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General Discussion May 5, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Water bill spike due to busted pipes – Landlord / tenant responsibility?

Long story short, the last water meter reading in the house I’m renting was in October 2014. The water pipes burst sometime after that, and they just finally read our meter again. It looks like there was a huge spike in the bill from there (around 70,000 gallons). A meter reader is going to come back out but assuming the reading is accurate:

Are the tenants responsible for a spike? Should we ask the landlady to cover it since it’s from a problem with the house?

It seems hard to assign clear responsibility for the water usage. Almost none of the current tenants were even living in the house when that happened.

Events May 5, 2015 at 11:46 am

Bloom Calendar for Dumbarton Oaks

I created this calendar using a modified gantt chart to show when different plants will be in bloom at Dumbarton Oaks. They list this info on their website, but it’s all text and a little cumbersome to use.

Here’s a link

Home and Garden May 5, 2015 at 9:21 am

Move In Cleaning Service

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good Move In Cleaning Service? I’ll be moving into a condo soon and would like to have the unit cleaned prior to my move in. I’ve been searching around and have found that cleaning companies have a separate charge for “move in” services. Have no idea what the best option would be.

Home and Garden May 5, 2015 at 8:53 am

Bulk Trash Options When DC Won't Accept

I recently replaced an old wooden garden gate in my backyard. I tried to get DC to do a bulk trash pick up, but when they came by they left a note saying the gate didn’t qualify as household bulk trash and they wouldn’t pick it up. I went back to the DC website to try to find an alternative. They have a link to a search engine for places to send construction material, but all of the options it came up with were either exclusively for residents in other jurisdictions or only accepted materials that could be reused. This gate is deteriorated to the point that it will be of no use to anyone. I also looked into pick up services like “College Hunks Hauling Junk” but they have minimum fees and the service seems to be geared toward more than just a single item. Does anyone know of a reasonably inexpensive way to get rid of a single bulk item that DC won’t accept? I think I can probably transport it myself, so I’m not limited to pick-up services. I just don’t know where I can take it.

Events May 4, 2015 at 9:25 pm

Free Tickets! Game Show Dynamos Documentary

Anyone a quiz show junkie? Remember watching Match Game and Jeopardy before Trebek? Then, come with me to the Landmark Theater on E Street on Thursday, May 21st from 7:30-9:30pm to relive those game show moments. Come see my game show story, the story of how my grandparents, Claire and Bernard Boiko, got our family out of debt by winning TV game shows from the 1950s to the 1990s.

The audience will have a chance to spar with 90 year old game show dynamo, Claire Boiko. There will be prizes and after the film, a Q&A with star, Claire Boiko, the filmmaker and other special guests.

Tickets on sale through Tugg until May 6th: https://www.tugg.com/events/13341

Trailer: http://bit.ly/1te2hGL

I have four free tickets to this event. Please email me at rsschwar [at] umich.edu responding to this post to receive free tickets to this showing!

Public Safety May 4, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Takoma Package Thievery

First, by way of introduction: my fiancee and I have lived in Takoma since August, 2014, and have had an overwhelmingly pleasant experience here so far. Our street is quiet, with older houses that are all set back from the curbs, nearly all of them having porches and driveways. Our house is the exception; it’s a 1963 colonial with uncovered steps in the front — very visible from the street, and where packages are commonly delivered. Some carriers also use the side steps, off the driveway, which is marginally harder to see.

We have had three theft (and one near-theft) experiences thus far:

1) (Roughly December 2014) My GPS was taken from my car, while it was in my driveway. I largely blame myself for leaving the car unlocked; I plead having been lulled into a tenuous sense of security by the exceptional friendliness and graciousness of our new neighbors.

2) (February 2015) A package was stolen from our front steps as part of what we learned was a street- or neighborhood-wide sweep of houses by a “short Latino male”, according to the police, who had subsequently been caught with a large number of packages in his car. The police returned all of the packages to their respective owners, and the thieving Latino gentleman was arrested…and later failed to appear for his court appearance.

3) (April 2015) At about 11:00 PM one night, my fiancee saw a “kid” riding his bike up and down the street, and at one point stopping to try to open the door of our neighbor’s car. He vanished just after she called the police.

