Category: County News

New Lyttonsville Place Bridge Now Open

The rebuilt Lyttonsville Place Bridge between Lyttonsville and Brookville roads has been opened by the Purple Line Transit Partners. For the time being, the span will carry one lane of traffic in each direction, along with an area for pedestrians. Later this year, PLTP crews will complete the bridge to include sidewalks, drop-off lanes and access to the planned Lyttonsville Station and Capital Crescent Trail. A temporary connection at Stewart Lane, opened to accommodate traffic, was scheduled to be closed at noon today. In addition, the Ride On Route 2, which used the bridge, had previously been split into Route...

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Councilmember Hucker Organizing Potluck Dinner for Furloughed Workers

Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5) is organizing a free community potluck dinner for furloughed government employees and contractors affected by the government shutdown. The “Shutdown Social” will be held Friday, Jan. 11 in the Montgomery Blair High School cafeteria at 51 University Blvd. E. A number of local restaurants are donating food and drinks for the dinner, including All Set Restaurant & Bar, El Golfo, Fire Station One, Ghar-e-Kabab, Kin Da, Manna Food Center, McGinty’s Pub, Middle Eastern Cuisine, Pacci’s Pizza, Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant and the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op. In addition, local musician Joe Uehlein of the U-Liners...

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Parks Seeking Comment on Nolte Community Garden Proposal

Montgomery Parks is soliciting public comments on a proposal to create a community garden on the grounds of Nolte Local Park at 200 Denver Rd. The garden would be created at the location of the current activity building, which is scheduled to be demolished this year. The department issued a Request for Proposals for reuse of the building in March 2018, but was unable to find a suitable tenant. The activity building would be the only part of the park disturbed by the garden proposal, according to the department—no trees or other park features would be disturbed. In its...

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District 5 Population Grows by 6.5 Percent, Second Highest Rate in County

County Council District 5 had the second highest rate of population growth from 2010-2016, according to a new demographic report released by the county’s Planning Department. Councilmember Tom Hucker (D) represents the district, which includes the Source’s Silver Spring-Takoma Park coverage area and continues up the U.S. 29 corridor, along the border with Prince George’s County up to the Howard County line. The district’s population grew by 6.5 percent to an estimated 206,638 people during the period covered in the report. That represents 20.1 percent of the county’s total estimated population of 1,026,371. District 2 (upcounty, north of Gaithersburg...

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County Announces Schedules for Upcoming Holidays

The county government has released its schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays (Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 1). All county offices will be closed both days, along with county liquor stores, state offices and courts. All library branches will close at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and be closed on the holidays. All recreation and community centers will close at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, and all programs will be cancelled. In addition, all of those facilities will be closed Dec. 26-Jan. 7, except...

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