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Re: This is the number to report ILLEGALLY parked cars: 202 576 6071/Zoo traffic

James Linde
 


The zoo is financially challenged right now. They have to put their mission first, which is the animals. They have projects underway and projects planned that take priority over a parking garage. Now if they could charge admission to non members they might be able to offset some costs and plan for a parking garage again.

Jim

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I agree with Deb’s excellent post. Nobody should move in to this neighborhood and be surprised and upset by Zoo traffic. I lived directly across from the Zoo for 13+ years. The crowded sidewalks and litter everywhere were sometimes aggravating, and I dealt with the backed up traffic frequently. But that was just the price I paid for living near a world-class institution. 
Moreover, Zoo visitors and their spending at businesses in the area are a major source of income, especially for the shops right by the Zoo. They’ve had a terrible past 13 months. Part of keeping this neighborhood thriving is getting those visitors back once the Zoo reopens. Yes, that means more traffic and more competition for parking. But it also means greater support for our local businesses. 


Re: Draft ANC 3C Resolution to support Concept C for DDOT Study on Connecticut Avenue

waspwaist69
 


Giving businesses veto over health and safety protections is a very extreme and outdated position. (Even if businesses do somehow "know" how their customers really come and go.)
 
Jay
Porter

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I really don’t know why this issue needs to be relitigated every few years when the direct experience of businesses (for instance when parking was disrupted by installation of the mid-block crosswalk) has shown how critical regular customer parking is to their economic vitality and to the neighborhood’s residents and other shoppers. 
 


Re: This is the number to report ILLEGALLY parked cars: 202 576 6071/Zoo traffic

Karen Davis
 


Good grief! People who live near the Zoo are privileged because they don't want Zoo visitors parking all over the neighborhood, sort of helter skelter, including in people's personal parking spaces? And, talking about parking says nothing about what Zoo visitors do to traffic flow on Connecticut Ave on weekends and most every day in summer.
 
There weren't cars in the 1800s, when the Zoo was established. The Zoo -- the Smithsonian, of which it is a part -- has not responded to the volume of visitors it now receives, and it should. There were plans to build a parking garage on its grounds that were cancelled very recently. It would be interesting to know why. I suppose we could start a fund-a-garage crusade with Cheh and Norton?

Karen Davis

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I am starting to read fretful postings anticipating the traffic that will accompany the reopening of the National Zoo. Public street parking is just that - Public. While we are lucky enough to  live in Cleveland Park, locals are no more entitled to spots on the street than people who live elsewhere. In a perfect world public transportation is everyone's choice. However, I believe that I hear complaining that zoogoers don't use public transport  and it therefore makes OUR local driving slower/congested and parking for locals more challenging.  Perhaps you might try the metro or a bus as you recommend for others.
At $22.00, zoo parking is a prohibitive and avoidable expense for many families.   
That said, illegal parking in alleys and blocking driveways is not acceptable and the city has a 24/7 number to call to report illegally parked cars for ticketing and towing. It is 202 576 6071. Put it in your phone. 
I might add that the Zoo opened here in 1891. It should surprise no one that this national treasure exists in our neighborhood and is a popular attraction, especially for families with children. There are many factors to consider when deciding where to live, and if ample parking and fast driving are necessities, city living might give one pause. 


DC Water Bill Insanity - HELP - DC Water Bill Went from $260/month to $990/month

Gary Bledsoe
 


Our DC Water Bill has almost quadrupled ... $260 in November to $990 in March. Nothing has changed in our house during this period. Sound familiar? DC Water wants us to pay for a plumber to come to the house and thoroughly check for water issues/leakage etc. For their mistake ... A mistake which seems to have happened many times across DC in the last few years. 

Could all those who have experienced this situation PLEASE let me know how you resolved it? What did you do? How did you resolve it? How long did it take? What was the final outcome? 

THANK YOU so very much!  

Gary
GarySellsDC@... 


