Author: Mike Diegel

KIDfest from KID Museum Set for Sept. 23 at Civic Building

KIDfest, a free event from KID Museum, will be held Sunday, Sept. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Silver Spring Civic Building. The festival features hands-on activities and demonstrations of robotics, engineering, biotechnology and other subjects that give attendees a look at the future. The event also includes two stages with live music, talks by local inventors, and other activities and demonstrations including: Pet PARO, an advanced therapeutic robot, which looks like a baby seal and can respond to voices or touch A portable, inflatable planetarium to investigate the night sky and constellations. Alexander Kao-Sowa, a teenage...

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County Program Provides Trees for Urban Areas to Increase Canopy

During this fall planting season, interested property owners can help to increase the tree canopy in the county’s urban areas with a free tree. Under the Planning Department’s Shades of Green program, qualifying property owners can get a free tree planted, under certain conditions. For example, trees can’t be planted in street rights-of-way (publicly owned lands that typically include streets and sidewalks), and a site evaluation will be conducted to ensure the location is proper and there’s enough space for the tree. Locally, the urban areas that are eligible for the program are Flower/Piney Branch, Montgomery Hills and the...

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Study: Rezoning, Public Investment Needed to Revitalize Georgia Avenue Corridor

Rezoning and significant public investments offer the best chance for revitalizing the Georgia Avenue corridor in Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills, according to a new market analysis of the area. The study, conducted for the Planning Department by Washington, D.C.-based Partners for Economic Solutions, will be presented in a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at Park and Planning headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave. The department is in the process of creating a sector plan for the area, which runs from Spring Street north to Dennis Avenue, and commissioned the study as part of that effort. “The character of the...

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Upcoming Events, Sept. 12-20

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, Sept. 12 Summer Drum Circle, Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Ave., donations requested, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 Silver Spring Transportation Management District meeting, Discovery Building, 8 a.m. RSVP Virtual Town Hall with County Executive Ike Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Revels After-School Workshop (Grades 4-6), 531 Dale Dr., 4:30-6 p.m. Metropolis Art Exhibition Opening Reception, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, CREATE Arts Center, 914 Silver Spring Ave., $50, 7-9 p.m. Carpe Diem! Second Thursday Contra Dance, Silver Spring Civic Building, $5-$10, 7-10 p.m. Vintage Movie...

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County, church officials cut ribbon on new affordable housing

County Executive Isiah Leggett joined leaders of the Mount Jezreel Baptist Church and others Saturday to cut the ribbon on a new affordable housing project for residents 62 and older. The Sanctuary is a $20 million, three-story apartment building located at 426 University Blvd. E, behind the existing church and Mount Jezreel Christian School in Silver Spring. Officials and housing advocates in recent years have suggested that partnerships with area churches to build on their land could be a way to help meet the county’s need for more affordable housing particularly for senior citizens. “Promoting affordable housing in inclusive...

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Chess Center Moving Headquarters to Silver Spring

Photo from pxhere under Creative Commons CC0 The U.S. Chess Center is moving to new headquarters at 8560 Second Ave. in Silver Spring and is celebrating its grand opening with three free events tomorrow (Sept. 8). Grandmaster Jennifer Yu, 2014 World Girls Under-12 Champion, will play up to eight simultaneous games against all comers, adults or children, from 10 a.m. to noon outside the building. (The exhibition will be in the lobby if it’s raining.) From noon to 3 p.m., the center will hold a drop-in tournament for all kids grades K-12 who know chess rules. Participants can play...

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Discovery Sells Silver Spring Headquarters Building

Photo of Discovery’s headquarters with the famous Chompy by Flickr user and ©GlynLowe.com, published under a Creative Commons license. Discovery Communications has sold its headquarters building in downtown Silver Spring, according to reports. The buyers are a joint venture of Foulger-Pratt, based in Potomac, and Cerberus Capital Management, a New York private investment firm, reports WTOP. The radio station cites the Washington Business Journal, which broke the news in a subscriber-only story, as saying the price was $70 million. WTOP also quotes Cameron Pratt, chief executive of Foulger-Pratt, saying, “When the opportunity to purchase such an iconic, centrally-located building...

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Reinventing Yourself through Downsizing to Condo Living

Guest post and photo from Melinda Schnare Many people I meet are thinking about downsizing from their large, beautiful homes surrounded by tall trees and green grass to a condo. My first question is, “Will you be able to live without gardening, working with soil and watching your plants grow?” They ponder the question and then say, “Yes! What I want now is…easy.” Then they go on to describe their new life. A smaller space that is maintenance free, close to the metro with high “walkability” scores. They are seeking spontaneity, and the ability to walk or Metro to...

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Pepco Work to Close Portion of Fenton Street Beginning Thursday

Graphic from pixabay. A Pepco contractor is scheduled to start work that will cause the closure of Fenton Street from New York Avenue to Takoma Avenue beginning Thursday, Sept. 6 at 9:30 a.m., according to an email circulated by Dr. Brad Stewart, Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus vice president and provost. The work, expected to take several months, will completely close Fenton Street from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and traffic will be rerouted. “During the hours when Fenton Street is closed, all traffic exiting our East Garage will be required to turn left (north)...

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Jubilee Voices to Headline Talbot Avenue Bridge Centennial Celebration

The Jubilee Voices at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Photo by Bruce Guthrie. Guest post by David S. Rotenstein Andrea Blackford visited the Talbot Avenue Bridge for the first time in early August. The Silver Spring civil rights landmark made an immediate impression. “It’s a special place,” she said in a recent interview. “There are places we’ve gone where we feel we’ve been surrounded by the ancestors and that was the first thing that struck me.” Blackford is the founder and leader of Jubilee Voices, an ensemble that is part of the Silver Spring-based Washington Revels. Jubilee Voices is one of...

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