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Photo by John Sonderman

“Dear PoPville,

My birthday is this Friday and I had initially planned to do a socially distanced picnic in a park with a small group (no more than 10) of friends. However, Mother Nature doesn’t seem like she wants to cooperate with this idea.

Does anyone know of any place with a cover that would allow about 10 people to reserve a spot? Obviously trying to stay as safe as possible with COVID!”

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“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I were witness to the incident reported in the Post [‘Two Black moms took their kids to the Mall. Secret Service officers confronted them with guns, they said.‘] from our car driving on Constitution. We were on scene after the guns but saw the women in handcuffs, the crashed secret service vehicle and I noticed the Women’s car had a “baby on board” sign on the back and appeared legally parked. Read More

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Photo by John Sonderman

“Dear PoPville,

I recently took ownership over a family pet after a tragic accident. The pup is doing well, but she needs a vet visit.

My question is 2-fold:

1. Can anyone recommend a car share service they currently like and use – thinking ZipCar or what was Car2Go? I’ve never wanted/needed to own a car (I was born in DC and have lived exclusively in metro areas with great public transit)…but I’m finding myself wishing I had a car more and more. (I currently live in Mt. Pleasant….so parking is a nightmare).

2. The real reason I need a rec is because I need to take my dog to an important vet appointment and I’m cautious of trying to find a dog friendly uber/lyft.

Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated! Never thought I’d be navigating this!”

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Debby Harper Salon at 1605 17th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve been wondering what kind of experiences people have been having at nail salons since they were allowed to reopen in DC. I’ve gotten my hair cut in recent months but haven’t ventured to a nail salon out of concerns re: ability to social distance and general safety/hygiene.

Are there any DC salons that are doing it right? I’ve had a rough go of it recently and would love to relax with a pedicure but i don’t want to set myself and my family back after being so cautious and risk averse for months.

I’d love to hear what people are seeing out there.”

Alex writes (regarding the photo above): “Wanted to share what Debby Harper salon on 17th street is doing! Outdoor manicures and pedicures! All covid 19 precautions included and then some.”

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Photo by Joe Newman

“Dear PoPville,

I moved to DC for a job a few years ago, and I continued to use my parents’ address to pseudo-maintain my residency in my purple home state, not knowing if I’d stay in DC long-term. Well, I have! Coming up on the general election, I want to vote legally in the place I live and pay taxes, despite how angry it makes me to not have real congressional representation here.

I decided the best way to make this overdue and official residency change was to get my driver’s license switched to DC, which includes an automatic voter registration (but you still have to opt-in for organ donation…).

Here’s the problem: there are no open appointments at any DC DMV until December 24. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

Longtime reader, first time writer. I have a painted gray front walkway leading up to my row home – you know the one, you can’t seem to go a block in DC without seeing this grey painted concrete look (it must be the flipper special). It’s been chipping lately and I’d like to do some spot painting. Do your readers have any idea what the paint brand or the name of the paint color is of this ubiquitous look?”

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Photo by PleasantMountain

“Dear PoPville,

With the announcement that DC schools will be virtual this fall, are there ways the community can help keep students engaged? Volunteer tutors? Organizations that are directing resources (computers, tablets, etc.) to those in need? Food banks focused on student needs? If it “takes a village” in good times, it will take much more in These Times. Likewise, are there things we can do – especially those of us without kids – to support teachers?”

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Photo by angela n.

“Dear PoPville,

There has been an abandoned car parked in front of my apartment building for about 4 months now. It’s in seemingly perfect shape (2010ish Honda CRV), is in a ParkMobile metered spot, and only has a couple tickets. It has MD plates and really hasn’t moved from this metered spot in 4 months – should I be reporting this to someone in DC? I’m more concerned for the owner’s well being as I can’t imagine why nobody would have come back to it in so long knowing it’s in a metered spot.”

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Photo by Mr.TinDC

“Dear PoPville,

Would love to hear from readers about any options out there for DC residents to join swim clubs around the DMV. It seems most of them have restrictions based on residence. While you can buy a pool pass for MoCo pools, it would be great to be part of a private club community that is affordable.”

Another reader sends this interesting option from swimply “Book a local private pool by the hour”. Anyone ever use them?

Ed. Note: We are supposed to get an update about D.C. public pools on August 1st.

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Photo by PleasantMountain

“Dear PoPville,

I’m scheduled for a COVID-19 antibody test and I am hoping one of your readers might be able to point me to the exact version/brand of test DC uses.

Obviously these tests are all new and reliability varies, as the FDA has detailed here.

And just to preempt some of the types of comments I’ve seen on previous posts about antibody testing: no, folks, I am not getting the test in order to declare myself immune or otherwise to excuse myself from taking precautions like social distancing, wearing my mask, washing my hands, sticking to only essential errands. That would be nuts. And selfish.

I’m getting the test because I’m seven months pregnant and I want to know if my baby was potentially exposed. Read More

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