Thanksgiving Parade entertains thousands

New entry in the parade from Patient First raised the bar on floats. Photo by Mike Diegel. On a chilly Saturday, 145 units entertained thousands of attendees as they walked, marched, strutted, danced, drove and rode through downtown Silver Spring for the 20th Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade. The parade was broadcast live on NewsChannel 8 and will be shown multiple times on Thanksgiving Day. Here are some photos from the parade (all by Mike Diegel). Welcome, all The parade mascot A symbol of friendship at the first Thanksgiving Classic T-birds rock Proof that MoCo’s got talent Bowie State’s...

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County’s Thanksgiving holiday schedule announced

Illustration from Public Domain Pictures. Montgomery County has announced its schedule for the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday. All county offices, libraries, liquor stores, and recreation programs and facilities will be closed. The TRiPS Commuter Store at the Silver Spring Transit Center will be closed and the TriPS Mobile Commuter Store will not be operating. Check here for the Montgomery Parks operating schedule. There will be no trash or recycling pickup on Thursday. Thursday’s collection will be picked up on Friday, and Friday’s collection on Saturday. The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station will be closed. All parking at...

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#SourceSaturday: Recommend Your Favorite Local Businesses

It’s #SourceSaturday, which is our weekly reminder to shop our local businesses here in the area. We’ve featured numerous local businesses in the past year: Silver Strings (upcoming), Velatis Caramels, Skincando, Koiner Farm, and Bonjour Waffles are just a few examples. What are your favorite local businesses? What is your favorite place that we should feature next? Let us know in the...

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Legislation proposed to increase affordable housing units

Photo from Flickr user woodleywonderworks. Montgomery County could see the construction of more affordable housing units if two recent legislative proposals are passed. This week, Council Vice President Hans Riemer (D-At Large) introduced Bill 38-17, Housing – Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) – Requirement to Build. The bill would increase the minimum percentage MPDUs that are required to be built in new residential developments from 12.5 to 15 percent in a MCPS High School Service Area with an eligibility rate for free and reduced meals of 15 percent or less, according to a press release. The bill targets developments...

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County’s Thanksgiving Parade marks 20th anniversary Saturday

Photo from 2016 parade by Mike Diegel. The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade will mark its 20th anniversary when more than 100 participating units step off in downtown Silver Spring Saturday. The parade, which will once again be televised live on NewsChannel 8 and be emceed by ABC7 Meteorologist Brian Van de Graaff and ABC7 traffic reporter Julie Wright, will begin at 10 a.m. and end at noon. The route runs from Ellsworth Drive and Veterans Place to Georgia Avenue, then south on Georgia to its end on Silver Spring Avenue. The event regularly attracts more than 10,000 people to...

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Upcoming Events, Nov. 15-24

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, November 15 Community Meeting Acorn Park Renovation, Eastern Village Cohousing Common House, 7981 Eastern Ave., 7-9 p.m. Community Stories Screening, “The Bridge,” Easter Seals building, 1420 Spring St., Nancy Lawson, author, “The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife,” Takoma Horticultural Club, Historic Takoma, Inc., 7328 Carroll Ave., 7:30-9 p.m. Montgomery County NOW Women’s Trivia Night, Denizens Brewing Co., 1115 East-West Highway, $5 donation, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, November 16 MCEDC and DPS Business Breakfast, Silver Spring Civic Building, 7:30-10:30 a.m., RSVP Live Online Discussion with County Executive Ike Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Council Transportation &...

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Planet Fitness to open on Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring

Membership presales are available now outside the planned center. Photo by Mike Diegel. Planet Fitness will open a two-level facility at 1100 Wayne Ave. and is selling preopening memberships to the fitness center now through Nov. 28. The first level of membership is $10 a month for unlimited fitness training (with a one-time start-up fee of $1 and a $39 annual membership charge) and does not require a commitment. The center also offers the PF Black Card level at $19.99 per month (with a $1 start-up fee, a 12-month commitment and a $39 annual fee) that provides members access...

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Holiday tree lighting kicks off season downtown

Jon Taylor (right), one of the creators of the holiday tree, talks about the concept. His partner, Karl Unnasch, is on the left. Photo by Mike Diegel. Downtown Silver Spring launched its annual Re-imagining the Holidays event Saturday with the lighting of this year’s holiday installation, the Good Energy Tree. The 35-foot public art piece features multicolored, illuminated bicycles designed to promote the benefits of cycling. The installation, the fifth one created for the event by Karl Unnasch and Jon Taylor, is powered in part by solar panels and a wind turbine at the top of the tree, as...

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Complaints Monday: Seoul Food on the Move

Happy Monday! Last week we reported that Seoul Food is relocating to Takoma Park. What restaurants do you wish we still had in Silver Spring? (Personally, I’d love Adega & Quarry House back.) What’s on your mind? Let us know what complaints, annoyances, or other thoughts/questions that you may have. Please keep it...

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#SourceSaturday: Recommend Your Favorite Local Businesses

It’s #SourceSaturday, which is our weekly reminder to shop our local businesses here in the area. We’ve featured numerous local businesses in the past year: Silver Strings (upcoming), Velatis Caramels, Skincando, Koiner Farm, and Bonjour Waffles are just a few examples. What are your favorite local businesses? What is your favorite place that we should feature next? Let us know in the...

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