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General Discussion October 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Political Vandalism

Thought the Forum would be interested in some political sign vandalism I witnessed last Thursday (Oct 9th) around 7pm on the corner of 17th & T streets in Dupont Circle.

I was walking to my apartment when I witnessed a women in her 30s pushing a stroller with a baby, tear down TWO “Vote Yes on Initiative 71 (Legalize Marijuana)” signs. She casually then walked and threw them into the closest trash can. I couldn’t believe it; and as I walked by her I said “So I guess you don’t like marijuana?” to which she began to inform me that the initative “sends a horrible message to the children in the city!”. I replied, “Oh, so I guess you are just a fascist.” She was pretty flummoxed as I walked away, but even I wasn’t going to get into a political argument with a mother and her baby.

It doesn’t matter that I am pro-Initiative 71; regardless on how you feel about a political issue or candidate, one should never tear down a sign, which I believe is illegal. She is entitled to her opinion, and it should be voiced on Nov. 4th at the ballot box.

Anyone else every witness this?

Governement and Politics October 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Divorce in DC – can you recommend lawyers or other resources ? Tips?

Hi all: Has anyone been through a divorce in DC or have a knowledge of the process? City websites have not been useful thus far. It would likely be a No Fault divorce, if I understand the terms correctly. We’ve been married ~2yrs, both live in DC, have no children or joint financial accounts. Only major joint expense is home we purchased in 2009.

As we’re on fairly good terms, I’d like to keep the process as fast and cheap as possible, hence considering mediation and/or No Fault, but I’ve also been advised to first consult w/an expert, and one that has my interests in mind to someone that has my interests in mind. (Plus, its just easier to talk w/a real person sometimes.) Also may want to hire someone to do the paperwork.

So: anyone done this before? Any recs on info resources, lawyers, etc? Tips, things to watch out for? Any help much appreciated. I feel overwhelmed.

Food and Dining October 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Good lunch restaurant for out of town guests

Hi PoPville Community,
I was wondering if any of you had suggestions for a good (Saturday) lunch place where, to quote my mother, “there’s a lot to walk around and see”. I’ve taken them to all my favorite places in Capitol Hill/Eastern Market and they’re doing the “big” monuments on Sunday. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Public Safety October 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Mt. Pleasant Roof Walking

Hi everyone:

I live on the top floor of a row house in Mt. Pleasant and have been woken up several times in the last year by footsteps on the roof in the middle of the night. Sometimes this happens on extremely cold nights and I can’t imagine why anyone would be walking on the roof in those conditions. I know what animals on the roof sound like and I know what footsteps sound like, so I’m certain that someone is actually walking around up there. Does anyone know anything about this? Is there anything we can do? I’m bothered by it not only because it wakes me up, but also because I wonder if someone is thinking about breaking into the house via the skylight.

General Discussion October 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Question about Stop the Pop signs

Just noticed some yard signs that appeared on Taylor Street that say Stop the Pop and give a webpage of stopthepopdc.com But there doesn’t seem to be any such website.

Does anyone know whose signs these are or anything else about it? Just curious, really.

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

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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?

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Replied on October 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Political Vandalism

Thought the Forum would be interested in some political sign vandalism I witnessed last Thursday (O…
Replied on October 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Divorce in DC – can you recommend lawyers or other resources ? Tips?

Hi all: Has anyone been through a divorce in DC or have a knowledge of the process? City websites …
Replied on October 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Good lunch restaurant for out of town guests

Hi PoPville Community, I was wondering if any of you had suggestions for a good (Saturday) lunch pl…
Replied on October 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Mt. Pleasant Roof Walking

Hi everyone: I live on the top floor of a row house in Mt. Pleasant and have been woken up several …
Replied on October 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Question about Stop the Pop signs

Just noticed some yard signs that appeared on Taylor Street that say Stop the Pop and give a webpag…
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…