MPD ALERT: *Updated Flyer* Critical Missing Person: Lindsay Plott-Buckner

Cleveland Park List
 

 

The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 42-year-old Lindsay Plott-Buckner, who was last seen in the 3200 block of  N Street, Northwest, on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

The incident was reported on April 5, 2021

Lindsay Plott-Buckner  is described as a black female,  5’6” in height and 140 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white surgical mask, black jacket, black pants, and black flats.
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See attached flyer for photo
 
Contact:
Youth and Family Service Division 202 576 6768
Command Information Center 202 727 9099
Text to 50411
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We need everyone in our community to pre-register for a vaccination appointment by going to vaccinate.dc.gov or calling 1-855-363-0333. Already vaccinated or pre-registered? Reach out to friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors and help them pre-register. Together we can save lives and end this pandemic. #DCHOPE

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This Missing Person Alert was previously posted as Message  #172405  


Re: ISO Recommendation for Neurologist

Lindsley Williams
 


Kristina's recent reply and comment on Dr, Savani could have been mine as well, but she replied first. I have been a patient of Dr. Savani for at least five years, and his manner (reserved, thoughtful) is exactly what I experienced with him in his regular office (Friendship Heights, parking garages very close by) and the Sleep Center in Bethesda (across Arlington Blvd, across from Strosnider's hardware, parking entrance 50 feet from garage entrance), the Center being in an ownership he shares with some other physicians and has well trained, savvy, and pleasant technical professionals in staffing roles many of whom work directly with the patients. Dr. Savani sees patients there as well. but not each day but by appointment. Both locations are easily reached by car, taxi, Uber and WMATA redline's Friendship Heights station portal is almost at his doorstep; for the Sleep Center, the Metro Bethesda station portal is several long blocks away. I am glad that I found him and glad now that he is still as competent and personable as I found him several years back and some in the past few months as well. He is board certified in neurology and psychiatry, a melding of two distinct concentrations that are not found so often in a single medical professional. He draws on both as warranted to address needs patients have.
 
Lindsley Williams

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I’ve worked with Dr. Savani – he is thorough and I feel is a very competent doctor. He took his time and explained things and was conservative in his approach to the problem, which I always prefer when selecting and working with a doctor.


ISO Good gastroenterologist who accepts Kaiser patients

Rebecca Perry
 

I was wondering if folks have recommendations of gastroenterologist, especially someone with expertise with gallstones who accepts Kaiser patients.

Thank you in advance.

Rebecca
worldtravelers234 @ gmail dot com


ISO plumber

Debra Mishalove- Flow Yoga Center
 


Thanks in advance for any recommendations for a good plumber.

Debra
debrajmishalove@... 


Free Satyananda Yoga workshop + Intro offer extended #yoga #wellness

Washington Yoga Center
 

Hi all!

We’re hosting a FREE Intro to Satyananda Yoga community workshop this Saturday April 10th from 1:30-3p for the community. The workshop will include a 1-hour yoga practice of asana, pranayama, and the meditation practice of Satyananda Yoga Nidra. 

Today is the last chance to take advantage of our RARE offer of $25 for three weeks of unlimited classes (Offer applied in checkout.) 

Check out our class schedule here!  
 

This Sunday April 11th we have our bi-monthly Yoga Nidra workshop from 5:30-6:30p. It's a studio favorite and a great way to relax on a Sunday.

All WYC classes are still streamed LIVE  so you can join in wherever you are. 

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Washington Yoga Center is DC's locally owned yoga studio, offering a variety of yoga styles taught by exceptional teachers. We are here for you during this unpredictable time. 
Visit WashingtonYogaCenter.com for all our upcoming events, special classes, our blog, and more.

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Looking for an Fun Elementary School Tutor?

Mindi Susskind
 

Hi Parents,

I am a fully vaccinated Elementary Special Education Teacher in Montgomery County with a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Differentiated Instruction. I would love to help your elementary-aged child with any subjects that they need some additional support in. I am happy to support virtually or in-person now or during the summer.

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Virtual Concert - Violin & Piano duo - this Sunday, April 11

Barbara Gaskill
 


The Arts Council of National United Methodist Church will present a virtual concert on Sunday, April 11, at 3 p.m. featuring the excellent Borisevich Duo. Violinist Nikita Borisevich and pianist Margarita Loukachkina will play music by Grieg, Paganini, DeFalla, Tchaikovsky, and Saint Saens.
 

Join us at: 
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Another Tivoli Locksmith Recommendation

Susan Cohen
 


Tivoli’s Joseph Ngana just left my apartment after performing another of his extremely proficient and professional “miracles” on a previously unresponsive security lock. Joseph fixed the problem with his normal alacrity and good humor and as a bonus checked other locks to make sure all were working well. He also made certain to disinfect everything he touched.

As one of Joseph's repeat customers, I’m happy to say he’s your man if you need a good locksmith.

SUSAN  COHEN
SLCFILMS@...

