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General Discussion May 4, 2016 at 4:36 pm

What to do when a neighbor destroys your property and refuses to fix it?

My neighbor across the alley knocked over my fence with a bulldozer in JANUARY. He owns http://www.kenleyexcavation.com/ and was working on another neighbor’s house who is adding onto the current structure with a pop up and an edition in the back. I’ve tried many ways of contacting Kenley since January and have been completely ignored (calls, emails, even snail mail). I would knock on the front door, but I don’t really feel like being mauled by his angry dog. The dog usually wants to rip out my throat when I pass by the poor thing when it’s left outside for days on end.
I contacted DCRA and that yielded zero help. I asked help from my neighborhood association and for some helpful hints from his former neighbor. I contacted the owner of the construction site (aka the giant house owner) and that hasn’t helped either. I just learned that the owner had kicked him off of the construction project.
Knocking down my fence leaves a gaping hole into my backyard and also my next door neighbor’s backyard. Right after Kenley knocked over my fence, the blizzard happened and he plowed all of the alley’s snow and left a 10+ foot mound right behind my newly broken fence. Btw, giant mounds of snow take a long time to melt and left the car in my backyard trapped for weeks.
A few years ago, a poor guy was robbed and forced to do some unwanted acts in the alley behind our homes. I don’t feel comfortable with that, but I also don’t think I should be the one paying to fix the fence that Kenley destroyed.
I would like to avoid legal action, but I will probably have to go to court. Is the bulldozer yielding neighbor only at fault or is the property owner where the work was done also at fault?

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Governement and Politics May 4, 2016 at 12:55 pm

DC Primaries

Question for you election/legal experts out there: If I’m registered with a political party in DC, and go to vote in the June primary, but want to vote for a candidate for a local office (council member) who’s not on my ballot (due to belonging to another political party), does my write-in of that candidate still count? Or is that vote only counted on the ballots for that specific candidate’s party?

General Discussion May 4, 2016 at 9:13 am

Dog Diarrhea: To pick up or not to pick up?

This morning a lovely neighbor of mine was walking his dog down the sidewalk. As I walked past them his dog was pooping in a tree box, which he then proceeded to kick mulch over and walk away. I offered him some newspaper I had if he needed something to clean it up, his response was something to the effect of “It is diarhheay and I don’t pick up diarrhea”.

As a dog owner myself, picking up “diarrheay” dog poop is easier to do on mulch than on grass or a sidewalk (all three of which I have had to do in the past).

What do you do with your dog poop in that situation?

General Discussion May 3, 2016 at 11:35 pm

Bogus Failure to Stop Tickets in Petworth/Columbia Heights

All–wondering if anyone has received a bogus ticket for failure to stop in Petworth/Columbia Heights and how you resolved the issue. I drive the same route Monday through the Friday, part of which includes crossing Georgia Avenue at Park, Morton, or Lamont going eastbound. Many of you that live and drive in the neighborhood know that 1) the police substation is on Park between Sherman and Georgia; 2) the officers that cannot find parking on Park, park their cruisers on Morton; and 3) 95% of the time there is cruiser parked by the post office during morning and afternoon school hours to ensure children walking to school are given the right of way to cross in the numerous cross walks between Lamont and Park. Last many of you know that where Morton and Lamont intersects with Geogia are “blind intersections” because there are usually several cars parked along the southbound lane of Georgia.

With all the foregoing in mind along with a excellent driving record, avoiding an accident as well as hitting small school children, would anyone fail to stop at a stop sign? You guessed it….I came to a complete stop (rocking back and all) and I STILL GOT A F’IN TICKET. Note, in the 30 years I have been driving, half of which in Columbia Heights where I live, I have only received 1 moving violation and it was issued by the same officer in 2011 for the same BS offense. Obviously, I will be contesting the ticket, but I am taking it as step further…..I am filing a complaint with the MPD Ombudsman against the officer. I have taken pictures of the intersection and there is no way in hell he would have been in a position to observe my car let alone it’s wheels.

What I would like to know if any of you have been in the same position and how you handled it. Also, if any of you have had success with getting dash cam video/pics from MPD I would appreciate any advice you are willing to give. If it was $50.00 and done, I would let this sleeping dog lie, but this will be the second time my insurance will go up as a result of the same lying-ass police officer trying to pad his stats. Some neighbors have also informed me that these bogus stops have been made in hopes that the police officer may discover that the driver doesn’t have proof of insurance or car registration which carries fines in the hundreds of dollars.

