Preparations underway to market Discovery headquarters to buyers

Photo of the Discovery headquarters, which will be vacated in mid-2019, with the beloved Chompie from Wikimedia Commons A group of county and state officials were among those who came to Silver Spring as preparations get underway to market Discovery Communications’ headquarters building to potential buyers. “We need to understand the ins and outs of the building,” said David Petr, … Read More

County Council votes to approve FY18 budget savings plan

Photo from Pexels The County Council yesterday approved a resolution calling for $53.4 million in cuts to the FY18 operating budget and $9.3 million in cuts to the Capital Improvements Program. County Executive Isiah Leggett had proposed a FY18 savings plan that included $58.7 million in operating budget savings and $13.5 million in current revenue capital budget savings to reduce … Read More

County executive to hold budget forum Tuesday night

Montgomery County graphic Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will hold a Fiscal Year 2019 budget forum and briefing from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 30 in the Silver Spring Civic Building. The forum, one of a series of five being held around the county beginning last week, is intended to get input from residents about FY19 operating budget priorities.  “Public forums … Read More

Community meeting to look at state of homelessness in county

Community meeting to look at state of homelessness in county

Photo from Wikimedia Commons Councilmember George Leventhal will host a community meeting on “The State of Homelessness in Montgomery County” from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, January 29 in the Silver Spring Civic Building. Leventhal, who chairs the council’s Health and Human Services Committee, will be joined by: Uma Ahluwalia, director of the county’s Department of Health and Human Services; John Mendez, … Read More

County announces Martin Luther King holiday schedules

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. Photo from U.S. Information Agency via Wikimedia Commons. The county has released its schedule of closings and other changes due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday Monday, Jan. 15. All county government offices and libraries will be closed for the holiday, as will state … Read More

Silver Spring to host second county comic convention

Photo from first MoCoComCon by Mike Diegel Montgomery County’s second comic convention, MoCoComCon, will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, January 27 in the Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave. The free event includes a cosplay contest for ages 0-12, 13-17 and 18 and over; contest preregistration will begin at 11 a.m. and be limited to 20 participants in … Read More

Animal Services enforcing anti-cruelty regulation

Photo from Pexels The Animal Services Division of the county police is issuing reminders that the department is enforcing the Anti-Cruelty Conditions for Dogs regulation during the extreme cold weather the area is experiencing. The regulation prohibits leaving animals unattended outside, considering that doing so under current conditions is an act of cruelty. Section II-C of the regulation says that … Read More

Council vote allows prepayment of 2018 property tax

Montgomery County graphic County residents may prepay their 2018 property taxes under emergency legislation passed Tuesday by the County Council. The council acted in reaction to legislation signed last week that revamped the U.S. tax code. Among other provisions, the law limits the state and local income tax, sales tax and property tax deductions for those who itemize to $10,000 … Read More

County schedule for the holidays released

Montgomery County has released its schedule of closures for Christmas and New Year’s Day. All county office will be closed both of those days, while libraries will close on Dec. 24 in addition to Christmas and New Year’s Day. The following are also closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1: County liquor stores Aquatic, community recreation and senior centers The … Read More