by Prince Of Petworth April 19, 2019 at 1:45 pm 0

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“Dear PoPville,

Did a quick search on the site but couldn’t find anything relating to good places for guitar lessons (for adults) in DC – Trying to pick up a new hobby and teach myself, but wasn’t sure if people had any good suggestions for places to take lessons?”

by Prince Of Petworth April 17, 2019 at 2:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I’m a writer and my books have been translated into several foreign languages. These editions get mailed to my house, and while it’s nice to keep a copy or two of each, I don’t need 5 or 6. I can’t bring myself to throw them away, but I’m not sure where to donate them. So, any ideas? Is there a local charity or agency or business that takes foreign-language editions of books? If it helps, they’re popular science books, written for a general audience.

I should note that I’ve already donated all the extra Spanish editions, so I’m fine there. Otherwise I have books in French, Italian, German, Hebrew, Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, Czech, Estonian, and Japanese.

Thanks, People o’ PoP!”

by Prince Of Petworth April 17, 2019 at 12:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I want to share a concerning incident I had in a Lyft last night. My mom (who is visiting from out of town) and I were going to a nearby restaurant, about a ten minute drive. I did the standard license plate check to make sure it was the right car. Right away the driver started doing strange things. He braked really abruptly several times (in the middle of streets, not in traffic or at lights/signs) and was mumbling to himself. He also stopped in the middle of a street and then proceeded to drive super slowly down the street while cars were honking behind him. My mom and I were just chatting in the back about mundane things when he suddenly slammed on the brakes in the middle of Sherman Ave and jumped out of the car, opened the trunk, slammed the trunk down, opened my car door and started screaming at me “What are you doing!? Stop doing that! You know what you’re doing!” repeatedly. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 16, 2019 at 12:45 pm 0

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“Dear Popville,

I am currently dealing with a gas leak in my apartment building on Scott Circle. Since last Sunday, we have been without the ability to cook (gas oven and stove), no A/C, and no ability to dry clothes. I am a renter, not an owner, so I am not privy to email updates from the building, and have had to find out all this information through third parties. I have already asked my landlord to update me in a timely manner. My question is, is there anything else I can do? It is costing me a lot of money to eat out, travel to do laundry, and is general pain to have no A/C as the District starts to rapidly warm up. Thank for you input!”

by Prince Of Petworth April 12, 2019 at 3:25 pm 0

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“Dear PoPville,

I just saw an article on NPR about an alternative to allergy shots called sublingual immunotherapy, or SLIT, that you take at home as a tablet, instead of getting allergy shots in an office.

Apparently it has been around a few years and is effective. That said, I am having a hard time finding a DC/MD area practice that offers this in lieu of allergy shots and will let you do it from home (the one area website I found discussing this referenced taking the tablets in their office). Given the main benefit would be avoiding weekly visits to the allergist, I was hoping someone knows a practice that lets you take the tablets at home and could provide a good recommendation!

Bonus points for the practice being in network with BlueCross.”

by Prince Of Petworth April 12, 2019 at 1:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

You might have read some of the recent coverage of the latest city government screw-up: Serve DC (in the mayor’s office) didn’t bother to file DC’s grant paperwork with the Corporation for National and Community Service this year, which is going to cost the city $3.75M in federal funding that goes to support the work of City Year (those nice young people in the red jackets), and two early literacy intervention nonprofits, Literacy Lab and Reading Partners.

Many studies show that it’s vitally important that kids be reading at grade level by the fourth grade. At that point, they’re no longer reading to learn to read, they’re reading to learn all their other subjects, so if they’re behind in reading by the fourth grade, they quickly end up behind in all their subjects, and they often never catch up.

In 2017, only 19% of DC’s fourth graders from low-income families could read at or above grade level. Kids who are reading at or above grade level by fourth grade are four times more likely to stay in school and graduate, creating a firm foundation to be successful in life. That’s what Literacy Lab and Reading Partners exist to do.

I’m a volunteer with Reading Partners. We were due to receive $560,000 to fund 30 AmeriCorps positions in the 2019-2020 school year. That represents 20% of our budget. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to both let you know and ask for your help in regards to a permit for a pop-up that has somehow been granted for 70 W Street NW, after our neighborhood has fought so hard to obtain a historic district designation. It is my neighborhood’s understanding that pop-ups and any other major alterations to the facade of the homes here are illegal, and would require the permission of the historic district in order to proceed. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 8, 2019 at 12:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I have the flip side to the recent story of an abandoned vehicle with thousands of dollars in tickets not being booted/towed for months. My car has been impounded for a week for 2 tickets. I contested one a year ago, but never received a ruling. The other I never received. Neither are legitimate: (more…)


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