Author: Mike Diegel

Keep these things in mind as snowstorm winds down

Photo by Mike Diegel As the today’s snowstorm winds down, there are a few things to keep in mind during the aftermath. Be mindful of the state and county snow emergency routes, designated with red and white signs. Parking on these streets during a declared emergency is illegal, and vehicles must have snow or all-weather tires, or chains, to drive on these routes. Any cars or trucks that block snow emergency routes during an emergency may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Numbered roads in the county are state routes and are maintained by the State Highway...

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Upcoming Events, March 21-29

Illustration from FiveStone Church Please check with the event for additional postponements/cancellations Wednesday, March 21 POSTPONED: Speaker Series: Learn About the 11th Street Bridge Park and the Restoration of the Anacostia Watershed, Park and Planning Headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave., Free, must register for lunch, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Progressive Maryland Happy Hour, Republic, 6939 Carroll Ave., 6-8 p.m. POSTPONED: Silver Spring Blues Festival benefit jam, El Golfo Restaurant, 8739 Flower Ave., 6-9 p.m. Carpe Diem-Revels March Community Sing, Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. N.W., $5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. POSTPONED: Bus Rapid Transit U.S. 29 Open House, Montgomery Blair High School cafeteria, 51...

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Residence Inn start delayed, gas station reopened temporarily

Photo by David Lay The gas station at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road that closed recently in preparation for construction of a new Residence Inn has reopened temporarily. The project has run into delays in the county permitting process, according to Timothy Eden, managing director of Starr Capital LLC. The company is overseeing the project for a partnership of investors who will own the building. Eden said they now hoped to break ground in May. As previously reported, the approved plans include a 173-room hotel with about 4,200 square feet of ground-level retail, about 5,000 square...

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New Flower Branch Apartments construction to start next week

Artist rendering from Kay Apartment Communities Construction is scheduled to begin next week on two new apartment buildings at the Flower Branch Apartments, 8701 and 8703 Arliss St. in Long Branch. The buildings will replace the two lost in an explosion and fire Aug. 10, 2016, according to a press release from the management company, Kay Apartment Communities. Seven people were killed and more than 40 injured in the blast, which was blamed on a natural gas leak. The two buildings will include 27 units—six one-bedroom apartments, 16 two-bedroom and five three-bedroom units, the company said—and will be constructed...

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Rethinking Your Kitchen

Guest post by Melinda Schnare Let’s face it, we spend a lot of time in our kitchens. I’m going on record to say that this is the most important room in my house. A woman told me the other day that she teleworks two days a week. It’s the room where she goes when she needs a break or is reflecting on her job while taking on a simple chore. It’s where we meet when coming home and sharing our day. And it’s the room where smells of fresh-baked anything lingers. If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen, design...

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Silver Spring Cares Superhero: Tim Abrahams

Tim Abrahams, Abrahams Lawn Service Inc. Tell us how Abrahams’ Lawn Service came to be? I started mowing lawns in the downtown Silver Spring area off Dale Drive where I grew up at about age 12. Built the business up during high school and continued while at University of Maryland. After college I got a real job and hated it! So I started doing landscaping full time. What inspired you to make serving our community a part of the fabric of your business? When my son started kindergarten at Sligo Creek Elementary around 2005, I noted the grounds where...

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Arts on the Block plans move to Silver Spring Library

AOB apprentice artists show design work to clients. Photo courtesy Arts on the Block. Arts on the Block has been chosen to occupy about 4,000 square feet of space on the first floor of the Silver Spring Library, moving from its Kensington location. The nonprofit, which has been in the county for 15 years, trains interested students from age 12-21 to design and produce mosaics for individuals, corporations and public entities. The work provides practical experience in the arts, and workforce training for students who would like to go into an arts-related profession. “We’ll be expanding our mosaic studio,”...

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CuriosityStream moves up Hawking release in tribute to physicist

Graphic courtesy CuriosityStream CuriosityStream has moved up the release of the final episode in its series “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places” as a tribute to the late physicist. In addition, the service is offering all three episodes for viewing at no charge until Friday, March 23. Episode 3 originally was scheduled to be released next month, according to Vanessa Gillon, the company’s director of communications. Episode 1 of the series, released last year, won an Emmy, the company’s first. “While we are mourning the passing of the epically brilliant Stephen Hawking, we are comforted by the fact that his profound insights...

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Residents form coalition to address Dale Drive safety issues

Many of the accidents on Dale Drive involve hitting a stationary object. Photo by Julie Englund. A group of Woodside Park and Woodside Forest residents, joined by others, have formed the Dale Drive Safety Coalition to urge the county to address longstanding safety and traffic issues on the former state road. Corinne Hart, co-chair along with founder Alain Norman, lives on Dale Drive and has done a lot of walking since moving in last summer, first alone and now with her child in a stroller. “You only have to walk on the road once to immediately realize how incredibly...

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Silver Spring group planning for a Business Improvement District

Downtown could become a Business Improvement District. Photo by Mike Diegel. An advisory group of more than 30 Silver Spring property owners, business owners, and downtown stakeholders have been meeting since the Fall to lay plans to form a Business Improvement District. A BID is a nonprofit organization that serves as a bridge between the public and private sectors and manages an area, concentrating on services and programs to enhance that area. In Silver Spring’s case, the proposed BID boundaries would be the same as the Central Business District (see map below). It took two sessions of the Maryland...

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