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Re: ISO: recommendations for nanny payroll services

Jennifer Chandler Hauge
 

Oh wow! I've used Homework Solutions for 2+ years and never had any issues, although admittedly our service is for 2x monthly domestic assistance - very straightforward withholding etc.
 
Jennifer
Idaho Avenue

- previous message - 
I wanted to add a firm vote against (and a warning about) Homework Solutions, even though I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm too lazy to have migrated away from using them.
They have repeatedly botched the schedule for adding payments towards health insurance (meant to happen once a month, not so complicated), and amazingly they started paying our nanny a significantly higher salary out of the blue, which it took us a few cycles to realize (early Christmas bonus!). We have had repeated back-and-forths with HWS, and at one point they shockingly insisted that they had already spoken with me and reached a settlement (!!), even though I'd never spoken to the manager they claimed I had. Ultimately they suspended their fees for a while and I've just monitored their work carefully.
Long story short, we had a bunch of problems with them over the course of a year, and I'm sheepish that we're still with them. Though they have been more stable lately, I certainly would not recommend them if you're starting fresh.


It was good to see the re-opening of the zoo

Ron Lehker <rjlehker@...>
 


It was good to see the re-opening of the zoo today.

As I left my apartment right-next-door, I saw happy, masked families leaving the metro, gaily walking to the zoo. As I spoke with several, I felt I was seeing a broad segment of the area population getting a chance to enjoy what is “ours” in this lovely area. As I learned  that metro service was being added, I was gratified to hear reports of proper masking and reasonable efforts to social distance.  

And I felt relieved that area merchants might begin to return to some normalcy as restaurants and other stores increased their business in this “best season of the year” for them. At the zoo itself I was pleased to see how well organized things were at the entrance. and the patrons I spoke to assured me that this was the case inside.  

Perhaps above all I felt re-assured that we have local leadership attempting to make difficult, wise decisions to move us forward in this critical period. What a remarkable contrast with the national level where all I see fear fear and loathing in America.

Ron Lehker


Coins galore!

Ako & Jeff Schwartz Shigihara
 


Cleaning up and have gathered about $40+ in coins, pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. I have heard that there was a shortage and that merchants were having trouble getting enough. So if anyone on the list has a need for coins, let me know before I try to take them to a bank to deposit.

Cheers,
Jeff on 28th St NW
schwartz17 @ verizon dot net


Scary scam calls faking injury to a child

Cathy Lynn Grossman
 


The scammers are back with a familiar scare routine. My 95-year-old mom called me this morning very upset. She had a phone call claiming my daughter was in an accident, with a broken nose, and needed help and money immediately. 

Luckily, at that very moment mom called, I was sitting with my perfectly healthy adult daughter who took the phone and assured mom she was safe and well. 

Mom lives in assisted living and has a public landline. I don't know how the scammers picked her but it would be easy enough to check the birthday listings in the monthly newsletter to find names of seniors.

Stay alert and let your older loved ones know to be wary.

Cathy Grossman  
 


How to visit the Cleveland Park Library

Heather Scott
 

Hi neighbors,

Are you wondering how to visit the Cleveland Park Library during Phase 2 of the city’s reopening? Please see below for our current services:

Holds pick up / Accounts: 

Go to https://www.dclibrary.org/ to place holds on any titles you wish to check out. Once you get an email notifying you that your book is available, come to the library. Whether or not you see a line out front, wait for the door person to direct you inside. Staff will retrieve your holds for you and check them out with your library card or ID.

If you need assistance placing holds, give us a call or chat with a librarian on our website. Please note that holds are being held for 5 business days. Unfortunately, our collection is not open for browsing right now. We have some books for all ages in the front window, including some children's book bundles. Tell the person at the desk if you want any items from the window.  

You can also get a new library card or check on your account at this time.  

