$300,000 Dale Drive pedestrian safety study to begin in July

An example of the aftermath of an accident on Dale Drive. Photo by Julie Englund. A $300,000 study on potential long-term pedestrian safety enhancements to Dale Drive will begin in July following the County Council’s final budget approval yesterday. The funding for the Department of Transportation work was proposed in March by Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5) during a hearing on the Capital Improvements Program and was agreed to by Al Roshdieh, DOT’s director. “I moved that, the [Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee] approved and now the full council has approved [the funding] twice, so it’s final,” Hucker said....

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County Council At-Large Candidate: Richard Gottfried

Photo of the candidate courtesy Richard Gottfried Why are you running for County Council? I am running for Montgomery County Council because our county, our community, is at a crossroads. Out-of-control spending, budget gimmicks and no consideration for the future has left our county’s finances in a very bad place. As a property taxpayer, and having represented property taxpayers for the last four years as Ppresident of the Twinbrook Citizens Association, I am tired of paying for county government’s poor decision-making. It’s long past time for financial oversight, and as the only CPA running in the race this year,...

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Memorial Day Schedule for Public Facilities Announced

Memorial Day is Monday, May 28. Photo from Wikimedia Commons Memorial Day schedules for Montgomery County and other public facilities have been announced. All county offices and libraries, along with state offices and courts, 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 county’s liquor stores will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ride On will operate on a Sunday schedule, and parking at public garages, lots and curbside meters will be free on Monday. The Silver Spring TRiPS store will be open. In addition, all...

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County Council At-Large Candidate: Cherri Branson

Photo of the candidate courtesy Cherri Branson Why are you running for County Council? I’m running because I want to provide the steady and effective representation this county will need to navigate through the upcoming sea change in leadership with four members of the County Council and the county executive leaving office. In the midst of this change, the residents of this county need elected leadership that is experienced, committed to public service and ready to lead. I am running because I have the experience and the commitment to address the issues of budgetary and social policy issues that...

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Upcoming Events, May 23-31

Illustration from FiveStone Church Saturday, May 26 The Heavy Editors concert, Fountain Stage on Ellsworth Drive, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27 Yappy Hour, Republic, 6939 Carroll Ave., 3-5 p.m. Monday, May 28 Memorial Day Memorial Day Tour, National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, May 29 Takoma Park Independence Day Committee benefit, Middle East Cuisine, 7006 Carroll Ave., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. “We Saved More Than We Lost”: Remembering Vietnam, National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, 6-7 p.m. Takoma Park Independence Day Committee meeting, Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Ave., 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday,...

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County Council At-Large Candidate: Hans Riemer

Photo of the candidate courtesy Hans Riemer Why are you running for County Council? I am running for re-election to advance our progressive, Montgomery community values: To reduce Montgomery County public schools’ class size, to strengthen pre-k and afterschool programs for low-income children To move towards a smart growth future, protecting our environment while helping to ensure our county is more affordable and attractive to newcomers and empty nesters To stand up for our immigrant communities, and To provide superb representation for our community on all of these great challenges. What are your qualifications for the position? Today I...

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Paisano’s Pizza Opening Today in Silver Spring

Paisano’s Pizza is opening today in Silver Spring. (David Lay/Source of the Spring)   After months of construction and court litigation, Paisano’s Pizza is opening today at 8213 Georgia Ave., in the former home of Radio Shack.  According to a sign placed in the storefront’s window, the location will be giving out free slices of pizza, and donations will be accepted on behalf of Montgomery Blair High School.  The first Paisano’s opened in June, 1998 in Fairfax, Va. The corporation operates a mixture of 36 company-owned and franchised stores primarily located in northern Virginia. Hours of operation typically are 11...

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County Council At-Large Candidate: Danielle Meitiv

Photo of the candidate courtesy Danielle Meitiv Why are you running for County Council? Three years ago, my children were detained by the police for walking home without an adult. My husband and I were harassed and charged with child neglect. I fought back because no one should feel powerless when dealing with our local government and no innocent family should suffer the way we were made to. I needed leaders who would listen and care about what was happening, but no one did. I am going to be the change I needed then. I will listen and I...

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County Police Looking for Assistance to Identify Burglary Suspect

Suspect who used a credit card that was stolen during a residential burglary on East West Highway. Photo from Montgomery County Police Department. County detectives are looking for assistance to identify a suspect in a May 12 residential burglary in the Woodside area, according to a police department press release. The suspect, or suspects, is reported to have entered a home in the 1700 block of East-West Highway sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. through a rear door, taking property including credit cards. “A suspect used a stolen credit card at the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 8455...

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Plans Grand Opening This Weekend

The dispensary is located across from the Silver Spring Transit Center. Photo courtesy HerbaFi. Silver Spring’s second medical marijuana dispensary, HerbaFi, will celebrate its grand opening this weekend, May 19 and 20, according to Terry Saad, director of operations. The company, founded by Saad’s wife, Zeina Frayha, will set up tents in the parking lot between the dispensary at 8413 Ramsey Ave. and the new Tacos, Tortas & Tequila/Buena Vida next door. Visitors can enjoy food and music, Saad said, and registered patients can spin for prizes each day. “We have something where they can spin a wheel,” Saad...

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    January 8 @ 8:00 am - June 9 @ 5:00 pm
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