Category: Neighborhoods

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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County looking for storm damage information, warns of likely scams

Photo by Mike Diegel In the aftermath of the windstorm Friday and Saturday, the county is looking for residents’ help in an attempt to qualify for federal disaster assistance, while warning of scams likely to come. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) declared an emergency last week due to the storm and if there’s enough damage, Maryland could be declared a federal disaster zone. Residents can help by reporting any storm-related damage. The county has created an online form for reporting the information (this will not affect any insurance claims nor substitute for filing a claim). At the same time, the...

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High winds taking down trees, wires around the area

Eastwood Avenue is nearly completely blocked. Photo by Mike Diegel. Today’s continuing high winds are taking down area trees and, in some cases, power lines, causing damage and disrupting traffic. Two trees are down in North Four Corners, one partially blocking Edgewood Drive between Woodridge and Southward avenues after a service cut away a portion of the downed tree. A large fraction of another tree is mostly blocking Eastwood Avenue between Woodridge and Northwood avenues. Both are major cut-through streets, especially at rush hour. In addition, there are reports of trees down in the 9000 block of Alton Parkway,...

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County holds public hearing on Purple Line parking restrictions proposal

If approved, signs like this one may appear in neighborhoods near Purple Line stations. Photo by Mike Diegel. The county’s Department of Transportation held a hearing last night on a proposal to create 12 new Residential Permit Parking Areas in East Silver Spring. The permit parking program began in 1974 as a way to help reduce the impact of parking by non-residents on residential areas near public facilities. Last night’s presentation covered a proposal to allow RPPAs in neighborhoods within 4,000 feet of four Purple Line light rail stations: Dale Drive, Manchester Place, Long Branch and Piney Branch Road....

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Silver Spring Cares Superhero: Chris Richardson

Name/Neighborhood Chris Richardson, Park Hills When did you first start organizing Sweep the Creeks in your community? I have served as a Friends of Sligo Creek section leader for Sweep the Creek events since 2009. What inspired you to start organizing Sweep the Creek dates? Civic pride. It’s up to us to maintain our precious green spaces. If you want to see where Sligo Creek trash ends up, take a pontoon boat ride at high tide on the Anacostia River at Bladensburg Waterfront Park. In our section of Sligo Creek, I have personally seen egrets and great blue herons, as well as listserv...

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