Returning items:

There is a bin under the tent outside where you can return books during open hours. You may put items in the regular outdoor book drop when we are closed, but please don’t overstuff the book drop on weekends. We are quarantining all returned items for at least 4 days before we check them in, so items will not come off of your account immediately. Please note that the Friends of the Library are not yet accepting donations.

Print job pick up:

Email your print job ahead of time to clevelandparklibrary@.... We’ll print it for you when you arrive. Limit of 20 pages per day, no charge. Please note that there is no copying or scanning service right now.

Computer Use:  

We currently have 4 laptop computers set up in the lobby. These are available for 45 minute sessions, first come, first served. Time slots start at 11, 12, 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6. One slot per customer per day. You can also print from these computers.   

We are open Monday – Friday, 11 am – 2 pm and 3 – 7 pm. We close every day from 2 – 3 pm for cleaning and staff lunch breaks. The busiest times are at 11 and 3. There tends to be little wait time around 4 - 6 pm. 

Adults and children 2+ must wear a mask that covers your mouth and your nose to enter the library, as per DC requirements. Masks must be worn for the duration of your visit.

Call us with any questions at 202-282-3080. The phone line tends to be least busy between 4 - 7 pm.  

Thanks,
Heather 

Heather Scott
Branch Manager | Cleveland Park Library
3310 Connecticut Ave NW | Washington, DC 20008
202-282-3080 | heather.scott@...      


Your Weekly DC Market Update & Buyer Needs #dcrealestate #buyers #sellers #realestate

Jennifer Knoll
 


Happy Friday! Here is your weekly DC real estate market update, including the neighborhoods where sellers are profiting the most, mortgage rates, & more. See below for buyer needs - if you know anyone selling, please let me know:


  • Serious buyer looking for 3 bedroom condo or co-op in Van Ness
  • I have multiple buyers looking for homes in upper NW from Woodley Park to Chevy Chase, MD from $900,000-$1,800,000
  • 3 Bedroom Condo or Co-op in Cleveland Park
  • 3 Bedroom at Tilden Gardens Co-op
  • 4 bedrooms up (one can be attic). Looking for anything from a teardown to a renovated beauty. Price between $850,000-1,750,000 depending on condition. Preferred location is between Connecticut and Wisconsin Aves, from North Cleveland Park to Friendship Heights. Flexible on timing.
  • House in boundary for Lafayette with basement that can accommodate a ping pong table
  • Teardown or gut renovation project in Arlington
  • Teardown or gut renovation project in NW from Woodley Park all the way through Chevy Chase MD (south of East West highway)
  • 2 bedroom, 2 full bathrooms in Van Ness

Jennifer Knoll 
Senior Vice President, Compass
m: 202.441.2301
jennifer.knoll@... [jennifer.knoll @ compass dot com]

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

Pamela Sutherland
 


Please wear your mask whenever you go outside of your home.

I am recovering from cancer. I also have a dog and a desire to get some fresh air. 
 
None of the sidewalks on Connecticut Avenue are wide enough to accommodate 6 feet between passersby. My dog's leash is 6 feet so I am sure that people passing each other on the sidewalk cannot maintain a 6 foot distance.
 
The Klingle trail is similarly not wide enough for two people to pass without being within 6 feet of each other.
 
The science is still unclear about the level of contagion of the corona virus. Some people are apparently "super spreaders" and some people are asymptomatic carriers. I don't know if I am passing one of these people on the street or the trail.
 
Would you all please just wear a mask? How would you feel if you gave me Covid-19 and I had to use up valuable hospital space and perhaps died? Is wearing a mask all that difficult? 
 
You can parse the details of the Mayor's order, but the bottom line is that you have no idea about the vulnerability of the people you pass when you are not wearing a face mask.
 
Please just wear one.
 
If you cannot afford one, please contact me off line and I will be happy to mail you a couple.
 
Thanks. 
 
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Pamela K. Sutherland, JD, EDFP
3133 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC  20008  


CP Sublet: Spacious, Sunny, and Private 1 BR

drmarkdfisher@...
 


