Volunteers needed to assist sexual assault, other victims

The county is looking for those willing to help. Photo from Ellsworth Air Force Base. The county’s Department of Health and Human Services is looking for volunteers to help sexual assault, rape and domestic violence victims and their families through the department’s Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program. Volunteers are expected to serve for one year and be on call for one 12-hour shift, or two 6-hour shifts, per week to provide crisis counseling and companion services at county hospitals and police stations. The department is particularly interested in finding bilingual volunteers. The program will train volunteers in crisis...

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Silver Spring’s newest restaurant officially opens next week

Juancarlo Parkhurst, owner of Lina’s Diner and Bar, with some of his crew members in the restaurant’s kitchen. Photo by Mike Diegel. Silver Spring’s newest restaurant, Lina’s Diner and Bar, will officially open Tuesday, May 30. “We opened up last Thursday, so this entire run, Thursday through Saturday is what we consider our soft open,” said Juancarlo Parkhurst. “We’ll be closed for the Monday holiday and then we’ll start Tuesday with lunch, dinner as well as happy hour.” Parkhurst started cooking in college about 20 years ago to pay the bills, he said. He also cooked during a brief...

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Memorial Day schedules announced

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Memorial Day schedules for the county and several local businesses have been announced. All county offices and libraries, along with Montgomery County schools and administrative offices, will be closed in recognition of the holiday, which honors those who died while serving in the armed forces. The Recreation Department’s administrative offices, senior centers and community recreation centers also will be closed. The county’s liquor stores will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ride On will operate on a Sunday schedule, though the TRiPS commuter store in Silver Spring will be closed, and parking...

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Purple Line partners say work continues despite court setback

While the court continued to keep the project on hold, work continues on the Purple Line. Graphic from Maryland Transit Authority. Despite a setback in a federal district court, the Purple Line Transit Partners held an open house at Montgomery Blair High School last night to introduce the partnership to the public. The partnership is three companies, Meridiam Infrastructure Purple Line, LLC (Meridiam), Fluor Enterprises Inc. (Fluor) and Star America Purple Line, LLC (Star America), who will provide the equity investment for the Purple Line. “It’s time for us to meet the community,” said Robert Chappell, CEO for PLTP,...

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Silver Spring Library will have extended summer hours

The library in downtown will operate under a summer schedule. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The Silver Spring Library will be open for extended summer hours beginning this weekend. The library, at 900 Wayne Ave., will open at 9 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, one hour earlier than usual. It will close at 9 p.m. those nights, three hours later than the rest of the year. Summer hours will be in effect from May 26 until September 2. Hours of operation on Sundays (1-5 p.m.) and Mondays through Thursdays (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) will not change. The library will be closed Monday,...

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Upcoming Events May 24-June 1

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, May 24 Progressive Maryland District 5 Happy Hour, Nando’s Peri-Peri, 924 Ellsworth Dr., 6-10 p.m. “Meet the Concessionaire,” Purple Line Transit Partners, Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd. East, 6:30-8:30 p.m. U.S. BRT 29 Central Corridor Advisory Committee Meeting, Silver Spring Methodist Church, Parlor Room, 33 University Blvd. E., 6:30 p.m. Katherine Heiny, author of “Standard Deviation, Silver Spring Library, 3rd Floor, 900 Wayne Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. Vantage Points: Can you put down your phone?, community conversation, Denizens Brewing Co., 1115 East-West Highway, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25 Public Hearing, Park, Recreation and Open...

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Tuesday Evening Links – May 23, 2017

Your roundup of stories in and around Silver Spring: Ellsworth Urban Park will be expanded after house demolition. (Source of the Spring) Montgomery Blair HS Graduation Schedule. (Patch) DC loved Gifford’s ice cream, but for Andrew Gifford, it left a bitter aftertaste. (Washington Post) Developments about Adega Wine Cellars and Cafe. (Source of the Spring) FDA approves first cancer treatment for any solid tumor with a specific genetic feature. (BioPortfolio) Will Tesla’s New Solar Roof Drive Sales? (GoBrentTeam) Montgomery County Joins National Citizenship Initiative. (Source of the Spring) Got a News Tip? Tell...

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County joins national citizenship initiative

The county executive speaks to the press following this morning’s announcement. Photo by Mike Mowery. County Executive Isiah Leggett was on Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring Tuesday morning to help launch an initiative to promote and assist eligible residents in the county to become U.S. citizens.  The county has joined Cities for Citizenship and the “Naturalize Now! Summer Citizenship Campaign,” a coordinated naturalization event and communications outreach effort to encourage 1,000,000 eligible community members to naturalize this year, according to a county press release. “We all know the great benefits and privilege of being citizens of this great...

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Ellsworth Urban Park will be expanded after house demolition

This house will be torn down to allow more space for the adjoining park. Photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery Parks plans to demolish a house the department owns at 8915 Colesville Rd. to expand Ellsworth Urban Park, which abuts the property. The addition will expand the park’s acreage by about 30 percent, said Dominic Quattrocchi, planner coordinator for the department. Montgomery Parks has owned the house for about 30 years, he said. A number of entities have occupied the house during that time, including a group using it as a home for developmentally challenged adults and one operating a...

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Monday Evening Links – May 22, 2017

The United Therapeutics DDomal Project construction site, part of UT’s major Unisphere expansion in Downtown Silver Spring. (David Lay/Source of the Spring) Your roundup of stories in and around Silver Spring: Council to Approve Budget with BRT, RideOn Funding. (Source of the Spring) Taste the World in Fenton Village 2017. (Jonna Michelle Photography) Silver Spring Makes ‘Best Cities for Young Professionals’ Forbes List. (Patch) United Therapeutics Construction Update. (Source of the Spring) ‘Silent Sky’ Reprised at Silver Spring Stage. (DC Metro Theater Arts) Trash Hauler’s Contract Restricted; New Hauler to Serve Silver Spring. (MyMCMedia) Judge’s Ruling Keeps Purple Line...

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