A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Opossumtunity: Unwanted animal: A “smelly dead possum” was dumped on Colorado Avenue, one member posted on the Crestwood email list. “The smell is horrendous and we can’t even sit out on our porch because of the smell,” she wrote. “I think it was a neighbor because my sister saw someone carrying the possum on a shovel and then dump the possum on Colorado by the park.” She asked that its owner pick the possum up or otherwise deal with it; the request prompted a discussion of other animal control problems and unsatisfactory work from the company Critter Control. A possum, for the zoologically disinclined, is a marsupial native to Australia and not found in the United States. The poster likely actually saw an opossum, which is a marsupial cousin that does live in this country. But it’s not welcome—at least in dead form—on Colorado Avenue, regardless.
Stick to Hands: Warnings about yesterday’s heat lit up several neighborhood email lists. Recommendations about how to cope included staying indoors, drinking a lot of water, not drinking alcohol, going to cooling centers, and generally being alert. One Adams Morgan email list member even passed along advice on how to stay cool from his chiropractor. Unfortunately, the advice was no different from the standard suggestions. Aren’t chiropractors supposed to offer alternative methods?
Privilege, Not a Right: A poster on the Chevy Chase email list complained about the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicle’s requirement that cars in which candidates take the driving test must have a handbrake between the two front seats. Maryland, where the poster’s daughter had taken a driving class, has no such requirement, and the family’s two cars don’t have the necessary brake. The poster asked the DMV about what she could do and was unsatisfied by the response, which she paraphrased: “Not our problem. Driving is a privilege not a right and if you cannot meet the requirement, tough.” Although other list members chimed in with suggestions, the poster was still displeased with the city. “Since when can a public body instigate regulations that they are unwilling to help, or even just advise us how, to comply with?” she asked.
Not a Cheater, But an Achiever: Posters on the Hillcrest email list were angry about the announcement of a meeting about education in Ward 7. One poster objected to the timing during the summer because children are not in school, “making it very difficult to spread the word of this event to parents.” The goal of the meeting is to increase parent engagement in public schools. Posters also wanted the meeting to be organized by the Ward 7 Education Council rather than ANC 7A. Accusations of corruption and cheating flew. “What we, the education stakeholders and voters in Ward 7, need and desire is not another cheater but an achiever, someone who has VISION that’s not blinded by cataractic political ambition,” one poster wrote.