I'm looking to sublet my huge, fully-furnished, and amenity-rich 1-bedroom apartment. A walk-out basement with a private entrance, the unit is ideal for social distancing. It manages to be both light-filled and private, as its many windows look over a small, wooded stream to the back of the house. 


The apartment is very conveniently located. In addition to being steps away from an entrance to Rock Creek, it is just a 10-minute walk from the red line, multiple grocery stores, and tons of great restaurants. It is on a quiet and safe street with lots of parking and great neighbors.

Rent is $1900 per month, inclusive of all utilities, washer/dryer, wifi, and cable TV. Ideally, the sublet will start in August or September and conclude at the end of next July.

If interested, please tell me a bit about yourself, and I will share a link to a video tour of the apartment. 


Best,
Mark
drmarkdfisher@... [drmarkdfisher @ gmail dot com]

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ISO gas clothes dryer

Joanne
 

Is anyone upgrading their laundry machines? I need a new dryer and the prices have increased considerably, since I last checked. If you’d like to sell your older, but well-functioning gas clothes dryer, I’d be happy to take it off your hands.

Joanne
Van Ness
jocapper @ gmail dot com


Free Desk #free

Bob Mitchell <bob.mitchell@...>
 


Free Loring Secretary Desk.  About 2 years old and in good shape. Very attractive. One of the brackets has some stripped screws but it doesn't affect the appearance or operation of the desk. It's the walnut color of this desk from Target:  https://www.target.com/p/loring-wood-secretary-desk-with-hutch-project-62/-/A-52651770?preselect=50185225

At the Macklin apartment building at Connecticut Ave and Newark St. If you're interested in it, please email me at bob.mitchell@.... Requires two people to move it. I can place it out in the hall for you to claim and buzz you in when you arrive to respect social distancing.

Bob Mitchell


Re: Masks were always mandatory

Joseph Keyerleber
 

Clipping your mask to a lanyard around your neck makes it much easier to take the mask on and off as needed, and it makes the whole situation much less annoying.

Joe
Mount Pleasant

- from previous message -
[snip]
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. [snip]


Full Time Nanny Available

A Fabiana Morales
 

Hello,
 
I  recommend Ms.Ruth Rodriguez, her email is  ruth.rodriguez43@.... She is great with babies, my kiddos love her a lot. She has great references!
 
Fabiana Morales
dogservicesdc@... [dogservicesdc @ gmail dot com]


Ways to help those in need - and engage the kids!

Elizabeth Workman
 


Hello community! 

It’s summer, very hot, the daily news can seem so dismal, and Covid numbers are higher than ever nationwide. So easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. But what better way to refuse to give into those feelings than to do actions that can benefit others most vulnerable during these times. So here are the latest Goods For Good projects that can get you, your kids, and your family doing ‘GOOD’!  

1. Only 3 more days!  People with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in supported living are one of the populations forced to be extremely isolated during these Covid times. Please help “sell out” the wishlist for SEEC (Seeking Employment, Equality and Community) and help SEEC participants stay healthy, entertained, and engaged. Select address option for Steve/SEEC and it will be sent directly to them. If you’d like a receipt for tax purposes, email a copy of the full purchase to Volunteer@... [Volunteer @ GoodsForGoodDC dot org].  **DEADLINE for purchase: Sunday, July 26.   

2.   Are your teens looking for something to do? Want to do good and get community service hours in exchange?  Goods For Good is looking for teens or older to do a clothing collection (can be targeted as desired) among their friends, family and neighbors and post items on the online forum of their choice to sell (Poshmark, Depop, simple emails, etc). 100% of the proceeds will go to support current Goods For Good projects. Fashion, fun and funds raised for good! For more information, contact Elizabeth@... [Elizabeth @ GoodsForGoodDC dot org].   

