My partner & I got married last year, received a small inheritance, own a condo, and one of us has student loans on income-based repayment. We’d like to get our taxes done by a professional this year to help us figure out how we should file (especially to minimize impact on the loans), and would rather pay someone than take the time and energy to figure it out ourselves. Who do you recommend to do your taxes? Approximately how much does it cost? And a perhaps separate-but-related question, do you have a financial planner you really like and recommend? Is it possible to have good financial advising and tax preparation in the same person, or will we have to find two different people for these roles?”
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I take the Green/Yellow lines from Gallery Place up to Petworth to come home from work everyday. And one question I’ve had for years is why there are so many trains whose last stop is Mount Vernon Square.
I’m sure there’s a reason — either the cars get stored there or they get turned around to go another direction or something. Maybe someone knows.
All I know is that it’s incredibly frustrating when there are multiple trains to amount Vernon Square in a row — which can leave you waiting up to 15 minutes for a train in the most extreme cases.
Anyone know why they stop at Mount Vernon Square?”
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We are first time parents, expecting this summer, and currently looking into feasible daycare options for when we both return to work. We are on waiting lists for full-time infant care at Bright Horizons and KinderCare facilities, which fall in the $2300-$2500 per month range. While they seem standard for the metro area, the tuition estimates are comparable to our current rent and we both have flexible work schedules which will allow us to work from home one day per week. Any suggestions from other parents out there for finding part-time daycare or a part-time nanny in the downtown area? We would appreciate all the help we can get!”
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L’Academie apparently abruptly shut its doors last month. I had a $100 gift certificate to take a class there – and found out when I went to the website yesterday to sign up for a class (well, had to read a Washington Post article, actually).
The phone number to the school is disconnected, and I have a feeling I might just be out $100…which frankly, really sucks, as I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time + could really use the money back post-holidays.
I wonder if any other readers are holding a gift certificate and know what to do, or if anyone else has encountered a similar issue with a place closing its doors?”
From L’Academie’s Facebook:
“Patrice and I are utterly devastated by the closing of L’Academie de Cuisine. For 41 years, we have had the pleasure of meeting and working with so many talented teachers, students, and staff members. We know that L’Academie has become an important part of so many lives and has built such a strong reputation, and that is not because of us. It is due to the thousands of people (all of you) who walked into Bethesda or Gaithersburg over the past 41 years and shared your lives with us. (more…)
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I wanted to say thank you to the two men who intervened and stood-up for me on my metro commute this morning [Tuesday]. We were on the first train car heading from Chinatown to Farragut North (red line) at around 8:40 and you stopped a very aggressive man from accosting me and yelling at me repeatedly that I was a “f**king b**ch who thinks I’m better than him”. I didn’t get the chance to properly say thank you – so if you are reading this just know you were both so kind and understanding! Thank you and I hope your commute was much less eventful afterwards.”
I want to know if anyone has had experience with Bell Partners as their apartment property manager. I live at The Loree Grand and suddenly, the owner, TIAA, has decided to terminate Bozutto and replace with Bell Partners. Tenants are upset because the Bozutto team at TLG is superb.”
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My sister is coming in town to visit in February and she recently began the Whole 30 (more power to her). [“The Whole30 is a 30-day fad diet that emphasizes whole foods and during which participants eliminate sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy, and dairy from their diets.”] Since I’ve never had to look into this, does anybody know any healthy restaurants in DC that are Whole 30 friendly or have a major focus on fresh veggies, fruit, and meats?
Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks so much!”
I live on the 1400 block of Chapin St NW and am frustrated and sickened by the amount of litter people throw out of parked cars on the street that’s strewn around the curbs and sidewalks. Any suggestions from others about how to get people to stop throwing their trash on the streets? There’s a trash can on the corner of 14th so people wouldn’t have to go far to a trash can. Calling upon neighbors who want a clean street to clean up the trash would help – but only for a couple of days. In 2 days, we’d be right back to the same state of trash everywhere. Is it ridiculous to think signs would work?
Thanks, From a frustrated neighbor.”
Was out Saturday morning in DuPont and was stopped at a red light when I saw someone trying to carefully balance a paper shopping bag full of trash on top of an already overflowing trash can. When that proved impossible, the person put it on the sidewalk next to the trash can and walked away.
I thought that was odd, then I noticed that every trash can I drove by in Dupont was overflowing with what looks like trash bags filled with household trash. Is this a thing? Is this due to the cold or do people always do this? Have I been a sucker all these years dragging my trash can and recyclables to the curb every week? So. Many. Questions.
But seriously, do people really put their household trash in public trash cans?”
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Below is the ad and he had a follow up e-mail. I guess the learning point here is generally if it is too good to be true, its too good to be true. At one point he had even linked the person’s facebook page for me. What lead me to research was the fact that he was using an @aol.com email address, I guess a pretty obvious give away.
Any way that you can spread the word to get people to avoid this would be appreciated.
I e-mailed the real Barak Sky. He has a g-mail and this guy is using an aol account (who uses AOL anymore).”
The unit is located @ #1441 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005. This is a fully furnished apartment but can be rented unfurnished upon your request and it comes with all modern amenities; (more…)