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Re: Masks are now mandatory in DC, with minor exceptions

Tony White
 


I think of myself as a "public spirited" person and a good neighbor. But I also want people to respond rationally to the order and not impose on people beyond what the experts tell us is needed to curb transmission.
 
The key is to keep other people safe. If I take a walk at a time and place where I'm unlikely to come within 15 feet of someone (not just 6 feet), I am not endangering anyone by not wearing a mask. But just in case, it's in my pocket. If I see someone coming my way, I have plenty of time to put it on. If I head in the direction of a commercial area where it's likely there will be other people and it may not be possible to give them wide enough distance, I put it on. 
 
It's not "letter of the law" to recognize that you don't have to wear a mask every single time you step outside. You have to look at the actual mode of transmission. If you are more than 15 feet away from anyone else, you really are fine.
 
-Tony
 
- previous message -

I read all these “letter of the law” emails with a little sadness; as someone who lives in a building and on a block with many older residents, I would rather be a good neighbor and community member than follow the law to the letter and no more. I always wear a mask while walking outside and I always make a special effort to move away to six feet when passing folks on the sidewalk, and not because the law tells me to - I do these things because I appreciate when others do them, and I know I am doing my small part to make my community feel and be safer.


Re: Masks are now mandatory in DC, with minor exceptions

Linda LaScola
 


It’s fine and within health parameters if you choose to wear a mask walking your dog. It’s also fine and within health parameters not to wear a mask as long as you stay 6 feet away from passersby outdoors.   

I’m out walking a lot in the neighborhood and have not found it difficult at all to avoid people by at least 6 feet - usually more. I always carry a mask when out of my home and put it on before going into a store or in the off chance I find myself in a more crowded situation outside - for instance at the George Floyd candlelight events on Conn. Ave a while back. It’s easy to purposely avoid crowded outdoor situations.  
 
I always give wide berth to dog walkers as I’ve noticed they often veer off or stop according to the dog’s wishes.
 
Linda LaScola
Connecticut Avenue


Re: Masks are now mandatory in DC, with minor exceptions

Linnea Warren
 


It would be nice if people spent less time trying to find a way to spare themselves any personal inconvenience and just did two easy things to protect the rest of us – 1. Wear a mask when you leave your home and 2. Stay at least 6 feet away from others.  

Instead of looking for an out, look at the Mayor’s basic message – IT’S SIMPLE.  WHEN YOU LEAVE HOME, WEAR A MASK. 

Note that “wearing a mask” means putting it over your mouth and your nose, not dangling it around your neck or pulling it off to talk on the phone. And six feet is a minimum – if you watch the videos online that show how quickly exhalations spread, and how far, you’ll see why.  

So yes, you should move over when you encounter someone else on a walk, as far as you can. And yes, wear a mask when you’re walking your dog. How hard is that? 

I’m sorry, but attitudes like this are a big reason for the US’s poor performance during this crisis. They certainly make my ventures outside more stressful and discourage me from patronizing local businesses as they slowly reopen.

Make an effort, people. 

Linnea Warren

 

(From Mayor Bowser’s Presentation on DC’s COVID-19 Situational Update on July 22 at https://dc.gov/ )


Re: Masks are now mandatory in DC, with minor exceptions

Leila Afzal
 


Mask are mandatory in NY. It is one of the few states that is opening up that is not experiencing the spike in positive COVID tests despite being ground zero only a few months ago. Virginia and Maryland which had controlled the spread of the virus are now experiencing a resurgence of the infection as they open up. They have joined the list of states whose residents are banned from going to NY without a 14 day self-quarantine.
 
I find this discussion very disheartening. We are all part of a community and should be willing to protect each other. Nitpicking on when to wear a mask when you come upon another person is unkind. Just put it on, what harm will it do and could save a life.
 
Leila Afzal
Ordway Street

- previous message - 
The interpretation of DC’s new mask order (one doesn’t need to wear a mask when walking a dog) is based on the assumption that all encounters with others will be “fleeting” or at a distance of more than six feet. If that reading were correct, the order’s fleeting/six feet exception would swallow the rule. We could always leave the mask at home if we assume that we are not going to encounter anyone in circumstances where a mask would be required. The problem is that we cannot control all encounters with others, so our assumption will be wrong from time to time and we will be in violation of the order. 
Please, let’s all take our community responsibilities seriously and put a stop to this pandemic. We protect each other when we wear a mask outside our homes. Wear your mask.