3.   Get your kids involved!  While we shelter at home, thousands of DC’s homeless youth are living in extreme isolation and facing other COVID 19 challenges. Support them by writing a personalized letter of encouragement. Sasha Bruce Youthwork has been improving the lives of runaway, homeless, abused, and neglected at-risk youth and their families in the DC area for over 40 years. They will distribute these notes of support throughout their drop-in and other programs. You/your kids can draw a picture and write a note, design something on the computer, make a collage, whatever!  Send via email to DonateGoods@... [DonateGoods @ GoodsForGoodDC dot org] or via mail/drop-off to Charlotte Williams, 3740 McKinley St NW, WDC 20015 by August 16th. We will collect all and get all beautiful art/notes/letters to Sasha Bruce.

Goods For Good is partnering with KindWork’s and Harvest ShareKindWorks (a nonprofit that meets pressing community needs and builds community by mobilizing individuals in volunteer service) is working with Harvest Share to match surplus produce from local gardeners/groceries with those in our Montgomery County communities who are food insecure. All produce will be distributed directly to those in need by nonprofits such as Shepherd’s TableGaithersburg Help and So What Else.  

How can you help?:

4.   Supply fresh fruits and veggies to those who are food insecure. Bring a small amount or a bounty. Bring goodies from your own garden or from your CSA box, local farmers market or supermarket. Drop off in the coolers on the front porch in Chevy Chase DC at 3740 McKinley St NW or in Adams Morgan at 2034 Allen St, NW anytime from July 31 - August 2.  If you have a very large supply and need help with transport, please contact DonateGoods@....  (See Locations for additional dates/sites for Harvest Share drop offs.

  

Elizabeth Workman
Elizabeth@...
GoodsForGoodDC.org
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ISO a person who can put together a simple website to update my current one

Gabrielle Holder
 

Hello there,
 
Have any recommendations for someone who can create a simple website - with contemporary look? Mine needs an update! This is for a pretty simple website, I just need a better design eye. Any graphic design students or a student who wants to do some practicing? Would appreciate some references!
 
Thank you!
 
 - Gabrielle
holdergabrielle @ gmail dot com 


ISO small short term rental

Hernan Abeledo
 

Preferably walking distance to Foggy Bottom, otherwise with good public transport options. For September, October, and possibly November.
 
If you know of anything, please let me know.
 
Thank you,
Hernan Abeledo 
habeledo @ gmail dot com


Re: ISO: recommendations for nanny payroll services

David Harris
 

 

I wanted to add a firm vote against (and a warning about) Homework Solutions, even though I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm too lazy to have migrated away from using them.
 
They have repeatedly botched the schedule for adding payments towards health insurance (meant to happen once a month, not so complicated), and amazingly they started paying our nanny a significantly higher salary out of the blue, which it took us a few cycles to realize (early Christmas bonus!). We have had repeated back-and-forths with HWS, and at one point they shockingly insisted that they had already spoken with me and reached a settlement (!!), even though I'd never spoken to the manager they claimed I had. Ultimately they suspended their fees for a while and I've just monitored their work carefully.
 
Long story short, we had a bunch of problems with them over the course of a year, and I'm sheepish that we're still with them. Though they have been more stable lately, I certainly would not recommend them if you're starting fresh.
 
David Harris
Porter Street


ArmChair Safaris

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Judith L. Smith is creating her latest collection, called "ArmChair Safaris" to inspire the viewer to travel, if only visually for the time being. 

The pieces represent places she has visited in the past and she hopes they inspire the viewers to travel to these destinations in the future.
 
Please contact Judy at soleilart8@... [soleilart8 @ aol dot com] for Limited Edition Prints on canvas wrapped frames. 

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Two New Listings... Coming Soon!

Marjorie Dick Stuart
 

COMING SOON!