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I had a very good experience yesterday with Joseph Ngana of Tivoli Locksmith. He arrived early for my appointment and repaired my old front and back door locks without replacing them or requiring new keys for these and similarly keyed doors. When he finished, he wiped all the surfaces and keys he touched with disinfecting cloth. Plus, he’s a very nice guy.

I highly recommend Joseph for anyone in need of a good locksmith.
-D. Mitchell

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Tivoli Locksmith - Best Reviewed Locksmith in the Neighborhood - Open and Doing Business During Coronavirus Emergency Period.
We are wearing masks & gloves, disinfecting surfaces, and practicing social distancing.
Your Security & Safety Is Our Highest Priority.
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* New lock installation
* Cylinder combination change
* Knobset change

Please call Joseph at (202) 338-5335 to schedule an appointment or with any questions.

It's been a pleasure serving the community and we appreciate your continued support!

Thank you,

Joseph Ngana
Founder, Tivoli Locksmith
Registered Certified Locksmith
Licensed, Bonded, Insured
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Re: ISO Jan. 1983 National Geographic

Charlie Wellander
 


I hope you find one to borrow; I remember being able to borrow back issues of periodicals at public libraries, but that's mostly a thing of the past.  If you decide you want to own one, there are dozens of copies of the January 1983  National Geographic available at various web sites. Some can be shipped to US addresses by Sunday for under $10 including shipping.  Other arrive "later for cheaper."

Not to favor Jeff B. over others, but as a sample of what's out there  -- 26 copies available at --
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003WWMJ66

Hope this helps,
Charlie Wellander


Summer Tutoring / High School & College Application Assistance

Liz Ronkin
 


Chevy Chase Prep assists families to navigate high school and college admissions processes with individualized plans. We bring to our tutoring and advising practice advanced degrees, well-honed skill sets, and decades of experience with high school and college education. We specialize in course content tutoring, especially for writing across the curriculum and math (pre-algebra through AP calculus), standardized test preparation, high school and college application assistance, and scholarship guidance.

This summer, we will offer course content tutoring, test preparation, and application assistance. Course content review and enrichment boost successes in writing and math at all levels. Test preparation covers the ISEE / SSAT, HSTP, SAT / ACT, and Praxis Core for educators. We pretest to baseline performance, tutor to practice control of material and strategies, and post-test to assess mastery. Application assistance focuses on schools, majors and programs, application components, essays and resumes, and interviews.

Our students attend public, independent, and parochial schools in NW DC and Bethesda. Recent school admissions include Andover, SFS, GDS, NCS / STA, Maret, WIS, and Walls, as well as Georgetown Prep, Gonzaga, Visitation, Stone Ridge, and St. John’s. Our college placements focus on admissions to T30 research universities, but also include engaging and innovative liberal arts colleges. We are always pleased to discuss your student's goals and provide relevant references. 

For more information, please contact chevychaseprep@... [chevychaseprep @ gmail dot com] / 202-316-2263.

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Cheh Coronavirus Update: Vaccine Eligibility Opening to All on Monday

NKramMendelsohn COUNCIL
 

Hi everyone,

Please see Councilmember Cheh’s latest Coronavirus Update here: http://www.icontact-archive.com/archive?c=653228&f=109&s=27705&m=921131&t=e9e88f3478ef96a84e6da9a6a941197473e9c0f17a04da6fc6e40bf22670a9a5 

Nicholas Kram Mendelsohn
Deputy Director of Constituent Services
Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, Ward 3
Email: nmendelsohn@...
Office: (202) 724-8062
www.marycheh.com

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Dear Neighbors,

On Monday, April 12th the District will open vaccination eligibility to all District residents aged 16 and older, which is Phase 2 of DC Health's vaccination program. While it had been originally announced that we would enter Phase 2 on May 1st, this change in the timeline will put us into greater alignment with Maryland and Virginia's programs. Equity measures and vaccine prioritization (for seniors, those with certain medical conditions, etc.) will continue during Phase 2. As of April 1st, 162,669 District residents have been fully or partially vaccinated, and the acceleration of the rollout makes it critical that everyone who is not yet vaccinated pre-register at vaccinate.dc.gov or by calling the hotline at 1-855-363-0333.

