Community Members Question Police About Killing of Robert White

Screen shot of Chief Thomas Manger addressing the press following the shooting from pscp.tv. Post by Woody Brosnan from Safe Silver Spring, reprinted with permission. About 50 community activists and neighbors of Robert Lawrence White came to the quarterly meeting of Safe Silver Spring to express frustration about the many unanswered questions surrounding White’s slaying last Monday [June 11] by a Montgomery County police officer. Captain William Montgomery, the recently installed commander of the Silver Spring district, was peppered for more than two hours with questions about White’s death, the use of lethal force, and training requirements, during the...

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Early Voting Period for Primary Continues This Week

The Silver Spring Civic Building is one of 11 early voting centers in the county. Photo by Mike Diegel. There are four more days left in the early voting period for the June 2018 primary. Eleven early voting centers in the county are open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. from now through Thursday, June 21. The most convenient center for Silver Spring and Takoma Park residents is at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Other centers include: Activity Center, Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, Map Damascus Recreation Center, 25520 Oak Dr., Damascus, Map Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St.,...

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Lyttonsville Place Bridge to Close Monday for Replacement Work

The lot at the former FedEx Office has been fenced off and the Rite Aid next door closed in anticipation of construction. Photo by Mike Diegel. The Lyttonsville Place bridge between Brookville and Lyttonsville roads will be closed on Monday, June 18 for a six-month bridge replacement project, according to the Purple Line website. The new bridge will be longer to accommodate the trains and the Capital Crescent Trail underneath it. There will be one lane for traffic in each direction, as well as drop-off lanes for Purple Line passengers and wider sidewalks on both sides of the new...

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Residents Review Latest Options for $1.5 Million Park Project

Schematic of current park from Montgomery Parks presentation.* About 30 people attended a meeting Tuesday to review the latest options for a $1.5 million project to improve the Silver Spring Intermediate Neighborhood Park. The 3.6-acre park is on the site of the former Silver Spring Intermediate School. It is still owned by the school system, but is managed by Montgomery Parks, which installed the parking lot, basketball court, tennis court, ball fields and playground in the 1980s. The park bordered by Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston avenues, along with single-family homes, and is across from the Silver Spring/Takoma Park campus...

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Silver Spring and the Perfect Retail Mix

A study shows the Silver Spring market is saturated for some types of retail, but there’s a demand for neighborhood-serving retail. Photo by Mike Diegel. Guest post by Gwen Wright. Silver Spring has long attracted shoppers with a variety of retail. In the 1920s, its first commercial boom brought more than 60 stores to Georgia Avenue. Subsequent decades witnessed the arrival of Hecht’s, JC Penney, Jelleff’s and Hahn Shoes, among a myriad of retailers. Today, the Silver Spring submarket, which includes the downtown area, Takoma Park, Long Branch, Takoma-Langley, Four Corners and Hillandale, has a diverse mix of both locally owned...

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Upcoming Events, June 13-21

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, June 13 Talk and Potluck Picnic, Koiner Farm, 737 Easley St., 2-4 p.m. A Celebration of Coral Reefs–International Year of the Reef 2018 Science Café, Bump n’ Grind, 1200 East West Highway, 5-7 p.m. Summer Drum Circles, Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Ave., donations requested, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 14 Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee meeting, Discovery Communications, 8 a.m., RSVP for entry 2018 Early Primary Voting begins, Silver Spring Civic Building, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily to June 21 Virtual Town Hall with County Executive Ike Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Carpe Diem! Second Thursday Contra...

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County Council Seeking Applicants to Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals is headquartered in the Stella B. Werner Council Office Building in Rockville. Montgomery County photo. The County Council has announced it is looking for applicants to fill a four-year term on the county’s Board of Appeals. Members are expected to hear and decide on requests for variances from development standards contained in the zoning ordinance; hear appeals from certain administrative decisions rendered by county government agencies; and hear oral argument on and deciding appeals from decisions of the hearing examiner on conditional uses. The board also considers and decides requests for modifications of special exceptions....

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UPDATED: Apparently Unarmed Man Shot, Killed by County Police

Screen shot of Chief Thomas Manger addressing the press from pscp.tv. An apparently unarmed African-American man was shot and killed by a Montgomery County police officer yesterday afternoon, according to the department. About 2:15 p.m., an officer from the 3rd District encountered the man in the area of 9233 Three Oaks Dr., near Sligo Creek Parkway, Chief Thomas Manger told members of the press. “The officer attempted to speak with the man,” he said, “and the man become combative and a physical altercation occurred.” There was “no indication” the man was armed, Manger said. The individual was shot several...

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WSSC Work, Park Improvements to Affect Access to Two Four Corners Parks

The park entrance from University Boulevard, the lot and the ball field seen beyond, will close this month for improvement work. Photo by Mike Diegel. Improvements scheduled to begin this month will affect users’ access to two parks in the Four Corners area of Silver Spring, according to announcements from the county’s Parks Department. WSSC will be installing a new sewer line at the entrance to the Fall Line Trail along the Northwest Branch, which begins just south of Burnt Mills East Special Park on Colesville Road. A portion of that trail, which splits after it leaves the parking...

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County Executive Issues Call for Arts Awards Nominations

Graphic courtesy Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County County Executive Isaiah Leggett has issued his call for nominations for the 2018 County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. This is the 17th year for the awards, considered to be the most prestigious honors the county confers on “individual artists, scholars, organizations and cultural patrons.” The awards will be presented during ceremonies to be held Monday, Oct. 29, at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave. on the Takoma/Silver Spring Campus. Locally, previous winners include Ricardo Loaiza of the After School Dance Fund, Inc.,...

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