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Schools and Education February 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm

Creative Minds International Open House Wednesday Feb 9 at 6:15 pm

Come learn about Creative Minds International Public Charter School at our upcoming Open House on Wednesday, February 8 from 6:15pm – 7:15pm. Serving children in pre-school through 7th grade, Creative Minds International strikes a unique balance in education by taking a global approach to learning while always maintaining focus and attention on the individual student.

We encourage and respect individuality, building on our studentsā€™ strengths rather than expecting them to fit a predetermined mold. Through the lens of our international curriculum, our students gain an understanding, appreciation and respect for differences of all kinds, making them confident, culturally aware individuals capable of succeeding in a diverse and global society.

Creative Minds International is located within the historic Sherman Building at 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW. Please see the attached flyer for additional program information and visit our website at

Events December 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm
Real Estate November 5, 2016 at 10:59 am

New Park Place retail?

I was poking around online and found that one of the currently empty spots in the Park Place building is apparently under lease:

There is also a (presumably outdated) pamphlet showing that a company called Huntington Learning Center had leased another spot, but it seems that has fallen through:

Does anyone know who might be leasing the space adjacent to Sala Thai?

Announcements September 27, 2016 at 12:00 am

Running buddies in Petworth area


I just moved in Petworth area. I live at the intersection of New Hampshire and Emerson street. I am looking for running buddies that I can accompany with. I am beginners at running and can do 3 -5 miles. Will look forward to finding a running buddy.


Events April 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Is it just me, or are there a lot more rats than usual at GA & New Hampshire?

Walking through this neighborhood lately is a practice in dodging running rats. It’s like the Tori Amos video –

There are rats everywhere in neighborhoods by Georgia Avenue and New Hampshire and they’re frickin huge, larger than they’ve ever been since I’ve lived there in 8 years!

I suspect a lot of it has to do with us having only 2 trash pickup days per week and limited trash bins on public streets, especially by bus stops. It’s reached an epidemic level now, and they’re not afraid of humans at all. Dogs

I wonder if they’re mostly displaced residents from SoutWest with all the waterfront construction, but the city needs to do something fast about this, it’s embarrassing to invite friends over because they’re literally running everywhere even in the daytime. They’ve also been observed running into holes at the warehouse building next to sweet mango cafe by me on my way home from work, I can’t imagine what’s going on there, but it certainly doesn’t make me hungry šŸ™

Neighborhood News March 1, 2016 at 5:33 pm

Feedback from PETWORTH Community

Hi. Wrhave been living inĀ  Petworth for 10 years and we’reĀ  extremely excited about a lot of the positive changes we have seen and continue to see in our community. So much so, we are seriously consideringĀ  opening a new business – Doggie Spa/ Daycare business for the dog owners in the Petworth area.Ā  Services provided at K-9 Condo would include doggieĀ  DIY (do-it-yourself) bathing stations, day and overnight quality care while pet owners are at work or away for travel, and dog walking services.
> While this seems like a great idea to my partner and I, we were wondering what the broader Petworth Community thinks and whether or not they would embrace and support such a business?
> Sincerely
Proud Petworth Resident

General Discussion February 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm

Armed Forces Retirement Home Bureaucracy?

My father submitted an application for admission to the Armed Forces Retirement Home (Old Soldiers’ Home) here in Petworth nearly five months ago. He’s qualified under their published admission guidelines, and I paid the Public Affairs office a visit before he initiated the application process to ask for clarification on the one issue that could have disqualified him (he suffers from PTSD as a result of his time in Vietnam, and I asked for clarification on whether or not PTSD is a ‘psychiatric’ condition and would preclude his admission. It is not, and would not, according to one representative.) He and my mother then visited before he applied for an official tour and an in-person debrief before completing the application. With that background, any questions regarding his qualifications for (and interest in) this home should have been aired before he initiated his application. Apparently, they were not.
The bureaucracy he’s encountered has been staggering, even for a lifelong Washingtonian like me, and a career-Government employee like my Dad.
In late November, he was admitted to the Home during an in-person interview/assessment and was told the admission date would be forthcoming. One month later (after calls to follow-up) he received a form letter stating he was not qualified for admission and his application was rejected. This is insanity.
The COO has had this case in front of him for six weeks. The meeting to discuss appeals was postponed at least twice, and supposedly happened a week or two ago. Nobody is forthcoming with information. My parents’ Congressman has made calls on his behalf. It’s appalling.
The Home falls under the purview of the Department of Defense. The chain of command offers little hope for input on fixing this disparate and broken system. Most worrying of all is that lifelong and/or disabled veterans are being treated in a deplorable manner. At this point, I don’t know that I trust the administration of the Old Soldier’s Home enough to recommend to my dad that he (re)accept admission if offered. I’m much, much more concerned with bringing to light the horrible process unfolding there.
Has anyone else had dealings with the AFRH administration? Specifically the office of the COO? Advice and perspective would be warmly welcomed…

Events February 1, 2016 at 7:38 am

Help with Tenant law? Is this legal?

Hi guys!

My roommate and I have shared an English Basement in Petworth for over a year now. However, our apartment recently flooded due to a drainage problem. It cost almost $3000 to clean and repair and now our landlords are trying to charge us the costs of the damage.

They are claiming that it stemmed from flushing tampons (which I seriously doubt for many reasons). And citing the abnormal usage part of our lease to justify this charge.

What do you think? Is the law on our side on this one? What steps can we take to protect ourselves?

Announcements December 17, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Roosevelt High School Community Meeting/ Announcement Tonight- 7 pm!

