Rats and Trash... a meeting in Park View on how to manage both

Rats and Trash... a meeting in Park View on how to manage both

The Park View United Neighborhood Coalition is hosting a community meeting with DC Department of Health and Department of Public Works staff to discuss how to manage overflowing trash bins and the rat population on Wednesday, March 6th, 7-8pm at the Park View Recreation Center (693 Otis Place NW)

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DPW releases Street Sweeping app so you know when it's time to move your car

DPW releases Street Sweeping app so you know when it's time to move your car

This looks pretty handy. The Department of Public Works, which is responsible for street cleaning (and parking tickets!), has released an app for iOS and Android that will send out notifications when it’s time to move your car. Their press release is below… you can find the app on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Street sweeping starts March 4th… they usually give people a pass on tickets the first week, but after that you’ll find a pink slip on your window (or in the mail) once the sweepers start their work.

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PSA: Street cleaning starts March 1st, tickets to follow

PSA: Street cleaning starts March 1st, tickets to follow

The weather turns warmer, the snow melts away and Spring is in the air! (Oh, yeah, not much snow this year... thanks climate change). But sure enough, the next sigh of Spring coming to DC is the return of street sweeping and you having to move your car to the other side of the street.

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New recycling rules go into effect, more can be recycled for a cleaner city

New recycling rules go into effect, more can be recycled for a cleaner city

The Department of Public Works (DPW) sent out a press today informing the public that the list of items that can be recycled has increased. Most of the new items involve food, like to-go cups, cup trays, food boxes, etc.

So you can now recycle your used pizza box (cool) but can't recycle plastic bags (I had no idea you couldn't do that). Plastic bags can be returned to grocery stores instead of thrown out.

See full press release below and visit DPW's website for details:

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DPW, Bowser, Hebrew Home & more: Notes from ANC 4C's May meeting

DPW, Bowser, Hebrew Home & more: Notes from ANC 4C's May meeting

With Christopher Shorter, Director of the Department of Public Works to Mayor Muriel Bowser and a conversation about budget issues and the renovations of the Hebrew Home on Spring Road, it was a long meeting. Notes and photos are provided thanks to Glen Lam.

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PSA: Street cleaning - and ticketing - starts March 1st

PSA: Street cleaning - and ticketing - starts March 1st

Ah, the approach of Spring in DC… when the weather begins to warm up, then gets cold again, then warms up… and you have to move your car to the other side of the street.

DPW street cleaning and alternate side of the street parking begins Tuesday, March 1st (through October 31st). DPW will give out warning tickets until Friday, March 4th — after that, it’s a $45 ticket if you’re parked on the side being cleaned. Or you could get towed.

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When is your trash going to be picked up?

When is your trash going to be picked up?

Ah, the alleys... full of 20 feet of immovable snow (or at least, that's what it seems like). But what about your full trash and recycle cans? When are they going to be collected? DPW is planning on resuming collection on Thursday, with a shifted schedule until February 1st. Here's their press release...

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Elections, Collections and more: ANC 4D January meeting notes

Elections, Collections and more: ANC 4D January meeting notes

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4D had its January meeting on Tuesday the 19th. Overall it was a pretty interesting meeting, with Khalil Thompson announcing an office change, DPW acting Director Christopher Shorter discussing snow, trash and ticketing, the FD/EMS Chief making an appearance and a rather quick election of officers.

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Let it snow!... and don't forget to shovel or you'll get a fine

Let it snow!... and don't forget to shovel or you'll get a fine

With snow finally coming to DC, be aware of the new law about shoveling your sidewalk and public areas near your home or business. If you don't, you might get a fine. The Department of Public Works is now empowered to fine residents and businesses who don't shovel their sidewalks. 

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Being thankful for things you don't always notice

Being thankful for things you don't always notice

I was complaining to my father over the holiday weekend about all the leaves in the streets. "They should keep street cleaning going a few weeks more," I said. "Look at all the leaves!" Everywhere you look, leaves in the gutter, along the curbs, under cars. I watched some people bag their leaves, others pushed the leaves into the street. Now what?

I was thinking about coming out with my own rake and doing my street. The hard part is finding the daylight time (and frankly, the motivation to rake the whole street).

And then this morning, I saw the city's solution.

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All I can think about is Tonka

I was watching DPW working in the alley this morning, clearing out the old concrete (they're all about Alleypalooza and what not).

First they used a massive jackhammer to drill holes into the concrete, then they brought in the excavator to dig up said concrete, carting it away in a large dump truck. 

All the things I loved when I was a kid. You know, big trucks making a lot of loud rumbling noise, shaking the house and breaking things apart? Yes!

The finished product.

Drew Schneider

Local DC blogger in Petworth, Washington DC.



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