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Neighborhood News Roundup: Tomato Aficianado Edition

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

Neighborhood News RoundupStop Traffic: On the Tenleytown email list, a member reports, "I was driving this evening at around 8pm on 43rd Place near the intersection with River Road when I noticed a woman taking a photo of my front license plate and, as I drove by, of my back license plate. When I stopped and got out to ask her why she was doing this, she became very defensive and confrontational, walking away and threatening to call the police if I came closer. She retreated into the backyards of the houses on 43rd Pl. The woman appeared to be in her thirties (but that maybe off by a decade or so), African-American, and she had a boxer-type dog with her." They ask, "Has anyone had something like this happen to them? I'm puzzled as to why she wanted to photograph my car and why she became so agitated when asked about it."Dog on Vegetables: After a member of the Chevy Chase email list complains about tomatoes in their garden getting eaten, a few other members speculat: "I haven't planted tomatoes for several years after watching them being nibbled away before I could harvest them. I'm only posting this because I know the crows were the culprits – and they almost drove me to desperation. Squirrels also feast on tomatoes as many have noted and if you have rats, they are also great tomato aficionados," writes one. Another says, "I have a dog that eats my tomatoes! The last one was too big for him to pull off, but half of it was gone while still on the vine. I've heard that 1T. epsom salt +1 T. powdered milk (mixed) sprinkled around the base of the plant, then watered helps with the soil. Do once a month."

Meta: Following a Kojo Nnamdi Show report on email lists as the ultimate tool for neighborhood communication, the moderator of the DupontForum email list writes, "Over the past few years, I (as the DupontForum moderator) have considered asking this DupontForum [email list] to convert to several of the software solutions the show discusses and lists on the show's web page. But I have come up with the same conclusion the panelist seem to: [email lists]  still work best." Another member adds, "As long as e-mail is the most common way to communicate, the [email list] is the way to go. The messages just show up when you check your mailbox. No need to go to a separate program like twitter or a separate web site like Facebook."

Brickish: "Thanks to a generous giveaway from Ginko Gardens, our community garden has a beautiful new brick patio. BUT, it turns out we're about 50 bricks short! Does anybody have some spare bricks lying around their backyard to donate to a community garden in the neighborhood?" asks a member of the New Hill East email list. "The others we've used are red, standard sized and without holes. If that sounds like what you have (even just a few) please let me know when I could come take a look."

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