A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.

Don’t Shoot the Humans: “Something must be done to control the deer population, for all the reasons previously discussed on this [email list]. However, the idea of sharpshooters in Rock Creek Park is frightening. There are often twilight walkers enjoy the winter evenings in the park. Accidents do happen. The idea of a wounded deer running off and dying in pain is horrible. Contraceptives seem like a much better idea,” writes a member of the Chevy Chase email list, in light of news that the National Park Service will thin out the white tail deer popular in the park, bow-and-arrow style. “Thanks for the posting and response about the white tail deer. It is very interesting to me that the US Park Service is more concerned about the deer than the coyote. Over time, the deer population has gotten too large and are a nuisance to those living close by—eating our plants and leaving their mess. The same thing will occur with the coyote, but they will be more than a nuisance—as they will eat our pets and attack us, but likely leave our flowers alone. Maybe when that occurs, US Park Service will be more concerned,” writes another.

When it Rains, it Pours: A member of the Crestwood email list reports, “Just wanted to report that at some point in the last 2 days most of our copper downspouts and 1 gutter were stolen off our house. We live all the way at the end of Upshur Street, 3 houses from the park. We also had a house guest’s car broken into and dvd players stolen out of it, right in front of the house, in the middle of December. So—we are getting cameras for the outside of our house.  I can’t believe I’m saying that, but things are getting a little nutty. I know times are bad, I get it, but this sort of sucks. Anyway—everyone BE AWARE!! Report anything out of the ordinary! Happy new year (no really, I do mean that!)!”

Sans Creamy: “Hi Neighbors, we used to buy cheese curds from Trader Joe’s all the time, but it’s been months (years?) since the one in Silver Spring has carried them. Any leads on where we can find cheese curds nearby?” writes a member of the TakomaDC email list (she signs her message, “Still a Cheesehead at Heart”). Other members suggest, “One of the creameries which comes to the Sunday farmers’ market sells cheese curds in several flavors” and “I have gotten them sometimes at the Takoma Park Farmer’s Market, but they don’t have them every week (they are great when they do!). I forget the name of the cheese maker, but it’s across the market from the feta people (who are also great!).”

Cleveland Park, ISO: In a message titled, “Seeking advice on really comfy sofa sleeper or futon,” a member of the Cleveland Park email list writes, “We have relinquished our guest room and now need to find a truly comfy sleeper sofa or futon for guests, some of which stay 7 days or more. If you have any wisdom to impart, I’d love to hear it.” Presently, no one has imparted any wisdom.