Telephone scams a daily occurrence, police say

Image by Alachua County on Flickr. Attempted telephone scams are a daily occurrence, according to the Montgomery County Police Department, and residents should be aware of the common types of these scams. “Fraud calls go on all the time,” said Detective Mengedoht of the Financial Crimes Section. “Between a grandkid in distress call, a kidnapping call, [the Internal Revenue Service], a lottery scam call—they’re daily occurrences.” Typically, when the department gets a call from a resident, e.g. for an alleged kidnapping, they would respond. “Then we would find out that in fact, they were talking to somebody over the...

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Bus Rapid Transit to be branded “Flash,” public hearing set

Residents along the Route 29 corridor view BRT plans at a recent open house. Photo by Mike Diegel. The county’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit system will be branded with the name “Flash” following a two-month long contest during which residents could vote on three suggested names, or offer one of their own. The first BRT line is expected to open in 2020 along the U.S. 29 corridor from Burtonsville to downtown Silver Spring. The County Council has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed route for 7:30 p.m. April 18 in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council...

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Upcoming Events, March 22-30

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, March 22 ACLU Montgomery County meeting, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23 One Montgomery Green Drinks, Lincoln’s Bar-B-Cue, 931 Ellsworth Dr., 5:30-8 p.m. Author Series, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 3rd Floor, 7-8:30 p.m. Green Is Greater Than Gold by Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring, Catylator Makerspace, 8121 Georgia Ave. Suite LL1, 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 24 Monkeyfeather, Delarcos, and Esmirelda Concert, Takoma Park VFW Post 350, 6420 Orchard Ave, Takoma Park, 7:30-11...

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Penguin mural will return in March 29 ceremony

Detail from “Penguin Rush Hour.” Photo courtesy The Silver Spring mural “Penguin Rush Hour” will return and be unveiled during a ceremony on Wednesday, March 29. The mural, featuring penguins as commuters at the Silver Spring Metro stop, was originally created in 1989 by artist Sally Callmer Thompson on 25 plywood panels that stretched for 100 feet under the Metro bridge over Colesville Road. It was taken down for construction of the Silver Spring Transit Center and kept in storage. A fund-raising campaign, “Pennies for Penguins,” raised money for restoration of the original art, which had deteriorated over...

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Summer camp to teach girls technology, self-empowerment

Graphic courtesy MissHeard Media. Two Silver Spring small businesses will team up to offer a weeklong summer camp designed to teach girls technology skills and self-empowerment. “Girl-Powered: Changemakers” will be led by Lindsey Turnbull, owner of MissHeard Media, and held at Catylator Makerspace on Georgia Avenue, owned by Stephen Morris. “We are doing kind of a very holistic summer camp,” Turnbull said. “[Morris] teaches the girls some of the technology and I teach the leadership bit and the girl-empowerment bit. “We also had the idea to bring in a ton of people from the community so that the girls...

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Recreation and aquatic center planned for Silver Spring

Alex Shifflett from KGD Architecture presents the revised Elizabeth Square plan. Photo by Mike Diegel. A 120,000-square-foot regional recreation and aquatic center highlights a revised plan for a new complex in downtown Silver Spring. Elizabeth Square will be built in the area bordered by Fenwick Lane, Second Avenue, Apple Avenue and the Metro right-of-way. The plan, presented yesterday to the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Board, calls for mixed-use development with retail and residential units including workforce, affordable and senior housing, along with the recreational facilities. “It’s a significant regional facility, not just for the local neighborhood like some...

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Rumored replacement for ShopHouse?

ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen will close tomorrow and there is a rumored replacement for the fast-casual restaurant. Bibibop Asian Grill, a Korean-inspired similar concept in fast-casual eating, is said to be taking over ShopHouse locations. Bibibop offers rice bowls with choice of meats (or tofu), toppings, sauces and side dishes such as edamame, kimchi or miso soup. Diners can also choose a salad or wrap as the base, rather than rice. Bibibop is a subsidiary of Gosh Enterprises, located in Columbus, Ohio. There are 12 locations, all in Ohio. Gosh Enterprises is also the parent company of Charley’s Grilled Subs...

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Upcoming Events March 15-23

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, March 15 Virtual Town Hall with County Executive Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Education Programs and Budget Forum, Catherine F. Scott Building, Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus, 7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Community Sing, Levine Music, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 2nd Floor, $5, 7-9 p.m. POSTPONED: 2017 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan Update Meeting, Park and Planning Headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave., 7-9 p.m. POSTPONED: County Council Town Hall, Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd. Reception 7:30 p.m., Meeting 8 p.m. Thursday, March 16 “How Local News is...

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County extends public outreach on Bus Rapid Transit system

Staff members from the county’s Department of Transportation explained the plans for a Bus Rapid Transit system during an open house last night. Photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation last night held the second in a series of three open houses on the work that’s been done so far to study a bus rapid transit system along the U.S. Route 29 corridor. “The Maryland Department of Transportation has been doing a study on the corridor for the last two years,” said Joana Conklin, rapid transit system development manager for the county DOT. “We’ve been working very...

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Storm information available via county portal

Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The county government maintains a winter storm information portal where residents can find a variety of information relevant to the storm expected to hit the area tonight. About 200 employees and 175 pieces of equipment are available for snow removal. In addition, the county can call on nearly 200 contractors and their equipment if necessary. Snow removal activities start once three inches of snow has accumulated. Prior to that, workers pretreat roads and lay down salt and abrasives on area streets. The portal includes links where residents can learn who is responsible for clearing their...

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