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Call Marjorie 240-731-8079

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CLEVELAND PARK - Historic classic Cleveland Park 4 square with 6 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Welcoming front porch, grand entry foyer, living room with fireplace, formal dining room, large kitchen & library/sunroom with handcrafted cherry wood shelves. Unfinished basement with sauna, back porch with ceiling fan and gorgeous nut wood floor.  Amazing backyard & patio, great for entertaining plus garage parking. Beautifully maintained, original details, high ceilings, wood floors, central air and solar panels. Near shops, restaurants, library & Metro.  

3430 34th Street NW, $1,650,000  

COMING SOON!

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Call Marjorie 240-731-8079

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MCLEAN GARDENS - Super bright 2 level 2 bedroom + den with 2.5 baths & spectacular parkland views! Washer & dryer, central A/C, outdoor pool, BBQ areas, tot lot and public gardens, playground and dog park. Close to Cathedral Commons shopping, grocery, pharmacy, restaurants and more. Approx. one mile to Metro, steps to bus line.  

3630 39th Street NW, $545,000; PARKING $35,000 EXTRA.  

Cheers!
Marjorie 

CLEVELAND PARK’s Favorite Agent 
240-731-8079

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
301-718-0010

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Bright, Renovated 1-Bedroom Condo for Rent in the Heart of Friendship Heights!

 


Bright, Renovated 1-Bedroom Condo for Rent in the Heart of Friendship Heights!

Welcome to Unit 701-S at the Willoughby, one of the premier luxury condominiums in Chevy Chase, which is conveniently located near the Friendship Heights Metro station as well as high-end shopping, dining and entertainment outlets. Unit 701-S has been renovated from top to bottom and features granite counters, newer appliances (including a brand new range), hardwood floors and GARAGE PARKING! All utilities (except phone/cable/internet) as well as parking are included in the rent, as is the use of the onsite gym and rooftop pool. Other features are a 24-hour front desk and professional, onsite management. You will love the convenience, ambience and vibrant lifestyle that the Willoughby affords!

$1825/Month.  Minimum 12-month lease.  No pets.
Available August 5, 2020


For more information or to schedule a showing, please contact:

Stan Watters
Realtor Licensed in DC, MD & VA
The Sam Solovey Group at Compass
5471 Wisconsin Ave Suite 300
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
m: 202-674-4081
o:  301-298-1001
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Ward 3 Mutual Aid: We need more grocery shoppers!

Sara S
 

Dear neighbors, 
 
Please see the message below that we just sent out to our active members -- we need your support! Fill out the membership form linked below, then email us at ward3.mutualaid@... [ward3.mutualaid @ gmail dot com] to get all the info you need to start shopping for your ward neighbors. Reminder that we always offer reimbursement from our central fund. 
 
You neighbor, 
Sara 

From: Ward 3 Mutual Aid ward3.mutualaid@...

Greetings Ward 3 mutual aid family,
 
Across the city, many wards have seen a spike in calls over the past 2 weeks. It's clear that neighbors need our support just as much now as they did before. In ward 3, we have a particularly high number of elderly neighbors who call us -- not only are they low income, but it is also very risky for them to shop for themselves. 
 
With about 50 grocery deliveries requested per week, we need 50-100 active grocery getters so that we can ensure that nobody gets burned out doing back-to-back deliveries. Ideally each grocery shopper would only need to volunteer a couple times a month, or be matched with a neighbor who you always shop for in a reliable manner. 
 
Many hands make light work! Please sign up for deliveries, but also recruit your friends and neighbors to join us and get involved. If each person on this list recruited one friend to help (even if you are not a shopper yourself), then our ranks would grow by 250 people! 
 
To get a friend started, make sure they fill out our membership form that will instantly get them in our database: bit.ly/W3MutualAid. Then feel free to share the airtable links directly -- we will follow up with the grocery guide ASAP after they claim a request.
 
We need you to take action so that we can get 30 deliveries completed this weekend! It's the end of the month and many neighbors who get food stamps have run out and have no other options with so many service providers closed. We can't meet their needs without your support. 
 

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