Month: March 2017

Penguin mural returns to Silver Spring Metro Station

County Executive Isiah Leggett welcomed the return of the “Penguin Rush Hour” mural. Photo by Mike Diegel. They’re back. County Executive Isiah Leggett and other dignitaries officially welcomed the return of the “Penguin Rush Hour” mural to the Silver Spring Metro Station. The new installation is a copy of the original 1989 mural, which was painted by Sally Callmer Thompson on 25 4’ by 8’ sheets of plywood and intended for a one-year display. “Public art can give a community or building a visual identity, while also enhancing the qualities that those places unique,” Thompson said in a statement, as...

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Upcoming Events March 29-April 6

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, March 29 “Age Friendly Montgomery” Commission on Aging Meeting, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., RSVP “Penguin Rush Hour” unveiling, Silver Spring Metro Station, 9 a.m. Rock Wall Climbing pop-up, Jessup Blair Park, 900 Jessup Blair Dr., 3-5 p.m. Trattoria Da Lina opens, 7000 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, 5 p.m. 2017 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan Update Meeting, Park and Planning Headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave., 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 30 Sister Cities Annual Meeting, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 6-8 p.m. Benefit Concert for Silver Spring...

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Selection Committee chosen for Purple Line Art in Transit program

Purple Line rendering by BeyondDC via Flickr. A Selection Committee for the Purple Line Art in Transit program has been formed to pick the winning proposals for the 10 Purple Line stations in Montgomery County. The committee includes representatives from the Maryland Transit Administration, Purple Line Transit Constructors, the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council and community representatives. (Disclosure: the writer is one of those community representatives.) A similar committee has been named for the stations in Prince George’s County. MTA put out a national call for artists for the project in September 2014. More than 700 artists responded...

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Telephone scams a daily occurrence, police say

Image by Alachua County on Flickr. Attempted telephone scams are a daily occurrence, according to the Montgomery County Police Department, and residents should be aware of the common types of these scams. “Fraud calls go on all the time,” said Detective Mengedoht of the Financial Crimes Section. “Between a grandkid in distress call, a kidnapping call, [the Internal Revenue Service], a lottery scam call—they’re daily occurrences.” Typically, when the department gets a call from a resident, e.g. for an alleged kidnapping, they would respond. “Then we would find out that in fact, they were talking to somebody over the...

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Bus Rapid Transit to be branded “Flash,” public hearing set

Residents along the Route 29 corridor view BRT plans at a recent open house. Photo by Mike Diegel. The county’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit system will be branded with the name “Flash” following a two-month long contest during which residents could vote on three suggested names, or offer one of their own. The first BRT line is expected to open in 2020 along the U.S. 29 corridor from Burtonsville to downtown Silver Spring. The County Council has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed route for 7:30 p.m. April 18 in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council...

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