Petworth community and neighbors,

Tonight the Chancellor of DCPS, Kaya Henderson, will be announcing some major changes and updates on the re-envisioning of Roosevelt SHS. These decisions will have a huge impact on our students, staff, and the wider community. It is very important that DCPS gets as much feedback as it can and the community comes and shows support for those affected. Join us at 7 pm in the auditorium of MacFarland Middle School (Roosevelt’s current home) and have your voice heard!

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Real Estate November 17, 2015 at 11:12 pm

Major Maintenance Issues (Flood, Electrical) at The Swift

Dear PoPville,

I’ve had horrible maintenance problems in my apartment at the (brand new!) The Swift at Petworth since I moved there in August. So far, I’ve had an incorrectly installed stove/oven, a fire alarm malfunction that happened at 3 am, an electrical outage in my unit, and a flood (2 inches of water everywhere in my apartment) caused by what I’m told was a burst pipe in either the fire suppression system or the building’s AC system (I haven’t yet heard definitively what burst). I’m currently out of my apartment for at a minimum two weeks.

Since having these issues (and especially the flood), I’ve been dealing with slow responses from management and bad service. They’ve stonewalled me and told me to contact renters’ insurance for my accommodations. Unfortunately, that requires me to pay up front and has a high deductible. As far as I can tell, Polinger hasn’t done anything explicitly illegal (though I haven’t had time to look through DC rental regulations), but it is at the very least horrible business.

This is a management company that should be looking out for its renters, but they’re treating me terribly! Since my apartment flooded, I wait hours for management to respond to emails and requests. I think I’m paying for a price point that begs for a better level of service and significant reparations, as this flood was caused by the building’s water line burst.

What resources are available to me at this time to find alternate accommodations, re-negotiate my lease, etc? Has anyone else had any issues dealing with Polinger?

Side note, I STRONGLY advise against living in this building or any Polinger property. If you’re in the market for an apartment, STAY AWAY. I’ve lived in DC for 5 years and had 4 landlords, and this with this management company, I’ve experienced the most issues, the worst response, and the worst service yet.

PoPville November 2, 2015 at 11:44 am

Why are Metro buses idling for long periods of time at the Petworth Metro Stop?

I’ve noticed a lot lately that Metro buses will sit running for hours at a time at the Petworth Metro station, and probably at many other stops around town. This also happens a lot every night when buses aren’t even supposed to be running (i.e. 3am). It makes it very difficult to sleep with my house windows open because of the diesel fumes and the noise. I don’t understand how this is necessary if schedules are managed better. Is there any valid reason why this is happening?

Public Safety October 13, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Harassment in Columbia Heights and Petworth

Over the past few months since moving to DC, I’ve experienced verbal harassment nearly every time I walk alone, be it 8am or 8pm, it happens. I know that I’m not alone and that harassment and assault occur regularly throughout the District. The bottom line is that as a female, I don’t feel safe. This isn’t a new issue and as a concerned citizen, this unwarranted behavior is plainly unacceptable. I can’t continue to live here and perpetuate the problem in this city by not acting… while telling someone to f*** off temporarily makes me feel better, it’s not addressing the root problem.

I’d like to know what kinds of *creative* solutions women have used to combat harassment on the streets. Additionally, can anyone inform on using pepper spray/mace in the city?

Public Safety September 1, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Daytime Burglaries in SE Petworth

Our house was burglarized yesterday at 9:36 am. The intruders climbed through a small alley-facing window into our carport and then kicked in our basement door. They took a 50″ TV and a laptop. Luckily, our alarm was set and they did not enter the main part of the house.

The security company immediately called the police, who arrived 7 minutes after the alarm went off. The thieves were long gone, but the DC police who arrived were professional and very thorough – from the K9 unit to the responding officers to the crime scene officer who pulled prints. With all the negative press for law enforcement lately, I just wanted to highlight our positive (well, as positive as it could be given the circumstances) experience with DC Police.

Unfortunately, we learned we were the third daytime burglary in the past couple of months in our particular alley. Neighbors noticed a suspicious black sedan with 2 men parked in the alley outside our house. If you live on the alley bordered by Rock Creek Church/Shepherd/Illinois/4th St NW, be sure to secure your basement entry points. All the burglaries involved kicking in a basement door, prying open a small basement window, or taking a basement door off its hinges.

Real Estate August 24, 2015 at 10:53 pm

Landlord trying to start a boarding house – help!


I live in a group house in Petworth, 3br upstairs plus a basement w/ 1 br. Previously (for at least 2+ year) this house was rented to a group and the housemates would find a tenant to fill an open spot. This past May, a tenant moved out of the basement and we began looking for someone to fill her spot. The landlord then decided that she would do some work to the basement so we stopped looking.

Now, instead of doing renovations, she is insisting on finding a tenant for the basement space herself, and keeping us out of the process. This person would share all common spaces with us. We are very concerned about a stranger moving into our home, especially since one of us is a transwoman. Everyone in the house is currently on a separate (identical) lease.

We are a collective group house with norms and collective expectations, shared food and chores etc, we are NOT a boarding house and do not wish to become such.

Has anyone else experienced something like this? Is there a legal route so that we can choose our own housemate?


Real Estate April 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Room under $800 for June or July?

I’m haunting Craigslist but thought I’d post here too just in case. I’m looking for a room in a group house (or at least a friendly roommate or two) anytime between June 1 and July 1. $800/month preferred budget, but could higher depending on how much utilities run.

I’m a respectful, friendly, 25 year old woman who will be starting grad school this fall. Hoping to move before then to beat the student rush (although I’m not beating the intern rush, clearly). Looking for something long term as I’ll be in DC at least two years. Would prefer to be within 30 minutes biking distance to Georgetown (or on Capitol Hill so I can grab the bus at the law school) and walking distance from a metro or lots of reliable bus lines. Desperately trying to avoid Virginia if possible.

If you have any leads or are looking I’d appreciate any replies! Thanks!

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