Category: Neighborhoods

Citizens Reviving Group to Oppose Current Beltway, 270 Plans

Photo of the Maryland Beltway from A group of area residents has revived Citizens Against Beltway Expansion to oppose various proposals being discussed under Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) managed lanes study for the Maryland Beltway and I-270. The State Highway Administration is currently seeking proposals for a public-private partnership (P3) to build, finance and operate any improvements for about 70 miles of roadway and is early in the public information process. Brad German, a Bethesda resident, got involved after attending a preliminary meeting last spring. “I went to participate and it was essentially sort of a public relations...

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No Action Will be Taken in Shooting Death of Robert White

Screen shot from of Chief Thomas Manger addressing the press following the shooting. The Howard County State’s Attorney office has informed the Montgomery County Police Department that no action will be taken in the June 11 shooting death of Robert White, according to a department press release. In a letter to Chief Thomas Manger, State’s Attorney Dario Broccolino said two senior prosecutors assigned to the case reviewed police body-camera footage, witness statements and interviews, and crime scene photographs, including those taken by witnesses. In addition, the prosecutor’s office spoke with experts in police training on the use of...

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Local Wildlife Can Be Cute, But Potentially Dangerous

A young fox is cute but potentially dangerous to handle. Photo from Wikimedia Commons Recent reports of area wildlife that may be sick, young and abandoned, or otherwise out of the nest, or are simply a nuisance, have people asking in various forums what they should do to help. In most cases, the answer is: Nothing. While it’s tempting to try to rescue and care for a wild animal, it’s illegal in Maryland for residents to have most wild animals, including deer, raccoons and foxes, in their possession, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Department of Natural...

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Park Valley Road to Close Tomorrow for Bridge Replacement

Screenshot of the project map from the county’s Division of Trasnportation Engineering project page. Park Valley Road is scheduled to close Friday, July 20 in order to begin construction to replace the bridge over Sligo Creek and provide improvements to Sligo Creek Hiker/Biker Trail nearby, a representative of the county’s Department of Transportation confirmed. The project, budgeted at $3.95 million, will replace a bridge originally built in 1931 with a wider bridge and sidewalk. The trail will be realigned and include a new 12-foot wide pedestrian bridge over Sligo Creek, plus a new trail to connect the bridge with...

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County Will Again Offer Grants for Neighborhood Events

Block parties are just one type of neighborhood activity that could be funded with assistance from the grant program. Image from Pixabay Montgomery County will again offer matching grants of up to $1,000 to help fund neighborhood events, according to an announcement from Silver Spring Regional Services Center Director Reemberto Rodriguez. Neighborhood organizations, block groups, tenant groups, civic groups and similar organizations are eligible to apply to help fund events and activities that “promote community engagement, encourage capacity building, networking and stimulate the local economy,” according to the message. Some of the grant winners from last year included: The...

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