Importantly, while the District doesn't qualify for a FEMA high-capacity vaccination site on the basis of our population, we have learned that District residents will be eligible for appointments at the FEMA vaccination site opening this week at the Greenbelt Metro Station in Maryland. Here are the steps for pre-registering at the FEMA site (this site is distributing the two-dose Pfizer vaccine):

  1. Go to https://onestop.md.gov/preregistration
  2. Create an account
  3. Fill out your information to pre-register
  4. On the site selection page, choose the 'Greenbelt Metro' as your preferred site

If you are selected, you will receive a call from a 240 number to schedule an appointment. It's OK to register through multiple avenues, such as through hospitals, pharmacies, the pre-registration portal, and through this new FEMA site. However, please keep in mind that if you receive a vaccine outside of the DC Health portal, you should email vaccinatedc@... and request that your account be removed from the system to improve the odds for other registrants.

On a final note, I would like to address a significant issue raised by an article published last Friday in the Washington Post (story available here) concerning a report from Giant that their pharmacies had stopped ordering new vaccines due to DC Health not sending enough residents for appointments. The story had been updated later in the evening with further comments from Giant that "it was not the city's fault" and that Giant would need more staff in order to administer more doses (note that this wasn't a formal correction).

Not only does this give the impression that Giant backpedaled on their statements in order to preserve the District's reputation, but it follows another story detailing how DC Health didn't publicize additional vaccination opportunities at local pharmacies, leaving the news of available vaccine appointments to be spread by word of mouth and over social media.

This leads to one of my greatest frustrations during the rollout: the inability to openly recognize and directly address problems with the vaccination program. I don't believe anyone would expect a perfect performance by any agency under such intense duress and extreme emergency circumstances, but the inability to acknowledge existing problems means that we are not properly allocating resources in the right areas. And, frankly, I believe multiple circumstances can be true in this situation: vaccine distributors may need more staff in order to scale up operations and DC Health may need to further fine tune the portal/appointment system in order to connect more residents with available appointments.

What makes these missteps, and others, all the more frustrating is that DC Health has recently made significant improvements to the vaccine program and done outstanding work for vulnerable residents. We have been able to successfully launch a mobile vaccine clinic, expand mass vaccination sites and open pop-up sites in communities devastated by coronavirus, created a Senior Buddies program to provide door-to-door outreach, adopted new CDC school safety protocols, and coordinated 2,604 doses of vaccine for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. To date, over 64% of District seniors are fully or partially vaccinated. These developments are cause for celebration and, importantly, they demonstrate that DC Health is most effective when listening to the communities it serves.

On Tuesday night, I received word that the weekly Council-Executive conference calls (a source of many updates that I've shared in these newsletters) are being discontinued effective immediately and that our COVID response discussions will instead be held over Mayor-Council breakfast meetings. Prior to the pandemic, these breakfast meetings were held every other month or so, and cancelling our weekly calls represents a loss in accountability and our ability to problem solve with DC Health. However, the Mayor-Council breakfast meetings have been televised in the past, and I will keep residents updated as to any broadcast schedule that is released so you may tune in to the live discussions.

Regards,

Mary


Re: Draft ANC 3C Resolution to support Concept C for DDOT Study on Connecticut Avenue

Mark Rosenman
 


When I responded to Commissioner Siddiqui’s post yesterday, I failed to point out that is spite his efforts to separate the issue of parking in the service lane and the loss of parking in his preferred option for the redesign of Connecticut Avenue, he is on record (most recently at a City Council roundtable on 3/23) as wanting the service lane closed to vehicles. 

It seems that the only Connecticut Avenue parking Commissioner Siddiqui favors is a commercial loading/unloading zone and very limited and short-term customer Pick-Up/Drop-Off spots.

Mark Rosenmnan

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Just want to clarify one issue: The service lane has nothing to do with this resolution at all. This resolution only deals with the six traffic lanes of Connecticut Avenue.

Sauleh Siddiqui
Commissioner, ANC 3C05,_


Re: Zoo traffic

Margaret Lenzner
 

 
Cheryl makes a good point that the Zoo is in a residential area with virtually no adjacent street parking so visitors who bring families in cars park on neighborhood streets if they don’t want to pay for parking in the zoo. It reminded me that not long ago DC required the Cathedral to accommodate visitors, resulting in the Cathedral’s costly construction of underground parking. It would make sense for the Zoo to expand their parking facilities.
 
Margaret  
 
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I think the point that some are missing is that the zoo is an attraction situated in a residential area. Despite being an attraction, it has not provided adequate and affordable parking for those it attracts. Congestion along Connecticut Avenue during Zoo Lights has created dangerous situations. There has been much recent discussion about street plans and post-pandemic transport patterns. Anticipating the return of zoo-related transport issues that have not been adequately addressed does not equate to entitlement.


