County Council At-Large Candidate: Marilyn Balcombe

Photo of the candidate courtesy Marilyn Balcombe Why are you running for County Council? This is a landmark election. With at least four new council members and a new county executive, we need to elect new leaders who have a comprehensive knowledge of the complexity of the issues facing our county. We live in a great community and we continue to grow and change. We need to manage that growth in a way that protects our quality of life for ALL our residents. I know I have the knowledge, skill and vision to do so. What are your qualifications...

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Democratic Candidates Asked to Provide Info for Source Readers

Photo from There are 33 Democratic candidates who have declared that they are running for four at-large seats on the County Council this year. The large number of candidates, driven by a combination of term limits eliminating three incumbents and a new public financing program, makes holding traditional candidate forums a logistical challenge. In order to help readers learn about the contenders, the Source sent a brief questionnaire to all the Democratic candidates, inviting them to answer and return them for publication as they come back in to us. Look for the first such posting later today. Please...

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A Candidate Forum for Policy Lovers Last Night in Silver Spring

Robert McCartney of The Washington Post moderated last night’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate forum. Photo courtesy David Asche Photography. For anyone who loves policy, last night’s Democratic gubernatorial forum in Silver Spring was a complete wonkfest. However, any undecided resident looking for significant differences between the seven candidates would have to search hard. The seven who appeared at the forum are: Rushern Baker, current county executive of Prince George’s County, Ben Jealous, former president and CEO of the NAACP and currently an investor with Kapor Capital, Kevin Kamenetz, county executive of Baltimore County, State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-District 18), Alec...

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Upcoming Events, April 25-May 3

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, April 25 Shakespeare and Company Present Othello, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave., Regular: $25, Senior: $20, Student: $2, MC ID: $15, Faculty: $15, Child: $10, 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26 Shakespeare & Company present A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave., Regular: $25, Senior: $20, Student: $2, MC ID: $15, Faculty: $15, Child: $10, 11 a.m. Friday, April 27 Shakespeare and Company Present Othello, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave., Regular: $25, Senior: $20, Student: $2, MC ID: $15, Faculty: $15, Child: $10, 10:30...

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Long Branch, Bonifant businesses could get county funding

Purple Line construction continues along Arliss for planned tunnel. Photo by Mike Diegel. Businesses in a portion of Long Branch and along Bonifant Street could receive funding to help offset the effects of Purple Line construction under terms of an amendment to the FY2017-2022 Capital Improvement Program. The amendment was requested by the County Executive and approved last week by the County Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee. The funding ($300,000) originally was intended to assist those businesses in the Long Branch “superblock,” bordered by Arliss Street, Flower Avenue, and Piney Branch Road, as part of the Long...

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Volunteers mark Earth Day sweeping part of Sligo Creek

With volunteers such as Anne Vorce managing the check-in table, a large group cleaned up a portion of Sligo Creek Sunday. Photo courtesy Alan Bowser. About 50 volunteers joined Friends of Sligo Creek to mark Earth Day by sweeping the creek Sunday afternoon. According to Chris Richardson, who helped organize the event, the group picked up 38 large bags of trash and eight large bags of recyclables from the section between Piney Branch Road and Wayne Avenue. FOSC supplied the bags and work gloves to the volunteers, which included Daisy Troop 34024 and Boy Scout Pack 275, Richardson said. In...

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Paisano’s Pizza plan may not come to fruition

Court notice at the location of a planned Paisano’s restaurant. Photo by David Lay. A plan to open a Paisano’s Pizza restaurant on Georgia Avenue may not come to fruition, after all. An entity referred to as “Silver Spring Pizza Inc.” at 8213 Georgia Ave. is being taken to court for failure to pay rent, according to a notice posted at the address. As previously reported, the northern Virginia-based chain planned to open an outlet at that location, formerly occupied by Radio Shack. The plaintiff, Western Associates, is claiming the defendant owes more than $71,000 in back rent dating...

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Curb Appeal of Homes Goes a Long Way

Guest post by Melinda Schnare, photo courtesy Schnare Silver Spring homes are so unique. It is inspiring to see how we who live here uniquely landscape, paint, build out and add on. More and more of our subdivisions are developing into communities enjoyable to live in with enormous charm and appeal. These types of neighborhoods are sought after. A house that has curb appeal and outside character adds value to a home. For those looking for homes to buy, it is a real draw. Here are a few pointers if you’re inclined to take on some projects this spring: Unless...

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Some Ride On shelters now illuminated by solar power

Photo  from Wikimedia Commons More than 40 Ride On bus shelters around the county now are illuminated after dark via newly installed solar-powered panels. The panels were installed by Clear Channel Outdoor and are located in areas where there were no nearby electrical connections. “Providing lighting at all of Ride On’s bus shelters has been a priority for Ride On for many years, but the technology just wasn’t available to make this a reality,” said Al Roshdieh, director of the county’s Department of Transportation said in a press release. “Now, with the latest advancements in solar technology, we are...

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Council schedules hearing on deportation legal assistance funding

Photo from Wikimedia Commons The County Council has scheduled a public hearing on a special appropriation that would provide funding for legal assistance to “Residents Detained for Deportation Proceedings,” according to a press release. The hearing will be held Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. on the proposal to appropriate $374,957 from the general fund’s undesignated reserve. The special appropriation was introduced April 17 and, if approved, would go to the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition to represent low-income county residents in deportation proceedings.  “Across the U.S., we have heard accounts of residents being put into detention and...

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