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From Mayor Bowser’s press conference today:

“-Summer School will be June 22-July 24 and will include a K-8 enrichment program, as well as programming for English language learners and students with disabilities

-If DC enters Phase 2 of reopening, there will be an in-person summer bridge program for grades 3, 6, and 9 beginning in August

The 2020-2021 school year will begin, either in-person or at home, on August 31, 2020

-The DC Deputy Mayor for Education will launch a family engagement survey to gather feedback”

From a press release: Read More


Photo by  John M

I was being cheeky last night but Lane’s response got me thinking me should just codify the rules here:

“Self checkout rules:

(A) less than 25 items, and this is very generous;
(B) put your bags out first. You bag as you go;
(C) no more than 5 produce items (meaning things you have to look up);
(D) know how to bag — so heavy first, layer, etc.”

What other rules should be added.


From the Metropolitan Police Department:

“As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, we wanted to take a moment to encourage everyone to stay safe and healthy during this unique period in our history. Many of the food and restaurant venues in the First District will be open for take-out service and we hope our small businesses receive your support. However, remember that the Mayor’s Stay-at-Home Order is still in place. Last weekend we saw some unacceptable gatherings and crowds outside some venues, in some parks, and in some neighborhoods. If not engaged in essential activities, everyone is still required to remain at home. That means returning home after picking up food and not lingering in public areas, even if the weather is nice. When you are engaged in essential activity, when in public or common areas, remember to practice social distancing and to wear a mask.

The Mayor’s Order specifies that residents may only leave their residences to: Read More


Dagger of an update from Wolf Trap:

“Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Announces Cancellation of 2020 Summer Performance Seasons at Filene Center, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, and The Barns at Wolf Trap

Today in a public statement, Wolf Trap Foundation’s President and CEO, Arvind Manocha, announced the cancellation of all 2020 summer performances due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus throughout the Washington DC metro area. “It is with profound sadness that I announce that we are cancelling the Summer 2020 concert season. For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap National Park and The Barns at Wolf Trap will not host live performances from May through September. The continued health and well-being of the Wolf Trap community of patrons, artists, and staff are of paramount importance to us. Concern for the welfare of all makes summer gatherings for performances unfeasible.” Read More


“Dear PoPville,

I live in the Mt. Pleasant area, and every. single. day. the same person sits inside their parked car, idling, blasting music. I know it’s hard to be entertained and stuck at home, but if I can hear your music with all my windows and doors closed, it’s simply too loud. It’s not great having that going on during work calls, but honestly, it’s annoying in general. No one wants to be an unwilling participant to your dj-ing. Besides, who the heck idles for hours?! Is anyone else experiencing this and knows what to do? I don’t want to personally start a fight with someone who can easily find out where I live in a time like this.”


Thanks to Terra for sending from “an alley near the Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro station. Even the cat is surprised!”

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Photo by Rukasu1

Last night Miriam asked: “Um, is anyone else in DC unable to order from IKEA because when you enter your billing address, it says that the District of Columbia is an “invalid input”? I just want some outdoor chairs…”

Many people responded with similar frustrations. I think Nikki B. summed it up best: “#TaxationWithoutHomeDecoration”


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