Re: Thursday Budget update

wgorlick
 


So the tax burden is increasingly shifted to individual tax payers. And while I do not necessarily oppose reconsidering tax rates on high income District taxpayers, as I mentioned recently in a separate post, we do need to be cognizant of the fact that the District already has the highest tax rates in the DMV area, and any further increases on individuals may be self-defeating if it incentives higher income taxpayers to re-locate to a lower tax jurisdiction.

- Warren


On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 10:44 AM, Keshini wrote:
Before going after individual income tax payers, isn't it a little ridiculous that some of the most weathy and heavily endowed colleges and universities in the United States don't pay a dime in taxes here in the District, in sharp contrast to the way they are taxed in other localities?  Harvard University, just as one example, is one of the largest private landowners in the District (the Hellenic study center and Dumbarton Oaks, among other landholdings owned by Harvard), but pays no taxes to the District.  By contrast, Harvard makes very large payments to Boston, Cambridge and other Massachusetts localities based on their property holdings in that state.  The situation is only getting worse.  There are reports, for example, that Georgetown may take over the former Wardman Park Marriott as an extra dormitory space.  No doubt, Georgetown's hired lawyers are working hard on structuring the transaction in such a way it qualifies for a tax exemption.  Many other commercial entities, such as the Avalon movie theatre, have also successfully transitioned their business structure to a tax exempt non-profit (and, likely, the Uptown movie theatre too, going forward).


ISO Feedback on Dr. Mayo Friedlis, National Spine & Pain Center #medical #wellness

Justin Gilstrap
 

Greetings!  
 
I'm interested to hear from anyone who has experience with Dr. Mayo Friedlis and the National Spine & Pain Center, especially in treatment of back pain. I'm in the process of getting a second opinion and would like to hear from the group as to what their experience was like. 
 
Many thanks, 

Justin


Re: Masks are now mandatory in DC, with minor exceptions

dana
 


The interpretation of DC’s new mask order (one doesn’t need to wear a mask when walking a dog) is based on the assumption that all encounters with others will be “fleeting” or at a distance of more than six feet. If that reading were correct, the order’s fleeting/six feet exception would swallow the rule. We could always leave the mask at home if we assume that we are not going to encounter anyone in circumstances where a mask would be required. The problem is that we cannot control all encounters with others, so our assumption will be wrong from time to time and we will be in violation of the order. 

 

Please, let’s all take our community responsibilities seriously and put a stop to this pandemic. We protect each other when we wear a mask outside our homes. Wear your mask.

 

Dana

Devonshire Pl


Re: ISO DC Flag Face Masks

Doug Harris
 


Bailiwick makes the masks that Mayor Bowser and Nancy Pelosi have been seen in. None specifically with a full DC flag, 51st state, 202, and other DC-specific designs.

https://www.wearbailiwick.com/index.php?cPath=10_105

Doug

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Editor's note: I did a "Still Life with Robin" column back in May that had links to a number of DC flag mask designs. Here are a few good ones:

https://maskclub.com/products/washington-d-c-flag-face-mask

https://www.etsy.com/listing/801275214/washinton-dcface-mask-washable-reusable?ref=landingpage_similar_listing_top-1&pro=1&frs=1

https://civilstandard.com/collections/face-masks/products/washington-dc-flag-face-mask

....and to the person who was looking for a Maryland state flag mask:
https://www.zazzle.com/state_flag_of_maryland_usa_cloth_face_mask-256155130179001563

The Zazzle site has masks of almost any country, state, or location that has a flag -- as well as masks of all fabrics and thousands of designs. Start your search here:
https://www.zazzle.com/c/face+masks
The DC flag mask on Zazzle is just $13:
https://www.zazzle.com/patriotic_washington_dc_state_flag_cloth_face_mask-256919990958249340

You can also put your own design on a face mask on Zazzle
https://www.zazzle.com/custom/face+masks


Re: Masks are now mandatory in DC, with minor exceptions

Amber Sparks
 


I read all these “letter of the law” emails with a little sadness; as someone who lives in a building and on a block with many older residents, I would rather be a good neighbor and community member than follow the law to the letter and no more. I always wear a mask while walking outside and I always make a special effort to move away to six feet when passing folks on the sidewalk, and not because the law tells me to - I do these things because I appreciate when others do them, and I know I am doing my small part to make my community feel and be safer. 
 