Re: ISO Feedback on Verl Dyer, General Contractor

mfreehenn
 

Verl Dyer did a major project in my condo in 2018 and I highly recommend him. He was terrific at diagnosing the problem, his work was excellent and on-time, and throughout he was efficient and pleasant. The project was in conjunction with Thomas E Clark Co, which recommended Mr. Dyer.

Margaret Hennessey

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We're looking for any feedback, good or bad, on Verl Dyer Company as a general contractor. It's a really small outfit, so there are not many reviews in obvious places.
Thanks!


Re: This is the number to report ILLEGALLY parked cars: 202 576 6071/Zoo traffic

Christopher Backley
 


I agree with Deb’s excellent post. Nobody should move in to this neighborhood and be surprised and upset by Zoo traffic. I lived directly across from the Zoo for 13+ years. The crowded sidewalks and litter everywhere were sometimes aggravating, and I dealt with the backed up traffic frequently. But that was just the price I paid for living near a world-class institution. 
 
Moreover, Zoo visitors and their spending at businesses in the area are a major source of income, especially for the shops right by the Zoo. They’ve had a terrible past 13 months. Part of keeping this neighborhood thriving is getting those visitors back once the Zoo reopens. Yes, that means more traffic and more competition for parking. But it also means greater support for our local businesses. 
 
-Chris

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With all due respect, the zoo was established in the late 1800s. It isn't a new addition to the neighborhood.
It is hard to imagine that someone moving into the neighborhood would overlook the potential for traffic from this long-established landmark.
Asking for changes for safety issues is one thing; demanding the zoo pay for something to benefit neighbors who moved into the neighborhood is the very definition of entitlement.


Re: Draft ANC 3C Resolution ton DDOT Study on Connecticut Avenue

Bob Ward
 

Hi Ann - 

Your assertion that the Connecticut Ave Study was only supposed to be about the reversible lanes is wrong. The three ANCs along the corridor called for the study in 2018 and each one specified that it should include an analysis about adding bike lanes among other considerations: 

In March 2018 ANC 3F said: "NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that ANC 3F requests that DDOT conduct a comprehensive study of current Connecticut Avenue traffic patterns that broadly evaluates the potential consequences of any potential changes in policy and also considers a wide range of potential improvements or changes that could be made, including but not limited to changes to the rush hour reversible lanes policy, establishing dedicated bicycle lanes, and establishing other dedicated lane options;"

In May 2018 ANC 3C said, "NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that ANC 3C requests that DDOT conduct a comprehensive study of current Connecticut Avenue traffic patterns that broadly evaluates the potential consequences of any changes in policy and also considers a wide range of potential improvements or changes that could be made, including but not limited to changing the rush hour reversible lanes policy, establishing dedicated bicycle lanes, and creating other dedicated lane options;"

In October 2018 ANC 3/4G said, "ANC 3/4G urges DDOT to conduct a comprehensive study of current Connecticut Avenue traffic patterns that broadly evaluates the potential consequences of any changes in policy and also considers a wide range of potential changes that could be made, including but not limited to changes in the rush hour reversible lanes policy, adjusting the timing of stop lights, establishing dedicated bicycle lanes, and creating other dedicated lane options."

The DDOT study itself, taking the lead from these ANC resolutions, calls for examining more than just ending the reversible lanes, saying, "The Connecticut Avenue NW Reversible Lane Safety and Operations Study will assess the multi-modal (vehicular, transit, bicycle, pedestrian) operational and safety impacts associated with either removing or maintaining the current reversible lane system along Connecticut Avenue NW. The study effort will require the development of up to five concept recommendations, incorporating at least one no-build management option and one protected bicycle lane option."

Additionally, DDOT has pointed out in their presentations that Connecticut Avenue identified as a Bike Priority Corridor in the District's guiding transportation planning document moveDC.

Lastly, DDOT has said at every public meeting that their forecasts of vehicle traffic that factor into their models are based on 25 year estimates, which show traffic growth. They do not try and predict year-by-year ups and down.  But if they did, a reasonable analysis would very likely conclude the traffic patterns for commuting will show less, not more, commuter traffic than pre-pandemic, given the extent to which people expect to adopt more hybrid home/office work styles.

Bob Ward
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