Elrich Certified as Primary Winner; Floreen Plans Independent Run

Photo from barbarajpeters.com The Montgomery County Board of Elections has certified the results of the Democratic primary for county executive, won by Councilmember Marc Elrich (D-At Large). Elrich beat businessman and political novice David Blair by 79 votes, 37,529-37,450, in the six-person race. “I want to thank the Democratic voters of Montgomery County for selecting me to be the Democratic nominee for County Executive, as certified today by the County’s Board of Elections. It’s on to November 6!,” wrote Elrich in a tweet responding to the news. Under the law, Blair has three days to request a recount. Assuming...

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Society Lounge Subject of Noise Hearing This Week

Society Lounge is the subject of a noise complaint hearing this week. (Photo: Society Lounge website) Society Lounge is being summoned to court this week after Montgomery County received numerous noise complaints against the Georgia Avenue restaurant and nightclub. A poster on the Silver Spring subreddit posted last week: I received this email from the property manager at Solaire on Thursday (emphasis mine): “I just want to let you know that I have had several complaints about Society Lounge and the loud music during late evening hours. Montgomery County has a court case scheduled against them at the Montgomery County...

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So Your Dog Wants a Yard…

Guest post and photo from Melinda Schnare Buying your first home is a very exciting time in your life and for your dog. But for now, let’s focus on you. Building equity through home ownership is without a doubt the way to go. Before you start looking at properties, here are a few things you need to know: Get organized. Secure all of your recent pay stubs, get your bank statements together and find your last two years of tax returns. Because when you go to apply for your loan, the lender is going to ask for all of...

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Upcoming Events, July 11-19

Illustration from FiveStone Church Thursday, July 12 Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee Meeting, Discovery Communications, 8 a.m., RSVP Kanopy Film Screenings—“Antarctic: A Year on Ice,” Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 6-7:30 p.m. Citizens Against Beltway Expansion planning meeting, Indian Springs Recreational Center, 9717 Lawndale Dr. 7 p.m. Animals Altered Art Exhibition Opening Reception, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., 7 p.m. Gary and the Groove, Veterans Plaza, 7-9 p.m. Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting: Acrylics, CREATE Arts Center, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $45, 7-9 p.m. Citizens Against Beltway Expansion organizational meeting, Indian Springs Recreation Center,...

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Excavation Scheduled This Week for School Parking Lots

Trees around the parking lot of the middle school on Wayne Avenue came down to allow for new construction. Photo by Mike Diegel. Excavation work is scheduled to begin this week in preparation for the reconfiguration of the parking lots at Silver Spring International Middle School. The work follows last week’s removal of the trees surrounding the current lot on the corner of Dale Drive and Wayne Avenue; plans call for landscaping around the new lots to replace the trees. A new upper lot will have its entrance/exit on Dale Drive. A new egress to a middle and lower...

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County Will Again Offer Grants for Neighborhood Events

Block parties are just one type of neighborhood activity that could be funded with assistance from the grant program. Image from Pixabay Montgomery County will again offer matching grants of up to $1,000 to help fund neighborhood events, according to an announcement from Silver Spring Regional Services Center Director Reemberto Rodriguez. Neighborhood organizations, block groups, tenant groups, civic groups and similar organizations are eligible to apply to help fund events and activities that “promote community engagement, encourage capacity building, networking and stimulate the local economy,” according to the message. Some of the grant winners from last year included: The...

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Elrich Holds Slim Lead in County Executive Primary

Photo from barbarajpeters.com Councilmember Marc Elrich (D-At Large) has an 80-vote lead over businessman David Blair in the primary race for the Democratic nomination for county executive, according to unofficial results posted by the Montgomery County Board of elections. Following the tally of absentee and provisional ballots, which was finished yesterday, Elrich received 37,529 votes (29.02 percent) and Blair 37,449 (28.95 percent) out of the 129,337 votes cast in the county executive race. In a tweet, Elrich wrote, “It is an honor to have been chosen by Montgomery County’s Democrats to represent the party in the general election. Thank...

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Arts Council to Host Opening Reception Tonight

Graphic from Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County The Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County will host a public reception tonight (July 6) for the opening of a new exhibit, “Free Space,” in the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room of the Silver Spring Civic Building. The exhibit is a collaboration between artists Akemi Maegawa and Jackie Hoysted to create a series of installations that encourage visitors to interact with the art in what’s described as “a space where opposing realities occur.” Maegawa specializes in ceramics and sculpture, while Hoysted works in multiple media including paintings,...

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Theatre Consortium Now Accepting Applications for Membership

Consortium members produce shows in the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre. Photo by Mike Mowery. The Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring is accepting applications for membership, according to an announcement on the organization’s website. The consortium, which was formed in 2014, is made up of a group of theater companies that stage performances in the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre at 8641 Colesville Rd., next to the AFI Silver Theatre. One of those companies, Forum Theatre, recently announced the organization would cease operations on July 31 after 14 seasons. The other members are Lumina Studio Theatre, Live Garra Theatre...

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Upcoming Events July 4-12

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, July 4 Fourth of July Holiday Takoma Park Independence Day Celebration, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Freedom Fest, Republic, 6939 Laurel Ave., $5/ticket, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Independence Day Tour at the Medical Museum, National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, 1-2 p.m. Thursday, July 5 MoCo’s Got Talent, Veterans Plaza, 7-9 p.m. Sunday, July 8 Arts & Crafts Summer Fair, Veterans Plaza, 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 Jazz Jam, Levine Music, 900 Wayne Ave., 2nd Floor, 7-9 p.m. Summer Drum Circle, Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Ave., Donations requested, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 12 Kanopy Film...

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