Update from Walmart:

“It was a mistake at the store level. We immediately corrected the number as soon as we became aware. The top numbers were changed to 20 items or less.”

04/14/14 3:30pm

If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 3-4 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit. Please try to send horizontal photos 640×480 (medium size on your iphone) if possible.

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“Stamos, photobombing a perfectly good sunrise shot from the Lincoln Memorial.”

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“This is Yuko from Westend. He’s a stray who is now living it up.”

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“Lola, the Puerto Rican Corgi-mix from Columbia Heights, poses after killing her stuffed bear.”

04/14/14 3:15pm

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From the Shaw listserv:

“Last Wednesday a pair of students were unloading a UHaul truck of stuff for Bread for the City and had their backpack stolen. I found the passport and a text book. He lost his laptop and some other textbooks. If you find any books about the Nazis in the area of Marion St please let me know. They are library books and he would really appreciate getting them back.”

04/14/14 3:00pm

2800 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest

This rental is located at 2800 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“All utilities included! Incredible, light-filled studio next to Glover Park and National Cathedral! Minutes to American U and Georgetown, directly on bus line and less than one mile to Cleveland Park metro! Feels like a 1 bedroom! Chef’s kitchen with SS appliances, cherry cabinets and tile backsplash! Gleaming hardwood floors and freshly painted! Updated bath!”

You can see more photos here.

This studio is going for $1,450/Mo.

04/14/14 2:45pm

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Photo courtesy Edgewood Community Garden

From an email:

“Good afternoon, everyone,

I wanted to reach out to all of you today to make you aware of an unfortunate incident that occurred at the Edgewood Recreation Center and Community Garden this past weekend. This garden is free and open to Edgewood neighbors and friends.

Approximately 40 volunteers gathered on Saturday at our annual spring planting at the Edgewood Community Garden located on the grounds of DC Parks and Recreation, Edgewood Recreation Center. Upon finishing, we had cleaned the entire picnic area, planted, and covered our 10 raised garden beds. Pictures of the garden planting and clean up are included.

Around 3pm that day, college aged students started to arrive at the picnic and garden area for the popularly advertised Dreams Never Die (DND) organization that was established by Howard University (HU) students (but in no way affiliated or supported by HU) “DRANKNIX II” party cause we down for whatever food, drinks and liq provided party. Approximately 500-700 people came to this party and trampled on the garden beds and left the premises trashed and damaged.

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We want to restore the garden with Edgewood neighbors and Howard University’s Green Team and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Chapter, but we need your help to restore the garden as well. Considering that the garden is free and open to the public, we rely on generous donations from private individuals to sustain our efforts. We spent nearly the $400 we had available for this growing season for this weekend planting day. We want to restore the garden with our neighbors and Howard University Green Team student organization, but we need your help as well.

Please consider donating any amount (even $5 will go a long way!) you can today so we can begin planning for our restoration event. Your gift is tax-deductible and will be of great help in taking the next steps to restore and beautify the area again.

You can donate to the garden by clicking on this link and then locate the “Donate Now” button (please ensure that you include in your donation comment section “Edgewood Community Garden”). You can also send a check that is written out to the Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center to:

Karin Bleeg
PO BOX 25172
Washington, DC 20027

Thank you for all of your supportive emails, phone calls, Facebook posts and positive energy you’re sending our way now, but most of all, since the beginning of this adventure.

To read more about the garden: Edgewood Garden

Very warmly,
Karin
Co-Director, Edgewood Community Garden”

04/14/14 2:25pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I was wondering if you might have any advice on local banks and/or credit unions. I’ve banked with a large multinational bank for years now, and after growing very frustrated with their poor service, I’m considering switching to a local institution. I feel like I’d rather do business with a bank that didn’t bring down the US economy, rip people off, etc.

It seems like a lot of credit unions around DC require employment with the federal government, so trying to find one (or a smaller bank) that isn’t so exclusive is a bit tough. Thanks for any advice you can provide.”

04/14/14 2:10pm

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Random DCRA inspection?

“Came home to a flyer on our door from DCRA saying they had come by and “attempted to inspect” our house–and we should call to reschedule. Anyone ever hear of that? Do they random inspect or would someone have called them? We’ve had some painting recently done and repairs to our staircase but nothing that seemed to need permitting, and nothing that has irritated neighbors to the best of our knowledge. I’m on good terms with them all (I think). Strikes me as very odd (also because they note a different address than our house–it’s a corner and used to have doors on both streets but they used the old address that no longer has a door and isn’t the official address). Anyone hear of a scam this way? Wondering if I should call to reschedule or ignore.”

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04/14/14 1:25pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I don’t know if anyone else has asked about this, but today we just got some bad news on an apartment we paid $55 dollars each to apply for. The application asked for W2s, paystubs, current and previous jobs, 5 years rental history with landlords’ contact information, SSN, Driver’s License number, make and model of car. My god, everything but our first born. After obtaining all of this info, paying the fee, and even writing a cover letter for this apartment, we were informed there were two other applications in and that the realtor would present them to the landlord, and he/she would decide who was the “best fit.” I later received a text message informing us, and I quote, “Hello. Thank you for taking the time to submit an offer. Owner received very aggressive offers. Unfortunately owner has accepted another application at this time. I will definitely let you know should property come back on the market. Many regards.”

I was curious why two young professional women with very good incomes (one of whom is a landlord herself) got turned down. So I called the realtor. She explained to me that the others had offered her substantially more money and that we shouldn’t have put the application in the first place.

What??

If there had been a bidding war unbeknownst to us, wouldn’t it be best practice (maybe even the legal thing to do) to inform all your applicants of this before submitting an application, or at least before selecting, allow for all applications to make their best offers?

Now we are out $110 without even ever been seriously looked at – they didn’t even use this fee to run credit/background checks, or all any of our references.

Does anyone have any insight into this matter, legal or otherwise?”

04/14/14 12:55pm

4212 4th Street Northwest

This house is located at 4212 4th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Beautiful, newly renovated row home 4 beds 3.5 baths. Open floor plan new hardwood floors. Kitchen w/Stainless appliances and marble counters. Large deck off the kitchen. 3 bedrooms and 2 baths upstairs. Master with vaulted ceilings and en-suite bath w/dual vanity. Lower level w/4th bedroom and 3rd bath, wet bar and family room, rear exit to detached 2 car garage. 6 mins to metro”

Ed. Note: Before we get into this argument…I’m not exactly sure what mode of transportation is 6 minutes to metro – but since I live nearby – for me it takes about 10 minutes to walk to metro and about 3 minutes to bike there.

You can see more photos of the inside here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $699,900.