/neuter, routine shots, and care for other minor health concerns for dogs and cats. Either scheduled events or consistent programs are helpful. I do social work, and this is a relevant issue to a lot of our clients but I’ve been struggling to find good solutions.

If anyone has any information on the subject it would be wholly appreciated!!!

Food and Dining July 18, 2014 at 10:19 am

Red Apron or Stachowski’s

Which butcher/sandwich joint is better? Stachowski’s is more old school, but Red Apron has some cool sandwiches, like the epic Porkstrami. I’d love to hear about some of your experiences.

Announcements July 17, 2014 at 10:29 am

Tabard Inn Wedding Woes

Hi PoP,

I recently had the most horrible experience at the Tabard Inn and wanted to share in case this helps anyone who is deliberating whether or not to use them for an inexpensive wedding.

My fiance and I originally agreed on the Tabard Inn as one of the more affordable places to celebrate our wedding in DC. Boy, did we chose poorly. The Tabard Inn has gone through 3 Special Events Coordinators since February 2014. Each time we went in we had to deal with a different, inexperienced person. Earlier this week we met with yet another, new Coordinator to go over room setup, finalize the menu, and arrange a second tasting since the first tasting was horrible.

In the middle of our meeting, the Coordinator begins to engage another couple who just wandered in off the street. After 5 minutes I asked that we get back to our meeting which was scheduled in advance, since we had a lot to do. We left with an appointment set up for 5 pm on Wednesday to finalize everything and have our second tasting.

This is where things head even further south. I received a call at 3 pm from the Tabard Inn for a wine tasting at 530 for 2 people. Wrong on all accounts.
We were able to straighten out the confusion only to arrive at 5 pm and be seated in the far back of the restaurant in the middle of a staff meeting. No one asked why we were there, offered us water or even acknowledged us in general. After waiting for 30 minutes — and watching the staff eat cake and celebrate with each other! — we asked to see a manager who tried to calm us down with a few rounds of drinks.
By this time it was 545. No service. No food.
When we finally got served our tasting menu at around 6 pm it turned out that the vegan option we had ordered wasn’t even vegan! How can a chef of an establishment that offers vegan entrees not even know what vegan is??? Couple all of this with the owner, who was standing right there listening to the entire exchange, refusing to engage with us or do anything to try to rectify the situation.

We ended up demanding our deposit back, breaking our contract and essentially panicking since our wedding is in TWO WEEKS. We now have to find a back-up venue due to the ineptitude of the entire staff at the Tabard Inn.

Buyer beware, you get what you pay for. Long story short, BOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!!!

Announcements July 17, 2014 at 9:04 am

Early morning dumpster noise in NoMa

My husband and I are woken up nearly every work day (between 4:15am and 5:30am) and every Saturday (around 6:30am) by the extremely loud banging of dumpsters. It sounds like it is coming from the unit block of M or Pierce St NE. I know that NoMa is commercially zoned, so there are no restrictions regarding trash pick-up times, but for the love of God, this is cruel with so many apartments being built in the neighborhood. I’ve been working with my property manager to find the culprit, but since we are the only ones who have submitted a complaint, it has been hard to get traction.

Does anyone else in the neighborhood hear this?!

Neighborhood News July 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Two Months of Sidewalk Construction on T St. NW in U St. Corridor?

My boyfriend, who lives at 9th & T, and I noticed construction tape and temporary fencing around all of the tree plots on T st. for multiple blocks. He often parks on T and the notice prohibits parking on this side of the street for two months! Does anyone know what DDOTs going to do here? Hopefully not rip all of the trees out.

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Home and Garden July 16, 2014 at 9:17 am

Any advice or recommendations for moving a Central Air Unit?

Dear Forum members, I was looking for any advice / recommendations on moving a central air unit. Our place was recently redone, but when they installed the air conditioning unit, they placed it in the middle of the yard (bizarre right?). We liked the house in spite of this, but now we’re looking to move it and I thought that I would put the question out there before we considered it – Thanks in advance!

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Mt Pleasant listserv?

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Blown in Attic Insulation Recommendations

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Missing Cat in Northwestern Columbia Heights

I believe this outdoor cat is around my neighborhood. Location: 40th and 5th st NE. This cat has…
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Parking Space vs Yard – opinions wanted!

I bought a townhouse in NW that has a very small backyard, which is concreted over for a parking sp…
Replied on July 24, 2014 at 9:32 am

LANIER HEIGHTS POPUPS

Dear PoP: We understand that your readers may be getting tired, impatient, maybe even a little bit …
Replied on July 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Red Apron or Stachowski’s

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Replied on July 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Cancer Fundraiser for DC Fashion Stylist Tara Papanicolas

This past May, POP posted about my friends cancer fundraiser dance party at Flash. http://www.popvi…
Replied on July 23, 2014 at 9:16 am

Classes in Auto/Motorcycle Mechanics and Electrical Installation?

Does anyone know places in DC where one can learn vocational hands-on skills? I would like to lear…
Replied on July 23, 2014 at 8:57 am

Calling all Pug owners!!

Does anyone have the name of a reputable breeder in the area? Thanks!
Replied on July 22, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Tabard Inn Wedding Woes

I totally agree with the above person. Also, posting not one, but FOUR extremely negative Yelp revi…
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Isherwood NE alley cats

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Any advice or recommendations for moving a Central Air Unit?

We had a new HVAC installed this spring and, while the old AC unit had been in the back yard, we de…
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Pet care options for low-income folks?

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Isherwood NE alley cats

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