Enough for now–look forward to hearing your responses.

Public Safety May 3, 2016 at 11:07 pm

Harassment Outside Union Station

Has anyone else felt increasingly unsafe while walking outside Union Station in the past couple months? I have noticed more people who appear to be suffering from mental issues, drug addiction, and homelessness loitering outside. In the past couple months, I’ve seen people urinating, someone openly smoking crack, and someone under the influence of some hallucinogen pretending to punch people in the head. Today, a homeless man threatened to “smack the glasses off my face” when I wouldn’t give him money. This is occurring during daylight hours, generally immediately after work. I’ve had the same walk for three years, and I don’t remember ever feeling so unsafe outside Union Station until a couple months ago. I’m just wondering a) if other people have noticed this increase b) what can be done about it.

Events May 3, 2016 at 6:47 am

Takoma Trukgarten is June 4th

Takoma Trukgarten: Food Trucks, Local Beer and Live Music in Takoma Park on Saturday, June 4th

Tickets available now for the Takoma Trukgarten on Saturday, June 4th from 12noon-5pm. Takoma Park’s newest event is back for a second year and is bigger and better!

Seven local breweries are participating: Denizen’s Brewing Co, 7 Locks Brewing, The Brewer’s Art, Port City Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch, Hellbender Brewing Company and Jailbreak Brewing Company. Plus food from local trucks including Hardy’s BBQ, Bao Banh Boys, Chix n Stix, La Strada and special oyster bar from Republic. A giant tent will provide sun and rain coverage.

DC area music favorites will take the stage all day including

12:00 – Foozle,
1:00 – Swings.
2:00 – The Sea Life
3:00 –Go Cozy,
4:00 – Shirt/Pants

Music from Hostage House Booking and Babe City Records.
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 12noon-5pm
Location: City Parking Lot (next to TPSS Co-op, 201 Ethan Allen Ave)
Admission:
$20-$30 – based on tasting package selected, includes commemorative glass, food is separate. (Plus online booking fee).
Designated Driver: $10- includes event entry.
Under 21 free
Event happens rain or shine. No refunds.

More info and tickets: http://www.mainstreettakoma.org/featured-events/takoma-trukgarten/

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Real Estate May 2, 2016 at 3:32 pm

DC Open Doors House Crawl, June 25th

June is Homeownership Month!

Join DC Open Doors for a House Crawl around the city.

Take a bus tour of condos, townhouses and single family homes in the District, meet with lenders and learn how the DC Open Doors’ mortgage program, plus Down Payment Assistance, if desired, can make your dreams of homeownership a reality. Lenders will be present at DCHFA to answer your questions about the home buying process. Take part in the DC Open Doors Informational Session 2-3:00 p.m. on-site at DCHFA.

Enjoy refreshments, take the tour or join us at the Agency to meet with a participating lender.
Register Here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-open-doors-house-crawl-tickets-25036497839
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.

General Discussion May 2, 2016 at 9:06 am
General Discussion May 1, 2016 at 8:19 pm

Where to recycle DVD cases?

Hi all,

Any idea where I can recycle DVD cases? Can they go in with the rest of our residential “single-stream” recycling? I’ve been perusing DPW’s website and google, and can’t find a clear answer to this question.

Any tips appreciated!

Food and Drink April 30, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Taste of Adams Morgan is Right Around the Corner

Taste of Adams Morgan
Benefitting Mary’s Center
Tuesday, May 3- 5-9pm

Stroll, sip, and sample your way through one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, from 5-9pm at the 4th Annual Taste of Adams Morgan event in benefit of Mary’s Center. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Center and the 36,000 individuals and families who will be served this year.

The following restaurants will be participating:
• 2020 Restaurant and Lounge
• Bourbon
• Bul
• Donburi
• Doner Bistro
• El Tamarindo
• Grand Central
• Johnny Pistolas
• L’Enfant Café
• Madam’s Organ
• Mellow Mushroom
• Pop’s SeaBar
• Potter’s House
• Red White and Basil
• Roofers Union
• Rumba Café
• Shenanigans Irish Pub
• The Diner
• Town Tavern
• Tryst
• Ventnor Sports Café
• Yamas Mediterranean Grill

Now all we need is you! Purchase 4 ($25) or 8 ($40) tasting tickets online at http://www.maryscenter.org/taste or on the day of the event at A Little Shop of Flowers (2421 18th Street, NW)

Can’t wait to see you there!

