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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Silver Branch Brewing Company Featured in Beer Podcast

Silver Branch Brewing Company is featured in the latest episode of Brew Daddies, a locally produced beer podcast. Silver Branch Brewing Company (formerly Parallel World Brewing Company) is featured in the latest episode of Brew Daddies, a locally produced podcast about beer and breweries. They recently signed a lease for 10,000 square feet of space in the Metro Plaza development at 8401 Colesville Road for a production brewery, taproom, and outdoor biergarten. According to the podcast episode description, they plan to open in the Fall of this year and have already been releasing collaborations with other breweries. You can...

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Upcoming Events, April 18-25

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, April 18 Community Bridges fundraiser, El Golfo Restaurant, 8739 Flower Ave., 5-9 p.m. Community meeting: Silver Spring Intermediate Neighborhood Park, 8787 Georgia Ave., 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 19 Mornings at the Museum, National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, 9-10 a.m. Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee meeting, Silver Spring Fire Station, 8110 Georgia Ave., 3rd Floor, 4 p.m. Discover Long Branch Salsa Network, El Gavilan Restaurant, 8805 Flower Ave., 6 p.m. Author Series: Elizabeth Baer, “The Origin of the Holocaust in Africa?,” Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. County...

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Silver Spring named destination to experience international culture

Ethiopian dishes are just one reason to experience international culture in Silver Spring. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Silver Spring has been named one of 11 destinations within the United States where visitors can experience an international culture without leaving the country. Expedia.com’s Viewfinder travel blog chose Silver Spring for its “wonderfully walkable city center and the East African influence that brings this place to life.” The author mentions the area’s extensive public art, including live dance from Princess Mhoon Dance Institute, and local theater performances, along with murals, sculptures and other art. The article specifically gives a shout-out to...

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Ride On’s “Give and Ride” campaign is all this week

Photo of Ride On bus from Wikimedia Commons Ride On bus passengers can get free trips all this week in exchange for a donation of canned or other nonperishable food. Collection bags can be found near the fare boxes on each bus during the 31st annual “Give and Ride” food drive, which runs from April 15-21. Bring an extra item for transfers. All donations will go to Manna Food Center and will be distributed to needy families throughout the county. In addition, the collection drive is looking for items especially for children such as disposable diapers, formula, baby or...

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