4) (May 2, 2015) Sometime between noon and about 8:00 PM, someone stole a package from our front steps; an extremely kind couple stopped by yesterday to deliver it — they told me that they had seen someone throw it out of a car window. Thankfully, the shoes my fiancee had bought had not fit the as-yet-unidentified model citizen who’d taken them.

The common thread, of course, is “front steps;” we will do what we can to request that USPS and UPS deliver things to a less-visible location.

Hope that this hasn’t been excessive detail; I hope that this information is useful to anyone in our area…

Travel and Transportation May 4, 2015 at 7:47 am

Pepco Illegally Monopolizing Parking?

For the last four or five days, the Pepco substation in Logan/Shaw has blocked off a half block of parking — using only cones — as they update their facility. They periodically do work here and usually go through the normal procedure of reserving spots and putting up signs. Is it legal for them to simply put cones on the street and restrict parking without demonstrating any permit? I’m pretty sure a normal business can’t simply do that, but perhaps they get a ‘free pass’ as a utility?

Announcements May 1, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Newark Street Park Woof and Wag Fundraiser!

The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the dogs are back to wagging at the park…It’s about time!

Come celebrate spring with us, and our four legged friends, at the Newark Street Dog Park.

Sunday May 3, 2015 2p-5p
Newark St NW and 39th St NW

We’ll have burgers (veggie/beef) and dogs (hot dogs that is) from our friends at Whole Foods Market Tenley, games with prizes from local stores and restaurants like
La Piquette DC, Cactus Cantina, Unleashed by Petco, Wylie Wagg, Roofers Union, Ripple and more!

You’ll also have the opportunity to begin, or renew, your annual membership with the Newark Street Park K-9 Friends to support the operations and development of the Newark Street Dog Park (DC).

So ‘shake a leg’ and come out to play!

Announcements May 1, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Historic DC Alley Kitten for Adoption!

know it’s kitten season and there are plenty for adoption these days, but this little guy is pretty special. He’s been hanging out near the historic Chapman Stables soaking up DC history before embarking on his search for a forever home.

Add to that he is super cute, super playful, and super purr-ful!

If May is a good month to add a kitten to your household, I’d love to hear from you.

Details: I’d estimate he’s about 8-weeks old. He is getting a well baby visit with the vet this morning, but he is not yet neutered or microchipped. He’s very, very social and would do best with another pet in the house (he’s friendly with both older cats and my large dog). We’re still finessing the litter box thing, but he’s only had 36 hours to learn about it just yet.

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Events April 30, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Garrison Elementary's On-line Auction Opens 8:00AM May 1st

Please support Garrison Elementary by participating in our on-line auction. Bidding opens promptly at 8:00AM on May 1st and closes at 8:00PM on May 8th. The first 5 people to place a bid will receive five 24-hour membership passes for Capital Bikeshare valued at $35!

http://www.charityauctionorganizer.com/auction/garrison2015.

Top 5 Reasons to Bid & Donate:

1. All proceeds go directly to the students: Money raised will help fund enhanced programming and school trips like the one we have planned for Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore.

2. Your support helps local businesses: We have been overwhelmed by the donations provided by our generous local sponsors. Let’s return the love and go to their establishments.

3. A strong neighborhood school makes a strong community: Neighborhood schools are the fabric of our community. Strengthen our neighborhood schools with enhanced programming, events, and extra-curricular activities, and a healthy, vibrant local community will surely follow.

4. Give yourself a treat: We have some really nice auction items. Why not splurge on yourself or someone you love and help Garrison at the same time?

5. Just because it feels good: Altruistic giving makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside!

Events April 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Twentythirtysomething Book Club May Selection

Are you a local reader at least 21 years old? Looking for a more casual book club experience? Then join us for Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.), a DC Public Library book group for younger adults.

In our May selection, the 2014 nonfiction title “Nothing is True and Everything is
Possible,” journalist and television producer Peter Pomerantsev describes the stranger than fiction scenarios and individuals he encountered when work brought him to Russia at the start of the 21st century.

We will be meeting on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. at breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW) in Glover Park. Questions? E-mail erika.rydberg@dc.gov and julia.strusienski@dc.gov

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Announcements April 30, 2015 at 9:08 am

Fitbit Found on New Hampshire Avenue

I found a Fitbit on the southbound side of New Hampshire Avenue this morning, a few blocks north of the Petworth Metro. It likely belongs to a lady, as it is in what looks like a Tori Burch band. I’ve already contacted Fitbit so see if they can get it to the owner, but in the meantime thought I’d post here. If it is yours leave me a way to get a hole of you. Thanks.

