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Geographical Confusion: On the
Takoma ParkTakomaDC email list, members are seeking the origins of their neighborhood’s name. One member provides a link to a community newsletter, which says, “But the nearest public school and churches were in Brightwood, further south along Piney Branch Road and the Seventh Street Pike (Georgia Ave). In fact the train station was called Brightwood,’ until Gilbert took it upon himself sometime in 1884 to replace the sign with one reading ‘Tacoma Park,’ much to the consternation of the residents of Brightwood itself. The ‘c’ was not altered until a year or two later by request of the postal service to avoid confusion with Tacoma, Washington.” But another is skeptical, writing “I’ve been suspicious of the Post Office story since I heard it, but perhaps it is true. People do have to apply to the post office for addresses. I would think they would have come up with something better than a K, however, because there were no postal codes then. It makes more sense to me that someone thought a K was more exotic or more Indian.”
Hounded: A member of the New Hill East email list relates this saga: “A black man all in white, white socks too and flip flops ran past with wine and a case of beer. The Liquor Store owner, Jimmy, running after him. A neighbor tripped the robber up as the man decided to leap over two toddlers in his way. The Liquor Store owner is not pressing charges because the police could not find the missing wine. Two of us stepped forward to ID the robber. Believe or not, the robber came back, shoeless, to get his beer case. When I saw him walking back. I asked him why he was returning to the crime scene and he said he did not steal anything. The police looked for the wine but did not find it. Six officers.” Their proposed solution? “My dogs and I found it a few minutes later in the connecting alley from 16th St and Ind. Ave. SE. The Liquor Store owner did not want it. I called 911. Let’s see what happens now. Maybe hire out my dogs?????”
Buy Me: “I figured this building had some history to it and after some initial googling I learned that this was the previous building for the Langdon Firehouse and was for sell,” writes Brookland Avenue, who found a building in the neighborhood—a former firehouse, Old Engine Co. 26—to be most curious. The extensive research of the property yielded some interesting facts: “According to the listing: ‘HISTORIC BUILDING. .. This was a firehouse in the early 1900′s and then converted to a church. ZONED RESIDENTIAL. . CAN be used NON-Profit, School, Church, ETC. Perfect for investor Over 7000 Sq. FT. Subject to third party approval.’ The building is being sold for $700,000 and was originally listed for $1,000,000. After a quick look at DCRA’s PIVS application it looks like the building was purchased in 2006 for $1,200,000.”
Chevy Chase Problems: “Within the past couple of weeks, this type of thing has happened twice,” writes a member of the Chevy Chase email list in a message titled, “Ringing doorbell, banging on door after 10 pm.” “First, it was a loud bang on our front door, and tonight it was a ring of the doorbell. Both have been after 10pm and each time I went outside to try to find someone but saw nothing. Anyone know anything about this? The obvious answer is that it’s some kids playing a prank but with 2 small kids sleeping, it’s not that funny. I’m wondering how to stop this before it becomes a regular thing.” Another member suggests not opening the door and instead calling the police—and installing a security camera, just in case.