Events April 29, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Mid City Artists Open Studios

On the afternoons of May 14th and 15th tour working art studios, in and around the Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street and Shaw neighborhoods, better known as Mid City. Visitors can hop from one studio to another within vibrant Mid City and witness an expansive offering of art and culture by the city’s most-talented and creative artists.

Each studio is unique and locations range from retail spaces, old carriage houses, spare bedrooms, apartments to basements. The participating artists represent a great diversity of work, including drawings, sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs and mixed media. To download the map of all the artist studios, visit our website at: midcityartists.com.

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Real Estate April 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Assigning TOPA Rights

Hi Everyone,
Long time lurker, first time poster. My landlord is in the process of selling my building and I am looking to see if anyone is interested in my TOPA rights. It is a three unit apartment building in a very great location on Capitol Hill near Results Gym. I am looking for someone who wants the current tenants to stay.

Please leave your email in the comments if you are interested to get more information.

Thanks!

Announcements April 26, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Help the Bike House keep running at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market

The Bike House has been helping people fix their bikes at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market for the past four years. While we don’t have a full shop’s worth of tools, we have enough supplies to do basic repairs, lube chains, put air in tires, and generally point people in the right direction. The Bike House is an all-volunteer operation that relies on support from the community to exist. We had been storing our tools, repair stand, and tent nearby the 1st and R market, but unfortunately, that arrangement no longer works. In order to continue our Bloomingdale operation, we need a place to put our stuff.

The Bike House is looking for somewhere near 1st and R, NW to store a medium-sized rubbermaid bin of supplies, a repair stand, and a pump. All told about 10 square feet of stuff. Your storage space doesn’t have to be fancy, just safe and dry and somewhere accessible where volunteers could come grab it Sunday mornings.

Let us know if you think you can help. The good karma you get will mean you never get a flat tire again.

Events April 26, 2016 at 11:58 am

Make Dinner a Selfless Act — Shophouse Georgetown

Make dinner a selfless act by joining a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year candidate, Matt Windsor. Anyone coming into the ShopHouse Georgetown on Tuesday, May 3rd from 5pm — 9 PM and mentioning “The Matt Pack” will automatically have 50% of their order proceeds be donated to LLS & Matt’s Campaign. 2805 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Each year the National Capital Area Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) launches the Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaign to raise money for cancer research and advocacy. The campaign is a 10-week competition to raise as much money for the cause as possible. DC is the nation’s leading fund raisers and the collective group is looking to set a record by raising more than $2 Million dollars this year!

For more information, please visit http://www.themattpack.com or to donate visit http://www.mwoy.org/pages/nca/dcmetro16/mwindsor

And, if you or your company have interest in sponsoring the end of campaign gala and silent auction on June 4th at the Marriott Marquis, please contact Matt Windsor.

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Events April 26, 2016 at 9:21 am

Breaking Through Power Conference May 23rd-26th

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Unsafe At Any Speed, Ralph Nader and the Center for Study of Responsive Law will have a conference of community activists, journalists and artists on how to secure long overdue democratic solutions.

May 23rd-26th. DAR Constitution Hall. Tickets $25 per day. Scholarships are available. More info at Breakingthroughpower.org

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Dog Diarrhea: To pick up or not to pick up?

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Harassment Outside Union Station

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Takoma Trukgarten is June 4th

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Where to recycle DVD cases?

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Taste of Adams Morgan is Right Around the Corner

Taste of Adams Morgan Benefitting Mary’s Center Tuesday, May 3- 5-9pm Stroll, sip, and sample you…
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Mid City Artists Open Studios

On the afternoons of May 14th and 15th tour working art studios, in and around the Dupont Circle, L…
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Assigning TOPA Rights

Hi Everyone, Long time lurker, first time poster. My landlord is in the process of selling my build…
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Help the Bike House keep running at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market

The Bike House has been helping people fix their bikes at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market for the p…
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Make Dinner a Selfless Act — Shophouse Georgetown

Make dinner a selfless act by joining a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s …