General Discussion April 29, 2015 at 7:28 pm

Sales tax in DC at Sephora?

So, two family members from out of town were shopping in Georgetown today, and they asked me why the sales tax was different at Sephora (6.00%) vs the other stores they went to (Blue Mercury and Zara’s (5.75%). I checked both their receipts and said I had no idea. When I called Sephora, largely because I was curious, they said that sales tax in DC was 6% … which it is not. Can stores tack on additional taxes to the standard 5.75%? Any idea what happened here?

General Discussion April 29, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Canadian Pharmacy Recommendation Needed

Fed up with high prices (even with insurance) for some meds, I’m exploring the confusing world of online Canadian pharmacies. I know there are several “accreditation” sites, and I’ve looked at their lists, but the sheer number of these operations is kind of daunting. Has anyone had any good or bad experience with any of them?

Events April 29, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Free Performance at Busboys and Poets

Weird phobias, Bigfoot and the i-Pocalypse descend on Busboys and Poets in STAGE FRIGHT, the new original play from Young Playwrights’ Theater’s Student Advisory Council!

STAGE FRIGHT
Wednesday, May 6, at 7pm
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
FREE and open to the public!
Recommended for ages 13 and up due to strong language.

Written and performed by the nine talented young playwrights of the Council, STAGE FRIGHT explores the topic of fear through a series hilarious and poignant vignettes. The show culminates in a Choose Your Own Adventure-style piece, where the audience decides the ending!

STAGE FRIGHT is presented by the Student Advisory Council as a fundraiser for Young Playwrights’ Theater.

For more information, visit http://www.yptdc.org or check out the facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/756100364503234/

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Replied on May 5, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Water bill spike due to busted pipes – Landlord / tenant responsibility?

Long story short, the last water meter reading in the house I’m renting was in October 2014. …
Replied on May 5, 2015 at 11:46 am

Bloom Calendar for Dumbarton Oaks

I created this calendar using a modified gantt chart to show when different plants will be in bloom…
Replied on May 5, 2015 at 10:10 am

Bulk Trash Options When DC Won't Accept

I have been to the Ft. Totten Waste Transfer station, and it is great, but I thought the same restr…
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Bulk Trash Options When DC Won't Accept

http://dpw.dc.gov/service/bulk-trash-collection The Fort Totten Waste Transfer station!!!!!! As a D…
Replied on May 5, 2015 at 9:21 am

Move In Cleaning Service

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good Move In Cleaning Service? I’ll be moving into…
Replied on May 5, 2015 at 8:53 am

Bulk Trash Options When DC Won't Accept

I recently replaced an old wooden garden gate in my backyard. I tried to get DC to do a bulk trash…
Replied on May 5, 2015 at 7:13 am

Little Coco's?

Nope, may be some technical issue. I think it is just temporarily stalled.
Replied on May 5, 2015 at 7:09 am

Found kitten on 14th and Otis Pl NW last night

Oh, she is so cute. Just looks like batman, I hope she will be reunited with her real family soon.
Replied on May 5, 2015 at 7:04 am

Helping Homeless DC Man who Thwarted Rape

Yeah, he definitely deserve much more than that. It’s really a good dead and i’m going …
Replied on May 5, 2015 at 7:01 am

Sales tax in DC at Sephora?

Yeah, I too think that it is 5.75 % in D.C, don’t know the reason they’re charging extr…
Replied on May 4, 2015 at 9:25 pm

Free Tickets! Game Show Dynamos Documentary

Anyone a quiz show junkie? Remember watching Match Game and Jeopardy before Trebek? Then, come with…
Replied on May 4, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Takoma Package Thievery

First, by way of introduction: my fiancee and I have lived in Takoma since August, 2014, and have h…
Replied on May 4, 2015 at 1:33 pm

Pepco Illegally Monopolizing Parking?

I think you know the answer to your questions already. Let me make a suggestion to you: Gather your…
Replied on May 4, 2015 at 7:51 am

Pepco Illegally Monopolizing Parking?

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