Everyone can make their own choices within the law; I will always err on the side of making others safer. Why not just wear a mask? And if you don’t, certainly please make an effort to stay six feet away. If you do neither, please know that you are making others in your community feel a little less secure. It’s that simple.

-Amber

- previous message -
Agreed and thank you for the link to the order, Chuck. I had actually been wondering if it was inappropriate to go maskless when out walking my dog. I had also wondered if I was supposed to make a special effort to avoid briefly passing by someone within six feet. My interpretation of the order is that the answer to both of these questions is "no." I'd felt somewhat self-conscious about going maskless outside and infrequently quickly passing someone on the street. Now, I'll feel totally confident that my actions are consistent with city guidelines.   


Re: Masks are now mandatory in DC, with minor exceptions

Deborah Linde
 

 
Wear a mask. I do not understand why people continue to try to find reasons not to wear a mask. If you were risking your own health by not wearing a mask. I might possibly be more sympathetic but probably not. I have relatives who are healthcare professionals. I do not want them to have to continue to comfort the grieving relatives of people who died because they were infected by those who refused to wear masks.
 
Dog walking is not a strenuous activity. I have been wearing a mask while I walk my dog for more than four months and my dog and I are still alive.
 
Deborah Linde
Newark St.
 
- from previous message -
[snip] Mayor Bowser's July 22 (today's) order as it applies to wearing a mask outdoors, subject to certain exceptions, says:
"Persons leaving their residences shall wear a mask when they are likely to come into contact with another person, such as being within six feet of another person for more than a fleeting time (underlining added)."


Re: Firehook Is Closing...and Coppi's Organic, Too

Ann Hamilton
 


Thanks, Kathy, for your statement about the many possible causes of business decisions. I was intrigued by your statement that “The Cleveland Park Main Street effort has included evaluation of our businesses and the underlying ownership of property.” Unfortunately, the link you provided is all about the umbrella organization, District Bridges. It provides no information at all about Cleveland Park; indeed, only one of the photos on the “Cleveland Park Main Street” site is of Cleveland Park. While I’m pleased that they are “provid[ing] assistance with grants and such,” that is the only activity that is ever cited, with no specifics, when I ask what they are doing to support our local businesses. I have seen no evidence of their activities and virtually no outreach to the community. How disappointing!

Ann Hamilton
 
- previous message -
I am very sorry about Coppi’s and Firehook closing, but it is not a surprise that some of our businesses will not generate the revenues they need to continue. Even before the pandemic, some CP businesses did not seem robust. For the bars and restaurants, gyms and salons, it is devastating to suffer a loss of all or most income for months. We all know that. 
 
My point in writing is that there are different reasons why specific businesses decide to close at a particular time—-not always the landlord or the developer. Maybe it’s a lease expiration, a repair, a loan rollover, costs of re-opening or restaffing. Or just that in Cleveland Park, we are recovering slowly with the Zoo closed until this Friday, schools closed, and with a sizable health focused community concerned about eating out, even outside. My understanding is that CP is recovering more slowly than some other areas in town.
 
I don’t have the knowledge to be an apologist or accuser of landlords, banks, or our businesses, or us, but it’s predictable that the pandemic and the consequent government restrictions to protect the community will accelerate and deepen the problems of consumer facing businesses. They run out of money. But some will make it and prosper. Good judgment from our federal and local governments in devising programs would help, as would our support.
 
The Cleveland Park Main Street effort has included evaluation of our businesses and the underlying ownership of property. The group is doing all possible to provide assistance with grants and such. The link is  https://www.districtbridges.org/cleveland-park-main-street/.    


Some may call it socialism, but...

Ron Lehker <rjlehker@...>
 

...I call it good government!

That's what I felt when the owner of Cleveland Park's 
Transcendence-Perfection-Bliss of the Beyond - Toy Store told me that one of the contributing factors to her being able to endure the trauma of the Covid scourge was the DC Small Business Micro Grant that she, along with 7,000 other small business owners, received. What a marvelous example of the type of service that a caring government can provide. 

“Bliss” as it is affectionately known in the Cleveland Park neighborhood has for many years, made it possible for area residents to conveniently purchase fine quality toys, cards and other gift items. How grateful we should be that government leaders have helped keep small, serving businesses like hers alive.  

