Month: February 2017

County’s first STEM Summit held in Silver Spring

This homemade boom box was part of the Kid Museum’s exhibit at the summit. Photo by Mike Diegel. Educators and other stakeholders gathered Sunday to discuss how to increase students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and prepare them for jobs in those fields. The STEM Summit, held in the Silver Spring Civic Building, was designed to “do a lot more to create opportunities for kids in STEM,” said Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large), who hosted the summit. “I think we do a lot, but we could be doing more,” he said. “To me, there’s a real...

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Hundreds rally in Silver Spring against “lawless” president

A view of the crowd listening to speakers outside the Silver Spring Civic Building. Photo by Mike Mowery. Hundreds of people gathered inside and outside the Silver Spring Civic Building last night for a rally titled “How the People & Congress Can Stop a Lawless President.” Speakers included Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8th District) and others asking people to stand up against the policies they disagree with, including recent attacks on Muslims, immigrants and the LGBT community. Attendees were especially urged to get involved with voter registration drives prior to the next election. The...

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County Council seeks applicants for Planning Board

Photo of the Planning Board’s headquarters on Georgia Avenue from the Park and Planning website. The County Council has announced it is looking for applicants to replace outgoing Planning Board member Marye Wells-Harley, who is wrapping up her second term and thus not eligible for reappointment. Wells-Harley’s term ends June 14. Applications to fill the position are due no later than April 12 at 5 p.m. Board members are paid $30,000 per year for a four-year term and are expected to attend several meetings each week, including the regular Thursday weekly meeting, as well as spend time in preparatory...

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Best of Fenton Village awards presented last night

County Executive Isiah Leggett presented awards to Best of Fenton Village winners. Photo by Mike Diegel. The winners of the fifth annual Best of Fenton Village were recognized last night in a ceremony hosted by The Nora School. “This is the neighborhood that’s been here long before we started the revitalization of Silver Spring,” County Executive Isiah Leggett reminded attendees in brief remarks prior to the presentations, lauding the opportunity to recognize success of “these thriving businesses.” Prior to Leggett’s arrival, Silver Spring Regional Center Director Reemberto Rodriguez addressed the businesses’ concerns over the effect of losing about half the...

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Local ACLU chapter draws large crowd

The Montgomery County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union attracted a large crowd for its meeting last night in the Silver Spring Civic Building. Here, member Darian Unger was apologizing for the delay in fielding volunteer requests due the volume received. Photo submitted by Jonathan...

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