How important it is that we get beyond labels and look to leaders who will work to solve problems rather than cast blame.   

Ron Lehker

Cleveland Park Listserv Sponsor


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Thursday Budget update

Keshini
 

Dear neighbors,

Chairman Mendelson appears to have responded to public pressure to not cut funding for violence interruption programs, rental assistance, mental-health treatment in schools, cash assistance for workers who are excluded from federal assistance, libraries and more. Civic engagement does work!

But his latest proposal includes a $4 million cut to non-school based mental health services. Because this program is matched with federal dollars, it constitutes a $8 million cut, in a time when stress levels are at a historic high due to the pandemic and economic crash. This is unconscionable.

Speak up before the vote TODAY (scheduled for 12:30pm): Click here to email your Councilmembers to urge them to NOT cut mental health funding. Our own Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, as well as Councilmembers Grosso and Bonds, are key votes. It appears that Councilmembers Silverman and Robert White have committed to voting NO to budget cuts.

Potential sources of revenue include asking the wealthiest DC residents to pay more. The richest 2% of DC households, who take home almost one third of all income in the entire District of Columbia, got more than $300 million in the Trump tax cut in 2019 alone. Is it really asking too much to ask them to fund mental health programs?

I believe the overwhelming majority of Ward 3 residents have compassion and a sense of justice. Let us ask our Councilmembers to represent our values as they vote today.

Kesh Ladduwahetty
Van Ness Street


Local counseling practice is expanding & hiring! #career #wellness #uptown

Heidi Vanderwerff
 


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Thanks!
Heidi Vanderwerff, LICSW
Therapist & Co-owner
Kennedy Counseling Collective
Heidi@... 
www.KennedyCounselingCollective.com  
502 Kennedy Street NW, Ste 2-A, Washington, DC 20011

Cleveland Park Listserv Sponsor  

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Re: Masks are now mandatory in DC, with minor exceptions

Burnt Orange
 


Agreed and thank you for the link to the order, Chuck. I had actually been wondering if it was inappropriate to go maskless when out walking my dog. I had also wondered if I was supposed to make a special effort to avoid briefly passing by someone within six feet. My interpretation of the order is that the answer to both of these questions is "no." I'd felt somewhat self-conscious about going maskless outside and infrequently quickly passing someone on the street. Now, I'll feel totally confident that my actions are consistent with city guidelines.

Court

- from previous message -
[snip] Mayor Bowser's July 22 (today's) order as it applies to wearing a mask outdoors, subject to certain exceptions, says:
"Persons leaving their residences shall wear a mask when they are likely to come into contact with another person, such as being within six feet of another person for more than a fleeting time (underlining added)."
https://coronavirus.dc.gov/maskorder
[snip] 


Re: ISO Physical therapist recommendation for ankle issues

Catherine Schwartzstein
 


Pivot Physical Therapy at 3508 Connecticut Ave (on the west side between Porter and Ordway) take BCBS. The phone number is 202-897-3890.
 
Catherine
Van Ness

- original message -
Hi all, In the wake of a painful ankle sprain, I’d appreciate any recommendations for physical therapists who could help with strengthening/corrective exercises to prevent re-injury. I’m pretty sure under-pronation is part of the problem. Prefer providers who take BCBS insurance if possible.


Re: ISO Physical therapist recommendation for ankle issues

Marjorie Dick Stuart
 

My whole family has used Packy Kennelly, Spark Motion Physical Therapy. 5420 Butler Rd. In Bethesda, right over the DC line. He’s great, give him a call, (240) 460-8983.

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Re: Masks are now mandatory in DC, with minor exceptions

Christopher Backley
 


The best advice to follow what the mayor said:
 
“Basically it says, if you leave home, you should wear a mask,” Bowser said.
 
 
You never know when you might bump into someone else. Just wear a mask. 
 
-Chris

- from previous message -
WTOP: Mayor Bowser issues new mask order for DC.
https://wtop.com/coronavirus/2020/07/dc-coronavirus-update-july-22/   
Their article also lists all the exceptions which include vigorous exercise if maintaining adequate distance.


Re: Missing kitty (Shelby) is back home!

Brinkley Tappan
 


Thank you all our kind neighbors for helping us find Shelby! She is home and we are very excited for her reunion with our two boys who were beside themselves yesterday while she was out on her adventure. We really appreciate all the emails we received!

Brinkley

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